Category Archives: Small and Mid Size (SME’s)

New Business Loan Program for New Canadians

More than any other barrier to starting and maintaining a business, immigrant entrepreneurs identify access to capital as a challenge. Small business bank loans are difficult to obtain at the best of times, even for well-established businesses owned by Canadians with a credit history. For newcomers, the possibility of securing a bank loan may seem… Read More


Ontario Farmers’ Markets Trends include the Growth of Immigrant Farming

This time of year is a great time to focus on one of my favourite topics, farmers’ markets. As we reach peak summer harvest, markets across the province are booming! As noted on the official website of the Ontario farmers’ markets, these markets are loved by shoppers, communities and farmers alike. Increasingly discerning shoppers appreciate… Read More


Access Funding for Tradeshows and Export Marketing Projects

Today’s guest blog post comes from Mentor Works, a business support enterprise specializing in accessing government funding. Author Jeff Shepherd describes agri-marketing grants that may be of interest to your business. Research by REAPontario and others indicates that many immigrant entrepreneurs work long hours, have little time to explore potential business supports, and often struggle… Read More


Community Futures: A Model Investment

  In this article, we return to an interesting Canadian model for lending to small businesses in rural areas called Community Futures (CF). I report on a Conference Board of Canada report that measures the economic impact of CF in Ontario. What we don’t know is how many immigrant entrepreneurs ever use CF… anecdotally, it… Read More


Size isn’t a requirement for an “Intelligent Community”

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Summit in Columbus, Ohio, the reigning Intelligent Community of the Year for 2015. Annually, the ICF Summit brings together Mayors and officials from local and regional government, business and technology leaders from around the world to explore how Intelligent Communities… Read More


The Higher ED Blog: Who are commercial counterurbanites, and what brought them to your community?

About REAPontario’s guest authors for this week……. Michelle Madden is the editor of Higher ED. She is also the Outreach Manager for the Economic Development Program and a graduate of the LED master’s program.  She has authored a number of the articles in this series on behalf of the students, and has published several of her own… Read More


Immigrant Entrepreneur Profile: Praveen Udagani of Flaxy Inc.

 As a boy in India, Praveen Udagani was regularly served flax seed by his mother, and especially enjoyed eating it mixed into yogurt and rice dishes.   Many decades later, Praveen is living in Canada and working to showcase this idea of flax seed as a tasty and nutritious topping. With financial support provided by his… Read More


Hiring Grants and Wage Subsidies for Agricultural Businesses in 2016

Today’s guest blog post comes from Mentor Works, a business support enterprise specializing in accessing government funding. Author Jeff Shepherd describes hiring grants that may be of interest to your business. Research by REAPontario and others indicates that many immigrant entrepreneurs work long hours, have little time to explore potential business supports, and often struggle… Read More


Research: Immigrant Business Owners in Canada

On March 21, Statistics Canada released its research paper Immigration, Business Ownership and Employment in Canada. A synopsis of the report can be found in its publication The Daily. This study marks the first time that Statistics Canada has released data providing an overview of immigrant business ownership and the associated job creation in Canada.… Read More


Investment Intentions of Ontario’s SME Owners

Earlier this year the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) released its study Investment Intentions of Canadian Entrepreneurs: An Outlook for 2016 (PDF).   Today’s blog post presents highlights of the study that may be of interest to business owners in Ontario. There is no focus on agri-business specifically, but it provides a baseline for… Read More