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

Attention: Great Opportunity!

The Digital Transformation Grant can now be combined with the Canada Digital Adaptation Program

It is now possible to combine the Digital Transformation Grant with the Canada Digital Adaptation program for a total of up to $5000 to upgrade your online marketing presence or improve your e-commerce presence. For assistance on how to apply please contact our DSS members

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

Be sure to vist to see what many local shops have to offer! New products are constanly being added. 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. Click here for more information, or email

2022 is the Year of the Garden

Norfolk County has proclaimed 2022 as the Year of the Garden

Take a picture of your beautiful garden now, you will need it for a contest soon!

To learn more, or share your ideas for how you plan to celebrate, check out Norfolk’s Year of the Garden webpage.

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 

Assistance for Businesses

Government Funding Opportunities 

Destination Ontario Presents Twitter Trends

Join us September 15, 10 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. for a Twitter presentation with key takeaways: 
- A better understanding of Twitter’s audience and their superpowers,  
- How the audience and their power impact your business, and 
- Recent trends for the Travel & Leisure industry. 
About the Presenter:  Amanda Kittsis a Senior Account Manager working on the Government & Travel vertical at Twitter. She has been with the company for nearly 6 years and specializes in how to best promote your business on Twitter. 
Register Here

Applications are open for the Unlocked and Inspired Coach the Coaches Program 
Over the last 6-plus years, Ontario’s Southwest (OSW) has invested in experiential tourism development training via Unlocked and Inspired. This year, OSW will be focusing on capacity building and will be facilitating a “Coach the Coaches” program.  This is a great opportunity for individuals who've worked at/as Destination Management Organizations (DMOs), municipalities, independent consultants, economic development officers, experienced partners, and others who are looking to coach in the OSW region.
The deadline to apply is September 20. Click here for details and to start your application process. 

World Tourism Day
This is your chance to learn how you can work with OSW and a great opportunity for you to ask us questions in person, to network with other tourism stakeholders, and celebrate World Tourism Day with snacks & beverages.
Date: Tuesday, September 27th, 2022
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards, Harrow
RSVP Deadline: Thursday, September 15
Capacity will be capped at 75 attendees. Please RSVP now to secure your spot

Grant Writing Workshop

Take the guesswork out of the equation and learn the basics of grant writing virtually in a workshop led by People First Fundraising Solutions and OSW.

For $25 (valued at approx. $200) you’ll learn how to: 
- Use databases to identify fundingsources,
- Prioritize which funding source to approach first,
- Gain access to resources, tools, templates & much more.
Register here

South Western Ontario 2022 Manufacturing Matters Event (Oct 5th)

First live and in-person event since pre-pandemic.
KEYNOTE - David Paterson, VP General Motors Canada.  David will touch on GM's future investment in Ontario and the changing landscape of the automotive sector in Canada.
Breakouts! As in years past, there will be a number of breakout sessions during the morning, something for everyone!
Register here

Southwestern Ontario Development Fund 
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

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

Stay up to date with Visit Norfolk! 

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.

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

Through this survey, the Workforce Planning Board aim 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

South Coast Jazz is giving back! While supplies last, get complimentary general admission tickets

Get complimentary general admission tickets by using the NORFOLK promo code.
Simply go to:

  • and click “tickets” on the ticket pages 
  • Click “as an individual” 
  • Click the BLUE link at the top left side of the screen that says “enter promo code
  • Then enter NORFOLK
  • Choose the Sept 17 general admission ticket and download/print 

The Fair is Back!

The Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show is back and in-person. Advance tickets are now available. Additional information here.

Apex K9 Academy

Norfolk County welcomes the Apex K9 Academy to Delhi.  A family structured facility with several team members that all have the same passion for dogs and the company’s training programs.  The academy offers several training programs and assessments, including obedience from basic puppy to advanced, boarding, guarding and security detail work, show ring gaiting, private lessons, and much more.

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