Vacancy Rebate Program Information Session

PROPERTY TAX VACANCY REBATE PROGRAM Information Session   The City of Orillia is looking for feedback on possible changes to the Vacancy Rebate Program for Commercial and Industrial properties. The Province is providing municipalities flexibility for 2017 and future years; allowing municipalities to tailor the Vacant Rebate program to reflect community needs and circumstances, while…

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CDC Success Story: EarthTreks

Meet Alison Braun, founder of EarthTreks. Alison combined her love of travel in search of the world’s abundance of natural and cultural treasures, with her personal commitment to effect positive social and environmental change to form the vision of EarthTreks. Her business was shortlisted and selected as one of Western Ontario Community Futures most recent…

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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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