Business Support

The business community of Orillia and area prides itself on being passionate, inviting and collaborative. There are a number of business associations in Orillia and the surrounding area that provide networking opportunities and membership benefits. 

Featured Partner Spotlight
 Spotlight: Georgian's Career & Employment Community Services and Orillia Agilec

Local Employment Ontario service providers helping connect employers with job seekers

 

Georgian’s Career and Employment Community Services (CECS) and Orillia Agilec are working to bridge the gap between employers looking for workers and job seekers looking for long-term employment. They offer a variety of workforce development programs and services that support Orillia and area employers.

 

Georgian College’s Career and Employment Community Services (CECS) has been a staple in the Orillia area assisting employers with their hiring needs for more than 15 years. The staff are passionate about their commitment to providing a personalized, no-cost, and quality service to local businesses that encourages growth and the ability to offer sustainable employment for job seekers. As each employer’s situation is unique, we are always striving to find a solution to any recruitment or retention challenges an employer may be facing.

 

Georgian works with small, medium and large companies from all industries. We love offering a service that provides a return for the community and hearing about the positive impact our work has had on local businesses.

 

Agilec is a free service to anyone who is unemployed or underemployed (less than 20 hours a week) and over the age of 15. The Agilec team, provides a person-centered approach to support individuals in meeting their employment goals. We welcome everyone into the centre and act as a liaison between job seekers, employers, and other community supports, including advocating the importance of hiring people with barriers to employment.

 

Agilec also has Employer Liaisons who connect with local employers to find out more about their hiring needs and provide a job matching program where they can connect individuals directly to employers. You can contact us via phone or email to speak directly with our staff. Alternatively, if you don’t have access to a phone, or are more comfortable walking in, you can do that as well.

 

Some of the services offered through Employment Ontario service providers include:

  • Hiring incentives and training supports
  • Job posting services
  • Pre-screening candidates and/or resume collection
  • Interview/meeting space
  • Job fair hosting and planning
  • Apprenticeship supports and incentives
  • Labour market/job searching support for employees facing layoff
  • Free services and support for newcomers and mentorship through the Job Finding Club for Immigrants

Employer Impact

“We’ve had a very positive experience while partnering with Georgian College Career and Employment Community Services. We recently had great success using their incentive program to hire our newest member of the Crossroads Staffing team. We look forward to collaborating with them more in the future to assist our local employers in this challenging and perpetually changing job market”

-Crossroads Staffing 

 

“With how hard it can be to find employees, Agilec has done a great job in getting us qualified individuals who have been a joy to work with. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Agilec and providing further opportunities to individuals in the local community.”

 

-Dana Hospitality 

 

Georgian College Career and Employment Community Services, Orillia Campus

825 Memorial Ave., Room A200

Orillia, ON L3V 6S2

Phone: 705-329-3102

Email: cecsorillia@georgiancollege.ca

 

Orillia Agilec Office

50 Andrew St. S., Suite 100

Orillia, ON L3V 7T5

Phone: 705-325-1203

Email: orillia@agilec.ca 

 

 Spotlight: Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia

Small Business Centre Strengthening Partnership in Orillia

 

The Small Business Centre of Barrie Simcoe County and Orillia encourages and supports entrepreneurship within our region by being a one-stop source for all your small business needs. The Small Business Centre is supported by the Province of Ontario and the City of Barrie. It is a part of Small Business Centres Ontario and one of the 54 small business enterprise centres across Ontario.

 

Our team helps clients make the right decisions during their business start-up and assists them in developing their business as it grows.

 

The Small Business Centre has been serving the local business community since 2001. Over the years, we have become a staple in the local business ecosystem. Our core services include:

  • Free consultations and advice
  • One-on-one assistance with the creation of business plans
  • Advice on regulatory requirements (business licenses, permits, etc.)
  • Regular seminars on a variety of small business topics
  • Networking and training opportunities
  • Grant programming including Summer Company and Starter Company Plus

 

Coming this summer is an increased partnership with the City of Orillia and Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC) through a dedicated Digital Service Squad member for the Orillia area.

 

Digital Main Street is a program that helps main street businesses achieve digital transformation. The program is built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, our Digital Service Squad, and a team of street-level team members who help main street businesses grow and manage their operations through technology.

 

Client Impact

“This was a fantastic program. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the Digital Service Squad. I learned a tremendous amount of information, and they are great people. They are genuinely there to support us as small business owners. I am so glad I had the opportunity to be part of this program. I can’t express how much they have helped me. I learned so much about marketing, branding, and social media.” - Jen Weissflog, Evocative Essentials.

 

Businesses are encouraged to contact the Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia by phone (705-720-2445) or email (smallbusiness@barrie.ca) to learn more about our services, the Digital Main Street program, and how to participate.

 

Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County & Orillia

24 Maple Ave, 2nd Floor, Barrie ON, L4N 7W4

Phone: 705-720-2445

Email: smallbusiness@barrie.ca

 

Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia and

 

Community Development Corporation (CDC)

The Orillia Area Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a vital community resource for both new and existing businesses. The CDC can assist with:

  • Business counseling
  • Business loans
  • Registering a business
  • Professional development & training
  • Business & marketing plans
  • Selling/buying a business 

 

Watch the 2021-2022 Orillia Area CDC Activity Review for an overview of recent business successes and offerings.

 

22 Peter Street South

PO Box 2525

Orillia, ON  L3V 7A3

 

Phone: 705-325-4903

Email: info@orilliacdc.com

Downtown Management Board (DOMB)

The purpose of the Downtown Orillia Management Board is to oversee the marketing, beautification, maintenance, and development of Downtown Orillia as a heritage shopping attraction and as the primary regional centre for business in Orillia and area. 

 

33 Mississaga Street West

Orillia, ON  L3V 3A5

 

Phone: 705-325-3261

Email: info@downtownorillia.ca

 

Orillia District Chamber of Commerce

150 Front Street South

Orillia, ON  L3V 4S7

 

Phone: 705-326-4424

Email: info@orillia.com

Orillia & Lake Country Tourism

Orillia & Lake Country Tourism encompasses five distinctive districts: OrilliaOro-MedonteRamara, and Severn

 

Box 2525

22 Peter Street South

Orillia, ON  L3V 7A5

 

Phone: 705-325-9321

Agilec

Agilec is a non profit organization assisting individuals and businesses with recruitment and skills training needs.

 

50 Andrew Street South, Suite 102

Orillia, ON  L3V 7T5

 

Phone: 705-325-9299

Oro-Medonte Chamber of Commerce

148 Line 7 South

Oro-Medonte, ON  L0L 2E0

 

Phone: 705-487-7337

Email: info@oromedontecc.com

Ramara Chamber of Commerce

2297 Highway 12

Brechin, ON  L0K 1B0

 

Phone: 705-484-2141

Email: info@ramarachamber.com

Small Business Centre for Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia

9th Floor, Barrie City Hall
70 Collier Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 4T5

 

Phone: 705-720-2445

Email: smallbusiness@barrie.ca

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