Fall Season In The Blue Mountains

The leaves are changing, the salmon are running and the apple harvest is in full swing - fall is here!

In this newsletter, the Town's Economic Development Team is excited to share updates on key projects and initiatives that are important to the local business community.


  • Shop Local Bingo Contest
  • Community Improvement Plan Update
  • Business Spotlight - Grey & Gold Cider
  • Local Support & Program Opportunities
  • Upcoming Events & Training Opportunities

We hope you’ll find the resources and information provided valuable. As always, you can reach out to us at any time with your comments, concerns or questions regarding the Town. Connect with the team and email us using the link located at the bottom of the e-newsletter.


Your Economic Development Team

Tim Hendry, Manager of Communications & Economic Development

Allan Gibbons, Communications & Economic Development Coordinator

Town News

The Town is excited to partner with The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce to host a Shop Local Bingo contest in support of Small Business Week throughout October.

The contest encourages residents and visitors to participate in activities supporting the local business community. The contest features two weekly prizes valued at $250 and one grand prize valued at $1000 and runs from Saturday, October 1, until Friday, October 21, 2022. To enter the contest, participants must complete any five squares on the Bingo card and visit www.exploreblue.ca/bingo to enter.

Bingo cards were dropped off at businesses throughout the community. If you did not receive Bingo Cards or if you need more, please email the Economic Development team and we will stop by. Bingo cards are also available at Town Hall during regular business hours.

For more information, visit: www.exploreblue.ca/bingo.

In September, staff provided an update to Council to reconfirm the direction and implementation of the Town's two Community Improvement Plans - the Housing Within Reach Community Improvement Plan and the Town-wide Revitalization Community Improvement Plan. At the meeting, Council provided direction to staff to open all programs in both the Town-Wide Revitalization Plan CIP and the Housing Within Reach CIP.

The Community Improvements Plans will serve as key grant programs available to support businesses and agencies in achieving a wide variety of economic development objectives in the community. Town staff are working behind the scenes to prepare the intake process that will be rolled out later this fall to support the 2023 program year. Please watch the Town website for updates or contact the Economic Development team for more information. 

Business Spotlight -
Grey & Gold Cider

In this local business spotlight, we visit Grey & Gold Cider to learn about their operations as a sustainable, farm-based cidery in the heart of The Blue Mountains and Grey County apple country. 

Owner David Baker planted the organic cider orchard and opened the bottle shop in the Spring of 2020. Today, the orchard that supports Grey & Gold Cider contains over 1,700 trees, including 29 different varieties of cider-specific and multi-purpose Heritage apples.

Learn More


Local Support & Program Opportunities

Georgian College has launched the UpSkill Tourism micro-credential program for the hospitality and tourism sectors. The Managers and Aspiring Leaders program will launch in January.

Limited space is available in both programs; learn more on the Georgian College website.


The October 31, 2022 deadline is fast approaching to apply for the RT07 Partnership Image Program. The program helps businesses capture high-resolution photos of their business operations to use on websites, social media, print ads, etc. Book your photo shoot for this fall and winter so you’ll have an up-to-date library of images to use for next fall and winter’s advertising. Learn more by visiting the Partnership Program page on RTO7.ca or contact Alex Hogan, ahogan@rto7.ca


The Digital Service Squad is a FREE resource to help your business build an online presence and promote and sell successfully online. The squad services all businesses in The Blue Mountains and across the South Georgian Bay region at no cost.

The main role of a Digital Service Squad team member is to assess your business’s online presence and provide recommendations on how to enhance your digital capabilities. To book your free consultation, visit: https://enterprisecentre.ca/digitalservicesquad

Digital Transformation Grant - $2,500

The Digital Service Squad can also help eligible businesses apply for the Digital Transformation Grant, which provides qualified brick-and-mortar small businesses with a digital assessment, online training and a $2,500 grant to implement their digital transformation plan. For more information, visit: digitalmainstreet.ca/digital-transformation-grant-4-0/

Training & Events

A Green Economy Hub: Free Virtual Event 

Wed, Oct. 19, 4:30-6pm

Sign Up


Tik Tok for Small Businesses 

Tues, Oct. 18


Xcelerate Summit

Central Ontario’s Premier Business Event

Learn more


Featured Event - Bluelicious

Autumn is the best time of the year for memorable meals at Blue Mountain Village. Indulge at your go-to spot or discover a new favourite! Many of the Village dining establishments have mid-week BlueLicious specials, showcasing delicious menu options and one-of-a-kind fall specials.

Learn More!


Connect with Our Team

We're available to assist with any questions you may have regarding your business development and operations. We're also always seeking new ideas and feedback for our newsletter and economic development initiatives.

Have a question or an idea?
Connect with us by email or call (519) 599-3131 ext. 269.

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