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 March, 2014:
RFP for the Creation of a Regional Employment Website for the Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board has been issued. Responses from the private sector are welcome!
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!
Farmer-Food Buyer Networking Event coming up in Orillia on March 3. Great way to expand/better understand how to expand your marketplace, as well as making connections and learning how to source food for your business locally. Register and learn more!
**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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