Norfolk County Economic Development
Norfolk County can assist businesses to expand their operations, or to relocate them here. We can provide site selection assistance, referrals to financial supports, information about approval processes, and local intelligence – and much more.
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.
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.
Agriculture / Agri-Food Initiatives
To improve sharing of best practices and resources across the province, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) developed a directory of hundreds of initiatives supporting agriculture and food. This Google Drive is publicly available as a dynamic community resource.
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 Erie – www.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
Canadian Youth Business Foundation
Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs – https://www.onebusiness.ca/
International Organic Trade Resource Guide – http://www.globalorganictrade.com
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.