Community Futures Ontario recognizes the BizLink Program as the Community Economic Development (CED) Project of the year.

BizLink, a regional Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) program, connects new entrepreneurs with retiring business owners and supports them through successful business transitions, simultaneously developing successful entrepreneurs who create employment, maintain valuable goods and service offerings, and contribute to local economies.

With proven knowledge and tools, the program confidentially and anonymously guides entrepreneurs through the full transition process and provides wrap around support for the entire life cycle of a business.


To date, the program has assisted with 79 successful business transitions, and trained and developed 1,187 people through coaching and workshop attendance.

The program was created and is administered by Orillia Area CDC, Nottawasaga Futures, Community Futures South Georgian Bay, and North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation.

Congratulations to the program administrators for the success of the BizLink Program!

If you are interested in learning more about BizLink, and it’s impact on the area, please join us at our BizLink Celebration on Tuesday, May 30th, 2023 at 5:00 PM. For more details and to RSVP, please visit

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