The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
June 2022
Welcome to the new Norfolk County Business Bulletin, the monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community! You'll receive all the latest news and updates from Norfolk's Economic Development team, delivered straight to your inbox. Let us know what you think at

County Updates

Add Your Events to the Visit Norfolk Mobile App

The summer season is here! Get your upcoming events listed on Visit Norfolk Mobile App today. For help getting your business or events listed on the App please call ext 1264 or email our team. 

Tell us about your ‘Year of the Garden’ event or celebration

Norfolk County has declared 2022 as the Year of the Garden. We want to hear your ideas on ways that you or your organization can celebrate the Year of The Garden (YOG). We want to share engagement and initiatives being undertaken in the community through Norfolk Tourism’s social channels and a common hashtag. To share your event, celebration or promotion with Norfolk County, fill-in the Year of the Garden event notification form below
Need more infomation? Contact us here.

Tell us about your event


Full of community activities on June 18

Join us for the first-ever Norfolk Community Day on June 18 to re-connect and celebrate all things Norfolk! From free swims, fire hall tours, live music, llamas, pickleball tournaments, food, and more. The event will coincide to include museum and library programs in addition to the Simcoe Seniors’ Centre Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and an Outdoor Music & Movie Night at the Delhi Friendship Centre. For regular updates, keep checking the website.

The Digital Service Squad (DSS) program is Back! 

Norfolk County's DSS team is once again available to providing free technical advice to small businesses owners. To contact our DSS members, or see information about the latest DSS offer, click here.

Family Hosts Wanted for Ukrainian Newcomers 

Do you have a basement apartment, an in-law suite, half-side of house, extra room for accommodation?

Are you able to volunteer as a host family to provide temporary accommodation for Ukrainians coming to Norfolk County to work?

If yes, please contact the YWCA at 519-752-4568 or you may sign up here.

Sign Up for Shop Norfolk and Sell Online Today 

Looking for an easy way to add the option for online sales? 

Staff is standing by to walk you through the process for our Shop Norfolk program

More information is avaiable here, or email our team.

Norfolk County Multi-Sector Job Fair

Taking place June 22 at the Aud in Simcoe from 1 - 6 p.m.

Meet employers, gather information, apply to jobs!

Employers please call 519-428-1135 ext 432 or 430 to register. Workers, please register at ext 0.

Assistance for Businesses

Government Funding Opportunities 

Local Food Infrastructure Fund Accepting Applications Starting June 1st!
The Government of Canada’s Local Food Infrastructure Fund (LFIF) supports community-led projectsto strengthen food systems and help to facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for at-risk Canadians. This phase of the program is open to eligible Indigenous groups, rural communities and small cities.  

Visit the LFIF website to review the Guide and Annexes A and B.  

Application intake will start June 1, 2022 and close on July 15, 2022 

Summer Company 

Up to $3000 for students to operate a business during the summer. Students must be returning to school after the summer. Program includes free business training from experienced advisors and mentorship from local business leaders.
More information here.

Starter Company Plus
A grant for $5000 for small start-up businesses with one-on-one mentorship. Participate in six free business workshopslearning about business planning, marketing plan, budgeting and cashflow projections
Learn how to create your own business plan andfinancial forecasts
More information can be found here.

Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) ComplementaryMembership for 2022

Tourism operators, as long as you are a member of your local DMO and/or Sector Association (which you all are), TIAO will extend complimentary membership for 2022. More information can be found here.

OntarioTourism Industry Health Check Report
Destination Ontario has a new report that highlights key recovery indicators such asaccommodation occupancy, rates and border crossings etc. This report is basedon open-data and is available here.

Community Updates

Free welding training program launched

Free welding training is being offered to give 150 people a head start to work as welders, helping meet the needs of local companies hungry for workers.

The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie will provide the program through its Skills2Advance Welding training arm, in partnership with the CWB Welding Foundation. Training will be delivered at four area colleges: Six Nations Polytechnic, Conestoga College, Fanshawe College (Simcoe campus) and Mohawk College.

The two-week-long classes start in June and will be offered regularly over the next year.

Two-thirds of participants for the free welding training are expected to be women, a group that is underrepresented in the skilled trades.

Contact the Skills2Advance team to learn more or to get involved.

Learn More Here

Enjoy the Downtown Simcoe Market Friday Nights

Shopping, entertainment, fine cuisine…Downtown Simcoe has become the Hit Strip in Norfolk County this and every Friday in until September 2. You won’t want to miss a single Friday this summer. More information here.

Venture Norfolk Educational Series

Venture Norfolk is introducing a new educational series Strategic Planning for your Business. This free, five-part, series will leave new or seasoned entrepreneurs with a business plan to succeed and a clear road map to guide every step of the journey. Each 1.5 hour session will be offered either in-person or on-line. Class numbers are limited, so early registration is recommended. More information can be found here.

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