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Norfolk County
Economic Development
185 Robinson St, Ste 200, Simcoe, ON N3Y 5L6 Canada
Phone: 519-426-9497
Toll Free: 1-800-699-9038

Email: business@norfolkcounty.ca

Business Supports

Venture Norfolk

Venture Norfolk (venturenorfolk.ca) is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that assists individuals, businesses and organizations in the creation and maintenance of jobs in Norfolk County. As a “lender of opportunity”, Venture Norfolk provides loans up to $250,000, consultation and advice to both startup and existing small businesses in Norfolk. “Growing our Communities” speaks to the project support and grants that Venture Norfolk provides to organizations in Norfolk with an idea to improve the communities of Norfolk.

Key services provided by Venture Norfolk include:

  • Small Business Loans – up to $250,000 for new or existing small businesses
  • Small Business Consulting – free seminars or one-to-one meetings
  • Community Projects – staff time and seed grant monies for a project

Venture Norfolk is one of 37 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) located in rural southern Ontario, receiving funding support through the Community Futures program of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

Federal / Provincial Government Funding Programs

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (feddevontario.gc.ca) delivers programming to help create, retain and grow businesses, cultivate partnerships and build strong communities. This will support a strong Southern Ontario economy and position the region to compete globally. Programs include financial support and business services.

The Canada Ontario Jobs Grant for Employers (tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/cojg/) provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government. The Job Grant provides direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. Available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees, the Canada Ontario Jobs Grant is administered in Norfolk County by Fanshawe College (fanshawec.ca/cces).

Industry Canada (ic.gc.ca) provides financing and industry research tools to help businesses develop, import and export.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (omafra.gov.on.ca) provides funding programs that support good jobs, attract investment and help the agri-food industry make an even greater contribution to Ontario’s economic success.

The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (investinontario.com) offers access to an array of government incentive programs and services that help businesses save money on corporate taxes, labour costs, research and development, and more.

The Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (ontario.ca/ministry-research-and-innovation) provides funding to support research and innovation in Ontario, as well as young entrepreneurs.

Innovation Supports

Canadian Centre for Product Validation (CCPV) can provide multiple test modalities simultaneously to decrease validation time and accelerate the time to market. Services include: validation testing to recognized standards and test protocols, Proof of Concept and Design Validation (DV) testing, custom test protocols based on field of use or outcome of Design Failure Mode Effects Analysis (DFMEA), and Failure Mode Analysis.

Tech Alliance of Southwest Ontario provides several services to entrepreneurs: business analysts, prototyping services, market intelligence, entrepreneur tool kit, access to capital, service provider network, mentoring, and other programs.

Information Resources

Canada Business Network  – www.canadabusiness.ca
Canada Business Network promotes entrepreneurship and innovation, and provides assistance through an organized network of service centres across Canada. There is a centre in each province and territory working with partners in many communities across their region, providing you with numerous service access points.

Workforce Planning Board of Grand Eriewww.workforceplanningboard.org/
The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie leads the development of local labour market strategies by providing evidence-based research and analysis, identifying employment trends, targeting workforce opportunities, initiating workforce development strategies, working with community partners, assisting employers with human resource planning.

SCOR Business Portal – www.scorbusinessportal.com/

Ontario’s Southwest Port Communities Tool Kit – www.osw-portsofontario.com

Canadian Youth Business Foundation – http://www.cybf.ca/

Ontario Network of Excellence – http://www.oneinnovation.ca

International Organic Trade Resource Guide – http://www.globalorganictrade.com


Investors Guide

A summary report of key aspects of the Norfolk County economy, including construction activity, labour force, development incentives, location map and information about Norfolk County’s industrial parks and properties. Contact us at 1-800-699-9038 for a hard copy or review our Investor’s Guide.

Overview of Tourism in Norfolk County

A report outlining visitor spending patterns, overnight accommodation usage, activity interests, economic impact, and other statistics related to the tourism industry of Norfolk County. Download PDF