Professional Development is a key component of the CDC’s Business Support Services.
We are always striving to present relevant and valuable learning opportunities, and we are always open to your suggestions.


  • September 21, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This County of Simcoe, the Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, Orillia Area Community Development Corporation, Nottawasaga Futures, North Simcoe Comm​unity Futures Development Corporation and the Centre for Business and Economic Development are partnering to present the “Ask an Expert” series to assist businesses and organizations during the (more…)


  • September 23, 2020
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Now that we’re all getting back to business, it’s more important than ever for employers to fully understand their Health and Safety responsibilities. This up to date & informative session will help shed some light on the new challenges, and provide useful resources as businesses continue to work as usual, return to work partially/fully, or (more…)


  • September 30, 2020
    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Forecasting and tracking cash “ins and outs” of your business is critical to the stability and long term success of the business.   This webinar, presented by the CDC’s Client Services Officer, John Sloan, will provide both a high level discussion about the typical sources & uses of cash in a business, and a deeper (more…)


  • October 8, 2020
    1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

We’re going virtual! Join us for an afternoon of inspiring stories & education!  #CDCLnL   Why Every Organization Has to Become More Entrepreneurial Dr. Rafik Loutfy, Director of the Entrepreneurship Leadership Program (ELP) with the Canadian Society of Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CSEI) Innovation is the engine of economic growth in terms of contribution to GDP, (more…)


  • October 15, 2020
    2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • November 19, 2020
    2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Are you, or someone you know, between the ages of 15-39? Join young, small business owners & mentors in a casual group setting to obtain valuable peer-to-peer networking, mentorship & professional growth! REGISTRATION REQUIRED – Meetings will be held online via Zoom until further notice For more information about this FREE program or to register, (more…)