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Business Centre kiosk at City Hall supports small business

Guelph, Ont., June 19, 2019—The Business Centre Guelph-Wellington has set up a staffed kiosk in the Guelph City Hall Galleria as part of a new pilot project aimed at supporting small business. The kiosk is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A small business concierge is stationed at the kiosk to speak to the services offered by the Business Centre and answer questions. The concierge can also schedule a free one-hour consultation with a business advisor at the centre’s main office at 14 Macdonell Street. Start-up packages and information will also be available to direct clients to other business support services available throughout the city. “Small business centres are an integral part of any city’s economy and we’re excited that the Business Centre has… Continue reading Business Centre kiosk at City Hall supports small business

Guelph second best city to buy real estate in Canada

Guelph, Ont., June 10, 2019—MoneySense has ranked Guelph as the second best city to buy real estate in Canada after Windsor. Guelph has been among MoneySense’s top five places to buy real estate since 2017. MoneySense ranks cities based on three criteria: Value: how affordable the community is compared to the surrounding area and the region overall. Momentum: how quickly prices are appreciating in a community with an emphasis on long-term appreciation. Expert insight: grading of communities as desirable by an extensive panel of real estate agents. “Employees often want to live in the same city they work in, so a community’s real estate market really matters,” says Barbara Maly, Manager, Economic Development with the City of Guelph. “Whether local businesses choose to expand here… Continue reading Guelph second best city to buy real estate in Canada

Pfaff Subaru operations are full speed ahead in Guelph

Guelph, Ont., May 24, 2019—Pfaff Subaru officially opened their new Guelph dealership at 12 Wilbert Street during a grand opening ceremony last night. Pfaff Subaru broke ground for the new dealership in the City’s west end in September 2018, and completed construction on schedule in December. Pfaff Subaru chose to invest in Guelph because the community matched their needs on key decision criteria including location and quality of life. Guelph’s ideal location paired with convenient access to neighbouring communities made Guelph an excellent fit for a new dealership. Guelph is a great location for new or expanding business. Guelph is the sixth fastest growing city in Canada and 97 per cent of Guelph residents rate the overall quality of life as good or very good.… Continue reading Pfaff Subaru operations are full speed ahead in Guelph

Guelph-Wellington promotes innovative solutions to address food waste – FoodCycler helps realize Smart Cities goals

Guelph, Ont., April 18, 2019 — The City of Guelph, County of Wellington, and Alectra Inc. are pleased to announce that FoodCycler—a business that offers a countertop food recycler that turns food waste into a nutrient-rich fertilizer for plants and gardens, and uses Smart technology to help residents, businesses and cities understand their food waste patterns- was awarded $5,000 to promote application development. At Toronto’s Globe Capital Exchange earlier this year, the City and the County of Wellington participated in the Alectra Inc.-sponsored Innovation Challenge in search of innovative technologies to support their circular food economy model. FoodCycler emerged as a leader in this technology and an example of the type of innovation at the heart of Guelph-Wellington’s Smart Cities Challenge bid. “We were impressed… Continue reading Guelph-Wellington promotes innovative solutions to address food waste – FoodCycler helps realize Smart Cities goals

City, Innovation Guelph and local startups attend Global Food Summit

Guelph, Ont. March 28, 2019—Staff from the City of Guelph, Innovation Guelph and three local start-up companies travelled to Munich, Germany for the Global Food Summit last week. The two-day conference featured presentations on agri-food industry trends and innovation from around the world. Global Affairs Canada invited the City to participate in this international conference because of Guelph and the surrounding region’s leadership in agri-innovation. The City was also invited to nominate local agri-food start-ups to participate in the Summit. Three companies from Guelph and Wellington County were selected to attend: Be Seen Be Safe: creators of virtual boundaries (geofences) around farms and other agribusinesses using satellite technology and Quinta Quinoa: producers of an all-natural, sustainable, Canadian-grown quinoa that’s high in fibre iron, and other… Continue reading City, Innovation Guelph and local startups attend Global Food Summit

Guelph labour market and economy continues to perform strongly

Guelph, Ont., March 12, 2019—Results from the February update of Canada’s Labour Force Survey show that the Guelph census metropolitan area (CMA) continues on its established path of strong performance in economy and labour force. “Guelph’s economy and labour force continue to outperform not only our neighbouring communities, but also communities across Canada,” says Scott Stewart, deputy chief administrative officer of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise for the City of Guelph. “Guelph is a resilient community built for success as evidenced by our having the highest employment rate in Canada.” In February, the Guelph CMA had the highest year-over-year working-age population growth in Canada (2.6 per cent); this is faster than the Toronto CMA (2.5 per cent). With the increase, 70.2 per cent of working-age Guelph… Continue reading Guelph labour market and economy continues to perform strongly

Showcasing Guelph’s agri-innovation excellence on an international stage

Guelph, Ont. November 13, 2018— On November 11 and 12, Global Affairs Canada’s Investor Outreach, the City of Guelph and the University of Guelph hosted the Canadian Innovation and Investment Opportunities in Agriculture media tour. The tour included 12 international journalists from countries including Hong Kong, France, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Japan, USA and Mexico. Global Affairs Canada selected Guelph as one of four Canadian media tour stops based on the City’s outstanding agri-food research sector and the cluster of innovative companies found here including foreign investors. The other scheduled Canadian stops were Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Calgary. “This was an excellent opportunity to promote Guelph’s premier agri-innovation cluster to international investment prospects,” says Scott Stewart, Deputy CAO, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise for the City of Guelph.… Continue reading Showcasing Guelph’s agri-innovation excellence on an international stage

City of Guelph wins three awards of excellence for business programs

Guelph, Ont., October 4, 2018—For the second year in a row the City of Guelph has claimed awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference. This year the City of Guelph’s Business Development and Enterprise Services department won the following awards: Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for the Hanlon Creek Business Park sales video (Video/Multimedia Promotion) Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for the 2017 Economic Snapshot (General Purpose Print Promotion) Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for the Downtown Community Improvement Program (Neighbourhood Development) The awards were presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, October 2 during the IEDC Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. “This year our judges reviewed some extraordinary projects that advanced both communities and businesses. We congratulate all the award winners, and… Continue reading City of Guelph wins three awards of excellence for business programs

Guelph’s economy second among Canadian mid-sized cities for expected growth

Guelph, Ont., September 20, 2018– The Conference Board of Canada, a national, independent research organization, has projected real gross domestic product (GDP) for the Guelph region at 2.3 per cent in 2018. The Guelph region includes the City of Guelph, and Guelph/Eramosa and Puslinch Townships. The Summer 2018 Outlook report states that Guelph’s economy has performed strongly in recent years and is expected to continue to grow above the provincial pace for both 2018 and 2019. Guelph’s expected real GDP growth in 2018 is the second highest among medium sized cities, trailing only Oshawa (2.6 per cent). “We expect continued, albeit moderating, economic growth for Guelph over the next two years, with real GDP slated to advance 2.3 per cent in 2018 and a further… Continue reading Guelph’s economy second among Canadian mid-sized cities for expected growth

Mirexus launches operations in Hanlon Creek Business Park

Guelph, Ont., September 14, 2018—Local business Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc. has moved into their newly built headquarters in the Hanlon Creek Business Park at the corner of Downey Road and Hanlon Creek Boulevard. Mirexus adds to the strong and diverse businesses that already operate in the business park. Following the purchase of the 1.75–hectare (4.3–acre) parcel of land in July 2017, Mirexus broke ground on their development in September 2017 and completed construction this past July. Mirexus was launched in Guelph in 2008 and has seen positive growth over their 10 years. From their beginnings at the University of Guelph to their new location and staff complement of 27, Mirexus has thrived as part of Guelph’s business community and all the support that comes with that.… Continue reading Mirexus launches operations in Hanlon Creek Business Park

Groundbreaking ceremony welcomes Pfaff Subaru to Guelph

Guelph, Ont., September 7, 2018—Pfaff Subaru broke ground on their new 2,050–square metre (22,000–square foot) dealership today during a ceremony attended by Mayor Cam Guthrie, Pfaff Automotive Partners, Subaru and other community partners. Guelph’s newest dealership will be built in the north end of the city at 12 Wilbert Street near Woodlawn and Elmira Roads. Pfaff Subaru will add to the existing strength and diversity of automotive dealerships already located in the area, providing new options for Guelph residents. “I am thrilled to welcome Pfaff Subaru,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “This new dealership brings investment, jobs, and more consumer choice to our city. It’s a great addition to Guelph.” Pfaff Subaru are working with local contractors, including Guelph-based Alliance Roofing, to build their new dealership.… Continue reading Groundbreaking ceremony welcomes Pfaff Subaru to Guelph

Guelph awarded $35,000 to attract foreign direct investment

Guelph, Ont., May 3, 2018—The City of Guelph has been awarded $35,000 in funding from Global Affairs Canada as part of their Invest Canada – Community Initiatives program (ICCI). The funding will be used by the City to promote the Building Partnerships initiative to both Canadian and foreign investors. Building Partnerships is a City of Guelph initiative aimed at helping businesses and builders “get to yes” as they navigate the process of moving a business to Guelph and applying for planning and development approvals. Years of foreign direct investment research helped to shape the Building Partnerships initiative, and will support Guelph in competing on a global scale. Guelph is a recognized destination for foreign direct investment. Last year the City was recognized as a top… Continue reading Guelph awarded $35,000 to attract foreign direct investment

City welcomes new businesses to the Hanlon Creek Business Park

Guelph, Ont., April 30, 2018—Local companies RKD and Zero In recently moved into their new, shared head office in the Hanlon Creek Business Park. They will be hosting their grand opening celebrations on Friday, May 11, which will include greetings from Mayor Cam Guthrie. Both companies outgrew their previous office space in Guelph and chose to relocate to the Hanlon Creek Business Park because of its convenient access to the 401 and existing local business connections. The new office space also provides options for future expansions. The current move will include the addition of five to ten new jobs. RKD and Zero In are examples of Guelph’s growing and thriving Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. With Guelph’s central location in the Innovation Corridor, local… Continue reading City welcomes new businesses to the Hanlon Creek Business Park

Guelph region ninth in Canada for expected growth in gross domestic product

The Conference Board of Canada, a national, independent research organization, has projected economic growth in the Guelph region at 2.2 per cent in real gross domestic product (GDP). The Guelph region includes the City of Guelph, and Guelph/Eramosa and Puslinch Townships. Continue reading Guelph region ninth in Canada for expected growth in gross domestic product

Guelph ranks seventh for leaders in software development

Guelph, Ont., December 14, 2017— Guelph ranks seventh in a national list of cities having a high concentration of software developers, according to Stacking Up: A snapshot of Canada’s developer talent. “Guelph’s concentration of software developers speaks to our regional strengths in technology and innovation,” says Peter Cartwright, general manager of business development and enterprise services. “This is just one of the many reasons why companies are considering Guelph as a location for technology-driven businesses.” The national list is part of a report released by the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship in partnership with Stack Overflow this month. Rankings are based on an annual  survey completed by Stack Overflow earlier this year, as well as web traffic data to their site, “a website where… Continue reading Guelph ranks seventh for leaders in software development

Control Systems International choose Guelph for their third satellite office

Guelph, Ont., December 8, 2017 – International engineering firm Control Systems International (CSI) is celebrating the opening of their third satellite office today, their first in Guelph. CSI provides engineering design solutions for clients. Their new office will lead the design of robot systems used in client manufacturing processes. The Guelph office will also provide servicing and troubleshooting services to clients, and the company has plans to hire electrical apprentices, robot technicians and engineers in the near future. Guelph is ideally located with access to educated talent developed at the University of Guelph and Conestoga College. Guelph’s proximity to the Toronto-Guelph-Waterloo Innovation Corridor, the second largest cluster of technology innovators in North America, also makes the city an ideal choice for new businesses to set… Continue reading Control Systems International choose Guelph for their third satellite office

Local businesses go global at world’s largest food exhibition

Guelph, Ont, October 25, 2016 – Last week, three local businesses expanded their global presence at Salon International de l’Alimentation (SIAL) – the world’s largest international food innovation and trade exhibition in Paris, France. The delegation team of Troll Bridge Creek, Dixon’s Distillery, and Wagram Springs, and led by representatives from the economic development offices of the City of Guelph, County of Wellington, University of Guelph and Guelph Chamber of Commerce joined over 7,000 companies from over 100 countries to present their products to retail and food service professionals from around the world. The trip also offered members of the delegation an opportunity to meet with France’s leading network group – Vitagora – who connects its food industry and research members with manufacturers from around… Continue reading Local businesses go global at world’s largest food exhibition