The city organizes social networks to connect with local business leaders

The September 7 event “will showcase resources available to local entrepreneurs”

Attention Orillia Area Businesses: The City of Orillia, in partnership with the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation (CDC) and the Orillia Downtown Management Board, is excited to host a neighborhood social night in the Orillia area.

The social will take place Sept. 7 from 4-6 p.m. at Creative Nomad Studios (23 Mississaga St. W.) and will bring together business leaders and business support organizations from across the Orillia area to showcase resources available to locals. contractors.

“The city is pleased to provide resources to businesses in Orillia through many opportunities, including provincial and federal government support and strong partnerships with local organizations such as the Orillia Area CDC and the Orillia Downtown Board of Management,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. .

“The Council is proud to support programs like the My Main Street program, which helps businesses in Orillia grow and prosper. The Orillia Area Neighborhood Social is a great opportunity for business leaders to meet like-minded entrepreneurs while learning how they can leverage business support resources in our community.

The My Main Street Local Business Accelerator program is offered by the Economic Development Council of Ontario with an overall investment from the Government of Canada of $23.25 million through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) to support the recovery and strength of main streets and local businesses in southern Ontario. The program, delivered by the city’s business development division, is designed to support business hubs, such as the downtown Orillia Business Improvement Area (BIA), across Ontario.

“Our government is committed to helping small businesses drive economic growth in communities across southern Ontario,” said the Honorable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario.

“The My Main Street program invests in small businesses and local communities to keep our neighborhoods vibrant, grow our economy and ensure Canadians have access to good jobs.

With support from Orillia Council and the My Main Street Grant, which funded a Main Street Ambassador contract to provide services to the BIA for a one-year period, the city successfully helped a large number of downtown Orillia businesses to date, providing 66 one-on-one business meetings and 16 custom market research reports. In addition, five companies successfully applied for non-repayable funding contributions totaling $50,000. Five other companies are currently completing the application process.

The Orillia Area Neighborhood Social is open to all Orillia area business leaders to connect with the City of Orillia Business Development Division, Orillia Area CDC, City Council management of downtown Orillia, Barrie Small Business Center, Simcoe and Orillia County and Orillia District Chamber. of Commerce, and to learn more about regional programs and initiatives available for small businesses.

The social will also highlight recent successes of the My Main Street program and provide information on how eligible ZAC businesses can take advantage of what the Local Business Accelerator program has to offer.

“We have a very strong business support network in the Orillia area,” said Laura Thompson, Senior Director of Business Development.

“We want to do everything we can to ensure that our local businesses are able to take advantage of all available services – and this event will help facilitate that. We’re also looking forward to sharing a special announcement about the Digital Main Street program.

All interested participants must RSVP for before Friday, September 2 at noon.

For more information on this event, contact the City’s Business Development Division at [email protected] or call 705-325-4900.

For specific information on the City of Orillia’s My Main Street program, visit