In addition to working with entrepreneurs, we take a ‘big picture view’ of the health of the local businesses economy and are drivers of regional innovation. We know that successful and sustainable businesses build strong communities, and that strong communities support successful and sustainable businesses.
The nature of our partnerships or support can take many forms, such as small business or networking events in a variety of sectors, youth initiatives, tourism, housing, education and training, and business.
We collaborate with organizations and leaders to make our communities a better place to live and do business. As partners, committee members, or part of a task force, we participate in economic development planning, strategic planning, and project planning. We share our resources, skills and expertise and facilitate connections. Together, we facilitate prosperity and strengthen our communities.
*New Project – Accelerator RFP
The Centre for Business, in partnership with the Town of Collingwood and Rappid Software Design Inc., are investigating the option of starting an accelerator in Collingwood. There is significant evidence that accelerators can expedite the growth of small businesses and have a positive impact on the communities in which they are located. An accelerator, focusing on water technology as well as health and science technology, located within the downtown core of Collingwood, to provide collaborative working space, programming and business support services would provide a higher level of support to help local companies scale and grow quickly.
The project team is seeking a consultant to assist with creating an accelerator in Collingwood including building the business case and identifying required funding.
Access the full RFP here: Accelerate Collingwood RFP
Travel & Tourism Training Program (T3)
The Travel & Tourism Training (T3) Program is a collaborative project between the Centre for Business and Economic Development (CBED), Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7) and supported by the Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC) that focuses on developing and delivering a comprehensive professional development program for tourism businesses within Bruce, Grey and Simcoe Counties. The project will result in the creation of a professional development strategy as well as an engaging and innovative training program for the tourism sector covering a broad range of business development and management topics.
The project will be completed through three key phases:
- Phase 1 – the development of a professional development strategy
- Phase 2 – finalizing the training program and curriculum
- Phase 3 – implementation and rollout
We are excited to be in the implementation and rollout phase. Please contact General Manager Gillian Fairley, [email protected], if you would like to participate in the newly established training program.