The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
November 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 Networking Event

Congratulations to our BRiNC participants on completion of your business workshops. In celebration of your determination to grow and improve your business we are hosting an in-person networking event to outline some additional business resources. Space is limited so unfortunately we have to accept registration on a first come first serve basis. 
Sign Up Here

Year of the Garden Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to our photo contest grand prize winner Cindy Livingstone. and also to our nine consolation winners Terry Karen D’Hulster, Kimberly Dawn, Marie Collver, Nadine Walker, Jimi Green, Sarah Fair, Kelly De Fields, Carol Morrow and Katie Hashimoto.
Thank you to all 99 entrants for participating and for submitting their interpretive gardens can be found here.

Shop Local this Holiday Season

Are you looking for unique holiday gifts this season? They are all available right here in Norfolk County, so please save these dates for Shop The Shore and Starlight Shopping:

The Norfolk County Christmas Video contest will be back this year and the first contest will open on Monday November 14th. Refresh your memory with the first video of the trilogy here.

Grand Erie Digital Main Street Road Show

In the month of November, The Grand Erie Digital Main Street Road Show is being hosted by Norfolk County, Haldimand County, Brant County and Brantford-Brant Business Resource Enterprise Centre.

Registration is now open for the topic Grow Your Small Business on Instagram, scheduled as follows: Venture Norfolk Board Room, Monday November 14, 2022, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 4044 Highway 3 East, Simcoe. You may register for this event here. For more information about the Digital Main Street program please contact our DSS members email

Shop Norfolk Scavenger Hunt Contest – Fall 2022

Each week, you are on the hunt for two items that can be found on

With over 37 vendors, this hunt isn’t for the faint of heart. You will find unique treasures that will lure you off task. You might even find that new Norfolk-only must-have item. More information about the scavenger hunt contest can be here or email

Assistance for Businesses

Grand Erie Aspire Job Fair
3 DAYS – 3 LOCATIONS! 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. Transportation available to job fair venues.  

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!

Contact for more information and to register to participate as an employer. Additional information available here.

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 Grand Erie.
• 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

Help us improve transit in Norfolk County 
Help us improve transit in Norfolk County and the surrounding area by taking five minutes to answer a survey organized Southwest Community Transit. Please take the survey here.

Visit Norfolk Tourism App

Does your business thrive from tourism visitation to Norfolk County? Would you like to showcase your business on the Norfolk County tourism app Visit Norfolk? The app helps visitors plan their trip to our community, discover things to do, and find businesses to visit. We continue to onboarding businesses to the App so sign up today. 

Check out More 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.

Long Point Country Chamber Business of the Year nominations open

Nominate your favourite Port Rowan and Long Point business for the Long Point Chamber Business of The Year award. Awards will be handed out at the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting on Monday November 21st. More information about the nomination can be found here.

Charlotteville Brewing Company Wins Big

Congratulations Charlotteville Brewery Company on being awarded the Sustainability Award for the Beverages Subcategory at the recent 2022 Ontario Tourism Summit.

Ontario Tourism Southwest Relief Fund

The Ontario Tourism Southwest Relief Fund recipients have been announced. Click here to see all the winners!

Save the Date

The 2023 Southern Ontario Tourism Conference will be hosted in Hamilton March 6-8th. Tourism operators will not want to miss this event. Registration opens Thursday November 10. Click here for more.

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