Buisness Retention and Expansion (BR+E)
The City of Brantford administers a local Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) program through the Economic Development and Tourism Department. The BR+E program supports local businesses by creating opportunities for direct firm assistance and enabling area businesses to become aware of programs and resources available to them, through ongoing local company visitations. The BR+E works to promote community-based business and organization economic development by offering services for location assistance, business planning, financial planning, exporting, training & development, market research, market plan development and human resources. The BR+E is undertaken through partnerships with the Economic Development Departments of the City of Brantford and the County of Brant, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
The Brantford•Brant Business Resource Enterprise Centre (BRC) provides information, resources and free professional consultation to small business entrepreneurs either expanding their current business or starting a new one. The centre is part of a network of offices that serve Ontario’s small business community and is a partnership with the City of Brantford, County of Brant, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and local businesses. In addition, the BRC provides capacity building workshops, seminars and networking opportunities for local businesses.
The City, and its community partners, continue to advance the recommendations set forth in the Workforce Development Strategy, launched in September 2008. The strategy is intended to address the short and long-term labour needs of current and future employers while ensuring employment opportunities for the citizens of the community. One initiative completed is an online Immigration Portal (www.newcomerconnections.ca )an Internet-based resource for newcomers to the Brantford area. Launched in November 2008, this portal provides residents with valuable information on immigration and integration into the local community. A second initiative, launching fall 2009, is a service inventory and electronic directory of all workforce services available locally for employers. A companion website designed to offer real help for common Human Resource challenges will provide hands on tools to help with hiring, training, managing and retaining staff.
For more information about the City of Brantford’s Business Retention + Expansion programming, contact the Economic Development & Tourism Department at 519-751-9900 or the Brantford-Brant Business Resource Enterprise Centre at 519-756-4269.