On February 28, I had the pleasure of celebrating the official launch of the Halton Global Business Centre (GBC), located at the Halton Regional Centre at 1151 Bronte Rd. in Oakville. Alongside attendees including industry partners, Regional Councillors and Regional staff, we unveiled the center and discussed what the GBC means for local businesses, entrepreneurs and our local economy.
The creation of the GBC means Halton businesses looking for help in exporting have a place to go. Businesses who export also benefit from higher revenues, faster revenue growth and can see an increase in productivity. When businesses are ready to start exporting, the GBC can help them reach new markets, expand their customer base and diversify their products and services. And, our local economy depends on businesses who take advantage of national and international market opportunities.
The new Centre completes the suite of services Halton has to offer businesses to start, scale up and expand. New resources, services and programs include:
- export counseling;
- market entry support;
- access to information on grant opportunities;
- workshops and seminars;
- information on government programs; and
- networking opportunities.
The GBC is only one of the many ways that Halton Region is supporting local businesses and building a strong, local economy. With access to our Small Business Centre and partnerships with other local and provincial experts, Halton is one of the best places to do business. Together, we can ensure Halton Region remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.
To get in touch with a consultant, register for an upcoming seminar or workshop, or to learn more about the programs and services available through the GBC, visit halton.ca/goglobal.
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