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Monday, January 30, 2012

CME to Host Workshops on New SMART Funding for Southern Ontario Manufacturers

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 30, 2012) - Exporting and export-ready manufacturers in Southern Ontario can learn how to access up to $75,000 in financial support for product and process improvements at a series of regional workshops, hosted this February by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).

These free workshops will connect companies with the information and resources necessary to take advantage of $18.9 million in new funding through CME's SMART Prosperity Now program.

"The nature of business is now global and Canadian manufacturers must have the right tools to be competitive," explains Ian Howcroft, vice president, CME Ontario. "This initiative will allow small and medium-sized enterprises to commercialize new technologies, invest in equipment, increase efficiency and ultimately boost their ability to compete and win on the world stage."

Companies conducting productivity assessments are eligible to receive up to 50 per cent of project costs to a maximum $5,000, while companies implementing productivity improvement projects may qualify to receive up to 33 per cent of costs to a maximum $75,000.

Manufacturers interested in taking advantage of this program, funded by the Federal Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev), are highly encouraged to attend any of the following workshops: Windsor (February 2), London (February 3), Markham (February 6), Whitby (February 7), Niagara (February 10), Mississauga (February 13), Kingston (February 15), Ottawa (February 16), Peterborough (February 17), and Kitchener (February 21).

For more information, or to register, visit http://bit.ly/SMARTWorkshops.

About CME

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada's largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada.

CME focuses on the issues that are most critical to our members - manufacturing competitiveness, US business opportunities, international markets, people and skills, energy and the environment. Their challenges are our priorities. We offer solutions for our members through our leadership in: CME Advocacy, CME Intelligence, CME Business Opportunities, CME Best Practices and CME Networking.

Since 1871, we have made a difference for Canada's manufacturing and exporting communities. Fighting for their future. Saving them money. Helping them grow.

The association represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. More than 85 per cent of CME's members are small and medium-sized enterprises. As Canada's leading business network, CME - through various initiatives including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition - touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries.

CME's membership network accounts for an estimated 82 per cent of Canadian manufacturing production and 90 per cent of all exports.

Contact Information

Ian Howcroft
Vice President, CME Ontario
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
905-672-3466 ext. 3256
ian.howcroft@cme-mec.ca

Louise Rubletz
SMART Program Manager
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
1-877-913-4263 ext. 3281
louise.rubletz@cme-smart.ca

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