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BEAM (Broadband for E-Business and Marketing)

BEAM has allowed nearly 300 small- and medium-sized enterprises to make use of modern information beam - northern ontario1and communications technology in order to transform how they do business at home and abroad, in effect tying the region to what has become a global marketplace.

BEAM provides a 75% subsidy up to a maximum of $5,000 for eligible development expenses.

Eligible Types of Work:

  • Basic website design: site architecture and layout, technical back-end coding, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), mobile optimization/responsive browsing ($1,500 maximum funding)
  • Enhanced business operations: E-commerce functionality, customer relationship management, project management, enhanced analytics ($2,500 maximum funding)
  • Content and presentation: content writing and production, graphic design, photography services, Social Media Optimization, language translation services ($1,000 maximum funding)

Previous BEAM applicants will be considered relative to their prior subsidy toward the program maximum of $5,000

NEOnet is also introducing the role of BEAM Aftercare Coordinator, which will involve full-time staffing of an expert in SME E-business management. The Coordinator’s primary responsibility shall be to monitor SME utilization of BEAM-funded solutions and to work with SMEs in order to build their capacity to manage their websites long-term. This process will involve following up with those recipients that have exited the program at regular six-month intervals, offering services to assist with key operations if it is discovered that the client has stagnated in their online efforts. Activities could include effective social media strategies, web publishing support, and other external communications. The aftercare process will apply to all three BEAM programs, thus ensuring that no BEAM stakeholder is left without assistance should it be required.

As NEOnet has now received a combined total of $1,500,000 in BEAM funding from FedNor, the project will continue being evaluated by staff. NEOnet will use data from mandatory exit surveys and six-month follow-ups to make program changes as required.

Please contact Laura Imhoff, Project Coordinator, for any further information: limhoff@neonet.on.ca or 705.360.1353 ext. 34


NEOnet In Your Community

NEOnet strongly believes that ICT infrastructure development projects are only successful if the communities and businesses served utilize the Internet to their advantage. NEOnet has prepared the following presentations to assist local residents and business owners to get the most out of their Internet experiences. All presentations are offered at no cost and are bilingual.

  • Etiquette (from social media to cell phones to emails)
  • Internet Safety for Kids
  • Internet Safety for Adults
  • Write for the web (Presentation and workshop)
  • Cyberbullying & Online Safety for kids as a Jeopardy game
  • E-commerce
  • Social Media for Businesses
  • Social Media for Not Profits

If your community would benefit from having NEOnet present any of the above topics, or if you have a suggestion of another topic that would be of interest please contact Kait-Lynn Gooch at 705.360.1353 ext. 36, or klgooch@neonet.on.ca .


Productivity and Innovation Centre

The Productivity & Innovation Centre (PIC) provides organizations in northeastern Ontario with the opportunity to have their operations assessed by qualified business consultants to determine opportunities for productivity improvements and innovation.

If your organization’s primary revenue comes from Agriculture, Clean Technologies, Construction, Digital Media & IT, Energy, Environment, Forestry, Mining or Manufacturing, you may be able to access up to $9,000 in total funding support to become more competitive through productivity and innovation improvements!

For more information on the project and its initiatives please contact Ana Blouin, ablouin@picontario.ca or 705-269-1354.

 


GIS Mapping Initiative

 

FedNor and NOHFC approved NEOnet’s funding requests ($500,000 respectively) for the $1.17M comprehensive GIS Mapping project. The project includes 21 community partners from across northeastern Ontario. The project is intended to enhance a sustainable municipal GIS solution that supports municipal operations for communities that have not benefited from previous GIS projects. The project will lead to increased efficiencies in capital planning, zoning, permits and maintenance, as well as planning in the areas of tourism and economic development, health, education and lifestyle. The partner communities have begun to convert historical information (i.e. Maps, parcels, and community infrastructure) into digital form so they can be placed with the GIS solution. Presently, all partners have access to basic road, sewer and parcel data. It is anticipated that this project will be completed by June 30, 2016. For more information, please contact Paul Ouimette at 705.360.1353 ext 32, or pouimette@neonet.on.ca