The art of small business

After receiving a BA in Political Science, Olivia Neal returned to her hometown of Orillia, and it wasn’t long before the artist in her saw a need to display the area’s ever growing community of makers and artisans. Named after her beloved great grandparents, her business Harold + Ferne: The Local Goods Co. was born…

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Chamber hands out business awards

The Orillia Chamber of Commerce recognized local businesses Thursday night during its annual Business Achievement Awards. Several businesses and a couple of non-profits received awards during the ceremony at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club. Award winners are as follows: Entrepreneurial Initiative Momma Mari’s Harold + Ferne: The Local Goods Co. Driverseat Orillia Rustica Pizza…

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Loans can help businesses go green

Business owners looking for energy savings can find support in local organizations. Through Orillia Power’s Save on Energy program, business owners can apply for up to 70% in financial incentives to go toward energy-efficient lighting, heating, cooling and other initiatives. “At times, businesses are unable to afford the remaining cost, putting a stop to their…

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Canada 150 Grants now open for applications!

New Community Fund for Canada’s 150th builds community, inspires understanding, and encourages participation for the sesquicentennial! A collaboration for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation is bringing people and places together to build community and activate a groundswell of local initiatives, activities and events. The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is an effort led by Community…

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FREE 2017 Chamber membership for Young Entrepreneurs!

The Orillia District Chamber of Commerce is offering important support for young entrepreneurs in our local economy! At this stage, the program is a work in progress. But …already they have committed to offering FREE 2017 Chamber memberships to all new business owners under the age of 30. They will match young entrepreneurs with more…

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