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Welcome to the County of Simcoe’s Economic Development Website.  We are pleased to assist you with all your business development and relocation needs. The County of Simcoe wants to keep you up to date on all the exciting news and events within the County. Please see the list of news and events below for the latest information or visit our News page.

Current News for the month of October, 2014:

Upcoming Events (select event title for more information on the event)

October 22
Small Business Month Celebration – Small Business Centre, Collingwood 
Learn From the Best – Bridges to Better Business, Georgian College, Barrie 
 
October 23
Orillia and Lake Country Business Expo – CasinoRama, Rama First Nation 
Lunch N Learn – Internet Security for Your Business – Bradford Public Library, Bradford West Gwillimbury 
Social Media Marketing Workshop – Collingwood Public Library, Collingwood 
Networking – the Business Side of Social – Queens, Kenzington Burger Bar, and Donaleighs, Barrie 
Small Business Week Celebration - St. John's United Church, Alliston 
 
October 24
So you want to be a Mentor – South Georgian Bay Campus of Georgian College, Collingwood 

October 28
Business 2 Innovation – Georgian College, Barrie 
 
October 31
Speaker Series – Communication and Conflict Essentials – North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, Midland 

November 28
Speaker Series – The Balanced Scorecard and Organizational Effectiveness – Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre, Penetanguishene 
 

Nottawasaga Futures and the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury have partnered to develop a lunch and learn workshop series.  Topics include the anti-spam (CASL) legislation, effective communication, internet security, and human resources.  For more information or to find out workshop dates, view this flyer.

The Orillia YMCA is offering a Young Entrepreneur program which provides networking, mentorship, workshops and up to $3000 in grants to support start up businesses for youth aged 15-29 years old. Learn more today!

Have you heard of VentureLAB? They're our regional innovation centre, designed to support start up businesses go from concept to commercialization.  Check out their website and read a testimonial letter from a local business to better understand how they can support your business!

**New Funding Opportunities for Your Business**

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund will provide financial assistance to promote the expansion and attraction of investment/business in Southwestern Ontario through support for capital spending, skills development, productivity enhancements, infrastructure needs and other similar economic development initiatives.

Growing Forward 2 Program offers funding assistance to established producers, processors, organizations and collaborations to grow profits, expand markets and manage shared risks. Funding assistance supports six areas of focus where individual businesses can apply for cost-share for Capacity Building activities and Project Implementation. Innovation is a key component present throughout all areas of focus.

Financing Opportunity for SMEs - The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) has made a $20-million contribution through its Prosperity Initiative. This investment will support two loan funds, known as the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII). SOFII is designed to support high-growth, innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in rural and urban communities by offering loans of usually $150,000 to $500,000. The purpose of SOFII is to create jobs in our communities, by providing a source of financing for viable companies to implement innovative projects. Click here to learn more!

Check out our Simcoe County business directory, accessible through both our website and Your Local Marketplace. You can search to see if your business is already listed here.  If it's listed already, please contact us at edo@simcoe.ca to obtain your user ID and password. If you need to add your business click here and select add business from the link menu at the top of the website.  If you need any help don't hesitate to contact us


The County of Simcoe’s Economic Development Office is responsible for the attraction, retention, and expansion of businesses and business opportunities within Simcoe County. The Economic Development Office works with Simcoe County's sixteen municipalities, the Cities of Barrie and Orillia, and with other business service providers to help businesses thrive and grow.

The County of Simcoe’s Economic Development Office promotes Simcoe County by communicating with national and international business leaders, as well as economic development officials within our provincial and federal levels of governments, to showcase the benefits of our region as a location for new investment. The office also compiles and maintains relevant economic data and community statistics to assist in business decision making process. 

For additional information on the County of Simcoe’s economic development activities or to receive assistance in locating your business in Simcoe County or expanding your existing business, contact the County of Simcoe’s Economic Development Office.

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On June 15, 2011, the strategy was officially presented to the Corporate Services Committee which recommended to County Council that the plan be adopted.  At the County Council meeting held on June 28, 2011 the attached plan was formally adopted by County Council.

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