Simcoe County: Rural Innovation Challenge

WHAT IS THE RURAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE? Join us for the Rural Innovation Challenge December 2 – December 11, 2020. The Challenge is hosted by ventureLAB, the County of Simcoe, and Digital Main Street to explore, source, and pilot novel solutions that support Main Street business continuity in Simcoe County amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Our partners…

2020 Readers’ Choice Awards

2020 has been a difficult and trying year for all of us. We’re thankful our services remained essential and that we could pivot & continue providing our business communities through these challenging times. Our complimentary business consulting services & professional development workshops transitioned to phone & virtual meetings, and we were so fortunate to be…

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy

Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021. This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords. If you are eligible for the base…

Ontario Supporting Small Businesses with Financial Advice and Training

The Ontario government is investing over $2.2 million through the Ontario Together Fund to provide small businesses with free, tailored financial advice and online training to help them make informed financial decisions and navigate the unprecedented economic circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.   When included alongside the 2020 Ontario Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover and the Main Street…

Ontario Launching New Agency to Centralize Government Procurement

The Ontario government announced the establishment of Supply Ontario, a new centralized procurement agency that will enable a whole-of-government approach to purchasing goods and services, saving taxpayers money. Supply Ontario will ensure that schools, hospitals, and the entire public sector always have the critical supplies and equipment they need to keep individuals and families safe,…