Halton’s cycling map now featuring bike-friendly businesses and amenities!

We are pleased to announce that Halton’s new cycling map now includes a list of cycling-mapOntario By Bike certified bicycle friendly businesses and amenities!

The Ontario By Bike Network certifies tourism businesses and organizations as bicycle friendly for free under the categories of accommodation, food service providers, destination attractions, business areas and other cycling-related businesses or organizations. To be eligible for certification, individual locations must be situated within a region where the Ontario By Bike™ Network is currently offered, as well as comply with the certification criteria required for the specific category they fall under.

In addition to being listed on the Halton cycling map, here are some further benefits of Ontario By Bike certification:

  • Customized business listings on the Ontario By Bike™ websiteOntario By Bike logo
  • Category business icon placed on the Ontario By Bikeonline map, helping cyclists find your business when planning their cycling holidays
  • Access to Ontario By Bike`s Industry E-newsletter. Sent out twice annually, this e-newsletter brings industry up to speed on the trends and recent developments impacting Ontario`s cycle tourism industry
  • Opportunity to purchase an outdoor Ontario By Bike signto further brand your location as bicycle friendly

Visit the Ontario By Bike™ website to view bike friendly establishments in Halton and learn how your business can take advantage of the growing cycle tourism market!

Explore Halton!

Halton is an exceptional cycling destination for both experienced and recreational cyclists looking to stay active and enjoy the region.  Halton offers many on and off-roadcycling-map-2 cycling options for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Whether you are looking for a leisurely ride along the Lake Ontario waterfront, a visit through a historic downtown or challenging escarpment routes, there is something for everyone to get outdoors, stay active and enjoy the region.

Cycling enthusiasts can use the indoor track at Milton’s velodrome, the Mattamy National Cycling Centre (external link). This world-class facility is host to professional cycling competitions year-round. For more competitive cyclists, our annual Epic Tour, GTA’s GranFondo, is one of the largest mass cycling events in Canada.

Visit our website to access our interactive cycling map or to request a free map mailed to your location.  Download the OneHalton mobile app from App Store or Google Play to access the Halton cycling map from the palm of your hand.








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Summer Reading List: Business Skills Edition

With Summer 2019 just around the corner, the Halton Small Business Centre team is ready to hit the beach and catch up on their summer reading list. Here’s the top 5 books Summer Book pic option2we’re excited to get reading:

  1. The Business Model Generation by Strategyzer: This book is a perfect beginners guide to the Business Model Canvas, a visual bird’s-eye view of your business. For those looking to put their idea on paper and reshape that idea before and after its launch, this visual canvas is the perfect tool to organize your thoughts and reviewing how they work together.
  2. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg: In an attempt to curb his cookie eating habit, Charles Duhigg takes you on an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the science that runs your small everyday actions (habits). Told through intriguing case studies, Duhigg not only shows you the why behind your actions but gives you the secrets to changing them.
  3. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry: A new strategy in the age old quest for success, “Emotional Intelligence” looks at how to become aware of, control and express one’s emotion, as well as how we relate to others. If you’re looking for a step-by-step guide to harness and improve your Emotional Intelligence, this book is for you!
  4. Entrepreneur Voices on Emotional Intelligence: Hear how entrepreneurs just like you have honed in their Emotional Intelligence to help them thrive and succeed in their respective industries.
  5. The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll: Tired of using organizational methods that didn’t fit his needs, Ryder Carroll created his own and it went viral. From the beautiful spread the have taken over instagram’s #bujo to the countless of entrepreneurs who have used the Bullet Journal method to tackle their busy schedules, this book is sure to help you learn how to stay even a little bit more organized.

The Small Business Centre’s free Lending Library is packed with inspiring and educational books that you can borrow for up to 3 weeks.  For support or to view our full Lending Library selection, visit the Halton Small Business Centre at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville or call us at 905.825.6000 ext. 7900.

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Data Insights: Planning for the future – 2019 Halton Employment Survey

From now until the end of September the Region of Halton is conducting our annual

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Surveyors wear Halton shirts and carry ID cards when visiting businesses

Employment Survey.   A team of surveyors from the Region’s Planning Services Division will visit each and every business in Halton to gather information about:

  • The number of employees working at each location;
  • The type of employment that’s taking place there; and
  • Characteristics of the buildings in which businesses are located.

The information gathered through this survey helps us to monitor the region’s economic activity, forecast land use patterns and implement land use targets.  We also use this information to support water, wastewater and transportation master plans.

All data collected from the survey is consolidated and released to the public though the Employment Survey Results report. Individual business information is neither identifiable nor published in the report.

Business representatives can now complete the 2019 Employment Survey questionnaire online!

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Students: Be Your Own Boss this Summer! Apply to the Summer Company Program

Are you a returning student aged 15-29 and want to start and run your own business thisSummer Company Blog Photo summer? Apply to the 2019 Summer Company program offered through the Halton Small Business Centre. The deadline for applications is May 10th!

Join us on April 29th and May 8th from 6 pm – 8 pm for our optional Summer Company Information & Working Session. The Session will provide an overview of the program and an opportunity to work on writing your Summer Company business plan.  Halton Small Business Centre staff will be on hand to answer questions.  Bring your laptops!  E-mail us at summer.company@halton.ca for more information and to register to attend.

Summer Company is an excellent program that provides students with real world experience starting and running their own summer business.  Along with an opportunity to receive a grant up to $3,000, students benefit from the guidance of our experienced business consultants along with volunteer mentors from the community.

Past participants have praised the Summer Company program for its beneficial mentor advice and valuable business training, and opportunities to connect with fellow young entrepreneurs to share ideas, challenges and successes.

Many of our past participants have been able to continue to run their businesses after graduation and throughout the school year to supplement their income.  Learn more about our 2018 program participants and their success stories.

Summer Company is funded by the Province of Ontario. If you would like to learn more about this program, check eligibility requirements or apply online, visit ontario.ca/summercompany.

For more information about Halton Region’s Small Business Centre resources, services, business events and seminars, contact us by dialing 311 or 1-866-442-5866, visiting us online at haltonsmallbusiness.ca, emailing at smallbusiness@halton.ca or visiting us at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville. You can also follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.


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Data Insights – Halton Region 2018 Economic Review

Just released! Halton Region’s 2018 Economic ReviewEconomic-Review_cover-page

The 2018 Halton Region Economic Review provides an overview of Halton’s economy and real estate market during the past year, Halton-related business news highlights and progress in employment land development. The Review also provides insight into Halton’s competitiveness within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Results from the 2018 Halton Region Economic review confirm that our local economy continues to perform well.  Halton’s sustained economic growth can be attributed to our fast growing population, diverse industry sectors, highly talented labour pool and communities that rank highest for quality of living and attract billions of dollars in business and development investment.

Highlights from the 2018 Halton Economic Review include:

  • Halton’s population is estimated to be 583,363 in 2018 making Halton the fastest growing (by population) region in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Halton’s average unemployment rate of 5.3 per cent is lower than the annual average for the Greater Toronto Area (6.1%), Ontario (5.6 %) and Canada at (5.9%).
  • Halton’s largest development that broke ground in 2018 was global logistics
    leader DSV Canada’s new head office and logistics complex in Milton’s Derry Green Business Park. The 1.1 million square foot complex is expected to open in late 2019 and is expected to employ over 800 workers.
  • Halton continues to see strong development activity with total construction valuesConstruction Site View With Tower Crane in the Region topping the $1 billion mark and more than 3.8 million square feet of non-residential floor space built or under construction.
  • The Halton housing market remains among the strongest in Ontario. Over the past five years, there were nearly 20,000 new housing starts and existing home sales topped 43,000.
  • Eighty per cent of Halton businesses surveyed 2018 Business Conditions Survey, expect economic conditions over 2019 will remain stable or improve.
  • MoneySense ranks Halton communities high in their list of the Best Places to Live in Canada with The Town of Oakville claiming first place.

We invite you visit our website and download the 2018 Halton Region Economic Review.


Contact us for assistance in expanding your business in Halton Region, or for additional information on the Halton economy.  Explore our Resource Library to view a variety of reports, publications and videos.  For more detailed statistics and historical trends, visit our Data Insights webpage.

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Minister Ng talks trade diversification and Halton’s Global Business Centre

On Tuesday, March 12th, Halton Region and the Oakville Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast with the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion.

Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr kicked off the morning event delivering greetings andBkfast w Honorable Mary Ng_059 highlighting the important work of Halton’s local Chambers of Commerce and Halton’s Economic Development Division, including the new Halton Global Business Centre.  Local efforts like these help to create and maintain jobs in the region and make it a location people want to live, work and retire.

Minister Ng’s keynote and fireside chat focused on the role of Canada’s small businesses in the economy, the opportunities that trade Bkfast w Honorable Mary Ng_111diversification offers small businesses, and the importance of making export tools and resources available to all businesses to succeed.

Minister Ng cited Canada’s key trade agreements with countries throughout the world – Canada is the only G7 country with trade agreements with all other G7 countries.  Canada’s trade agreements give Canadian businesses access to 1.5 billion potential new customers worldwide.  Minister Ng encouraged small businesses to look at markets outside of North America for trade opportunities – with the right assistance and tools, Canadian companies can expand their export capabilities and play on the world stage.

Awareness, and accessing the right help and resources was identified as some of largestBkfast w Honorable Mary Ng_092 barriers to market entry for many small businesses.  Minister Ng congratulated services like the Halton Global Business Center for raising awareness and providing the right tools and assistance at the local level for businesses interested in going global or expanding their export activities in new markets.  The Halton Global Business Centre (GBC) serves as an initial and critical first point of contact into Canada’s extensive export ecosystem, providing support to Halton businesses in four main ways:

  1. Advisory and consultation services:
  2. Export-focused events, seminars and programs
  3. Tool and resources to help assess and plan your export journey
  4. Connecting clients to relevant programming and partners at other levels of government

The event ended with a series of breakout sessions on topics including: Funding Options, Insurance & Finance, and Market Research & New Market Entry, facilitated by Halton Global Business Centre partners, including Export Development Canada (EDC), Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TSC), and the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJC).

For more information about how the Halton Global Business Centre can help you succeed in today’s global marketplace, visit or contact us today!  For information about our upcoming events and seminars, sign up to receive our e-mail updates.


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DataInsights – 2018 Halton Business Conditions Survey

Each year Halton Economic Development asks local executives to provide informationLPS-1913899_Business Conditions 2018_cover about current business and economic conditions. The information gathered helps to provide better informed initiatives and policies that support Halton’s business community.

Businesses from all four Halton’s municipalities participated in the 2018 survey including for-profit sectors such as manufacturing, construction, professional and business services, science and technology, finance, insurance and real estate, wholesale, distribution & logistics and retail.

Halton businesses are optimistic about the future!

The 2018 survey report shows that Halton business owners are performing well, and investing in the future, and that they view Halton as a competitive location within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas (GTHA).

Highlights from the report:

  • Four in five businesses surveyed in 2018 are optimistic about the future and expect economic conditions to remain stable or improve.
  • Half of these businesses are anticipating increased profits over the next 12 months.
  • Two in five businesses plan to hire additional employees in 2019.
  • Three out of five businesses are investing in capital assets and in skills training to increase productivity.

The 2018 Halton Business Conditions Survey Report also shed light on Halton exporters.  Much of Halton say exports are headed to the United States.  In fact, of the survey respondents that export, 92% say they exported to the United States in 2018.

Diversifying export markets can help businesses become more innovative, profitable andTwitter_GBCCampaign resilient – as well as provide protection from exchange rate volatility and political and economic risks.    Contact the Halton Global Business Centre to learn how to take advantage of government programming and export-oriented supports that can help your Halton business enter new international markets.


Contact us for assistance in expanding your business in Halton Region, or for additional information on the Halton economy.  Explore our Resource Library to view a variety of reports, publications and videos.  For more detailed statistics and historical trends, visit Halton Data Insights.


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