City of Guelph wins award of excellence for Mind Your Business enewsletter

Christine Chapman, Economic Development Officer with the City of Guelph, accepts the award of excellence for Mind Your Business.

City of Guelph employees Christine Chapman, Economic Development Officer and Barbara Maly, Manager of Economic Development accept the award of excellence for Mind Your Business.

Guelph, Ont., September 21, 2017 – The City of Guelph economic development enewsletter, Mind Your Business (MYB), is the winner of the Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The award was presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, September 19 during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held September 17–20 in Toronto.

“On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, we extend congratulations to the City of Guelph. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community – their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use as a benchmark,” says Michael Langley, CEO of Greater MSP and 2017 IEDC Board Chair.

Mind Your Business,a monthly enewsletter launched in January 2016, is a City of Guelph initiative that has helped bridged the gap between business stakeholders and local economic development organizations. The key driving feature of the newsletter is the integrated functionality for any organization or business to submit news. This has helped improve the City of Guelph’s relationship with the business community by creating awareness of business-related activities that occur in the city and surrounding region.

“We heard loud and clear from Guelph businesses that they wanted more communication from City of Guelph about topics that impact them. Not only about government matters, but about what’s going on in Guelph’s business environment and the good news stories that make this community such an amazing place to do business,” says Christine Chapman, Economic Development Officer. “The two-way communication with businesses is key; the more participation from our business community, the better the content we can share and the better the tool.”

The audience is made up of local businesses, however, Guelph’s attractiveness on a national and international scale has seen the enewsletter take off outside of City borders extending as far as Australia and Japan. The tool has opened a new channel for multiple City departments and community partners to participate in communication with businesses where there wasn’t any before.

“The awards process is a thorough, non-biased and multi-layered process. These are extraordinary accomplishments for all winners, and an overall great effort by all participants. We look forward to next year’s awards competition,” says Langley.

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About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. Among many activities which benefit the economy, IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs and develop vibrant communities. For more information, find IECD online at

About Invest in Guelph

Invest in Guelph represents the business development outcomes associated with the City of Guelph’s economic development strategy, Prosperity 2020. Its purpose is to position and promote Guelph,as an investment-ready and responsive community.

For more information

Christine Chapman, Economic Development Officer
Business Development and Enterprise Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2823
[email protected]