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Business Incubator Pilot Launching 2019

Staff will soon start renovations of almost 4,500 square feet of vacant space downtown to support the launch of a pilot incubator and co-working facility.

The Brampton Entrepreneur Centre and the University team has been working on developing this space for some time, and has secured interest from potential business partners, and entrepreneur support organizations like the RIC Centre.

Additionally, Ryerson University expressed their support of this initiative, and their intention to add their leading expertise in entrepreneur development and innovation to the mix. Ryerson’s DMZ was recently recognized as the world’s number one university-based incubator.

The City hopes to have this space open for entrepreneurs and exciting programming in Q1 2019.

You can find more details here.

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Congratulations to all artists at the 3rd Annual Live Art Competition

Brampton…On Saturday August 25, 2018, Downtown Brampton was host to the third annual Live Art Competition whereby artists once again competed in painting our unique downtown Brampton on canvas and/or paper by many talented artists from all over Ontario.

Live Art Competition was brought to the downtown community by John Cutruzzola of the Inzola Group and Grettel Comas of Baci Gifts & Michaels Photography, both of whom are very passionate in the local Brampton arts and cultural community.

In Brampton, John’s dedication to the implementation of important structural elements such as Brampton City Hall, The Art Gallery of Peel, The Rose Theatre are significant projects to the developments of the cultural aspects of his community.

In recognition of his dedication to his community and his pursuit of artistic and cultural progress, John has been recognized with multiple awards. Among them, Les Carbot Award from the Canadian Art Council, the 2004 Art Person of the Year, the 1993 Business Person of the Year and the 2007 Citizen of the Year.

Grettel Comas, store manager at M.Michael’s Photography and Baci Gifts. Her family business has been located in the historic Downtown-Brampton for almost 25 years with an classical/contemporary style of Photography. While Baci Gifts is proud to be one of the cuties gift boutiques in town. Grettel, is also chair of Events & Promotions of Downtown Brampton BIA and a very active and devoted member in the downtown community.

Grettel, co-founder of Live Art Competition presented the idea to her colleagues back in 2016 and has brought together many key arts and cultural organizations for this excited community event. This year Live Art Competition showcase the talented artists not only from Brampton; also from Cambridge, Oakville, Markham, Toronto, Schomberg, Milton, Georgetown and Caledon.

The Live Art Competition committee would like to formally thank the number of local businesses, organizations and volunteers that were part of the 2018 greatest event. Including: Algoma University, Baci Gifts, Beaux-Arts Brampton, CCV Insurance, D.K. Jewellery, Your Digital Advantage, Downtown Brampton BIA, PAMA, Razor Creative, The Arts of John Cutruzzola and The City of Brampton.

Early in the morning, Downtown Brampton opened with Live Art Competition artists registrations in Daily Times Square and then artists headed out to their choice of a downtown location to paint on canvas/paper.  Painting took place from 10am to 1pm., and finished pieces were submitted back to the Live Art Competition organizers for judging.

The Live Art Competition judges included Reagan Hayward of Beaux-Arts Brampton and Karen Darling, local Brampton artist.   Artists and Live Art Competition attendees enjoyed the Downtown Brampton Farmers’ Market in the morning, and headed back to Daily Times Square and the Conservatory for the Awards Ceremony at 4 p.m.

Every year, the Live Art Competition judges have been given the task to evaluate all of the beautiful art submitted.

“Everyone was a winner!” says Regan Hayward of Beaux Arts Brampton.

The winners of Live Art Competition 2018:


  • 1st prize Eunice Sim
  • 2nd prize Mike Brennan
  • 3rd prize Karlene Bland

Honourable mentions:

  • Greg Sammy
  • Peter Cheung


  • 1st. Prize Barbara Eguchi
  • 2nd. Prize Adriane Gurtner
  • 3rd. Prize Victoria Sades


Honourable mentions:

  • Eva Omas
  • Mary Mitchell

Thanks again to everyone who participated and brought Live Art Competition to Brampton’s beautiful downtown core. The winning artwork will be on display in the downtown core at Beaux Arts Brampton Gallery  – 70-74 Main Street North until September 8, 2018.


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Digital Main Street Launches Across Ontario to Help Small Businesses Adopt Digital Practices

by Digital Main Street   |   August 27, 2018   |

In Ontario, Digital Main Street will help small businesses improve how they use digital tools, and help them adopt technologies like ecommerce and social media platforms. Other Digital Main Street services that will be available include digital training, local service squads, and grants of up to $2,500 to help businesses adopt digital technology.

“Small main street businesses are the heart of our communities, and we are committed to ensuring that they continue to flourish.”

“Today’s announcement marks the start of an important program for Ontario’s small businesses and our communities,” said Kay Matthews, executive director of OBIAA. “Small main street businesses are the heart of our communities, and we are committed to ensuring that they continue to flourish. Being digital is now a vital part of business success and we are passionate about ensuring that small businesses get the support they need.”

The OBIAA said small businesses from across Ontario can register online and take the Digital Main Street Assessment to determine their digital practices so far and gain advice on where to focus for improvement.

“We are excited to see that Digital Main Street will be extended across Ontario,” said John Kiru, executive director of the Toronto Business Improvement Area Association. “Our partnership with OBIAA has a long successful history, and we’re delighted to continue to work with together on this important initiative, thanks to the support of the Province of Ontario.”

In September 2016, the City of Toronto launched the Digital Main Street Lab, a retail tech incubator that focuses on launching retail tech companies that can work with main street businesses in Toronto.

You can find more details here.

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