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Taste of Bolton – Looking for Food Vendors!

The First Annual “Taste of Bolton” event is taking place three nights this summer and we would love for you to be part of it at no charge to you!

  • Friday June 17, 2022 | 6pm-10pm
  • Friday July 15, 2022 | 6pm-10pm
  • Friday Aug 19, 2022 | 6pm-10pm

Located at the Royal Courtyards (18 King St E) in Bolton, we invite you to be part of this exciting event and showcase and sell your best to the community!

  • Food can be purchased from 6-9pm.
  • Live music 7-10pm.

Food Tents/Food Trucks are also welcome to come and be part of the evening free of charge! The food tents and food trucks will be located in the parking lot directly beside the Courtyard.

Highlight and sell your best appetizers, entrees, deserts at the event. All local restaurants, food vendors and shops are welcome to partake in any or all of the evenings.

Those attending the the event will be able to purchase food and enjoy. “Live” local music and a Cash Bar will be located in the Courtyard.

Space is limited, so be sure to book your spot today, as it is first come first serve! For question and/or to reserve your dates, please RSVP to: tasteofbolton@gmail.com. Please let us know if you will be participating no later than June 1st.

We look forward to you bringing our community a “Taste of Bolton!’

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Join serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Michele Romanow (Instagram, Twitter) and human connections expert, Riaz Meghji (Instagram, Twitter) on the virtual main stage. Digital innovation expert Amber Mac (Instagram, Twitter) will lead this exciting conversation about the secrets to success. Learn more practical insights for your business from our QuickBooks leaders and partners.

 Discover the possibilities ahead. Register now for QuickBooks Connect.

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Cyberattacks are on the rise and cybercriminals pose a real threat to you and your business.

Surprisingly, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) like yours are a huge target. Fact is, attacks on small businesses increased by 424% in 2020 alone – and the COVID-19 pandemic and increase in nation-state attacks have escalated this problem even further.

A cyberattack can destroy a business. This is why Mastercard created the Mastercard Trust Centre – to help you defend your critical assets, your business, and your reputation through online access to trusted cybersecurity education, resources, and tools.

The Mastercard Trust Centre provides resources and more to help you safeguard your business.

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15 TikTok Statistics You Need To Know (2022)

TikTok, the Chinese-owned app formerly known as musical.ly, is hard to avoid these days. Now owned by parent company Bytedance, it’s one of the fastest-growing social media apps in the world. So, whether you’re thinking about starting a TikTok marketing strategy in 2022 or looking to finetune an existing one, there are certain TikTok statistics that you need to know.

Knowing TikTok facts like the number of users the platform has and its demographics can help guide you towards crafting an effective and successful strategy.

We’re here to get you well equipped, so read on to learn about the top TikTok stats all marketers need to know this year.

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Spring & Summer 2022 Events

May 6

Cinco de Mayo Festival
Humber River Centre (Old Fire Hall), Downtown Bolton
Presented By: Stage Academy Theatre Association & The Bolton Community Crew

May 14

Outdoor Concert & Caledon Cruiser Show
Bolton Canadian Tire Store Parking Lot
Presented By: BVRA & Caledon Cruisers

June 4-5

Bolton Bicentennial Celebration
Downtown Bolton
Presented By: The Bolton 200 + 1 Bicentennial Committee

June 10

Theatrical Circus & Magic Event
Albion Bolton Fairgrounds
Presented By: Stage Academy Theatre Association & The Caledon Seniors Centre

June 11

Italian Heritage Day
Albion Bolton Fairgrounds
Presented By: The Bolton Italian Cultural Centre

August 12

Midnight Madness
Queen St & King St, Downtown Bolton
Presented By: Stage Academy Theatre Association & The Bolton Community Crew

June 17, July 15, August 19

Taste of Bolton
Royal Courtyards, Downtown Bolton
Presented By: BVRA & Downtown Bolton Taskforce

Cinco De Mayo Street Festival in Downtown Bolton

Join us on Friday May 6th in Downtown Bolton for our first annual Cinco de Mayo Street Festival. Live Mariachi Band and Mexican Folklore Dancers in front of the new Humber River Centre (Old Fire Hall) at 28 Ann Street from 7pm to 10pm.

Come out and try our freshly made Churros! Simply delicious! Presented by Stage Academy and the Bolton Community Crew. A celebration of Mexican Arts & Culture coming to Downtown Bolton. A family friendly event! 🇲🇽🫔🌮 🎶🎺 🎉🌞🌵⛱️

Mayor’s “Taste of Caledon” Business Luncheon

Join Mayor Allan Thompson on April 5th for “A Taste of Caledon” featuring food & drinks from some of Caledon’s top restaurants and suppliers! 🍽

This is your chance to connect as a business community, celebrate our successes and inspire one another to continue to grow and prosper.

🕥 Doors open 11:30 a.m.
🎟 Tickets in advance: $10

Town of Caledon Launches New 3-1-1 Service for Residents

It is now easier than ever for Caledon residents to find the information they need, faster, by replacing the need to call the Town’s 10-digit customer service phone number.

When they call 311, residents will be directed to the appropriate municipal or regional service based on their needs. The service works whether the caller is using a cell phone or a land line.

Ontario Providing Supports for Small Businesses, Workers and Families

Province’s plan includes $10,000 grant for eligible small businesses and additional electricity-rate relief.

January 07, 2022
Ministry of Finance
From the Ontario Newsroom

TORONTO — The Ontario government is providing targeted relief for businesses and people impacted by the current public health measures aimed at blunting the spread of the Omicron variant. As part of this plan, the government is introducing a $10,000 grant for eligible businesses that are subject to closures under the modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen and is providing additional electricity-rate relief for businesses, as well as workers and families spending more time at home.

“Our government understands that public health measures needed to blunt the spread of the Omicron variant are impacting the lives and livelihoods of small businesses, workers and families across Ontario,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance. “Since the first day of the pandemic, we have provided unprecedented levels of support to protect people, jobs and our economy. We will continue to deliver on that commitment.”

As part of a comprehensive plan to support workers and businesses, the government is announcing an Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant for small businesses that are subject to closure under the modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen. It will provide eligible small businesses with a grant payment of $10,000.

Eligible small businesses include:

  • Restaurants and bars;
  • Facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities (including fitness centres and gyms);
  • Performing arts and cinemas;
  • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions;
  • Meeting or event spaces;
  • Tour and guide services;
  • Conference centres and convention centres;
  • Driving instruction for individuals; and
  • Before- and after- school programs.

Eligible businesses that qualified for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant and that are subject to closure under modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen will be pre-screened to verify eligibility and will not need to apply to the new program. Newly established and newly eligible small businesses will need to apply once the application portal opens in the coming weeks. Small businesses that qualify can expect to receive their payment in February.

“Small businesses, job creators and the entrepreneurial spirit are the backbone of Ontario’s economy. Unfortunately, these businesses have been some of the most impacted by COVID-19, and many continue to struggle,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “Since the start of the pandemic, we have provided unprecedented supports for businesses in every region of the province. With the new Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant, our government will provide relief for thousands of small businesses that create jobs for hard working Ontarians.”

The Ontario government is also providing electricity-rate relief to support small businesses, as well as workers and families spending more time at home while the province is in Modified Step Two. For 21 days starting at 12:01 am on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, electricity prices will be set 24 hours a day at the current off-peak rate of 8.2 cents per kilowatt-hour, which is less than half the cost of the current on-peak rate. The off-peak rate will apply automatically to residential, small businesses and farms who pay regulated rates set by the Ontario Energy Board and get a bill from a utility and will benefit customers on both Time-of-Use and Tiered rate plans.

“We know that spending more time at home means using more electricity during the day when prices are higher, that’s why we are moving to off-peak electricity rates 24 hours per day, seven days a week,” said Todd Smith, Minister of Energy. “The off-peak rate will provide immediate savings for families, small businesses and farms as all Ontarians work together to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.”

Further, online applications for the previously-announced Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program will open on January 18. This program will provide eligible businesses that are required to close or reduce capacity with rebate payments for up to 100 per cent of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to public health measures in response to the Omicron variant.

Eligible businesses required to close for indoor activities, such as restaurants and gyms, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 100 per cent of their costs. Those required to reduce capacity to 50 per cent, such as smaller retail stores, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 50 per cent of their costs. A complete list of eligible businesses will be provided prior to the launch of the application portal.

“Small businesses are at the heart of every community across our province and make a tremendous contribution to Ontario’s economy,” said Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. “Our government knows how important it is to support small business owners during such a difficult time. That’s why throughout the pandemic, our government has supported small businesses and continues to do so through the new Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant.”

The government is also improving cash flows for Ontario businesses by providing up to $7.5 billion through a six-month interest- and penalty-free period starting January 1, 2022 for Ontario businesses to make payments for most provincially administered taxes. This supports businesses now and provides the flexibility they will need for long-term planning. Building on Ontario’s efforts to improve cash flows for businesses, the province continues to call on the federal government to match provincial tax deferral efforts by allowing small businesses impacted by public health restrictions to defer their HST remittances for a period of six months.

“Ontario’s heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries have been hit first, hardest, and are expected to take the longest to recover from the pandemic,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “These new supports are critical to protect sectors that contribute more than $76 billion and hundreds of thousands of jobs in communities across the province.”

These measures will build on Ontario’s support for businesses and workers, including:

  • Cutting wholesale alcohol prices to provide approximately $60 million in annual support to restaurants, bars and other businesses, as well as making it easier for businesses to create and extend patios and permanently allowing licenced restaurants and bars to include alcohol with food as part of a takeout or delivery order.
  • Extending COVID-19 paid sick days until July 31, 2022 to keep workers safe and ensure they do not lose pay if they need to miss work for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • Enabling an estimated $10.1 billion in cost savings and support to Ontario businesses in 2021, with more than 60 per cent, or $6.3 billion, going to small businesses, including:
    • Supporting a reduction in Workplace Safety and Insurance Board premiums.
    • Allowing businesses to accelerate write-offs of capital investments for tax purposes.
    • Reducing the small business Corporate Income Tax rate to 3.2 per cent.
    • Providing the Digital Main Street program, which helped more than 20,000 businesses across the province to increase their digital presence in 2020-21.
    • Introducing and temporarily enhancing the Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit to encourage investments in certain regions of Ontario that have lagged in employment growth in the past.
    • Providing targeted COVID-19 support through the Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant.
    • Lowering high Business Education Tax rates for job creators.
    • Increasing the Employer Health Tax exemption from $490,000 to $1 million.
    • Lowering electricity bills through measures such as the Comprehensive Electricity Plan, with the Province paying for a portion of high-priced, non-hydro renewable energy contracts.
    • Providing targeted COVID-19 support through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which delivered $3 billion in urgent and unprecedented support to over 110,000 small businesses across the province.

Quick Facts

  • The government has temporarily moved the province back into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen, with modifications that take into account the province’s successful vaccination efforts. These time-limited measures will help blunt transmission and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed as the province continues to accelerate its booster dose rollout. They will be in place at least until January 26, 2022, subject to trends in public health and health system indicators.
  • Launched in January 2021, the Ontario Small Business Support Grant provided direct financial support to eligible small businesses that were required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown that came into effect in December 2020.
  • Businesses subject to 50 per cent capacity restrictions are not eligible for the new Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant.
  • The Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program provides eligible businesses that are required to close or reduce capacity with rebate payments for a portion of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to public health measures in response to the Omicron variant.

Additional Resources

Digital Transformation Grant closes November 30

Attention Downtown Bolton brick & mortar businesses, if you haven’t yet applied for the Digital Transformation Grant, now is the time to do so! The grant closes on November 30th, and if eligible, your business can receive $2500 towards expanding your digital presence.

Participant Requirements

A Digital Transformation Grant is open to any business that meets the following requirements:

Must be a business that:

  • Has a permanent ‘brick-and-mortar’ establishment in Ontario
  • Is employing 1-50 employees
  • Has not received a DTG previously
  • Is paying commercial property tax (commercially assessed), either directly or through commercial rent
  • Is a registered business in Ontario and/or is incorporated
  • Is open for business/operating at the time of application (not a start up)
  • Is open to the general public for walk-in and onsite purchases of goods and services – NOT A WHOLESALER OR MANUFACTURER
  • Is NOT a business supplying digital services to other businesses (e.g. website design/development, SEO, programming)
  • Is NOT a franchise, including those individually owned and operated
  • Is NOT a not-for-profit/ charitable organization
  • Is NOT renting office space on a temporary basis (month-to-month)
  • Is NOT in a shared workspace such as a hot desk or dedicated desk
  • Is NOT a purely online business

Owned by:

  • An Ontario resident operating a business in Ontario.
  • An individual of 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Has completed the Digital Transformation for Main Street program, which includes:

  • The Digital Main Street Assessment
  • Has passed the eligibility quiz
  • The online training
  • Developing a Digital Transformation Plan

*OBIAA reserves the right to determine who is eligible/ineligible on a case-by-case basis.