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Aerospace Accelerator Program Launched in Region of Waterloo

Living in Waterloo Region offers a remarkable perk: easy access to flights spanning the nation and beyond. Thanks to the proximity of the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF), travel has become incredibly convenient for residents of the region.

In fact, the Region of Waterloo International Airport is one of the top 20 busiest airports in Canada, making it a hot spot for cutting-edge advancements in aerospace and aviation.

Aerospace entrepreneurs will now have a place to text, expand, and amplify their startups at the Accelerator Centre. Awarded as one of the world’s top 5 private business accelerators, the Accelerator Centre offers programs to help startups launch their ideas into reality via mentorship, access to funds, strategies to scale, and more.

Applications for the program are now closed, but we’re excited to see the great ideas that take flight from this program.

Accelerator Centre launches inaugural Aerospace Accelerator Program in collaboration with the Region of Waterloo and NAVBLUE

Waterloo, ON — Accelerator Centre (AC) is pleased to announce the launch of its groundbreaking Aerospace Accelerator in collaboration with the Region of Waterloo and NAVBLUE. This innovative initiative aims to foster the growth and development of cutting-edge aerospace technologies while contributing to the economic and technological advancement of the region.

The Aerospace Accelerator will run out of the AC’s headquarters in Waterloo and be delivered through a combination of remote and in-person education, mentorship, and networking opportunities. The program will serve as a dynamic hub for startups, entrepreneurs, and established companies in the aerospace sector. The innovative program provides access to potential test facilities, mentorship, networking opportunities, and access to the investment community to accelerate the development of innovative aerospace solutions that align with the Region of Waterloo’s aviation and aerospace priorities.

Waterloo Region’s strong aviation and aerospace ecosystem is built on a reputation for top talent, exceptional research capacity and a legacy of manufacturing and tech innovation. The Region is home to a full-service airport (YKF) and is strategically located next to one of Canada’s largest aerospace clusters. With 100+ companies working in materials testing and development, component and aircraft manufacturing and software and sensor technology, Waterloo Region is a leader in aviation and aerospace.

NAVBLUE is a leading services company, wholly owned by Airbus, dedicated to Flight Operations solutions and services for airlines and aircraft operators, on the ground and onboard. NAVBLUE combines aircraft manufacturer expertise, flight operations know-how and agile development to enhance operational efficiency, optimize resources and increase productivity, for a safe and sustainable aviation. Entrepreneurs participating in the Aerospace Accelerator will benefit from NAVBLUE’s extensive industry expertise and global network of over 600 customers and 500 employees.

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More about the Accelerator Centre

“The Accelerator Centre is one of several startup incubators in the Waterloo region that can support graduate student entrepreneurs to turn their research into a startup. It provides entrepreneurs and new companies with access to coaching, mentoring, professional management advice, and even services, such as accounting, IP management, high-speed internet access and vital business networks.”
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Chamber of Commerce’s International Women’s Day Charity Breakfast & Female Founder of the Month

We were so thrilled to take part in the Greater Kitchener and Waterloo Chamber of Commerce’s International Women’s Day breakfast which raised money for the Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo.

It was a lovely morning spent with strong and resilient women in the business community in Kitchener-Waterloo. We were so proud to have some many women from the Cindy Cody Team in attendance at such an inspiring event.

Members of the Cindy Cody Team at the Greater Kitchener and Waterloo Chamber of Commerce’s International Women’s Day breakfast.

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March Female Founder of the Month: Cindy Cody

Not only does the Chamber of Commerce put on great events and uplift the business community; it takes the time to celebrate individuals in Kitchener-Waterloo. In March, Cindy Cody was chosen to be the Female Founder of the Month.

Each month, The Chamber of Commerce announces a Female Founder and shares a video interview.

Cindy was able to share her story with the the Chamber of Commerce and their community. In it she talks about the business, highlights of her entrepreneurial journey, accomplishments, challenges, and much more.

Watch it here!



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6 Local Dishes You Need To Taste in Waterloo Region

Welcome to a culinary journey through the vibrant and diverse flavors of Waterloo Region! This region is a melting pot of cultures, each contributing its unique twist to the local food scene. In this blog, we will explore six must-try dishes that showcase the rich tapestry of flavors that define Waterloo Region’s culinary landscape. From traditional favorites with a modern twist to innovative fusions that push the boundaries of taste, get ready to tantalize your taste buds with the best local dishes this region has to offer. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or a casual diner, these culinary delights are sure to leave you craving for more. Join us on a gastronomic adventure as we uncover the hidden gems that make Waterloo Region a food lover’s paradise.

Andrew Coppolino, a local food writer, has lots to share about the delicious dishes that Waterloo Region restaurants have to offer. In his latest article for Explore Waterloo Region, he shares six restaurants that offer great shareable options and the dishes recommended by the chefs. Some of these restaurants even offer a tapas menu which is a great way to sample lots amazing dishes.

6 Local Dishes To Dig Into With Friends & Family

La Lola Authentic Taste of Spain
Tabla de Ibéricos (Iberian charcuterie) or any of the tapas dishes

Red House
Smoked salmon toast, grilled calamari or any of the tapas dishes

The Cambridge Mill
East coast oysters

The Mule
Birria foldies

The Ridge Social Eatery
Flatbread with seasonal toppings

Imperial Market and Eatery
Shared dip trio

Read the full article here.

Ready to dig deeper into the region’s vibrant culinary scene? Read these other articles by Andrew Coppolino

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Finding the Perfect Gift For The Home Decor Lover In Your Life

Looking for the ideal present for that special someone who adores home decor? Look no further! We’ve got you covered with some fantastic gift ideas that will surely make their day. Whether they have a passion for stylish furniture, unique artwork, or trendy accessories, we’ve got something for every home decor lover out there. So, let’s dive in and find that perfect gift that will bring a smile to their face!

The great thing about home decor is that you can find special and unique pieces everywhere, making it a great way to support local businesses. Here are some great gift ideas for the home decor lover on your list.

  • A beautiful candle (that smells great too)
    Whether it’s poured into a lovely jar or a fun mold, candles are a great gift. They can add texture, atmosphere and warmth to any space.
  • A nice candle lighter, wick trimmer, and snuffer
    For the candle lover on your list, a set of candle accessories is a fun addition to their candle display.
  • A trendy candle holder
    Tall or short candle sticks are a nice gift. Pair them with a set of long candles, and your gift is good to go.
  • A stylish trivet
    A trivet is a great tool to prevent damage to any surface, so it’s not only practical but if you find a beautiful one, it can be a great gift that doesn’t need to be tucked away.
  • A unique serving tray
    Trays and plates come in all shapes, sizes, colours and materials. If you come across something that is especially lovely, we’re sure any of your friends would be thrilled to unwrap it.
  • Pretty napkins
    Whether paper or fabric, a beautiful set of napkins can be a great addition to a gift or as a gift on their own.
  • A beautiful throw
    If you have someone in your life who loves to be cozy, this is a great gift that also looks lovely draped over a sofa or chair.
  • A fun cushion
    It can be a bit tough to shop for someone else’s home, but with their personal style in mind, a nice cushion can be a fun gift to unwrap. If you want to play it safe, stick with something neutral.
  • A book on design
    Coffee table books can be a great part of decorating display. So why not get a book that speaks to your friend’s passion?
  • A consultation with a local design firm
    There are lots of local companies offering design services.
  • An interesting vase
    Pair it with some faux foliage, feathers or real flowers.
  • A flower frog or a unique plant holder
    If your decor lover is also a plant person, beautiful ways to display flowers and ferns will be a big hit.
  • Bookends
    This is where beauty meets function.
  • A gift card to a local home decor store
    If you’re not entirely sure what your friend or family member will love, give them the gift of shopping at a local business!

Local Gift Guides

Looking to source some more gifts from local businesses? Here are some gift guides to help direct you to small businesses in Kitchener-Waterloo.

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Easy Family Recipes with Ingredients From Local Businesses

Coming up with delicious recipes for your family week-after-week can become repetitive. We found some easy family recipes that look so good! Plus we’re highlighting local businesses that carry some of the key ingredients so you can continue to support local!

Classic Bolognese

Korean BBQ Steak Bowls

Corn Ribs

No-Cook Charcuterie Board

Baked Parmesan Garlic Salmon

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Kitchener-Waterloo Local Gift Giving Guide

Here’s something you can feel good about this holiday season: giving great gifts and supporting local businesses. You can easily check off your gift list in Kitchener-Waterloo and spend some time browsing amazing small businesses. Not only will you be able to find lots of unique products, but you will be able to enjoy the hard work our local business owners have put into their shops to create amazing festive atmospheres.

Here are some great gift ideas from KW businesses for some people who might be on your nice list:

  • Foodie
  • Movie Buff
  • New to KW
  • Homebody
  • Beer & Cocktail Lover
  • Sweet Tooth
  • Bookworm

Local Gifts for A Foodie

Local Gifts for A Movie Buff

  • Appolo Cinema merchandise like their Neon 90’s shirt. They also sell buttons, pins, mugs and more. Or grab a gift card!
  • Princess Cinema – Sponsor a seat for the movie lover in your life. You can dedicate a name and a message that will go on a brass-plated plaque.
  • Gifted carries stylish movie posters by Concepción Studios that will fit any home’s aesthetic.

Local Gifts for Someone New To Town

Local Gifts for A Homebody

Local Gifts for A Beer & Cocktail Lover

  • Cocktail Simple Syrups UpMarket. Pair it with some of their beautiful glassware and bar accessories.
  • Give the gift of the Purple Teeth Thirsty Wine Club. Choose from a selection of frequencies, types of wine or packs.
  • Descendants Beer with some unique beer merch (buttons, candles, and bath bombs). You can even make your order a gift and they’ll wrap it and add a card.
  • A TWB Coop glass and their favourite beer to go with it.
  • Bottles, cans, merch and clothing from Counterpoint Brewing Co.
  • Short Finger Brewing Co. (Kitchener’s only Sci-Fi Punk Brewery) shirt, hat, toque, or other merchandise along with a bottle or two.

Local Gifts for Someone With A Sweet Tooth

Local Gifts for A Bookworm

  • Best the best fiction of the season, local author picks, 2022 biographies, travel books and beyond at Wordsworth Books.
  • Grab a preloved book for the reader in your life from KW Bookstore
  • Pair a book from a local bookstore with Bookish Things from Gifted (bookmarks, book-themed socks, pins, pizzles, mugs, and more)

Happy Gift Giving!

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The Best Desserts To Pick Up From Kitchener-Waterloo Businesses

If you have a sweet tooth, then chance are you know some great local spot to stop by for a delicious treat (or two). From cool, creamy cones, to doughnuts and beyond, there are lots of local Kitchener-Waterloo businesses baking up goodies.

We’re sure you have your go-to places when you get a craving for something sweet, and we do as well! We put our heads together to make a list of our favourite desserts in town.

Not really craving something sweet? That’s okay. These businesses are great to keep in mind when you want to drop off a gift to friends, family or neighbours. Think holidays, housewarming, birthdays, or just because!

Sweet Caroline’s Ice Cream & Treats

Website: sweetcarolinesicecreamandtreats.com

Location: 2057 Unit 1 Victoria St, N. Breslau

If you’re craving some ice cream and cinnamon buns, the only place I go is Sweet Caroline’s! With over 50 flavours of ice cream, fresh baked cinnamon buns, and a million other treats, there’s something for everyone!

Krista MacKay
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Sweet & Savoury Pie Company

Website: justlovepie.ca

263 Northfield Dr. East, Waterloo
94 King Street South, Waterloo

Whenever I’m in charge of dessert (or have a craving for something sweet), I always grab butter tarts from Sweet & Savoury Pie Co. They have the BEST pie crust.”

Debbie Stefan

Gluten Free By Suzie

Website: glutenfreebysuzie.ca

 Location: 5 The Boardwalk #235, Kitchener

It’s a small place in The Boardwalk plaza and they have fantastic desserts that are ready, plus cookies and breads. But you can also order special pies and cakes, breads, etc. They do have specials for Thanksgiving including gluten free stuffing that you can order to pick up. Everything I have gotten from there was fantastic and guests are always pleased!

Linda Cooper
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Seven Shores

Website: sevenshores.ca

Location: 10 Regina St N, Waterloo

I would recommend Seven Shores in Waterloo. It’s a cooperatively owned Bakery Cafe with local breakfast, lunch, a patio and wifi!

Renee Martin

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More Local Businesses Serving Great Desserts

There’s definitely no shortage of delicious desserts to serve your family. Here are some other local businesses to check out for your next craving.

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