Webinar: Boost Your Food Safety Process and Profitability with Government Grant Funding

We would like to thank all of you for joining us at the Boost Your Food Safety Process and Profitability with Government Grant Funding webinar. It was an absolute success and we hope you got a chance to join us live.

In case you missed it or would like to watch it again, we have a recording of the webinar available now.

Additionally, we have the presentation deck for your refence available here: Government Funding for Food Safety and Tracebility

The information is valid as of February 23, 2021.

Need help with government funding programs and don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

Webinar: How to Access Emergency Subsidies Before They Go Away

We would like to thank all of you for joining us at the “How to Access Emergency Subsidies Before They Go Away” webinar. It was an absolute success and we hope you got a chance to join us live.

In case you missed it or would like to watch it again, we have a recording of the webinar available now.

Additionally, we have the presentation deck for your refence available here: How to Access Emergency Subsidies Before They Go Away

The information is valid as of February 16, 2021.

Need help with government funding programs and don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

[Webinar Invitation] The Road to ERP Success Backed by Grant Funding

We would like to invite you to the upcoming webinar “The Road to ERP Success Backed by Grant Funding”.

Whether your company is large or small, ERP implementations are always more complicated than they appear. Following Pemeco’s proven roadmap with clear milestones you can use a new ERP system to improve productivity, efficiency save money and drive corporate transformation.

With opportunities emerging for agile, adaptable companies a successful ERP implementation can help executives navigate away from disaster and toward success with clear milestones and scope and cost control management systems.

The Canadian and Provincial governments have offered grant funding for companies to support Technology implementation and training to support ERP implementations for eligible companies.

In this webinar, Jonathan Gross (Managing Director Pemeco Consulting) and Igor Chigrin (Principal – Fair Grant Writing) will outline strategies to successfully implement ERP implementation and transformation projects supported by grant funding.

You will learn best-practices to:

  • Design your future state
  • Select the right fitting ERP and other technologies
  • Identify grant funding sources
  • Develop grant funding and application strategies

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 12:00pm EST

Seminar Speakers:

Jonathan Gross – Managing Director, Pemeco Consulting

Igor Chigrin – Business Funding Expert

Can’t attend the webinar? The recording will be posted on our YouTube channel within a week after the event.

Don’t wait and check eligibility of your company and your project for the government funding now by submitting eligibility check form.

Schedule of the Upcoming February Webinars

This year our team decided to centralize our efforts on sharing the knowledge and understanding on how to unlock the right government grants and programs that will support your business.

We will be hosting a consistent number of webinars, where you can learn about what’s new with government funding programs and narrow down the pathway towards the grant that will be right for your company.

Here is the schedule of the upcoming webinars for the month of February:

Do you qualify for other government funding programs and would like to submit your application ASAP?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to get help.

What is Lean? Learn & Get 40% Off Lean Training

This week I would like to share and help you understand the concept of going lean and why it can make a dramatic difference within your company. As with any other new initiative there might be a lot of misconceptions to understanding the approach and strategy behind it. That’s why, I would like to share with you an interview of our partner Bill Neeve from the Cycle Time Management published in Canadian Metal Working magazine. Bill is a lean trainer with many years of experience and success stories of his clients. In this article he shares what lean concept is really based on, why every company needs to consider it and what’s the best way to apply it.

Read the full article here

We have a special offer for those of you who would like to learn more about the lean thinking methodology, adopt and apply its principles within your company. Here is the 40% discount code – F36254 on the online SME Lean Thinking course, brought to you by our friends at Cycle Time Management.

The Demo course is available here.

If the content is right for you, read the course description and enroll here. Add the course to the cart, then apply discount code F36254 at the Checkout.

[Webinar Invitation] Leverage Grant Funding for Business Survival and Growth in 2021

We would like to invite you to the upcoming webinar “Leverage Grant Funding for Business Survival and Growth in 2021”.

Join us in this webinar to discover what funding and subsidies your business may be eligible for, and how to access them. This webinar is tailored for businesses in the manufacturing, food & beverage, and technology industries.‍‍

Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A session. You are also welcome to submit questions in advance on the sign-up page: https://www.youraccounting.cloud/events

Date and Time: Thursday, February 25, 2021, 12:00pm EST

Seminar Speaker: Igor Chigrin – Business Funding Expert

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

[Webinar Invitation] Boost Your Food Safety Process and Profitability with Government Grant Funding

Fair Grant Writing and SFPM Consulting are pleased to invite you to join us at this webinar. We will examine tips and best practices to transition from HACCP to GFSI and enhance GFSI compliance.

  • Transitioning from HACCP to GFSI
  • Enhancing GFSI compliance to protect branding and reap the Return on Investment
  • Relationship between food safety program investments and process improvements
  • Grants and funding best practices for food safety planning and investment

Guest speakers:

– Felicia Loo CFS – Food Consultant

– Igor Chigrin- Business Funding Expert

Date and Time: Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021 11:30 AM EST

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Are SR&ED & Customs Duty Refund programs right for you?

You’ve known us for some time as a professional grant writing team but I wanted to make sure you take full advantage of other types of government assistance, such as tax credits and customs duty refund programs.

SR&ED Tax Credit is by far the most popular Canadian government funding program that pays a portion of your labour, material and other expenses incurred for a product or process design, development or improvement. Your business must be a Canadian corporation and experience uncertainties that you overcome to develop or improve the product or process. We’ve teamed up with experienced SR&ED writers to be able to offer SR&ED service to our clients. Learn more about SR&ED Tax Credit and determine your eligibility here.

Customs Duty Drawback is the customs duty refund program. In case if you imported goods and paid customs duty at the Canadian border, and then exported goods made of those imported parts or materials, you may qualify for a refund of the duty. Some conditions apply. Learn more about Customs Duty Drawback and determine your eligibility here.

Do you qualify for other government funding programs and would like to submit your application ASAP?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to get help.

[Webinar Invitation] How to Access Emergency Subsidies Before They Go Away

We would like to invite you to the upcoming webinar “How to Access Emergency Subsidies Before They Go Away”.

Prepare your business for the impending recovery by safeguarding its financial footing now. Federal and provincial programs to support businesses are still available. With the impending end of the financial year and no clear end to pandemic restrictions in sight, you need to access this funding quickly.

This webinar will focus on:

  • Grant financing strategies for a sound recovery foundation
  • Grants available to businesses
  • What grants will be a good fit for different businesses
  • How Fair Grant Writing can help you access them.

Date and Time: Tuesday, Feb 16, 2021, 12:00 pm EST

Seminar Speaker: Igor Chigrin – Business Funding Expert

Ontario Small Business Support Grant

Another very important update for all of small business owners in Ontario.

Ontario Small Business Support Grant is now accepting applications and directed towards helping to cover decreased revenue, expected as a result of the Province-wide Shutdown effective December 26, 2020.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • be required to close or restrict services subject to the Provincewide Shutdown effective 12:01 a.m. on December 26;
  • have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level;
  • have experienced a minimum of 20% revenue decline comparing April 2020 to April 2019 revenues. New businesses established since April 2019 are also eligible provided they meet the other eligibility criteria.

Amount:

From $10K to $20K

Do you qualify for Ontario Small Business Support Grant or other government funding programs and would like to submit your application ASAP?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to get help.

Immigration Business Plans Interview

Immigration Business Plans have always been an in-demand topic. Recently, our Business Funding Expert – Igor Chigrin had a pleasure to be interviewed for Grateful Migrant YouTube channel and community (Grateful Migrant Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGehVnbjkuUrfX6hsETrxJA)

We would like to share the recording of the interview, where you can learn more about the Start-up Visa Business Immigration Program.

The information is valid as of January 6, 2021.

Need help with Business Immigration Programs or other government funding programs and don’t know where to start?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

Interest-Free Federal Operational Loan – RRRF

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) is an interest-free loan for businesses and organizations impacted by the pandemic. The main goal of this program is to support operational funding needs and cash flow of businesses.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • An incorporated business, co-operative, partnership or an Indigenous-owned business with 1 to 499 full-time employees;
  • Located in Ontario;
  • Facing funding pressures with fixed operating costs, as a result of the pandemic;
  • Have applied to other Government of Canada relief measures for which they are eligible, as outlined in the program guidelines;
  • Were operational prior to March 15, 2020;
  • Are financially viable;
  • Plan to continue to operate or resume operations; and
  • Have an active business chequing/operating account.

Do you qualify for RRRF or other government funding programs and would like to submit your application ASAP?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to get help.

Canada Summer Jobs Program is Open Now

Canada Summer Jobs Program aims to help all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition into the labour market. To achieve this goal, the program provides the employers of young Canadians 75% of the provincial minimum wage for each hour each young employee works for the employers between April 26, 2021 and February 26, 2022.

Key eligibility criteria:

  • Private sector company or not-for-profit organization must have 50 or fewer full-time employees;
  • Potential hires must be young people aged 15 to 30 years, students or non-students.

Although it’s a summer program, note that application deadline is January 29, 2021.

Application process for Canada Summer Jobs Program is quite straightforward. However, if you have any questions regarding this or any other government funding programs, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team by replying to this email.

Do you qualify for this and other government funding programs? Fill out the Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

Energize 2021 with New Energy Funding

Happy New Year! Let’s hope we will see a rapid recovery this year!

I am happy to start this year with sharing the energy funding update. Save on Energy Retrofit program provides incentives for lighting, HVAC and manufacturing equipment upgrade (such as process chillers, compressed air equipment, motors and variable frequency devices) to save energy. Although this program was around for many years, the new rules are effective as of January 4, 2021.

The complete list of new incentives is published here.

To qualify for the program, you need to own or lease the commercial, industrial or agricultural facility and intend to upgrade lighting, HVAC or manufacturing equipment.

Does your business qualify for this or other government funding programs?

Fill out the Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

Season’s Greetings!

We would like to say a big thank you to all of Clients, Partners and Friends for the many amazing opportunities, successful projects and goals that we were able to achieve this year together!

On behalf of our team, we wanted to share with you the spirit of the holiday season and wish you and your family love, joy and success in the New Year. We also hope you will take time for a well-deserved vacation. Talk to you in 2021!

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Our Holiday Gift to You – 40% Off Lean Training

This year was a difficult one for everyone. However, those whose operations are lean and efficient were in a much better position to survive and thrive during the pandemic. This holiday season, I wanted to give you something that hopefully can help your business next year.

Here is the 40% discount code on the online SME Lean Thinking course, brought to you by our friends at Cycle Time Management – F36254

The Demo course is available here.

If the content is right for you, read the course description and enroll here.

Add the course to the cart, then apply discount code F36254 at the Checkout.

I wish you and your business success in the years to come! Be safe!

Webinar: Transform your Manufacturing Company with ERP Software and Technology Grants

We would like to thank all of you for joining us at the “Transform your Manufacturing Company with ERP Software and Technology Grants” webinar. It was an absolute success and we hope you got a chance to join us live.

In case you missed it or would like to watch it again, we have a recording of the webinar available now.

Additionally, we have the presentation deck for your refence available here: Transform your Manufacturing Company with ERP Software and Technology Grants

The information is valid as of December 3, 2020.

Need help with government funding programs and don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative

Amount: 60% cost-share, up to a maximum of $150,000 contribution under this initiative per business.

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Webinar: Industry 4.0 and Government Funding – Increase your Manufacturing Efficiency with IIoT supported by Government Funding

We would like to thank all of you for joining us at the “Industry 4.0 and Government Funding – Increase your Manufacturing Efficiency with IIoT supported by Government Funding” webinar. It was an absolute success and we hope you got a chance to join us live.

In case you missed it or would like to watch it again, we have a recording of the webinar available now. 

Additionally, we have the presentation deck for your refence available here:Memex-I4-0-Fair-Grant-Writing-webinar-2020Nov26

The information is valid as of November 26, 2020.

Need help with government funding programs and don’t know where to start or how to prepare an application?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

[Webinar Invitation] Transform your Manufacturing Company with ERP Software and Technology Funding

We have another exciting webinar coming up: Transform your Manufacturing Company with ERP Software and Technology Funding”.

In this webinar, Jonathan Gross (Pemeco Consulting’s Managing Director) and Igor Chigrin (Principal – Fair Grant Writing) will outline technologies and strategies to position manufacturers for digital transformation and Industry 4.0 and the government grant funding available for these projects.

Jon will also outline a step-by-step methodology, proven over 40 years, across 700 major ERP implementation projects, and 140 different technology solutions.

You will learn best-practices to:
1. Design your future state
2. Map business processes
3. Develop a technology adoption and implementation roadmap
4. Select the right fitting ERP and other technologies
5. Model 10-year total cost of ownership and return-on-investment
6. Identify grant funding sources
7. Develop grant funding and application strategies

Date and Time:

Dec 3, 2020 at 1:00 PM EST

Seminar Speakers:

  • Jonathon Gross – Managing Director, Pemeco Consulting
  • Igor Chigrin – Business Funding Expert, Fair Grant Writing

CLICK HERE TO RSVP NOW

90% Off Your Rent. Do You Qualify?

This week the Federal government published the guidelines of the the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS).

Unlike its predecessor, this program no longer requires landlords to apply. Now, if you rent a commercial or industrial space, or pay an interest on commercial mortgage your business is eligible assuming that you had revenue drop in or after October 2020 compared to October 2019 or the average of January and February 2019.

If your business was forced to shut down or reduce its operations after September 27, 2020, following provincial, regional or municipal regulations, it qualifies for an additional Lockdown Support.

Eligible costs include:

  • Commercial rent (excluding HST)
  • Property taxes
  • Property insurance
  • Interest on commercial mortgages (less any subleasing revenues).

The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) will pay up to 65% of eligible costs (depending on the % of your revenue drop) and up to additional 25% if your business was forced to shut down or reduce its operations.

The application intake will start soon on Canada Revenue Agency website.

Do you qualify for Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy or other emergency government funding programs?

Fill out Eligibility Check form to find out.

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Wage Subsidies and Hiring Grants

Student Work Placement

Through the following program employers can apply for wage subsidies to help them hire post-secondary students across Canada.

Amount:

  • Up to $5,000 for every student you hire through the program
  • Up to $7,000 for every student you hire that is in their first year or is from an under-represented group including:
    • women in STEM
    • persons with disabilities
    • newcomers; and
    • Indigenous students
  • As a COVID-19 measure, subsidy is offered at 75% coverage (maximum $7500) for all students, until March 2021.

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Webinar: Advancing Food Safety Systems through Canadian Government Funding Opportunities

You can watch the webinar recording here: https://zoom.us/advancing_food_safety_systems

The information is valid as of November 3, 2020.

[Webinar Invitation] Industry 4.0 and Government Funding

Fair Grant Writing and Memex Inc. are pleased to invite you to join us at the upcoming webinar: “Industry 4.0 and Government Funding – Increase your Manufacturing Efficiency with IIoT supported by Government Funding”.

This webinar will focus on how to run an IIoT, Industry 4.0 project for manufacturers, and the government funding available. It will show cost-effective IIoT tools available today, and the business case which is often a 10% to 50% improvement in operations. The Government has made funding opportunities available to encourage Canadian manufacturers to become more competitive and this webinar will highlight the various programs available today.

Date and Time:

Nov 26, 2020 at 01:00 PM EST

Seminar Speakers:

  • John Rattray – Senior Executive, Memex Inc.
  • Igor Chigrin – Business Funding Expert, Fair Grant Writing

Big Changes to CanExport Program

Just like all organizations, the government adapts its programs to suit the new reality of the pandemic.

Initially, CanExport program was designed to support export marketing costs of the Canadian small-to-medium-sized businesses. The program was primarily used to subsidize exhibiting at the international trade shows, international travel and marketing.

Now that the international travel and trade shows are no longer available, the government revised CanExport program guidelines to expand the list of eligible costs. Now a Canadian company pursuing international markets can apply for assistance to:

  • Gather market intelligence (custom research, reports and studies)
  • Apply for intellectual property protection in international markets
  • Apply for certification in international markets
  • Seek expert legal and business advice
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Translating, adapting or creating marketing materials
  • Attending virtual trade shows, networking functions, meetings or conferences

And the most recent changes announced on November 4th :

  • Export brokers in the agriculture and agri-food sector may be eligible to the program, provided they meet Canadian content requirements.
  • The maximum funding for online advertising activities has been increased to $50K per project. The program is now allowing online advertising on social media platforms, online marketplaces and search engines.
  • Expert advice for digital and e-commerce marketing is now eligible.

In the next few days the government will clarify the definition of the Canadian content and a few other recent changes.

Do you qualify for CanExport or other government funding programs?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

Dairy Processing Investment Fund

Amount: Up to $10 million in total per year per applicant.

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Rent Subsidy Program is Coming

We are very glad to share that after the months of criticism, the Federal government announced a new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy program to help businesses through pandemic. The program is still in the works and will start accepting applications in the very near future.

However, we would like to share some of its highlights to make sure you will be ready to apply for it when the intake opens.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy will be available to both tenants and property owners until June 2021. The new rent subsidy would support businesses, charities, and non-profits that have suffered a revenue drop, by subsidizing up to 65% of their rent and other eligible expenses until December 19, 2020. The applicants would be able to make claims retroactively for the period that began September 27 and ends October 24, 2020.

Don’t know where to start and how to prepare an application or have questions about other government funding programs?

Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.

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Is your CEWS application right?

As you may have heard, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) was extended through the summer of 2021.

We understand that you may have applied for the subsidy yourself or had a third party to do so. Was the calculation completed accurately? Have you maximized your benefits? Have you applied for all eligible periods?

To get you a piece of mind, we are introducing a new service – CEWS Audit. We will:

  1. Validate your eligibility for CEWS.
  2. Check the accuracy of calculations and claims.
  3. Ensure the paperwork is in order in case of a future audit.
  4. Adjust applications if we can maximize the subsidy for you.

Are you ready to get a piece of mind and a qualified second opinion?
If so, reply to this email and we will discuss the next steps with you.

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Webinar: Advancing Food Safety Systems through Canadian Government Funding Opportunities

Fair Grant Writing and SFPM Consulting are pleased to invite you to join us at the upcoming webinar: “Advancing Food Safety Systems through Canadian Government Funding Opportunities”.

At the webinar you will learn:

  • How food safety systems can help your food business
  • Investment and process improvements
  • Transitioning from HACCP to GFSI
  • Grants for food safety planning and investment

Date and Time:

November 3, 2020, starting at 2:00pm EST (11:00 am PST)

Seminar Speakers:

  • Felicia Loo CFS – Food Consultant
  • Igor Chigrin- Business Funding Expert

CLICK HERE TO RSVP NOW

Northern Ontario Funding Updates

We have some funding updates regarding the government grants available in Northern Ontario.

At this time, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund’s program is Temporarily Unavailable.

However, there is also great news for Northern Ontario businesses. The newly launched Northern Ontario Recovery Program, will support the adaptation of business operations and practices to meet public health guidelines for operations under re-opening stages, and support employee and consumer safety.

The program offers funding in the form of a conditional contribution and will not exceed $25,000.

Eligible companies will be considered Northern Ontario businesses, with at least one year of operations as of March 17, 2020 and impacted by the Province of Ontario Emergency Order that closed all non-essential businesses on March 24, 2020.

The intake will run from October 1 to December 31, 2020, so don’t wait until the end of the year. Start working on the Northern Ontario Recovery Program now.

Does your business qualify for the above and other government funding programs? Fill out Eligibility Check form at http://www.fgwinc.ca/eligibility to find out.