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Good day!   

Welcome to the January edition of the Hamilton Economic Development Newsletter.  

Downtown Looking Up...again! 

There's a lot going on in Downtown Hamilton these days.

In 2011 alone, the International Village BIA and the Downtown Hamilton BIA accounted for nearly 40 new businesses in the core. Coupled with the announcements of all-day GO service coming soon, the creation of the McMaster Public Health facility at the corner of Main Street and Bay Street and the commencement of construction on a new hotel (Staybridge Suites), there is a sense of great renewal and activity in the core.

To accelerate this growth, Hamilton City Council recently expanded the areas where the Downtown Financial Incentive programs can be offered. These programs are designed to provide very low to no interest lending opportunities and grants to downtown developers, building owners and businesses and work is underway to expand the no development charge policy that applied to the former Community Improvement Plan (CIP) area to the expanded CIP area. Two new financial incentive programs include the Gore Building Improvement Grant Program and the Hamilton Downtown Commercial Fašade Property Improvement Grant Program.

To learn more click here or visit to get contact information for our staff.  

Franchisees Wanted! 

Ever wanted to get into the franchise business, purchase an existing business or even start your own business?  Good news, there's an event for that.  


Plan to attend the Franchise and Business Startup Seminar on Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at the RBC Hamilton Offices (100 King Street West, 8th Floor) from 6pm-8pm.  


For more information or to register (there's even free soup from Zoup being offered!) click here

BNN Features Hamilton Clean-Tech Company 

On December 28th, the Business News Network (BNN), a national business news channel, featured REfficient Inc., a new Hamilton clean-technology firm that recently moved to Hamilton.  


Watch here as Stephanie McLarty, President and CEO of REfficient talks a little more about her company and the investments she's looking to secure for her company.  The video is labeled 'The Pitch - Part Two, 12-28-11 11:35am'

Calling All Good News!  

The Hamilton Spectator and Hellingman Communications are looking to feature Hamilton business announcements every week in the Friday business section in the Spectator in a column written by Tricia Hellingman. Bizz Buzz features announcements such as grand openings, expansions, new appointments, awards, company anniversaries, etc.

If you have any such announcements. please forward them to: or directly to Tricia Hellingman at 

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