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
I believe in what they’re doing by supporting local business, and because the options they presented were great, I went with them first. Not only did the CDC talk to me about my business plan, even their board got involved in the discussion around it. They want me to succeed.
– Michael Fredson
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
They’ve helped me adapt with the changing needs of the community. Launching a business can be a lonely journey, and the CDC has always been there to show me the next stride to keep going.
– Crystal Cabural
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
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
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
The CDC is on speed dial. As small business owners, we rely on them as our go-to source for information on anything business related.
– Robb MacDonald & Sue SInclair
The CDC has helped me through every stage of my business, from infancy to where we are today, through their services & what they provide. We were able to secure some personal loans & 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 & 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
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 & Taylor Bazinet
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
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
They allowed me to get to another level of growth that I couldn’t have done otherwise. Even if you think you don’t need them just now, go meet them and tell them about your business. You could end up turning to them for support at some point.
– Catherine Bristow
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
As a local funding source, the CDC has been great because they connect you to lots of other suppliers, people in the community, and we’ve been super grateful to have them on board from the beginning.
– Simon McRae
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
I think the beautiful thing for us in working with the CDC is they’re local, we can go into their office and actually talk to a human being. They understand our business, and they want to help businesses like ours succeed.
– Gareth Houben