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Regional Resource Opportunities

​​​​​​​​​​Barrie Public Library

Available to all municipalities

Tel: 705-728-1010 ext. 7014

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Provides businesses with access to the P-Census, which supports informed local marketing decisions by disclosing neighbourhood-level spending information, and Dun and Bradstreet’s Business Directory, to better assess local supply chain opportunities and challenges. Also provides business planning and development workshops and resources through specialized business librarian services.

Business Enterprise Resource Network

Offices in Barrie, Collingwood, and Orillia

Tel: 705-792-0989

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The Business Enterprise Resource Network offers access to support services, resource libraries, government forms and information, seminars and workshops, and support from professional business consultants.

Chambers of Commerce

See Partners page for listing and contact information for Chambers of Commerce in Simcoe County.

Provides support to the local business community through networking opportunities, advocacy, and involvement in local projects to improve the business climate of the community.

Community Futures Development Corporations and Small Business Enterprise Centres

See Partners page for listing and contact information for Community Futures Development Corporations and Small Business Enterprise Centres in Simcoe County.

Community Futures Development Corporation can provide a loan of up to $150,000 to start or grow small businesses in Northern Ontario or rural Southern Ontario. They also provide access to business training and planning support. The purpose of these centres is to specifically cater to the localized needs of each community.

Small Business Enterprise Centres provide free consultations with a qualified business consultant, internet and computer access for business research and planning, review of business plans, consultations through a lawyer/accountant referral service, up-to-date, leading-edge information geared to the needs of the entrepreneur, access to current resource materials, including directories, trade indexes and books that entrepreneurs can peruse on-site, workshops and seminars, guidance on licenses, permits, registration, regulations and other forms and documents required to start and build a business, import and export information, information on patents, copyright and trademarks, and mentoring and networking opportunities.

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium - Barrie/Midland Branch

Tel: 1-866-323-4362

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This group provides support for manufacturers through workshops, training programs, and mentorship.

Georgian Angel Network

Tel: 705-441-4058

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Provides angel investment and business development support to high-growth potential firms in Simcoe County.

Georgian College

Tel: 705-728-1968

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Georgian College provides a variety of services to the business community of Simcoe County. Their Centre for Applied Research and Innovation assists businesses with accessing financing, support, and opportunities for product testing at their facility in Barrie. Beyond this they also work closely with industry to provide a skilled workforce through their cooperative education program and accomplished graduates, and also offer assistance in creating international business plans.

Lakehead University

Tel: 1- 807-343-8871

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Seeks out industry partners for collaboration to conduct research with the university, provides access to university resources for industry, and provides educational opportunities for local industry.

Simcoe-Muskoka Workforce Development Board

Tel: 1-800-337-4598

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The Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board facilitates training and adjustment activities that will equip people with skills for new and/or changing employment that is in demand by employers in their own local community.

VentureLAB

Tel: 905-248-2727

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VentureLab is a Regional Innovation Centre based in Markham, Ontario. They provide in depth assistance throughout the business development process with their BUILD program, and a number of useful events throughout the year. Although everyone is welcome to access their services, they specialize in working with innovative companies in the technology and health sectors.

Employment Assistance

Agilec™ Barrie | Innisfil ​

Barrie: 705-728-0897​​​
Innisfil: 705-431-2255​

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Bradford Works

Tel: 905-778-9​​058​

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Career Centre

Tel: 705-725-8990 Ext. 0

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Careers for Inclusion

Tel: 1-866-483-2158

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Focus Community Development Corporation

Tel: 705-435-9821

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Georgian College Employment Services Barrie

Tel: 705-722-1505

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Georgian College Employment Services Orillia

Tel: 705-329-3102

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La Cle De L’Emploi Employment Services (Bilingual)

Tel: 705-549-5227

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Tracks Employment and Resource Services of Georgian Bay Inc.

Tel: 705-444-1580

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YMCA Employment Service Centre – Midland

Tel: 705-528-0845

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