April 17, 2017 - Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network is looking for new board members. Applications are now open to become part of the community not-for-profit’s board of directors. The PMCN is an organization that gives funding to local companies who couldn’t otherwise invest in digital technologies that would help their business flourish. Good candidates for board directors would have business and financial experience, experience in relevant industry sectors, a passion for innovation, and commitment to community growth. PMCN is funded by FedNor. https://www.myparrysoundnow.com/24002/parry-sound-muskoka-community-network-looking-board-members/
March 29, 2017 - Organization wants to champion digital technology for Parry Sound — The Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network wants to champion digital technology for the area. Formed 17 years ago, the organization covers the district of Parry Sound, south of Burk’s Falls and Muskoka, and is made up of a volunteer board with two paid staff funded by FedNor on a rolling three-year basis. https://www.parrysound.com/news-story/7215318-organization-wants-to-champion-digital-technology-for-parry-sound/
March 7, 2017 - Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network (PMCN) has been provided with BEAM 4 funding which means that businesses can apply for grants up to $4,000 towards upgrading their e-business solutions. Details will be on the PMCN website April 3, 2017. http://venturemuskoka.ca/2017/03/07/news-e-business-grants-for-local-businesses-in-parry-sound-muskoka-to-become-available-in-april-2017/
February 28, 2017 - Operational Funding - A Government of Canada investment of $891,403 will support the Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network’s ongoing operations for a three-year period. The funding will enable the organization to enhance telecommunications development, and provide training and information to area residents and businesses on information and communications technologies. The initiative will also help promote the adoption of digital and e-business applications throughout the region. https://www.canada.ca/en/fednor/news/2017/02/fednor_investmentssupportbusinessbroadbandandyouthemploymentinth.html?=undefined&wbdisable=true
November 22, 2016 At the recent annual general meeting, Muskoka Community Network (MCN) voted to change its name to Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network (PMCN) to reflect the wider scope of the organization. The organization will also be refining its role to advance innovation by supporting organizations to leverage new digital technologies. https://www.muskokaregion.com/news-story/6980467-muskoka-community-network-changes-name-role-to-include-parry-sound/
The collaboration between the Huntsville Public Library and Muskoka Community Network has resulted in two extremely successful events. The first, held during the first Muskoka Small Business Week in October 2015 by the Muskoka Biz Series, was a Youth Tech Extravaganza that saw upwards of 300 visitors to the library. More recently, the partnership continued with the Wild About Technology Fair during March Break 2016. Both events aimed to engage the community, specifically youth, to explore, create and collaborate with technology while having fun. The staff and Board of Directors looks forward to continuing to build their partnership with the Huntsville Public Library.
Muskoka Community Network and Muskoka Futures have joined forces to bring local businesses the Increase Your Sales with E-Business workshop. Defined as using the Internet or related technologies for business operations, e-business can reduce costs, improve productivity and increase revenue. The workshop will cover the cost of implementing an e-business presence, setting up your website and online store, e-commerce payment systems, digital privacy and security responsibilities, as well as a brief overview on using social media for your business. The workshop is being held on June 18 at the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment. Registration for the event can be done through Muskoka Future's website or by contacting Aileen Taylor. To view the complete article, click here.
Muskoka Community Network has released a request for proposal (RFP) to seek submissions from qualified Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who can supply a minimum of five megabits per second (Mbps) to Almaguin, Muskoka and Parry Sound. While broadband penetration has increased to over 90 per cent in Muskoka over the past decade, Canada as a whole is falling behind other first-world countries when it comes to Internet speeds. MCN is targeting 5Mbps as a minimum speed, which is in line with the CRTC's guideline of delivering that speed to all Canadians by the end of 2015. This speed will allow for the use of streaming services with better performance. To view the complete article, click here. (See page 9).
Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement announced a $1.4 million investment for Muskoka Community Network. $892,903 will support the ongoing operations of MCN for a three-year period as well as enable MCN to hire a youth intern for a one-year period. The remaining $531,500 will assist small- and medium-sized businesses the area implement or improve their e-business presence. To view the complete article, click here. (See page 3).