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<br /> <br />Development Services Department <br />REPORT TO: Community and Infrastructure Services Committee <br /> <br />DATE OF MEETING: March 7, 2022 <br /> <br />SUBMITTED BY: Cory Bluhm, Executive Director, Economic Development <br /> 519-741-2200 ext. 7065 <br /> <br />PREPARED BY: Chris Farrell, Manager Small Business, 519-741-2200 ext. 7294 <br /> <br />WARD(S) INVOLVED: ALL <br /> <br />DATE OF REPORT: February 16, 2022 <br /> <br />REPORT NO.: DSD-2022-099 <br /> <br />SUBJECT: Provincial Funding Agreement 2022-2024 <br /> <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br /> <br />That the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to sign a two-year funding agreement with the <br />Province of Ontario for the Small Business Centre to deliver the core business information <br />services, summer company and starter company programs. Said agreement to be to the <br />satisfaction of the City Solicitor; and <br /> <br />That the General Manager, Development Services be authorized to execute on behalf of the <br />City of Kitchener any amendments to the two-year funding agreement provided such <br />amendments are to the satisfaction of the City Solicitor; and further, <br /> <br />That the Manager, Waterloo Region Small Business Centre, and the Executive Director, <br />Economic Development, be delegated authority to execute recipient grant agreements to the <br />satisfaction of the City Solicitor for the Starter Company Plus and Summer Company <br />programs. <br /> <br />REPORT HIGHLIGHTS: <br /> <br />This report supports the delivery of core services. <br /> <br />BACKGROUND: <br /> <br />The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre (WRSBC) provides thousands of <br />entrepreneurs with the training and support necessary to start and grow successful <br />businesses. From concept, through start-up and early growth stages of business, the <br />Centre is a one-stop source for information, guidance and professional advice on starting <br />and running a successful business. Servicing individuals of all ages, educational and <br />cultural backgrounds and businesses from all industry sectors at all stages of business <br />WRSBC is one of 54 centres in Ontario supported by the province. <br /> <br />*** This information is available in accessible formats upon request. *** <br />Please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994 for assistance. <br />