Hawk's Nest 2020 Kicks Off

Do you have a business idea but you need some financial help to get it off the ground? 

Saugeen Economic Development Corporation invites you to participate in the Hawks Nest 2020! 

FREE Business Plan Training Sessions offered in Durham, Palmerston, Owen Sound & Kincardine

More information or to sign up     


LIVE2LEAD 2019 Live at The Norgan Theatre

We are so excited to bring back LIVE2LEAD for the 4th year!  This event just keeps getting better and growing bigger. 


Live2Lead is a half-day, leader development experience designed to equip attendees with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways. They’ll learn from world-class leadership experts, be prepared to implement a new action plan, and start leading when they get back to the office with renewed passion and commitment!

This year we are proud present:

Rachel Hollis:

Rachel Hollis is a #1 New York Times & #1 USA Today Bestselling Author, a top business podcaster and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the world. As a bestselling author and wildly successful lifestyle influencer she has built a global social media fan base in the millions.

Angela Ahrendts:

Angela Ahrendts was most recently Senior Vice President of Apple Retail based in Cupertino, CA. During her five years she integrated Apple's physical and digital businesses to create a seamless customer journey for over a billion visitors a year. Under her leadership she redesigned the stores, reimagined the experience and recrafted roles for 70,000 employees globally. The launch of Today at Apple was one of the most transformative programs who’s mission is to encourage connection, inspire learning and unlock creativity.

John C. Maxwell:

John C. Maxwell, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker, has sold 30 million books. He has been called the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation—have trained millions of leaders from every nation.

Marcus Buckingham:

Marcus Buckingham is a global researcher and thought leader focused on unlocking strengths, increasing performance and pioneering the future of how people work. Building on nearly two decades of experience as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization, he currently guides the vision of ADP Research Institute as Head of People + Performance research. He founded The Marcus Buckingham Company in 2006 with a clear mission: to instigate a “strengths revolution.”


Chris Hogan:

Chris Hogan is the #1 national best-selling author of Everyday Millionaire and Retire Inspired: It’s Not an Age. It’s a Financial Number. For over a decade, Hogan has served at Ramsey Solutions, spreading a message of hope and financial peace across the country as a financial coach and Ramsey Personality. Hogan helps people plan for their future and reach their retirement goals through his Retire Inspired Podcast and live speaking events.


This year, we've teamed up with The Norgan Theatre (Palmerston) to present this awesome live show once again! The live viewing of Live2Lead will by held on October 11th, 2019 with registration happening at 8:30am and the show commencing at 9! There will also be a break in between seminars for refreshments and networking with other attendees, business owners, and leaders! 

Don't want to miss out? Good news!  

Standard tickets run from August 15th to October 11th for $50, but why spend more? Click here to purchase your tickets now!

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The Rhyze Award


The goal of The Rhyze Award is to create an opportunity that’s currently missing in our region: an award that will not only provide the funding women entrepreneurs need to finance their businesses, but the mentoring and support they need at key stages of their development to build and grow their businesses long term.

Who the Rhyze Award is for
The ideal recipient for an Rhyze Award is a woman entrepreneur with a new or existing business in Guelph or Wellington County facing growth challenges.
Recipients of the Rhyze Award must meet the complete eligibility requirements. Everyone who submits an application and meets the eligibility requirements will be invited to participate in mentoring opportunities, which may include peer mentoring circles, one-on-one mentoring, professional advice and business model coaching.

Eligibility Requirements

  • To be considered for the Rhyze™ Award, all applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Woman entrepreneur
  • New or existing enterprise based in Guelph and/or Wellington County
  • Currently committing at least 20 hours a week to their business
  • Submitted a complete application
  • Not a previous recipient of the Rhyze™ Award
  • Commitment to share their business journey as part of evaluation activities and future Rhyze™ initiatives

Key Dates 2019

Application Period: March 26th – April 26th, 2019
Application Information Sessions: April 11th
Shortlisted applicants will be notified by: May 10th
Pitch Camp: May 16th, 5pm -6:30pm at Innovation Guelph
Pitch Competition & Award Night: June 6th, 6 pm-9 pm at Innovation Guelph

Application Review Process

Each application will be reviewed by a volunteer panel of experts.
Ten applicants will be selected to pitch to a panel of judges/experts for the Rhyze™ cash award. The chosen applicants will attend a Pitch Camp to receive coaching and support to refine their pitch prior to presenting to the judges.
The top pitches will receive a Rhyze™ cash award with a one-to-one matching low interest loan from Meridian Credit Union. The actual amount of the Rhyze™ cash award depends on the amount of funding available.