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CME to host workshops on new SMART funding for Southern Ontario manufacturers

Published by Derek Lothian on January 30, 2012

Exporting and export-ready manufacturers in Southern Ontario can learn how to access up to $75,000 in financial support for product and process improvements at a series of regional workshops, hosted this February by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).

These free workshops will connect companies with the information and resources necessary to take advantage of $18.9 million in new funding through CME's SMART Prosperity Now program.

"The nature of business is now global and Canadian manufacturers must have the right tools to be competitive," explains Ian Howcroft, vice president, CME Ontario. "This initiative will allow small and medium-sized enterprises to commercialize new technologies, invest in equipment, increase efficiency and ultimately boost their ability to compete and win on the world stage."

Companies conducting productivity assessments are eligible to receive up to 50 per cent of project costs to a maximum $5,000, while companies implementing productivity improvement projects may qualify to receive up to 33 per cent of costs to a maximum $75,000.

Manufacturers interested in taking advantage of this program, funded by the Federal Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev), are highly encouraged to attend any of the following workshops: Windsor (February 2), London (February 3), Markham (February 6), Whitby (February 7), Niagara (February 10), Mississauga (February 13), Kingston (February 15), Ottawa (February 16), Peterborough (February 17), and Kitchener (February 21).

For more information, or to register, visit http://bit.ly/SMARTWorkshops.

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