Up & Out Sports

The CDC is on speed dial. As a small business owner, they are my go-to for information on anything small business related.

– Robb MacDonald

Master Lube Rust Check

The CDC staff are so pleasant, helpful and really informative. It’s nice to go to someone who is honest and will tell you exactly how it is.

– Tiffany Denena

Poly-B Plumbing

The CDC was a breeze to work with and the best part was we were able to expand our services to better serve our clients and communities.

– Paul & Jody Bosse

2018-19 CDC President

We’re fortunate to have a great volunteer base at the CDC with a breath of experience and expertise, along with sound geographic coverage from all the areas we service.

– Ray Lalande


Knowing that the CDC is there is amazing! There are lots of resources online, but you can get the same resources from the CDC staff and get to know them personally. Their people have a real sense of community; they are in your corner and committed to helping you succeed. I’ve referred numerous people to the CDC as a result of my experiences.

– Sarah Anne Moleme

Georgian Chocolate Co.

The CDC was really good and prompt in helping us. They were always available for face-to-face meetings. In the near future, when we want to expand our business, the CDC will be our first stop.

– Jenna Green & Sean Carter

Yorke Motivational Consulting

As a business coach I work with a lot of young & new entrepreneurs and the first thing I say is, “Have you been to the CDC?” The connections I made there were incredible and I continued to visit because I saw the resources that they offered, so when I started to develop my business they became an obvious partner. They really are integral to the success of the Orillia area business communities and we’ve seen them boom in the last 5 years.

– Risha Yorke

Ec•lec•tic Café

The CDC has helped me through every stage of my business, from infancy to where we are today, through their services and what they provide. We were able to secure some personal loans and funding and without them it’s really hard because banks don’t look at you sometimes. What’s amazing is everybody at the CDC is so welcoming and encouraging that it makes you feel like you can do anything even when you doubt yourself. Everybody can get something out of what the CDC offers.

– Melanie Robinson

Peak Performance Fitness

Over the years, the CDC has introduced us to so many influential connections in our community, helping us to grow our customer base. They are phenomenal.

– Brandon Peacock

Canoe Fresh Foods

The CDC was great in terms of helping us with our first business. We would use them again 100 percent. I recommend them to people in this area. I don’t think I could have done better.

– Ryan McLean

KnightVision Media/ Refillery District

The CDC provides so much more than just the financing I’ve accessed, I’ve taken advantage of their employment programs, their workshops and they really do want to help your business succeed. There’s truly no better feeling than being able to sit down face-to-face with the staff at the CDC and feel like you’re being heard, and that they have your best interest in mind.

To say that the CDC made my business would be an understatement. Without their help, support and guidance, my business would not have grown to the point it is at today.

– Tyler Knight

On The Water Designs

For us, the advice the CDC offered over the years has been just as valuable as the financial support. They gave me the confidence and security to become a leader in our marketplace.

– Brandon Jewitt

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