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Make time for tourism

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 01:52 PM

As a tourism destination, Orangeville is getting noticed. In 2023, over 1.5 million tourists visited downtown Orangeville. This represents an increase of 31% over 2022 and over $184 million spent in our region annually.

Many of our local businesses have a role to play in supporting tourism. Here are three ways your business can get involved.

1. Become a tourism ambassador

By sharing information and offering recommendations about local events, attractions, and neighbouring businesses, you can...

Orangeville invites community input to guide local economic development

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 09:31 AM

Now is the time to share your thoughts about economic development in Orangeville.

As part of its ongoing efforts to support our local business community, the Town of Orangeville is creating a new Economic Development and Culture Strategy.  Gathering input from residents, businesses, and other local stakeholders is an essential part of the project. Everyone is invited to participate and an online survey will make it easy to share your opinions.

This new community-based strategy will create a clear...

Call for Artists announced for Town’s 2024 public art installations

Posted on Wednesday, March 06, 2024 05:26 PM

The Town of Orangeville is seeking local artists who are interested in contributing to the community’s public art collection. Up to two utility box locations will be wrapped in artwork selected from the 2024 Call for Artists. 

The Call for Artists program, which launched in 2016, recognizes local artists, celebrates the Town’s culture and history, and promotes Orangeville as an arts and culture hub for the region. The annual appeal has helped the Town to steadily grow its collection of public art...

Applications are open for My Main Street's Business Sustainability and Community Activator streams

Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 03:49 PM

Applications are now open for My Main Street, a $15-million Government of Canada investment, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), to foster the stabilization and revitalization of main streets across southern Ontario.

My Main Street is being delivered by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) and offers two streams that opened for applications on Thursday, February 22, 2024:

The Business Sustainability stream will support brick-and-mortar businesses...

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Community Improvement Plan offers financial incentives for economic growth, sustainable development

Posted on Friday, February 02, 2024 01:30 PM

As part of its ongoing commitment under the Town of Orangeville’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP), the Town is offering eight financial incentive programs to encourage revitalization and investment in select improvement areas for commercial property owners, tenants, and developers.

These programs are available to help property owners improve the use and appearance of their lands and buildings in select Community Improvement Areas. Property owners must be within one of the two designated areas,...

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EmployerOne Survey

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2024 10:17 AM

The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin is calling on all employers to help better understand workforce issues facing your business and industry. The EmployerOne survey is designed to collect information on a range of topics and trends including projected vacancies, hiring intentions, recruitment strategies and challenges, as well as your perception on candidate skills, education, and training.

After analysis, a report is developed and distributed to the public so that a better...

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Digital Transformation Grant Application Portal Temporarily Open

Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2024 09:58 AM

Business owners – Don’t miss out on this opportunity to receive $2,500 to support your digital marketing needs. 

The application portal has reopened temporarily from Wednesday, January 10, 2024, to Wednesday, January 31, 2024, for Digital Main Street’s (DMS) Ontario Grants Program. There are approximately 300 grants available that will be administered on a first come first served basis. Applications will be accepted throughout the three-week period; however, the portal will close early should the...

Local artists transform utility boxes into works of art

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 09:16 AM

Four new colourful art pieces have transformed functional utility boxes into works of art as part of the Town of Orangeville’s Utility Box Art Display Program. The program, which launched in 2016, recognizes local artists, celebrates the Town’s culture and history, and promotes Orangeville as an arts and culture hub for the region.

 “Public art enhances our community by creating a vibrant, inclusive, and interesting urban environment that celebrates local artists,” said Councillor Joe Andrews,...

Orangeville & Area Job Fair features local employment opportunities

Posted on Wednesday, October 04, 2023 11:37 AM

The Town of Orangeville invites job seekers and commuters to explore local employment opportunities at the Orangeville & Area Job Fair on Tuesday, October 17.  

Hosted by the Town’s Economic Development & Culture office, the event supports local hiring efforts and showcases the variety of positions available in Dufferin County. 

More than 20 local employers will attend the job fair and will be recruiting for permanent full-time and part-time positions. Key industries represented will include...

New Grant Funding for Local Digital Service Squad

Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 01:53 PM

The Town of Orangeville has announced that it has received a grant from the Digital Main Street program for a one-year Digital Service Squad program, which provides small business owners with the tools and support needed to digitally transform their businesses.

Katrina Lemire, Manager, Economic Development and Culture for the Town of Orangeville, says, “Many local businesses in Dufferin County have participated in past Digital Main Street Programs with tremendous success. Collectively to date,...

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Kate Davis Creates Connections with Humour at May 9 event

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2023 10:16 AM

In our ever-changing environment, staying connected is more important than ever. Whether it’s a small business owner connecting with their customers and suppliers, interdepartmental staff communication, or colleagues connecting with other colleagues, good communication and rapport are fundamental to the development of strong business relationships and success. Building these positive connections contributes to increased creativity, quick resolutions, and a deeper understanding amongst all staff...

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Business Start-up Options

Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2023 04:29 PM

Once an entrepreneur has generated and researched a business idea and is ready to get started, three basic options are available - build the business from scratch, buy an existing business, or purchase a franchise. There are pros and cons for each, and the best choice will depend on the business owner’s goals, the resources available and the variety of opportunities that exist in the local community. Although no one alternative will provide guaranteed success, when each of these options is...