The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
February 2021
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 on the last Friday of every month. Let us know what you think at

Assistance for Businesses

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund RRRF (Round 2) 

Venture Norfolk continues to accept applications for loans with a focus on assisting “main street” businesses, such as retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, and businesses of strategic importance to our communities, for 0% up to $40,000.

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Digital Service Squad DSS Program 

If you're a small business in one of Norfolk County's downtown cores looking for help with digital marketing support, look no further. The Digital Service Squad is here to help. 
Learn more

Future Proof Transformation Team Program

Offering free e-commerce and technology assistance to all small businesses. It is complementary to the DSS program.
Sign up

The Canadian Manufacturing & Exporters Association (CME) Efficiency Grant

Federal funding up to $25,000 of the cost of technology and/or operational efficiency. This program connects small manufacturing enterprise manufacturers in southern Ontario with qualified experts to get customized technology assessments.
Learn more

County Updates

Business Visitation Program

Good news for businesses looking to connect with the Economic Development Department. The team is continuing the visitation program virtually. Sign up, below. Or call 519-426-5870 ext. 1264.
Request a meeting

Norfolk County Economic Recovery Taskforce

The Economic Recovery Taskforce will oversee the implementation of the Economic Recovery Plan, which was passed by Council in December 2020.  Several subcommittees are in the process of being formed and will focus on specific sections of the plan.

As the implementation moves forward, the Taskforce continues to seek project ideas that can support business recovery and building future business resilience against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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Community Updates

Job Portal

The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie (WPBGE) job board is now available. This central resource has a robust search function allows you to filter by several criteria like region, or industy. Businesses may also monitor the site to see if their job postings are being featured.
Learn more

Labour Force Statistics

Norfolk County ended the year with a 6.3% unemployment rate, which was the rate back in November of 2019. In December 2020, Norfolk's employment consisted of 84% full-time and 16% part-time.
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