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Notices

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.

Ye Olde Tyme Christmas

Downtown Bolton Community Event

Ye Olde Tyme Christmas Banner Info

It’s official! Christmas is coming early to Downtown Bolton 🎄

Join us Friday, December 3 from 6-9pm at “Ye Olde Tyme Christmas” for some incredible fun & celebrations:

🎄 Annual Tree Lighting
🛍 Outdoor Vendor Market in the Royal Courtyards
🎅 Free Photos with Santa, Mrs Claus & Reindeer
🎶 Victorian Christmas Carollers
🚒 Say Goodbye to the Old Firehall with Sparky the Firedog & Learn About the New Community “Firehub”
🏪 Stores & restaurants in the Downtown Core will have extended hours

Stay tuned for a map of the festivities!

We can’t wait to celebrate the Holidays & Bolton’s Bicentennial with the community! 🎁

For all of our BIA business members, this is a great opportunity for you to promote your business! The event will also be widely promoted through the The Town of Caledon, Bolton BIA Area and Regional councillors and other Community Groups.

Annual General Meeting of the Downtown Bolton Business Improvement Area

To all owners and tenants in the Downtown Bolton Business Improvement Area:

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Downtown Bolton Business Improvement Area. Due to the pandemic and our ongoing support of the Provincial Orders, the meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 6 p.m. via an online program known as Cisco WebEx.

The agenda includes key items such as the proposed 2022 Budget and a presentation by Town of Caledon staff on the Downtown Bolton Revitalization Project. The full meeting agenda  will be posted on the website www.downtownbolton.ca.

As this meeting will be held virtually, you must pre-register to participate.  To register contact the Town’s Legislative Services staff by telephone at 905.584.2272 ext. 2366 or by e-mail at agenda@caledon.ca.  

Should you wish to listen to the meetings but are unable to participate virtually please use the call in details below:

Call In Number: 1.833.311.4101
Meeting Access Code: 2632 580 0580#

Owners, please share this notice with your tenants, if applicable.  

We look forward to another engaging AGM with our members and look forward to seeing you at the meeting (virtually)!

Sincerely,
Jean Carberry, Chair on behalf of the Board of Members of the Downtown Bolton BIA 

Voice your opinion about the future of Caledon!

Complete the recently launched community Vision Survey, where you can express your needs and priorities as the Town of Caledon refines their Vision and Guiding Principles, and begin to think about land use planning policy directions.

https://haveyoursaycaledon.ca/official-plan-review/survey_tools/future-caledon-official-plan-vision-survey

Please spread the word about the Vision Survey to your networks and encourage your friends, family and neighbours to provide their input and have their say. The survey will be live until October 1, 2021.

September 2021 BIA Meeting

Please join us for our September 2021 meeting to be held electronically on Wednesday, September 22nd 2021 at 1 pm. See below for the formal agenda with instructions to join the meeting.

Instructions

  • To listen to the meeting, please call 1-833-311-4101 and enter the following access code, followed by the pound (#) key: 132 072 2967#.
  • If you would like to register to delegate or have questions or comments regarding items on this agenda, please contact Legislative Services by e-mail to agenda@caledon.ca or by phone at 905.584.2272 ext. 2366.
  • Please advise us if you require an accessibility accommodation to participate in the meeting.

FREE Upcoming Events to Boost Your Business

Upcoming Events July 2021 Graphic

As part of Digital Main Street’s commitment to supporting Ontario businesses, they have put together some exciting online events that could be super valuable to your business! Check out and register for the two events below!

How An Online Store Can Boost Your Business

July 22 • 11:30am

The goal of ShopHERE Powered By Google is to build and optimize online stores for small independent businesses and artists in just a matter of days. With ShopHERE powered by Google, businesses get to expand their selling opportunities into the online market.

Celebrating Small Business Panel

July 28 • 5:00pm

Join Digital Main Street’s ShopHERE Program for the Celebrating Small Businesses panel discussion, happening Wednesday, July 28th at 5:00PM EST! Join us in celebrating and learning from three Ontario-based entrepreneurs as they share their unique stories and the digital strategies that have transformed their businesses.

NEW: Business Video Spotlights

For a limited time, Downtown Bolton BIA would love to help promote its member businesses by featuring, AT NO COST, one business each month in a Video Spotlight! 🎥

Our videographer will work with you to showcase your business, its products & services and its people in a 30-60 second video that will appear on our website downtownbolton.ca and our social media pages. Businesses will also get a copy of the video to upload to their own social platforms! 

We invite small businesses in the Downtown Bolton BIA area (sorry, we cannot include franchises) to fill out the form using the link below, and one business will be selected randomly each month to have their very own video spotlight.

COVID-19 Support For Businesses

Find out if your business is eligible for grants from the Province of Ontario to help with the cost of personal protective equipment, property taxes, energy bills and extra support if you have to close or significantly restrict services because of provincial public health measures.

Main Street Relief Grant Expanded

The Main Street Relief Grant is a one-time grant which reimburses main street businesses for up to $1,000 in PPE costs incurred since March 17, 2020. Eligible businesses now include those with 2 to 19 employees in the following sectors:

  • Retail trade
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Repair and maintenance
  • Personal and laundry services
  • Gyms and yoga studios
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation