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

Norfolk County Community Development Awards

Online nominations for Norfolk County’s Community Development awards and volunteer selection committee are open now, until March 19 at
Consider nominating a person or project that is helping to build a healthy, livable community!

Tourism Directional Signage Program Changes

Due to the pandemic Norfolk County relaxed the penalties for businesses that were in arrears or delinquent. We are going one step further to move all signs to an annual renewal schedule, thus removing the need for businesses to find a lump sum payment to prepay for a three years term for renewal. More information about our signage program can be found here.

2023 Workshop Series

Norfolk County in collaboration with Venture Norfolk is bringing back the workshop series for 2023 as follows:

Topic: New OCI Grant Funding for Digital Modernization and Adaptation
When: Tuesday March 28
Time: 5 - 6 p.m.
Venue: Venture Norfolk, 4077 Hwy 3 E, Simcoe
Highlight: Up to $15,000 for analysis and up to $100,000 grant for implementation
Description: The Digital Modernization and Adoption Plan (DMAP) program supports Ontario SMEs to better understand their organization’s technology needs, guide their digital transformation decision-making, and optimize their technology investments. Through this program, SMEs work with a Digital Adoption Consultant to generate a Digital Modernization and Adoption Plan tailored specifically to their organization’s digital needs.
Register Here

Topic: All you need to know about the new Not-for-profit Corporation Act
When: Tuesday April 18
Time: 5 - 6 p.m.
Venue: Venture Norfolk, 4077 Hwy 3 E, Simcoe
Sponsors: Norfolk County and Venture Norfolk
Description: The provisions of the new Ontario Not-for-Profit Act (ONCA) comes into effect as of 2023. The ONCA provides Ontario not-for-profit corporations, including charitable corporations, with a modern legal framework to meet the needs of today’s not-for-profit sector. It sets out how not-for-profit corporations are created, governed and dissolved.
This workshop will highlight the changes required to not-for-profit incorporating and other documents to bring them into conformity with the ONCA. Existing corporations previously governed under the Corporations Act are encouraged to review their documents before the end of the transition period.
Register Here

Last chance, closing soon - Ride Norfolk Survey

Ride Norfolk Transit wants to hear from more business owners in the survey to determine the transportation needs of employers in the County. Your participation will help with our strategic future planning of the service and asses the transportation needs of our workforce. 

Take the Survey Here
Digital Main Street

The Digital Main Street’s Digital Transformation Grant is back! As of January 16, 2023 businesses are able to apply for the $2500 technology grant to enhance their online presence. 
Click here for more

LAST CALL to register for the 2023 Southern Ontario Tourism Conference!

Haven't registered yet? Here's your last chance! Register here and view the agenda here.

2022 Tourism Innovation Award Finalists Announced

Congratulations to Norfolk County Tourism Partners who are shortlisted as finalists for 2022 Southwestern Ontario Tourism Corporation Sustainability Trailblazer of the Year Award. These include Homegrown Hideaway and the Long Point Biosphere Region

Assistance for Businesses

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Women Entrepreneurs Summit
Join the FCC’s FREE Women Entrepreneurs Summit in Guelph, Ontario. Gain insights to boost your leadership skills, strategies to build wealth, connect and build personal and professional growth.

This year's speakers will inspire you to think differently about leadership, managing your finances and building resiliency in your business and everyday life. Register here.

FULL TILT 2023 is back, and betterthan ever – March 8! 
Come to Canada’s largest gathering of female food & drink founders at this one-day event hosted by Canadian Women In Food. Click here to register

- Explore The Partner Marketplace 
- Network like it’s your Net Worth 
- Live session of Monday Morning Manager 
- Eat, Drink & Schmooze
March 8 - International Women’sDay
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
NUVO Network, Burlington, Ontario

Food for Thought:Insights from peers in the Netherlands
During two 1-hour webinars on March 8 and March 22 from 9 -10 am EST the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. (OMAFRA) and the Consulate General of the Netherlands will showcase some food processing companies in the Meat & Poultry and Bakery sectors from the Netherlands that have based their success (amongst others) on automation. As part of these webinars, the Food Strategy Institute will paint a bigger picture of current challenges and will share innovative ways to address these.

The webinar includes dedicated Q&A sessions with peers activein the Dutch Meat & Poultry and Bakery sectors. In other words: these sessions are not to be missed!

REGISTER HERE for the Meat & Poultry sector webinar on March 8. 

REGISTER HERE for the Bakery sector webinar on March 22.

R&D SupportAvailable at George Brown College
The Food Innovation & Research Studio (FIRSt) at George Brown College continues to offer R&D support services to food and beverage companies recovering from the pandemic, from our state-of-the-art lab located in downtown Toronto. Our team of chefs, food scientists and industry professionals are ready to work with you on your innovation and R&D challenges. Find out about who we are and what we do at our website – we look forward to hearing from you! 

Conestoga Food Research and Innovation Lab (CFRIL) is your partner in applied food research
With our research network integrating the expertise of our industry experts at the Institute of Food Processing Technology, School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts and Packaging Technology we offer support from concept to finished product. From our 8,000 sq. ft pilot plant to culinary arts labs we can test at a scale that best suits your current business needs. Our pilot plant offers end-to-end beverage, retort, vegetable processing and bakery lines, along with vertical flow wrapping, tray sealing, and vacuum sealing. 

Reach out to Nicole Detlor at to discuss how we can collaborate or check out our website to learn more about our capabilities.

Funding Available for Economic Development
Indigenous Economic Development Fund (IEDF)
Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 5 p.m.
IEDF provides grants and financing to Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses, communities and organizations. The fund helps promote economic development and improve employment opportunities for Indigenous people. The fund supports projects that:

- diversify Indigenous economies
- increase access to employment and training opportunities
- provide start-up and expansion financing for small and medium-sized businesses
- support financing, skills training and other economic development initiatives through collaboration between Indigenous communities and the private sector

For more information about funding resources available that may be available to you, click here.

Community & Business Updates

Short Term Executive Suite Rental 
Two furnished suites located at 110 Robinson Street, Simcoe – The Renaissance Suites now available. Perfect for out-of-town employee accommodation for local businesses.

Contact: Charlene at
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