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About the Contest

Downtown Dreams is a contest for new or existing businesses to open, expand or move into the downtowns of Coboconk or Norland, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay and Omemee.

Download the Rules and Regulations for the Downtown Dreams Contest. Otherwise, contact Leisha Newton at 705-324-9411 extension 1366 to obtain a copy.

The registration will be open online from March 2 through April 6, 2018.

Register for Downtown Dreams online: Deadline extended to April 6, 2018

As part of the registration, applicants are asked to answer the following questions:

1. Describe your business idea.

2. What transferable skills or experience do you have related to this business idea?

3. Who is your ideal client and provide basic market research?

4. What are your estimated startup costs? Do you have an investment for the business or will you be sourcing funding options? If so, how much of an investment is available or how will you achieve this?

Each business must open within the study area in each community no later than October 1, 2018. You can view the study area for each community online.

Applicants are invited to share their business idea through their registration. The Advisory Panel will choose the top 5 applicants for each community to continue in the contest. The top 5 must participate in five mandatory workshops, submit a business plan and present to an advisory panel who will choose a winner for each community.

Each winner will be presented with a prize package to facilitate the opening or expansion of their new business.

Downtown Dreams key dates, timeline and location

Date

Time

Event

Location

Requirement

Thursday March 1, 2018

9am

Contest application begins

Online

Mandatory – all applicants must register online

Friday March 2, 2018

8am

Media launch of Downtown Dreams Program

City Hall

Public event

Friday April 6, 2018

5pm

Contest application deadline

Online

Mandatory – all applicants must register online

Saturday April 7 through Monday April 9, 2018

Not applicable

Panel review of applications

Not applicable

All complete applications will be reviewed

Tuesday April 10, 2018

5pm

Successful candidates will be notified

Not applicable

The top 5 candidates in each downtown will be notified by 5pm

Thursday April 12, 2018

1pm to 5pm

Getting Started and Marketing Workshop

Fenelon Falls

Mandatory attendance for top 5 candidates

Thursday April 19, 2018

1pm to 5pm

Networking and Operations Workshop

Coboconk

Mandatory attendance for top 5 candidates

Tuesday April 24, 2018

6pm to 8pm

Retail Merchandising Workshop

Norland

Optional attendance

Thursday April 26, 2018

1pm to 5pm

Finance Workshop

Lindsay

Mandatory attendance for top 5 candidates

Tuesday May 1, 2018

2pm to 4pm

City Policies and Civic Engagement Workshop

Lindsay

Optional attendance

Thursday May 3, 2018

1pm to 5pm

Business Planning Review Workshop

Omemee

Mandatory attendance for top 5 candidates

Tuesday May 8, 2018

1pm to 3pm

Human Resources Workshop

Fenelon Falls

Optional attendance

Thursday May 31, 2018

1pm to 5pm

How to Pitch Workshop

Omemee

Mandatory attendance for top 5 candidates

Friday May 25, 2018

5pm

Final business plan submissions due

All communities

Mandatory submission for top 5 candidates

Monday May 28 to Wednesday June 6, 2018

Not applicable

Panel review of final business plans

Not applicable

All complete business plans will be reviewed

Wednesday June 6, 2018

1pm to 5pm

Pitch With The Panel Event

Academy Theatre, Lindsay

Mandatory attendance for top 5 candidates,
Open to the Public

Wednesday June 6, 2018

5pm to 8pm

Winners announced

Academy Theatre Lindsay

Mandatory attendance for top 5 candidates,
Open to the Public

October 1, 2018

Not applicable

Business open or expansion complete

All communities

Mandatory for 4 winners

Downtown Dreams Logo

 

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