The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
October 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

BRiNC Small Business Success Series Provides Free Workshops for Local Entrepreneurs

Four virtual workshops will be delivered between two days, October 11 and 18.  Entrepreneurs can sign up for one or more workshops.
Participants will have the chance to learn from experts in the fields of high-level planning, sales, digital marketing, and human resources. 
The program includes optional one-on-one mentorship with the presenters to receive customized advice tailored to their business.
The Small Business Success Series will be delivered by outstanding business professionals such as Mark Elliot, a founder of VA Partners; Riley Moynes, Incubator Manager at The Forge Business Incubator; Katelyn Sinclair, Founder at Fresh Digital; and Ian Levitt, founder of Devreve.  
No charge to attendees.
Learn More Here

Year of the Garden Photo Contest

Norfolk County has proclaimed 2022 as the Year of the Garden.  Submit a picture of you backyard garden, flower garden, farm stand, agricultural field etc to be entered into the Year of The Garden (YOTG) photo contest.  To enter, simply upload a photo, that you’ve taken yourself, that shows your passion for “Living The Garden Life”- in the comments below the “Official Giveaway Post” from October 5, 2022, located on the Norfolk County Tourism and Economic Development Facebook page. Upload your photos by October 16 at 11:59 p.m.

The photo can highlight a backyard garden, your favourite plant or flower, or even the beauty of a large-scale agricultural operation. The choice is yours!

See Contest Rules Here

Nine More Digital Transformation Grants paid to Norfolk County Businesses Recently 

Monday October 31st is the deadline to apply for the $2500 Digital Transformation Grant through the Digital Main Street program. You may apply for the grant to upgrade your online marketing or improve your ecommerce presence. For assistance on how to apply please contact our DSS members email

Save the Date - Grand Erie Digital Main Street Road Show

Norfolk County, under the auspices of Digital Main Street and in collaboration with Haldimand County, Brant County and Brantford-Brant Business Resource Enterprise Centre, is staging a Digital Road Show this Fall. Ensure you sign up for any or all of the workshops:

Crafting Content for Social Media
Brantford City Hall
Monday November 7, 2022, 9am - 12pm
58 Dalhousie Street, Brantford

Grow Your Small Business on Instagram
Venture Norfolk

Monday November 14, 2022, 9am - 12pm 
4044 Highway 3 East, Simcoe 

Digital Tools, Software Apps to Manage your Business
Cayuga Memorial Arena – The McSorley Room

Monday November 21, 2022, 9am - 12pm  
55 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga

Grow Your Small Business on Instagram
County of Brant Public Library – Paris Branch

Monday November 28, 2022, 9am - 12pm 
12 William Street, Paris ON 

Check out the new products on Shop Norfolk, or join the growing community as a vendor

Check out today!
New products added weekly!
For vendors, Shop Norfolk is an easy way to add the option for online sales
Norfolk’s Economic Development team is standing by to walk you through the process, or email

Assistance for Businesses

Government Funding Opportunity
Three new rounds for SWODF were added recently to the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade website. 
The program supports companies, particularly SMEs, to grow, improve productivity, invest in innovation and skills development, pursue new markets, create good, sustainable jobs and generate broad positive regional impacts.
For more information about SWODF and the new intake rounds, go to take rounds, go to SWODF

In-Person Workforce Development Form
Join the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus and Workforce Planning West for Growing Your Workforce 2022. This one-day forum brings stakeholders from across Western Ontario together to build solutions to our current workforce issues. This is a great opportunity to discuss best practices with peers from other communities.

Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Best Western Stoneridge Inn & Conference Centre in London.

Topics will include:
- Sharing best practices from employers,
- Immigrant attraction,
- Youth retention
- The skills continuum and more!
Register here

Skills2AdvanceWelding program is offering FREE training in basic welding techniques to companies who have employees eager to learn 
ATTENTION BUSINESSES! Do you employ welders? Don't miss out on this great opportunity to upskill some of your existing staff - training can be completed in as little as 60 hours!

Our Skills2Advance Welding program is suited for:
• Workers you want to upskill or cross-train, adding welding to their skill set
• Workers interested in welding to advance their careers at your workplace
• Workers interested in welding but your company can’t free them up to take lengthy training

About Skills2Advance Welding:
• No dollar cost to you or your workers.
• Brought to you by the Workforce Planning Board of GrandErie.
• Uses CWB Welding Foundation curriculum and testing.

Find out more by contacting or call 519-756-1116 ext. 223. Visit the Skills2Advance Welding website.

Community & Business Updates

Grand Erie Aspire Job Fair – 3 DAYS – 3 LOCATIONS!
Don’t miss out on this chance to meet with over a hundred employers!  Come out to the first region-wide job fair and meet employers from various sectors eager to hire!

Explore local companies and the job opportunities available across Grand Erie. Here’s an opportunity to learn about all the occupations open to you in and around the trades – BUT not exclusive to trade jobs alone!

ATTENTION EMPLOYERS! Join us in showcasing your job opportunities at Grand Erie’s region-wide job fair! Businesses seeking to fill skilled trades positions are encouraged to register!

Transportation is available to job fair venues. Contact for more information and to register to participate as an employer. Sponsored by the First Work Aspire program, RBC Future Launch and the Grand Erie Skilled Trades Alliance.

Visit Norfolk Events Calendar 

Find events and activities happening in Norfolk County!  Download the free Visit Norfolk mobile app for iPhone or Android phones, and click on the “Events” tab along the bottom of the screen. If your event or festival is not listed in the Events calendar, please email and the Economic Development team will be happy to help.

Agri-Food Forum

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2022 Municipal Agri-Food Forum hosted by the County of Brant and OMAFRA! This year’s event theme is “Tradition, Innovation and Regeneration”.

Attendees can explore County of Brant farms and agricultural businesses that embrace technology, new crops, entrepreneurship and environmental stewardship. More information on the farms on the bus tour, accommodations and registration can be found here

WPBGE workforce survey, Examining Quality of Work, is now live! 

Through this survey, the Workforce Planning Board aims to help businesses, community organizations and local government learn more about what workers value in a workplace, and to encourage the creation of policies, partnerships and practices that strengthen work quality across the region. Respondents have a chance to win weekly prizes that support local businesses.  
You can take and share the 15-minute survey here.

The Fair is Back!

The Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show is back this October, with a jam-packed Full Fair for #NCF2022. The traditions you love, some exciting new additions, and so much to see and do, celebrating all that is local to Norfolk County - Agriculture displays and demonstrations, Horse Shows, Competitions, Midway Rides & Games, FIVE nights of Motorsport action on the track, Shopping, Live music, Shows and Entertainment, - and don't forget the FAIR FOOD!

Daily schedules and Fair Features are highlighted at

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