Economic Development Office
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:
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Simcoe County, in partnership with Georgian College and Grey and Bruce Counties, is proud to announce the development of a first-of-its-kind curriculum. The Food Safety Regulatory Training course is a 2-day seminar funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Rural Economic Development (RED) program. The focus of this program is to provide food entrepreneurs, farmers and food retailers with the most up-to-date knowledge and tools to better understand the complexities of the highly regulated food sector. There will be a pilot session held in Barrie January 24-25, 2014 and one in Collingwood March 7-8, 2014. For more information or to register visit Georgian College's Website.
Nottawasaga Futures is running their high school business plan competition again this year! For more information on how you can participate click here! For more information on Nottawasaga Futures youth entrepreneurship grants and initiatives, click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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