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Owners of independently owned and operated tourism businesses in BruceGreySimcoe can now access support through the unique T3 Accelerator program.

T3 Accelerator Program Launched

Click to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-dXaS2bmbA

Owners of established tourism businesses now have support available through a unique program in Bruce, Grey and Simcoe counties.  

TAccelerator, launched by Regional Tourism Organization 7 and the Centre for Business and Economic Development in Collingwood, invites independently owned and operated tourism businesses to apply for coaching assistance to help their business develop and succeed. Once accepted into T3 Accelerator, an extensive assessment of business operations and tourism offerings is undertaken by an experienced team of general business and tourism specialists to identify business development strategies for your business. Owners then receive suitable coaching and resources from the T3 Team and partner organizations. 

For the past several months, seven businesses have been participating in the pilot and the feedback has been very positive.  

“Success is what the program is all about and with the coaching we have tapped into resources we didn’t know were available to us” says Peter Doner and Barbara Barta of Oasis by the Bay Vacation Suites. “T3 made us stop and reevaluate our business. I’ve taken a lot away that has shifted our focus to be more targeted,” Barta adds.

The structure of T3 Accelerator was developed after extensive research and consulting local tourism businesses. T3 Accelerator was built upon a similar program run for almost a decade in Northumberland County. Bill Sullivan, RTO7 CEO, says “I am blown away by the level of commitment that the team members have invested into developing this program. This is a unique support program that will have a significant impact on those tourism businesses involved.”

“Small business represents one of the most important facets of our economy and this exciting coaching program is already proving to be a great tool to those involved.” states Gillian Fairley, General Manager of the Centre for Business and Economic Development.

Central to the program are volunteer coaches. Scott Allison, one of the T3 coaches is sharing his professional knowledge and experience gained during his own career in the hotel and travel industries including 10 years on the board of Destination Canada. Like Mr. Allison, many of the T3 coaches have retired to live in our amenity-rich community.

Mr. Allison explains “tourism’s lifeblood is driven by entrepreneurs and their visions.”  He added “helping local business owners succeed is in itself rewarding, and being part of the T3team has given me great satisfaction.”

Program details can be found on the RTO7.ca website.

For more information:
Sue Ainley
Project Coordinator, T3 Accelerator 


The Revised Agenda for the Special Meeting of Council on April 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. is available.

The revision includes a Closed Session Matter at  D. on the Agenda.

Please see the Council Calendar for additional details.

The Agenda is available for the Grey County - The Blue Mountains Task Force Meeting on April 16, 2019.

Please note the start time is 1:30 p.m. and the location is the Bay Room, Grey County Administration Building, Owen Sound.

For additonal details, visit the Council Calendar.

Speaker Series event, hosted in partnership by the Town of The Blue Mountains, Town of Collingwood, Municipality of Meaford, and the Town of Wasaga Beach, and regional partners, features the topic: Building a Community of the Future by Attracting the Leaders of Tomorrow

Attracting the Leaders of Tomorrow - A Business in Motion Speaker Series


Theme includes:

  • How can we rank as a top YouthFullCity community?
  • Creating a Youthful Infrastructure
  • What makes for a word class community with youthful attitudes?

Keynote Speaker: Robert Barnard

  • 25+ years working with youth all around the world
  • Co-Founder of YouthfulCities.com

Local experts and leaders will discuss how we can work together to make our communities more youth-friendly and rank as a top YouthfulCity.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 8:30am - 11:00am 
Location: Marsh Street Centre - 187 Marsh Street, Clarksburg

Tickets are $30 - please note: Limited seating! Tickets will not be available at the door.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit: https://bim2019.eventbrite.ca

The Agenda is available for the April 16, 2019 Special Meeting of Council at 8:00 a.m.

For additional details visit the Council Calendar.

The Agenda is available for the April 17, 2019 CAO Hiring Sub-Committee of Council Meeting at 9:00 a.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

Notice- Grand Opening Celebration for the Daisy Market & Refillery

On behalf of Council, Mayor Soever would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to Cassidy Holt for the grand opening of her business Daisy Market + Refillery.

Mayor Soever, members of Council, and BIA representatives along with friends and family celebrated the grand opening of the Daisy Market + Refillery with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“It’s great to see a new and progressive business open within our community” explained Mayor Soever. “The success of small business is extremely important for the Town of The Blue Mountains economy. On behalf of Council, I wish Cassidy the best of success within her business.”

Daisy Market + Refillery features all natural, small batch beauty and eco-friendly lifestyle products. The refillery is a new addition to the store where customers can bring their own jar or container and purchase a variety of products including: lotions, shampoos, conditioners, soap, cleaning liquids, and toothpaste. The goal of the refillery is to reduce the amount of single use plastics within the community.

Daisy Market + Refillery is located at 8 Louisa St E. in downtown Thornbury. To learn more, please visit: www.daisymarket.ca

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282


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