The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ (OMAFRA) Business Retention and Expansion program (BR+E) is a structured, four-stage approach focused on ensuring that local businesses in rural communities survive and thrive.
When communities take on a BR+E project, they take meaningful steps towards retaining and expanding businesses by getting a clear understanding of issues facing local businesses and then capitalizing on opportunities.
As part of the program, OMAFRA offers comprehensive BR+E training to:
- individuals who are interested in managing or coordinating a community level Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) project.
- economic development professionals who will be involved in the implementation of a BR+E project.
Continue reading Learn the fundamentals of BR+E on September 19, 2019 in Blyth, Ontario
If your community is looking for ways to support your local agriculture sector; plan on attending the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) online Agriculture Economic Development Training.
The course is split into two sessions (March 26, 10am- 12pm and April 16, 10am-12pm). Click here to register. COURSE NOW FULL – WAIT LIST AVAILABLE
This interactive training will: Continue reading NEW Agriculture Economic Development Training
Are you looking to support and grow the economy in your community? Community Economic Development (CED) is the process of fostering an environment that results in the creation of wealth and well-being for the benefit of the community.
These no charge regional workshops are designed for those involved in local economic development, such as municipal councilors, economic development practitioners, and volunteer committee members with economic development responsibilities. Learn and take away practical tools to help your municipality develop and implement an effective economic development strategy. Continue reading CED 101 – Learn the Basics of Community Economic Development
On October 4th 2018, OMAFRA and Wellington County held the Municipal Agriculture Economic Development and Planning Forum. The forum was an opportunity for those involved in municipal and local economic development or planning to network and share success stories.
Wayne Caldwell, from the University of Guelph, was the key note speaker presenting on Revitalizing Rural Economic Development. He outlined the process used to select rural research priorities and demonstrate how we can use this research to enhance our own community work. He also presented several recent projects pertinent to agriculture economic development and rural Ontario, for example the Enhancing Local Food in Northern Ontario initiative. Continue reading Municipal Agriculture Economic Development and Planning Forum: Navigating Agriculture Economies
Strategic planning should be embedded into the regular operation of any organization. It helps organizations make sound decisions to guide its activities over time.
OMAFRA has partnered with the Ontario Business Improvement Areas Association (OBIAA) to deliver a free program to build organizational capacity using the Strategic Planning Train-the-Trainer (TTT) program. The program engages and trains a core team of volunteers from within the BIA to strengthen their leadership skills and build a network of support and collaboration that will assist them in creating a strategic plan for their organization.
To participate, BIAs must:
- Be willing to participate in the strategic planning process
- Have a commitment from the Board to the process
- Not be in a crisis situation
- Have five volunteers (the Core Team) that will commit to be trained to facilitate strategic planning
The program includes five hands-on sessions delivered via webinar, running on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm starting November 28, 2017 until March 2018. Volunteers will learn about each stage of OMAFRA’s strategic planning framework, and how it provides a foundation for the next stage. As homework, Core Team members will facilitate that stage of the strategic planning process with their own organization. If you missed the Lunch and Learn on October 24, the slide deck below provides an overview of the program:
Continue reading Strategic Planning is a Great way to Keep your Organization on Track.
The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) is a unique non-profit farm organization that represents all commodity groups across the province. They are leaders in producer education, local association development, program delivery and consumer outreach.
On February 7th, 2017, OSCIA held a “How to Run a Successful Meeting” session in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
The purpose of this session was to learn:
- Ways to work with different personality types at meetings
- How to make meetings more effective
Continue reading “How to Run a Successful Meeting” Highlights from the OSCIA Annual General Meeting
Take the OMAFRA course, Exploring Value Added Opportunities, to learn whether adding value to your products and services is right for your business. Register today for the March 31 workshop to be held in Sunderland, Ontario! Your registration fee includes resource materials, lunch and refreshments.
Ever wondered about turning your fruit into jam? Ever dreamed about making gourmet ready-to-eat meals with your produce?
Take the Exploring Value Added Opportunities (EVAO) course to help you increase your profits through the creation of new products and services or value-added opportunities at your farm or food business. Our course can help you: Continue reading Add Value to Your Agricultural Business: Learn How to Turn Your Ideas into Reality