Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF)

Amount: up to 50% of eligible costs

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[Book Announcement] Book ‘Get Funded’ is ready for you!

Let me share with you a secret I have worked on for several years. We are publishing a book – Get Funded! How to Find the Money to Successfully Grow Your Business and Solve its Most Pressing Challenges.  

Yes, finally the book is ready and to be launched on September 25-28, 2017, during the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS-2017). 
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Happy Canada Day! This program will TRIPLE maximum amount of funding

The SMART Green Program goes through the positive changes that may help your business to qualify. Launched in October 2016, the program was designed to help manufacturers buy equipment that reduces their energy use and greenhouse gas emission. Since then the program didn’t get a lot of traction and did not see many applicants.

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[Invitation & Gift] Manufacturing Solutions Roundtable – June 26, Brampton, ON

Let me invite you to the Manufacturing Solutions Roundtable next Monday on June 26, 2017, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM in Brampton, Ontario. This interactive roundtable event  is organized by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and Brampton Economic Development and will cover the following topics:

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Your Canada Day Gift Enclosed!

I am very excited about the anniversary of our great country. Our goal is to help Canadian businesses grow and prosper so that our kids can enjoy living in Canada as we do today.

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Export Consulting & Speaking on May 26 – June 8, 2017

Please note that I will be away from the office from May 26, coming back to work on June 9, 2017. 
 
I will spend next week, May 26 – June 02, in the Middle East where I have a short term export consulting engagement with Win Global, my export & import consulting business.

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[Sorry, you’re late] This Type of Training is NO Longer Eligible

There is a good reason why we always suggest our clients apply for the government funding asap. Once in a while, the government changes the rules of the programs. And the changes are “effective immediately”. There is no advance notice.

In the beginning of May, the government of Ontario changed the eligibility rules for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG), a popular funding program for skills training. According to the new rules, the following types of training programs are NO longer eligible.

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[You Can] Sell Your Product to the Government of Canada

Would you like to sell your innovative products to the Government of Canada?

 
You may have heard about the government procurement program called the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP). It is neither a grant nor a loan but is open for Canadian companies to apply and sell innovative products to the Federal Government. Here are its basic eligibility rules:

Canada‐Northwest Territories Job Grant (CNWTJG)

Amount: $10,000 per trainee

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Canada-Nunavut Job Grant (CNJG)

Amount: $10,000 per trainee

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Canada-Yukon Job Grant (CYJG)

Amount: $10,000 per trainee

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Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Job Grant (CNLJG)

Amount: $10,000 per trainee

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Canada-New Brunswick Job Grant (CNBJG)

Amount: $10,000 per trainee

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Canada-Prince Edward Island Job Grant

Amount: $10,000 per trainee

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Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant (CSJG)

Amount: $10,000 per trainee up to a maximum of $250,000 per applicant

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Canada-Nova Scotia Job Grant – Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPSI)

Amount: $10,000 per trainee

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Canada-Manitoba Job Grant (CMJG)

Amount: $10,000 per trainee

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[2017 Ontario Budget] What Will Your Business Get?

As you may have heard, last week the Ontario Government announced its budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Let me highlight the most important commitments and how they impact provincial government funding programs for businesses. Should you have any questions on any of the programs or want to check whether your business is eligible, simply respond to this email or fill out the eligibility check form.
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A Grant Writing Mentor Works

With over 20,000 hours of grant writing experience, Igor Chigrin, a grant writing mentor, works with your business to help the owners and executives find and select the right government grants and loans. Then the mentor works with your small to medium-sized business to help you write an application for a government grant, submit it and get government funding. Headquartered in Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada, the grant writing mentor works with the clients coast-to-coast. Get Started

[Joint Open House] Visit Equipment Distibutors on Apr 25-26, 2017

Let me share with you some information about upcoming events.

On April 25-26 from 9 am to 6 pm (next week) you will have a great opportunity to attend a 12th Annual Joint Open House Event in Mississauga and Oakville, Ontario, organized for you by 4 equipment distributors. You’ll be able to compare newest technology from 16 premier builders in the most productive format and see over 60 CNC machines in action.

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[Now up to 15K] How Skills Training Funding Changed This Fiscal Year

As we recently announced, the Canada Ontario Job Grant (COJG) program, the funding program for skills training, has been extended. However, the program rules changed a little bit. We summarized the changes for you below. The changes are effective April 1, 2017.

Canada-British Columbia Job Grant (Canada-B.C. Job Grant)

Amount: up to $15,000 per trainee

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Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG)

Amount: $10,000 per trainee up to a maximum of $300,000 per applicant

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Now Hiring? Get Funding!

Happy New Government Fiscal Year! 

As we mentioned in our last message about the new budget, hiring youth is a priority for the Canadian Government this fiscal year starting April 1, 2017. There are many hiring and wage subsidy programs available now, but there will be more within next few weeks.

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Budget 2017. What’s in it for you?

Last week the Federal Government announced the budget for the upcoming fiscal year starting April 1, 2017. From the government funding perspective the budget is focused on three key areas: youth, skills, and innovation. Below you’ll find the main announcements in those key areas that we’ve highlighted for you.

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[Audio Interview] ERP, Job Estimating & Job Information Management

With this message, we’re opening our Manufacturing Excellence Series of interviews with the subject matter experts that will cover various interesting topics for manufacturers.

In today’s issue, Igor Chigrin will interview Shawn Coultice from Shoptech Industrial Software. We will talk about job estimating and job information management. Also, we will try to demystify enterprise resource planning (ERP).

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How to Avoid a Job Estimating Disaster and Manage the Jobs So They’re Actually Done On Time?

March 10, 2017

This is Igor Chigrin, a Business Funding Expert from Fair Grant Writing, a Canadian grant writing company. We help businesses grow and solve their most pressing challenges by unlocking their access to the government funding.

Today, we’ll discuss how to avoid a disaster in job estimating and job information management and demystify enterprise resource planning ERP.

As you may know, ERP helps businesses manage the workflow, resources and work efficiently and by the way, there are Canadian government grants that pay for ERP systems and ERP training.

So today, I am excited to have Shawn Coultice, a Branch Manager from Shoptech Industrial Software on this call. Hi Shawn, thank you for coming.

or continue reading the transcript or watch the video below.

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[Save the dates] March 9 – SMART Green Event, March 23 – Aerospace Event

Today March 8th is the International Women’s Day! Let’s congratulate all the women we work, collaborate, spend life with by saying some kind words to them.

Now let’s go to the upcoming events.
Tomorrow, March 09 you’re invited to the SMART Green Event for manufacturers that will be held in Markham (the GTA) from 8.30 to 10.30 to learn more about the SMART Green Program Funding.

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[Deadline] March 31 is the Deadline for Some Funding Programs

I just wanted to remind you that March 31, 2017 is the deadline for some funding programs you or your friends, clients or partners may be interested in. Please read carefully the information about the programs below and let us know if you would like to apply. We still have time to write your applications. But you need to act quickly!

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[Equipment Purchase] 3 questions about SMART Green Program you asked

It’s been a slow start of the new SMART Green Program for purchasing equipment (50% of its cost up to $200,000). It was launched in October 2016, yet the program has not approved any major application. The reason is not only in the complex application process that requires engineering pre-assessment, but also in certain misconceptions about the program. Let me demystify the program in short Q&A below. Get Started