About Us

Who We Are:

The Centre For Business and Economic Development is a not-for-profit Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) sponsored by Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. We’re governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and are one of 61 CFDCs in Ontario.

What We Do:

Our mandate is to develop and diversify the local economy.  We are a one-stop business resource for new and expanding businesses and offer:

  • business loans up to $250,000
  • business coaching/mentoring program
  • business counselling
  • support for community economic development

Our Service Area:

The Centre For Business’ service area includes the municipalities within West Simcoe, South Grey and Dufferin Counties.

South Grey County

  • Meaford
  • Town of The Blue Mountains

West Simcoe County

  • Collingwood
  • Township of Clearview
  • Wasaga Beach

Dufferin County

  • Grand Valley
  • Mono
  • Orangeville
  • Shelburne
  • Township of Amaranth
  • Township of East Garafraxa,
  • Township of Melancthon and
  • Township of Mulmur

Find the Community Futures Office for your area – https://cfontario.ca/find-cfdc-office-pf-en


Gillian Fairley

General Manager (ext. 101)
[email protected]

General manager only because full time super skilled hero is not a job title.

Gillian has assisted small businesses in the community for over 8 years providing mentoring, resources, advice and support during all phases of business start-up, development and growth. Prior to working with the entrepreneurial community, Gillian travelled throughout the United States and Europe as a management consulting working large organization. She has also run her own business including a charitable organization. When not in the office, Gillian takes full advantage of the amazing snowshoeing and hiking trails in the area with her rescued canine BFF.

Michelle Lawrence

Loans Officer/Business Advisor (ext. 102)
[email protected]

A loans officer is someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had. See also wizard, magician.

Michelle is the most recent addition to our team as our Loans Officer. As a former Financial Advisor for the past decade plus she brings her expertise in numbers and advice to our clients. When she’s not in the office crunching numbers you can find her at the rink as a diehard Hockey Mom.

Maryann Almas

Administrative Assistant (ext. 103)
[email protected]

Professional "i" dotter and "t" crosser!

Maryann joined our team in June 2017, as the Administrative Assistant. Maryann graduated from the University of Waterloo before working in several non-profit organizations. She brings experience in office administration, bookkeeping, and event planning. Maryann likes to ‘hurry hard’ at the local curling club and spend time with her two children, husband and dog Dash.

Brooke Girdwood

Project Coordinator (ext. 104)
[email protected]

Brooke Girdwood is excited to come on board with CBED as a Economic Community Project Coordinator. Brooke is a motivated individual with experience working with the Collingwood BIA in the planning and execution of community projects and events. With a BAH in Economics and Certificate in Business from Queen's University, Brooke's background supports CBED's mission in facilitating economic growth and expansion.

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