Ontario Launches Regional Program to Help Create Jobs

First Step Announced in Government’s Transformation of Business Supports Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade The Ontario government is launching the first part of its commitment to transform business supports to deliver value for money for taxpayers and create sustainable opportunities for businesses and communities in eastern and southwestern Ontario. Today, Vic Fedeli,…

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CONTEST! November 1 – 15

ENTER TO WIN! Head over to our Facebook page for your chance to win a 1 hour massage at Discover Wellness OR a Say Cheese gift basket! Watch our short video on Discover Wellness’ Business Transition experience, and complete the following steps to qualify: 1. LIKE our Facebook page 2. TAG someone who owns a…

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Buying a Dream

Thinking about buying or selling a business? Check out Dockside Publishing‘s latest Business edition to find out how we were able to help Master Lube Rust Check‘s Tiffany Denena take the driver’s seat!  

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Refillery District a step forward for Orillia and planet

The planet called and two entrepreneurs answered. Tyler Knight and Allie Fry knew Orillia needed a zero-waste store, and that’s what gave birth to the Refillery District. “We felt we could make a difference in our community, and eventually the planet,” said Tyler. “We wanted to make it accessible for everybody so it would catch…

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It’s not too late to freshen up your facade with this grant

The City of Orillia Economic Development Department is hosting a workshop to outline funds available through their Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) Grant Program program on Thursday, September 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Orillia City Centre in the Brooks Boardroom. The final deadline to apply for 2019 is October 31, 2019. …

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Community Capacity Building Fund Grant NOW OPEN!

The Community Development Corp. (CDC) is now accepting grant applications for the Community Capacity Building Fund! The CDC has $20,000 to invest in projects and would like to maximize impact by funding a variety of projects in both for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations/social enterprises. The intent of the funding is to strengthen our communities by…

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Area businesses could get help from Georgian Angel Network

NEWS RELEASE GEORGIAN ANGEL NETWORK ************************* Georgian Angel Network (GAN) has launched the GAN Xcelerate Fund (GXF) which is looking for start-ups ready to grow their business. GXF will provide $30,000 to 10 Ontario-based businesses with a preference to those located in the Barrie, Simcoe and Grey Counties, South Georgian Bay, Orangeville, and Muskoka regions…

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Local Organizations Light Up CDC’s Annual Lunch n’ Learn

We’re excited to announce the 7 local organizations selected to take part in the Ignite Speaker Series during our annual Lunch n’ Learn at Casino Rama Resort on October 3: Rebecca Bolden – The Holding Space Jody & Paul Bosse – Poly-B Plumbing Adam Burton – IPC Securities Corp. – The Burton Team Jenna Clarke – Rustica Pizza Vino Rob…

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Metro teams up with The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair to shine spotlight on local producers

Partnership with Metro and their Locally Sourced program offers food competition participants increased exposure, opportunities and incentives The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair announced today a new incentive for food competition entrants at this year’s Fair. Through a partnership with Metro Ontario grocery stores, all 2019 competitors will have the exciting opportunity to be evaluated by…

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Jenna and Sean take over Georgian Chocolate Co.

A passion for art and years of experience in the hospitality business came together in the form of Georgian Chocolate Co. for Jenna Green and Sean Carter. The couple was in the market looking for a local business that would fit their vision of supporting local, and that’s when they met the previous owner of…

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CDC hires Client Services Officer

The Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC) is pleased to announce the selection of John Sloan as the new Client Services Officer of the CDC.  John has held senior positions in operations, business development and human resources. Through his own consulting company, he has helped clients with business planning, operations due diligence, post-merger integration project…

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Orillia wins international attention for business retention work

NEWS RELEASE COUNTY OF SIMCOE ************************* Area partners, including the County of Simcoe, the cities of Barrie and Orillia, Grey County, Bruce County, Georgian College, Nottawasaga Futures Community Development Corporation and South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, have been recognized by Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) as the 2019 winner of the Multi-Community…

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Glamping and experiences key to boosting local tourism

‘It’s in the experiences, not products,’ consultant says; Glamping, waterfront restaurant, family entertainment centre identified as top opportunities for region. Glamping, anyone? The trend of “glamorous camping” is one of many ways the region can attract more tourists, a group heard during a meeting Tuesday at the Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn and Conference Centre.…

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CFOA Spring Grant Applications Available!

Spring Grant Applications Available from the Community Foundation of Orillia & Area If you are a registered charitable organization serving Orillia and/or the surrounding area, you may be eligible for funding from the Community Foundation of Orillia and Area.  The Foundation is accepting grant applications until Thursday April 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm for the…

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Orillia’s female entrepreneurs at the forefront of change

Orillia is ahead of the pack as Canada looks to foster female entrepreneurs. As part of budget 2018, the federal government created the $20 million Women Entrepreneurship Fund, providing non-repayable contribution funding to female entrepreneurs. Across the country, women own fewer than 16 per cent of businesses, states Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. That…

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Local businesses celebrated by chamber of commerce

Local businesses & individuals that go the extra mile were recognized for their accomplishments Thursday. The annual Orillia District Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards were handed out at the Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club. While 30 awards were presented, chamber president Dean Beers gave a shout-out to all businesses that contribute to the…

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FedDev Ontario Announces New Funding and Dedicated Rural Support for a Stronger Southern Ontario

News release Over $1 billion to fuel economic growth in urban and rural areas of Canada’s most populous region February 27, 2019 – Vars, Ontario                 Canada’s ability to remain competitive in the fast-paced and increasingly global economy is closely tied to the strength of southern Ontario’s economy. The Government of Canada is ensuring businesses, organizations and communities…

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5th Annual Explore the Trades Event

The OMA and ODCA, in a continued response to help build the local skilled trades’ workforce have partnered with Orillia Area Secondary Schools to organize the 5th Annual Explore the Trades Event. The trade show style event is being held on March 19, 2019 at Twin Lakes Secondary School. This event provides an opportunity for…

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How this 31-year-old’s business rakes in $100K a year removing gum

Meades Restoration is 1 of 16 2018 Community Capacity Building Fund grant recipients.   Andrew Meades, owner of commercial cleaning company Meades Restoration, Image courtesy of Andrew Meades/Meades Restoration This is the first instalment of BNN Bloomberg’s five-part series on odd jobs and the Canadians who work them. Gum removal might not be the most glamorous…

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Orillia is growing thanks to millennials, investors and entrepreneurs

Millennials, major investors & heritage mix in a growing downtown Orillia The heart of our city — Orillia’s historic downtown and waterfront — is growing thanks to millennials with on-trend ideas, big city investors, and long-standing entrepreneurs. It’s a multi-layer approach to building our economy that gives Orillia a strong chance to be successful, said…

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CDC Holiday Hours

  Our staff and volunteers would like to wish you & your family a very safe, and happy holiday season! Our offices will be closed on Monday, December 24 at 12:00 pm and will reopen for regular business hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.  Here’s to a successful New Year!

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

  Head over to our Facebook Page for your chance to win a night’s stay in a yurt at Black River Wilderness Park and 2 tickets to Huronia Cultural Campus’ Cottagers and Indians  on February 1! Contest runs DECEMBER 3 – DECEMBER 14 Full details at:

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Funding will help owners buy and sell businesses

When owners are looking to sell their businesses, confidentiality is often key. If word gets out ahead of time, staff might leave and other problems could arise. Realizing these risks, the County of Simcoe has made a commitment to keep funding a pilot project that helps business owners with that transition and succession process. During…

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New Legal Requirements for Health Unit Inspected Premises

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is sharing with you the new legal requirements under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) that came into effect July 1, 2018. These new requirements mean that all businesses in the health unit’s region operating an inspected premise under the HPPA are now required to notify the…

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GRANT: 2018 Community Capacity Building Fund

The Community Development Corp. (CDC) is now accepting grant applications for the Community Capacity Building Fund. The CDC has $20,000 to invest in projects and would like to maximize impact by funding a variety of projects in both for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations/social enterprises. The maximum amount of funding that may be requested from one…

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The impact of Bill 148 on Ontario business

The Ontario Chamber Network is collecting grassroots data on the impact of Bill 148 (the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act) to advise the government on the experience of businesses in Ontario. How has your organization been impacted financially, administratively, and/or legally by the changes contained within Bill 148? The more detail – particularly financial examples…

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CDC Lunch n’ Learn

Conquer the peaks of business performance with Allan Mallory‘s secrets of the trade. The international speaker, author and performance coach, who is passionate about leadership, will be the keynote speaker at the Community Development Corp. (CDC)’s Lunch n’ Learn event on October 4. Mallory’s desire to go higher clearly shows in his achievements over the…

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25th Annual CF Ontario’s Member’s Choice Award

HELP US win the 25th Annual CF Ontario Member’s Choice Award! The award celebrates the hard work and successes of CFDCs across the province. Click here to view the list of nominees and why we’ve been recognized (Psst.. we’re #8) Deadline to vote is August 10, 2018 at 4:00PM

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Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Workshops & Webinars

This summer, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) team has organized workshops across the province to help you strengthen your Capital Grant Application so you can avoid common mistakes and boost your chances of successfully making a positive impact in your community.   In addition to these workshops, OTF has put together a series of webinars…

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2019 Community Survey – CDC

We value input from our community! The Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC) is beginning to develop a long-term Corporate Strategic Plan, and we would like your feedback.  As an individual/organization that has had some involvement with the CDC, we hope you will take a few moments to complete the following survey. Your input will help…

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CDC to Host Orillia Chamber BA5

Orillia District Chamber of Commerce members are invited to attend the monthly Business After 5 networking event on Wednesday, April 18th from 5pm-7pm Non-Members wishing to attend should contact the Chamber office at admin@nullorillia.com to arrange an invitation. DONATIONS TO The Sharing Place Food Bank WILL BE GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED Please confirm your attendance by registering in order to provide…

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Chamber recognizes local businesses

The Orillia District Chamber of Commerce recognized the best in business Thursday night at its annual Business Achievement Awards ceremony at the Geneva Event Centre. The event also served as the chamber’s annual general meeting. Mayor Steve Clarke told the packed house it’s a good time to be in business in Orillia, noting the city…

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Doug Downey’s Community Insights: CDC

Doug Downey’s Community Insights, a ROGERS TV Orillia communication, came by our office late January 2018 to chat with General Manager, Wendy Timpano about the impact & support the CDC brings to businesses/organizations throughout Ontario’s Lake Country.

CDC to host Oro-Medonte BA5!

Please join us on Tuesday, February 13th from 5pm-7pm for the Oro-Medonte Chamber of Commerce BA5 networking event. Remember to bring your business cards! Parking is available on the street in front of the CDC or behind Mariposa Market in the Green P Parking lot.

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Help us help you!

If you believe the CF program has value in our community, please take a minute to sign the Community Futures Ontario petition to modernize, expand & help us do more for you!  

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Holiday Wishes from The CDC

The CDC staff & volunteers would like to wish you and your family a safe & happy holiday season! Our office will be closed at 1:00 pm on Friday, December 22 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2 at 9:00 am. See you in 2018!

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Are you a business in Downtown Orillia?

Annual Downtown Orillia Business Survey This month, the City of Orillia Economic Development Department will undertake the annual Downtown Business Survey. This five minute survey is an important tool used by the City or Orillia and Downtown Orillia Management Board to track progress, guide programming and encourage more people to work and live in the downtown core.…

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Small Business Innovation Challenge (SBIC) Information Session

       Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) would like to hold an information session about the Small Business Innovation Challenge (SBIC) and the upcoming Problem Areas seeking Innovative Solutions to specific challenges at a proposed information event in Orillia. In an effort to give companies across Central Ontario access to information about SBIC, this is a…

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Manufacturing Labour Market Study – Survey Launch

The County of Simcoe, Georgian College, and community partners are keen to support our local manufacturing sector. They’ve heard from manufacturers that labour issues are the top priority. Now they need your help to develop practical support solutions. Please let them know what can be done to help with your labour concerns! • This survey…

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Giving both youths and businesses a leg up

Owner Dean Beers (left), with staff Jessica Wiles (centre), and Wes Bennett (right).   Many youth hunting for a job find themselves in a vicious circle: An employer wants to hire someone with experience, but many are wary of providing a youth with that valuable experience. “We have heard this message loud and clear from…

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Digital concerns demystified

Establishing a bigger social media presence can be intimidating for some smaller businesses. But that doesn’t have to be the case, according to digital content creator Marc Smith. “On the surface, it’s very simple really,” said Smith, the founder of 30 Day Adventures, who served as a keynote speaker during a lunch and learn symposium…

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Built to succeed

Ryan Crolly, left, and Trevor Lamondin joined forces to create Complete Concrete Forming. With the help of a loan from the CDC, the duo started from scratch and have built a business with a rock-solid foundation that is growing at a rapid pace.   Building a business is a little like building a house: without…

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CDC Grant Open for Applications!

The CDC has $20,000 to invest in projects and would like to maximize impact by funding a variety of projects in both for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations/social enterprises. The intent of the funding is to strengthen our communities by supporting projects that are incremental, address local needs and priorities and result in long term benefits including job…

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CDC offers kick-start

For a motorcyclist, there’s nothing quite like hitting the open road on a finely-tuned hot rod. Scott Smith loves that freedom so much, he’s turned his passion for bikes into a business that puts him in the driver’s seat – in more ways than one. Four years ago, husband and wife team Scott Smith and…

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CONTEST! August 2 – 9

Enter our Facebook contest and qualify to win 2 tickets to The Big Feastival on August 19! Visit our Facebook page and follow the following steps to qualify: Step 1: WATCH our 2016/17 Activity Review video Step 2. PRIVATE MESSAGE us the ANSWER to the following question: How many youth wage subsidies were we able…

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Knight expands business

For Tyler Knight, the road to entrepreneurial success has taken some unexpected twists and turns. Originally, he thought his creative flair and eye for detail would be qualities that would help him become a first-rate cabinet maker. But after learning the trade, he realized it wasn’t for him. So, he took a job at Kahuna…

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CDC helps entrepreneur get business up and running

Inspired by healthy living and nature, Robb MacDonald has successfully taken his passions and turned them into an influential, multifaceted business. Originally a marketing and communications consultant, Robb used his social marketing skills and a multi-disciplinary approach to educate communities about healthy eating, and living a more active lifestyle. His focus on behaviour change pushed…

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CDC Success Story: Harold + Ferne

Meet young entrepreneur Olivia Neal, owner of Harold + Ferne: The Local Goods Co. and CDC Success Story! After receiving a BA in Political Science, Olivia 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.…

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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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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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Christmas Holiday Hours

The CDC staff & volunteers would like to wish you and your family a safe & happy holiday season! Our office will be closed at 1:00 pm on Friday, December 23 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3 at 9:00 am.

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Uke-a-Ladies work to bring music to kids

  The moment Sherry McKinnon and Gayle Wells met they knew they would be friends—but they never imagined they would begin Hummin’ & Strummin’ Music Company together. Gayle, in search of a new career, had just moved to Orillia with her family after 20 years in corporate sales. With a strong background in music she…

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Activity Review Video CONTEST!

Casino Rama Resort SPA GIVEAWAY CONTEST!! December 12 – 22 SHARE our Activity Review video & LIKE OUR PAGE to qualify! (Applies to Facebook only) www.facebook.com/OrilliaAreaCDC/ PRIZE PACK INCLUDES: Mini Manicure Enjoy a detail oriented treat for your hands that includes soak, shape and cuticle clean up with a hand lotion and polish application. Mini…

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The Kitchen Garden Farm is the brainchild of Greg Simms, pictured here with his family.

CDC Success Story: Finding peace through organic farming

After nine years of dedication, Greg Simms’ career as a professional firefighter began to exact its toll on his health. Greg found a sanctuary in his small garden while facing his health challenges, and that’s where he found peace and healing and discovered his passion for organic farming. “I love to work with my hands…

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CDC a federally-funded non-profit organization

RELEASED: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Many of us are familiar with at least some of the organizations in our city that focus on helping those in need. Whether it is housing, mental health, employment, education or any other necessity, Orillia has a strong network of resources and people willing to improve life and vibrancy in…

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CDC Grant DEADLINE October 20

The Community Development Corporation (CDC) is accepting grant applications for the Community Capacity Building Fund. The CDC has $20,000 to invest in projects and would like to maximize impact by funding a variety of projects in both for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations/social enterprises. The intent of the funding is to strengthen communities by supporting projects…

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Jockeying for success is an art form

Up-and-coming businesses hoping to garner words of wisdom from already-established enterprises and a famed Canadian jockey hit Casino Rama Thursday. “It’s all about finding your success strategy,” said Wendy Timpano, general manager of the Community Development Corporation, which held the day-long session geared towards helping businesses reach a higher level. “This gives an opportunity for…

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Succession planning another specialty of local CDC

Celebrating her 15th year in the printing industry, Carey Frantz is ready to take over the business her father first purchased in 2001. Impression House, located at 44 Mississaga St. W., takes care of all of your graphic design, binding, copying, printing, and promotional needs. As owner Bob Frantz nears his retirement, Carey decided to…

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CDC accepting grant applications

The Orillia Area Community Development Corporation (CDC) is accepting grant applications for the Community Capacity Building Fund. The CDC has $20,000 to invest in projects and would like to maximize impact by funding a variety of projects in both for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations/social enterprises. The intent of the funding is to strengthen communities by…

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Positive impressions

RELEASED: June 24, 2016 Businesses throughout the region have created 444 new jobs over the past three years, with plans to hire another 236 over the next 18 months, a new survey suggests. Completed earlier this year by the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation (CDC) along with several regional partners, the retention and expansion study…

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Orillia CDC survey finds hundreds of new jobs created

RELEASED: June 17, 2016 The region’s business climate is generally positive with some sectors reporting growth, according to a survey focusing on business retention and expansion. Within the 160 businesses surveyed by the Orillia Community Development Corporation and regional partners, 444 new jobs have been created in Ontario’s Lake Country in the last three years.…

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Driverseat hits the road in Orillia

Andy Moore, an entrepreneur at heart weary of working for someone else, decided to put himself in the driver’s seat. Literally. With financial assistance from the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation (CDC), the local resident recently opened a Driverseat franchise. “It’s a great concept,” Moore said of Driverseat. “You’re helping people and you’re keeping the…

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Canada 150: Community Infrastructure Program

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is now accepting applications through Intake Two of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) in southern Ontario. In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, CIP 150 supports the renovation, expansion or improvement of existing community infrastructure, including projects that support the Government’s…

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Business one to watch for 20 years

  Located at 106 Mississaga St. E. in a beautiful old building built in 1881, Perfect Timing transports you back to yesteryear with its brick walls, fireplace, wing-back chairs, and countless antiques – mainly clocks. Kind and approachable shop owners Rick and Aime Brownbill welcomed me in, and showed me what they were currently working…

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PLAN to HIRE

ATTENTION EMPLOYERS Please take 3-5 minutes to fill out this online survey from The Restigouche Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) who are working to increase the employment rate for persons with disabilities in small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in rural Canada. Once completed you can enter a draw for a trip (of your choice)…

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Success Story: Up and running

RELEASED: Monday, March 28, 2016 Retired and restless, but full of energy and enthusiasm, Shirley and Rene Cormier decided to become entrepreneurs at an age when many of their vintage are content to put their feet up and relax. “I just need to do something, to keep busy, so I decided to open my own…

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Tourism Asset Mapping Project Surveys

The Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC), in partnership with Ontario’s Lake Country, the Regional Tourism Organization 7, Tourism Simcoe County, the Townships of Oro-Medonte, Severn, Ramara, the City of Orillia, and the Chippewas of Rama First Nations is undertaking a Tourism Asset Mapping (TAM) Project. The TAM project will identify positive tourism assets available…

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Strengthening Tourism Sector through Research

Released: March 11, 2016 ORILLIA – In an effort to strengthen the Orillia and area tourism sector, a new research project is compiling an inventory of positive tourism assets available for development and promotion in Ontario’s Lake Country. The study, which will be completed by June, will also identify tourism opportunities in the region for…

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Bolen sets up shop in Orillia with CDC’s help

RELEASED: Thursday, February 25, 2016   For almost a decade, Amanda Bolen has been working her way to the top of her field in massage therapy and all its modalities. As a young and driven female entrepreneur, she has always dreamed of owning and operating her own clinic, and when her client base began to…

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2016 Dragon’s Den Auditions

Dragon’s Den is holding open auditions in Barrie on Saturday, Feb. 27, looking for the next big thing for the CBC television series. It provides aspiring entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of wealthy Canadian business moguls – the Dragons. Successful pitches will earn a chance for real investment –…

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Downtown Stores of Winter

The CDC is Downtown Orillia Management Board‘s featured business for the week of February 15, 2016! Downtown Stores of Winter Community Development Corp. – CDC 22 Peter Street South Orillia, Ontario 705-325-4903 General Manager – Wendy Timpano www.orilliacdc.com What has 269 offices, 1360 staff, 3415 volunteers, has assisted in the creation of over 495,800 jobs…

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Survey says Hurry

RELEASED: Thursday, February 4, 2016   The final deadline for local businesses qualifying for the Business Retention and Expansion survey ticket draw is closing in. Feb. 26 will be the last day to qualify for a draw to win a pair of passes to attend Lonestar or ZZ Top concerts, courtesy of Casino Rama. “Our…

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Pet project in memory of Knapp

RELEASED: Wednesday, January 27, 2016   Two Orillia women hope to open a downtown pet store as a salute to a fellow animal lover and business owner. Lindy Scully and Amanda Mack both worked at J&K Pets on Mississaga Street until the store’s owner, Dave Knapp, died suddenly in October. “I worked there for four…

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Client Testimonial: KnightVision Video Productions

Several months ago, I applied to the Community Devel opment Corp. – CDC for their Community Capacity Building Fund grant. I was privileged to receive a grant from the CDC 2 years ago to upgrade my computer system to handle 4K video and applied this year to help fund a full frame camera for weddings.…

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Survey pays off

RELEASED: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 There are two new prize winners in the regional Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) survey project. Event tickets donated by Casino Rama are going to Sandra Fecht, of Sandra Fecht Consulting in Oro-Medonte Township, and Mark Downing, of Fern Resort in Ramara Township. “This survey is an opportunity for business…

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Early bird gets the entertainment worm

RELEASED: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Getting involved paid off for Todd Shivers, owner of Lake Country Auto. Shivers was one of 92 business owners who volunteered early to be a part of the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation’s (CDC) Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) survey. A draw was held among the early-bird participants for a…

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A lifeline to local business

By Randy Lucenti The Orillia Area Community Development Corporation (CDC) has been an integral part of the business landscape in Simcoe County for the past 31 years, assisting more than 40,000 businesses. The CDC is a federally (Industry Canada) supported not-for-profit organization, working with community partners to develop and sustain the local economy through business…

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Community support sets Orillia apart for new business owner

RELEASED: Monday, November 16, 2015   Brandon Peacock wants to help Orillians ‘reach their peak’ by helping them improve their overall health. Peacock, owner of the new Peak Performance gym located at 408 Laclie Street, says he went to school knowing that he wanted to someday start a business in Orillia. “When I went to…

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Office closed for Remembrance Day

In recognition of the significance of Remembrance Day in honouring Canadian Veterans and those serving in the military currently, our office will be closed on Wednesday, November 11. We will return to our regular working hours on Thursday, November 12.

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Passport to Nature was a wild journey

Over the past seven months, the Couchiching Conservancy has been inviting people to visit our properties on guided hikes, bike rides, water events and walks. The seasons have changed, friendships were made a nd somehow the months have pleasantly flown by with the Passport to Nature series. It has now completed for the year, and…

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Orillia CDC launches business study

Orillia’s Community Development Corp. has launched a study on the local economy, with interviews planned for about 200 business owners/managers. “Over the next few months, almost 200 community businesses will be provided the opportunity to voice their opinions about the local economy through a regional Business Retention + Expansion (BR+E) Research Project,” the CDC noted…

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Operate a Business Locally? What’s Your Opinion?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 20, 2015 Over the next few months, almost 200 community businesses will be provided the opportunity to voice their opinions about the local economy through a regional Business Retention + Expansion (BR+E) Research Project, led by the Orillia Area CDC. After a successful BR+E study was completed by the City of…

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CALL TO ARTISTS

The Orillia Area Community Development Corporation (CDC) would like to open their office walls to Orillia & area artists, and invite them to display selected works of art. The CDC office is located in the heart of the Peter Street Arts District and is home to multiple organizations: Ontario’s Lake Country, Orillia Sport Council, Skills…

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Orillia CDC hosting provincial conference

RELEASED: September 10, 2015 The Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations will hold its 22nd annual provincial conference Sept. 14 to 16 at Casino Rama. Hosting this year’s conference is the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation (CDC). “We are delighted to be working with Wendy Timpano and the staff and board at the Orillia…

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Grant Application Available from the CDC

  MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, August 26th 2015 Grant Application Available from the CDC The Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC) is now accepting grant applications for the Community Capacity Building Fund. The CDC has $20,000 to invest in projects and would like to maximize impact by funding a variety of projects in…

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Go Green. Grow Strong.

  Skills for the Green Economy  has developed a green business newsletter to share resources to help businesses go green, and showcase organizations that have. In this inaugural issue, the Go Green. Grow Strong. newsletter explains the business case for energy efficiency, and gives information on incentive programs for retrofits and upgrades. We’ve also provided who…

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Big ideas sprout at Simcoe County camp

RELEASED: July 23, 2015 The inaugural Simcoe County Sprout Ideas Camp was held recently at Bear Creek Secondary School in Barrie. Offered through TakingITGlobal, the week-long social innovation camp enabled local high-school students to learn about social issues and create social enterprises to help alleviate them. Throughout the week, Georgian College's Centre for Social Entrepreneurship,…

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Orillia Area CDC helps inspection business off the ground

RELEASED: July 9, 2015 As the stressful commute to Toronto began to take its toll, Ray McGill decided there was a better way to make a living. With more than a quarter-century of experience in the fire-alarm industry and a desire to run his own business, he struck out on his own, opening RMcGill Inspections…

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REGISTER TODAY! 2015 Lunch n’ Learn

FREE EVENT! Located in Casino Rama’s Silvernightingale Ballroom. 9:00 am – 10:00 am Registration & Networking 10:00 am – 2:30 pm Ignite Session A fun opportunity for you to watch local organizations compete to showcase something unique & interesting that they have succeeded in. This involves using 20 slides, and only 20 seconds per slide,…

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Agency Helps Company Get Its Feet Wet

RELEASED: May 31, 2015 For almost 15 years, On the Water Designs, just north of Orillia, has been making waves in the custom-dock market. The company works in dock manufacturing, sales, accessories and installation. “We manufacture innovative aluminum docks — everything from pole docks to floating docks and tower docks,” said company general manager Brandon…

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FedDev Ontario Accepting Applications!

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is now accepting applications for the new Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The program supports the rehabilitation, renovation and expansion of existing community infrastructure, with the aim of creating a lasting legacy for the future as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary. More than $44 million…

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CDC Helps Get Company Off The Ground

RELEASED: May 8, 2015 James Foy loves to work with his hands and, even when he was busy with the demands of work, found time to dabble in landscaping. Recently, he decided to marry that passion with his long-held desire to start his own business. With financial help from the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation…

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Partnership Focuses On Green Economy

RELEASED: Monday, March 30, 2015 Ever wonder what training, skills or experience is needed to install solar panels? Are you in construction and looking to diversify your skills to get into new, green building technologies or energy efficiency retrofits? Skills for a Green Economy, a partnership between four Community Futures Development Corporations in Simcoe County…

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CDC Year In Review – Celebrating 30 Years!

November 18, 2014 – November 18, 2014 30 Peter St. S. Map and Directions | Register Description: Please join us! We are celebrating 30 years of helping businesses succeed in our community! A light breakfast will be provided. Join us to learn about: CDC Accomplishments and Goals Hear from our clients Meet our Board of…

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Orillia Area CDC Hires New Client Services Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Orillia Area CDC Hires New Client Services Officer Orillia Ontario, October 27, 2014 – The Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC) is pleased to announce the selection of Brendan Mulholland as the new Client Services Officer of the CDC. Having started, owned and operated two highly successful businesses in the UK, Brendan…

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Award Winning Pumpkin Business Gets Help From Local CDC

Simon Southwell is a successful businessman. He can rhyme off the financials related to his growing enterprise like a pro; his dynamic sales pitch has wowed judges and got him inside the corridors of power. And he’s just 12 years old. “I guess you could say I’m on the ball,” Simon, who has autism, says…

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GRANT APPLICATIONS Available! Community Capacity Building Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, September 15th 2014 Grants Applications Available from the CDC The Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC) is now accepting grant applications for the Community Capacity Building Fund (CCBF). The CDC has $20,000 to invest in projects and would like to maximize impact by funding a variety of projects in both for-profit…

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Achieving Success at Tradeshows Workshop

August 29, 2014, Orillia, ON – Small businesses looking to learn how to prepare for and exhibit at trade and consumer shows are invited to sign up for a free training opportunity scheduled for September 9th. ‘Achieving Success at Trade Shows’ is a unique seminar hosted by the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation (CDC) and…

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CDC Loan Fund to Support New Doctors

Orillia, ON  July 31, 2014 -The Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new program that will provide newly recruited physicians with access to business start up coaching and financing to assist them with setting up their medical practice in our local communities of Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Severn, Ramara…

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Working together to help young people gain work experience

Orillia, Ontario, July 21, 2014 – Ontario’s Youth Employment Fund is helping local young people find jobs, get training, and gain valuable work experience. Here in the Orillia area, the CDC has been working with Northern Lights Employment Centre and the Georgian College Career Centre to ensure that local employers know about the fund and…

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CDC helps businesses succeed

Orillia Packet & Times, Progress Edition 2014 – The Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC) offers much-needed financing and equally critical training and resources in an effort to help local businesses succeed. Providing business loans is a “very important part of what we do,” said Wendy Timpano, the CDC’s general manager. “We work closely with…

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CDC Provides Business Training

Orillia Today, Progress Edition 2014 – The Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC) wants local businesses to succeed. And the federally-funded organization is doing something about it. Relying on input from the recent business retention and expansion survey and extensive feedback from its broad range of clients, the CDC has developed a comprehensive professional development…

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Community Capacity Building Fund Opens Doors

January 31, 2014, Orillia, ON – There is a lot of talk these days about how hard it is for young adults to find jobs. Many are considering  self employment for the first time and looking for ways to creatively monetize their unique skill set and passion. Tyler Knight, owner of District Media & Design…

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CDC Brings Valuable WSIB Info to Community Businesses

January 8, 2014, Orillia, ON – Do you know if/how your business is impacted by Bill 119?….offenders could face substantial fines beginning January 1, 2014 and the CDC is doing everything possible to assist their business communities understand what they must do to prevent being impacted. Mandatory WSIB coverage under Bill 119 came into effect…

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Getting Results for Your Marketing Efforts

August 2013, Orillia, ON – Our focus at the Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC) is on supporting our local businesses and the economy. Because of this, I always make a point of speaking to small business owners when I am out in the community to find out what they feel they need for their…

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White Lion’s Tea House

Turning a dream into a reality requires hard work, blood, sweat, tears – and money. Laurie Neill was armed with all those critical qualities as she diligently worked to transform the former El Castel Steak House into the quaint tea room she had long envisioned. But the renovations were much more onerous, extensive and expensive…

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Saturday Afternoons

When the chance to purchase Saturday Afternoons Home Store presented itself, Michelle Madden jumped at the opportunity. “I definitely have a flair for anything related to the home and interior design, so Saturday Afternoons is a great fit for me,” said Madden, who said being downtown was critical. “To me, downtown is the heart and…

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Orillia Woodworking

Martin Stannus, an experienced general contractor, purchased Orillia Woodworking Inc. this summer. He said the well-respected company’s competent staff, coupled with its strong core business attracted his interest. And, with the help of a loan from the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation (OACDC), he was able to complete the purchase in June. “We are grateful…

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Lake Country Grill

Lake Country Grill

Banks rarely line up to offer new businesses financing. And if it’s a new restaurant on the menu, they are even less likely to ante up cash. That’s why the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation (CDC) was so critical to Diana Roman and Rob Frost when they decided to open a new eatery in Orillia.…

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Going with Gibb

When Brian Gibb lost his job at Casino Rama – alongside dozens of other employees – he found himself at a crossroads. Like most people, he polished his resume and applied for 292 jobs before attending a job fair at Orillia Square mall – it was a decision that would dramatically alter his path. “The…

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Carthew Bay General Store

A bike ride with his children changed the course of Senti Rasa’s life – and altered the destiny of the general store that is the heart of Carthew Bay. “I have a cottage on Line 12 and me and the kids decided to bike to the Carthew Bay Store for ice cream,” recalled Rasa, who…

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