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Three business expansion priorities in a post-COVID world

Posted by Waterloo EDC on June 22, 2020

COVID-19 won’t change everything.

For businesses looking to expand, the basics are still important. Access to new and experienced talent, cost advantages, local business ecosystem, business support programs and resources, R&D capabilities, transportation linkages and access to a global market will remain central parts of every expansion decision.

However, the vulnerabilities that COVID-19...

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Topics: technology, manufacturing, business

Communitech partnership lands $57 million to digitize businesses

Posted by Waterloo EDC on June 11, 2020

A group of regional innovation partners, including Waterloo-based Communitech, have received $57 million in funding to help deliver Digital Main Street programming that helps businesses “futureproof” through the adoption of e-commerce solutions. The program aims to support 5,200 small and medium-sized businesses across Ontario and create more than 700 jobs for co-operative education students.

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Topics: technology, business

Remote work is just one part of the future of work and learning

Posted by Waterloo EDC on June 10, 2020

This is the fourth edition in a new Waterloo EDC series on remote work. Stay tuned for posts featuring a variety of perspectives on the subject, including our Q&As with SkyWatch, OpenText, and a recruitment expert.

Work is changing and it isn’t just due to COVID-19.

Even before the pandemic, the norms that governed the workplace for 50+ years were beginning to break down. Expectations had...

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Topics: technology, startup, talent, business, Q&A

30 day timeline: How governments in Canada reacted to COVID-19

Posted by Waterloo EDC on June 3, 2020

For many, COVID-19 has felt like an eternity. We haven’t seen our friends and family or our colleagues. We haven’t been able to go to the office or a park. Every day feels a bit like every other day.

For government, COVID-19 was a sprint. Aside from public health issues, the pandemic brought mass unemployment, shuttered storefronts and uncertainty for businesses and workers alike. Reacting to...

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Topics: manufacturing, financial services, business, site selection

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