The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
June 2023
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

Years in the Making! The Arkells to play Norfolk County

Enjoy a rare outdoor concert featuring 9-time JUNO Award winners, the Arkells as part of Burning Kiln’s Concerts in the Vineyard series. The CAMPFIRE NIGHTS outdoor show is Saturday, July 29. Tickets are available at

The concert is the first of its kind for the Hamilton-based Arkells. Showcasing an intimate and stripped-down version of the band, the night will feature signature songs set against the backdrop of rural Ontario summer nights. This unique event, curated by the Arkells themselves, promises an unforgettable event!

Introduction to Experiential Tourism Breakfast!

Norfolk County - in collaboration with Haldimand County and Ontario Southwest (OSW) - will be hosting a FREE Introduction to Experiential Tourism Breakfast at the Jarvis Public Library from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

If you are interested in learning how you can develop new experiences for visitors but don't know where to start, this event is the perfect introduction. Come and learn about the resources and development programs offered by both OSW and Norfolk County. Email for more.

Click here to Register
Fairground Festival

An extension of the successful 2022 Norfolk Night Market featuring live local musical acts including Sloan, Bif Naked, Finger Eleven, the Beaches, 40-plus artisan vendors, food trucks, local beer, and wine gardens, interactive games, and this year adding two evenings of Party on the Track Concerts featuring large-scale Headline National Artists in an immersive festival setting, as part of Amplify Norfolk initiative. Find out more here.

Community Days are back!
Find an event, join in the fun, and come celebrate all things Norfolk from June 3-10. 

Learn more about the events: Norfolk County Days - 2023

Want to get involved? Contact Matt McGinty to learn more.

Workplace Planning Presentation

The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie will be hosting a Norfolk-specific virtual presentation to provide an update to business owners on the results of the last 2023 EmployerOne survey. The event goes Wednesday, June 7 from 12-1 p.m. Click here to learn more about the survey.

Register Here

Topic: How NOT to lose your soul in socials                                   
When: June 13, 2023
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Venue: Venture Norfolk, 4077 Hwy 3 E, Simcoe

In this workshop, you will learn how to take control of your social media content creation for engaging and audience-satisfying posts without having to sell your soul or drag you down into a time-sucking hole. We’ll have a candid conversation about some of the stressors YOU are having, how best to combat them, how to organize your socials, and most importantly when to STOP. Make sure to bring your preferred posting device, as we will be hands-on!

Register Here

Register for Visit Norfolk

As spring approaches, now is the time to ensure that your business is listed on the Visit Norfolk mobile App. Listing your business, festivals, and events on Visit Norfolk is easy and free. We do all the work. 

Learn More Here
South Coast Jazz Music Festival

Come to the Port Dover Community Center for the Local Stage Showcase ft. Route 6, The Feds, and more. This is a cash-only event.
When: Friday, August 11
Doors Open: 5 p.m.

Click here for Tickets
Digital Main Street 

Digital Transformation Grant is still ongoing. Businesses are able to apply for the $2500 technology grant to enhance their online presence. 
Click Here for More
Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Program 
Norfolk County Council has approved budget funding for 2023 for the municipal CIP Grant Program

If you have a property that needs upgrade and improvement you may qualify for a CIP grant. 

The program is a 50/50 matching fund program that can be used for Façade improvement, accessibility upgrades, and more. 

More Information Here

Assistance for Businesses

Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF)
The SWODF Fund provides support for projects and investments to businesses, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in southwestern Ontario The upcoming application window opens June 19 and runs until September 14.
The fund supports Projects that:

- create jobs and build talent
- attract and encourage private-sector investment
- lead to business growth and broad positive economic impacts
- encourage innovation, collaboration, and cluster development
Additional information here.

New Ontario MadeManufacturing Investment Tax Credit
An eligible Ontario corporation can claim capital investments in two capital cost allowance classes for qualifying expenditures up to a limit of$20 million in a taxation year. The tax credit for a taxation year is 10 percent of eligible expenditures for qualifying investments, up to a maximum of $2 million (i.e. 10 percent of the $20 million limit). The Canada Revenue Agency administers tax credits on behalf of Ontario and corporations can claim the tax credit on their T2 Corporation Income Tax return. Additional information is available here.

Upcoming Events

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