Authoramagana

HomeArticles Posted by amagana

Digital Main Street Launches Grant Program

Province of Ontario partners with OBIAA to provide grants to help Ontario’s “main street” businesses go online.

October 15, 2018: Ottawa, Ontario. Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA) announced today the official launch of Digital Main Street’s exciting Grants Program across Ontario at Shopify’s Ottawa headquarters.

Coinciding with Canada’s Small Business Month, the event kicks off the availability of Digital Main Street Grants Program, which provides funding to qualifying small “main street” businesses and community business groups to enhance online promotion, selling and operations.

“Our government is making Ontario open for business and strengthening rural communities, and the Digital Main Street program will do just that. In partnership with the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association, this program helps local small business embrace new technology that will expand their digital capabilities and make them more competitive.”
-Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

There are two types of grants that will be available:

  1. Digital Transformation Grant:  There will be 2,000 grants of $2,500 each available to qualifying small “main street” businesses to help them adopt new digital technologies.
  2. Digital Service Squad Grant:  There will be 300 grants of $10,000 each available to qualifying municipal or business groups to develop and implement local squads of digital vendors and experts to directly help small businesses.

Applicants will access the grant process through the Grant Program Portal, which will be available on October 15 on the Digital Main Street website at www.digitalmainstreet.ca/ontario

“With today’s launch of the Grants Program and the Grant Program Portal, we are making Digital Main Street very real.  These grants will enable Ontario’s qualifying small “main street” businesses to adopt digital technologies while also learning how to promote, sell and operate online for greater success. Digital Main Street will put Ontario’s small businesses on the ‘digital map.” said Kay Matthews, Executive Director of OBIAA.

Part of the Province of Ontario’s Main Street Enhancement Initiative, Digital Main Street helps improve how small businesses use digital tools and techniques to become more successful.  Today’s digital economy is vital to small businesses, and DMS will help enable them to adopt new digital technologies from e-commerce and social media to back-office systems such as payroll and inventory.
-30-

Continue Reading

Taste of Brampton returns for two weeks of tasty menus Oct 15-29!

Brampton, Oct. 11, 2018 – The Downtown Brampton BIA (Business Improvement Area) is pleased to present the Taste of Brampton will launch on October 15-October 29 for two weeks of delicious dining.

Taste of Brampton is a culinary event that showcases some of the top dishes in Brampton. From prix-fixe menus, to special offerings, Taste of Brampton presents a dining option for every guest. A returning favorite (sampler plates) will be back at restaurants including Fanzorelli’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, Bucatini Restaurant and Wine Bar, and Carve on Lot 5.

For guests looking to explore some of Brampton’s most popular foodie spots, Taste is the perfect opportunity to try something new with discounted pricing offered during the two-week promotional period. Leave the cooking to the chefs for two weeks, and you won’t regret it.

Names from left to right: (Left) Dirk Ziegler (Das Brezel Haus), Vince Foggetti and Jean Paul di Giulio (Bucatini Restaurant and Wine Bar), Dan Calabrese and Anthony Trenton (Aria Bistro and Lounge), Kristina Romasco (Dolcezza Custom Cakes), Harry Bojje and Roger Rajamoorthy (Tracks Brew Pub), Sarabjit Singh (Mirch Masala), Horacio Herrera (Segovia Coffee), Saverio Persichilli and Sabena Coulter (Fanzorelli’s Restaurant and Wine Bar), Randy Sahota (The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro), Andrea Magana/Suzy Godefroy and Teagan Pecoskie-Schweir (Downtown Brampton BIA). Photography credits: Rupen Bhardwaj

Not only is eating the fun part, but the chances to win prizes are bigger than ever! With over 25 gift cards and the grand prize of $500.00 (in restaurant gift cards) you’ll want to follow the Instagram contest fun this year via #TasteofBrampton
For more information, menus and full contest details, visit: www.aTasteOfBrampton.ca

                                                                                                                    -30-
About Downtown Brampton BIA
Downtown Brampton is a respected and welcoming destination dedicated to bringing people together for quality shopping, services and entertainment. The mission of the Downtown Brampton BIA is to promote and enhance downtown Brampton through marketing events and beautification to build confidence and engagement with members and the community.

Media Contact:
Andrea Magana | Marketing and Events Specialist
(905)874-8182 | andrea.magana@brampton.ca
www.downtownbramptonbia.ca

Continue Reading

Request for Proposals re: Carriage Rides for Downtown Brampton

76 Main Street North, Brampton, ON, L6V 1N7
Request for Proposal

Re: Downtown Brampton BIA Holiday Carriage Rides
Request for Proposals re: Carriage Rides for Downtown Brampton
The Downtown Brampton BIA is asking interested vendors to submit quotes for holiday carriage rides throughout the 2018 Holiday Season.
Interested vendors must provide a quote for the following dates:

Dates & # of carriages:
– Sunday November 18, 2018 12 – 4 p.m. 2/2

– Friday November 23, 2018 6 – 10 p.m. 2
– Saturday November 24, 2018 4 – 8 p.m. 2
– Sunday November 25, 2018 12 – 4 p.m. 2/6

– Friday November 30, 2018 6 – 10 p.m. 2
– Saturday December 1, 2018 4 – 8 p.m. 2
– Sunday December 2, 2018 12 – 4 p.m. 2 /6

– Friday December 7, 2018 6-10 p.m. 2
– Saturday December 8, 2018 4 – 8 p.m. 2
– Sunday December 9, 2018 12 – 4 p.m. 2/6

– Friday December 14, 2018 6-10 p.m. 2
– Saturday December 15, 2018 4-8 p.m. 2
– Sunday December 16, 2018 12 – 4 p.m. 2/6

– Friday December 21, 2018 6-10 p.m. 2
– Saturday December 22, 2018 4-8 p.m. 2
– Sunday December 23, 2018 12 – 4 p.m. 2/6

– Wednesday December 26, 2018 4 – 8 p.m. 2
– Thursday December 27, 2018 4 – 8 p.m. 2
– Friday December 28, 2018 6 – 10 p.m. 2

– Saturday December 29, 2018 4 – 8 p.m. 2
– Sunday December 30, 2018 12-4 p.m. 2/10
Total: 42

Dates & # Wagon Rides:
– Sunday December 2, 2018 12 – 4 p.m. 1
– Sunday December 9, 2018 12 – 4 p.m. 1
– Sunday December 16, 2018 12 – 4 p.m. 1
– Sunday December 23, 2018 12 – 4 p.m. 1
Total: 4

Additional for 2019
– Carriage Rides February 14, 2018 6 – 10 p.m. 2
About the Downtown Brampton BIA

The Downtown Brampton BIA is comprised of local business owners and landlords with the
objective of improving the quality of experiences for all, who work, live and play in the downtown
area. The BIA hosts events to promote the downtown area and to help attract new businesses.
As a newly revived organization, we want to create relevance and excitement through strong
marketing messages.

Scope of work:
– Carriage Rides in 4 hour intervals (2 carriages on most occasions)
– Additional staff to help load people onto the carriage
– Clean – up where needed
– 5 million in liability insurance naming the City of Brampton and the Downtown Brampton
BIA.

Submission process:
Questions are welcome and should be directed to the undersigned.
Quotes may be submitted electronically to suzy.godefroy@brampton.ca or via mail to:
DOWNTOWN BRAMPTON BIA
76 Main Street North
Brampton ON L6V 1N7
Attention: Suzy Godefroy – Executive Director
Deadline: September 14, 2018

Continue Reading