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Beware the Dragons in Meaford! (Posted On: Tuesday, September 15, 2009)

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The Meaford & District Chamber of Commerce has come up with a proactive and exciting way to encourage and stimulate economic development in the Municipality of Meaford.  Dragons' Den Meaford is set for Wednesday, October 21st, 7pm at Meaford Hall in the historic Opera House. 

Modeled after the popular CBC Television program of the same name,

qualifying contestants will pitch their ideas to a panel of 5 'Dragons' from the local business community for some honest feedback and hopefully, cold hard cash. 

Each Dragon will bring a minimum of $1,000 to invest in the idea(s) they like the most.  This means that potentially, a lucky aspiring entrepreneur could walk away with $5,000 or more.  Also included in the winning package is business plan assistance, mentoring, free admission to a number of workshops, a free business bank account, and plenty of recognition and profile in the media following the event. 

The only stipulation is that the winner(s) will use the funds as seed money to start up a business within the Municipality of Meaford and that all ideas are based on one of the 4 pillars of Meaford’s new Economic Development Strategy….  Agri-business, Tourism, Green or Retail.  This is the first time that a spin-off event based on the TV show has been organized, as least within the local region.

Through this venture, it is the goal of the Chamber to enable new local business while generating a ‘good news’ story for the region during a tough time for our economy. 

Meet the Dragons:
Barbara Kay - Meaford & District Chamber of Commerce
Paul Astbury - Rotary Club of Meaford
Todd Campbell - RBA Financial Group
Chris Davies - Muxlow Pharmacy
… And a fifth to be confirmed.

Tickets cost $10 (+GST) and $5 (+GST) for students and are available online at www.meafordhall.ca or through the Meaford Hall Box Office by calling 1-877-538-0463. 

-Jamie Pettit

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