Webinars to Help Businesses Along

Huron County Economic Development has shared their compiled a list of webinars on a variety of business topics that are hosted by our department as well as other organizations throughout Ontario and beyond.

They are sharing this list with you so that you can continue to build your knowledge, skills, and maintain your business. Thank you Huron County Economic Development!

November 5, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Did you know that 93% of online experiences start with an online search?
Search engine optimization or SEO is the name of the game for getting your business to appear on search engines like Google. No matter the size of your business, SEO can help you grow your online presence and should be a vital part of your marketing strategy. Treefrog has helped hundreds of businesses with digital marketing.In this webinar, Ziwei Chen and Taylor Duckworth, Digital Marketing Specialists at Treefrog, share their expertise to help you create a local SEO strategy for your small business. Presented by the Orangeville SBEC. Learn more!


Digital Transformation Grant 2.0 – Accepting applications NOW!

The Digital Transformation Training and Grant Program 2.0 provides grants of up to $2,500 to help businesses strategically adopt technology and meet their digital goals. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2020, limited funds available so be sure to apply early.

To apply, businesses must:
1. Register online and take a digital assessment.
*Note: Businesses can re-apply, but all final reporting from the previous round of funding must be completed. To confirm if you have submitted your final reports, please log into your Digital Main Street account here.

2. Complete the eligibility form, take the online training (now 3h) and develop a Digital Transformation Plan.
*Note: Businesses that have already participated in the program do not need to take the digital assessment again, but must complete the new 3h of training and develop a Digital Transformation Plan for their new project.

3. Apply for the $2,500 grant.
*Note: Learn more about eligible costs here.

Other notes:

  • To be eligible for a Digital Transformation Grant, businesses MUST be located within a commercial district. Learn more about eligibility here.
  • Funding is limited and uptake is high, so please apply ASAP.

In addition to grants, businesses can also access digital vendors, online and in-person training, free trials and discounts, interesting articles, how-to tips, and much more.

Do you need assistance with applying for this grant or understanding what you should be applying for? Please contact Huron County Economic Development for support. 

Apply for the grant here!

October 27, 2020 | 8:00 am – 9:30 am
In partnership with TD Bank Group, the Town of Orangeville will host its Annual Economic Outlook Summit on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. This year’s event will feature a keynote address by Brian DePratto, Director and Senior Economist at TD. Brian will provide an analysis of the international, national and local economies and financial markets focusing on the impacts of the global pandemic. The event will include panel presentations from local business leaders who will share their experiences of resilience. Presented by the Town of Orangeville. Learn more!



Huron County Economic Development and OMAFRA are looking forward to hosting the first-ever virtual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development and Planning Forum on November 18-19, 2020!

The theme is ‘Growing a Better Future: Agri-food & Municipal Collaborations in the 2020s’, with a focus on how industry and local government can work together to foster innovation, food security, and resilience in uncertain times.

Two half-days of content will be supplemented by a virtual tour of the County’s most exciting projects in the agri-food space.

  • Day 1: An opportunity to dig a little deeper into issues around export, diversification along the ag value chain, and pivoting to e-commerce in the era of COVID-19.
  • Day 2: A focus on innovative projects, building municipal capacity, and how to start an Ag Systems approach to land use planning in your region. Be sure to join the World Café discussion to examine emerging and ongoing issues in Agriculture Economic Development and Planning.

Who Should Attend?

If your portfolio includes the agriculture sector – food, farming, ag value chain businesses, workforce attraction, zoning, planning, and/or agricultural innovation – you won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to network and learn. The Forum is designed for municipal economic developers, planners, council members, CAO’s, and members of municipal economic development working groups. The Forum looks at ways to collaborate and innovate to grow the ag sector in your area.

Save 20% if you register before October 9, 2020.

  • Day 1 (November 18, 12:00 pm – 4:45 pm) – click here.
  • Day 2 (November 19, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm) – click here.  

Day 1 & 2 (November 18 & 19) – click here.

Register for the Municipal Ag, Ec Dev & Planning Forum event!


Pandemic Planning
Planning for a pandemic is essential. Being informed and prepared will help minimize the impact in our daily lives. This course will help organizations understand the issues that need to be considered during pandemic, and the importance of being prepared. It emphasizes steps that workplaces can take to plan for employee absences, describes the elements of a business continuity plan, as well as actions that may help slow the spread of the virus and keep employees healthier. Presented by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. Learn more!

We Can Help Keep Things Business as Usual
REM Web Solutions – While your customers are taking a break from visiting your physical store, let us help keep your business thriving through our easy, affordable eCommerce solutions. Presented by REM Web Solutions. Learn more!

Restaurants Canada: Response Handbook for Restaurants
Download this handbook for the most up-to-date information on federal and provincial announcements and relief measures. Presented by Restaurants Canada. Learn more!

Planning for Recovery: How to Restart your Business in the Wake of COVID-19
The Canadian economy is gradually reopening after a shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will need to plan how your business will restart, adapting your operations to meet demand, ensuring your supply chains and managing your financial circumstances. You will also need to put best practices in place to ensure the safety of your employees as they return to work. Join BDC Chief Economist Pierre Cléroux who will give an economic update and address the expected timeline for different sectors to recover, and BDC Advisory Services experts who will discuss how to address the new operational and financial challenges that businesses face. Presented by BDC. Learn more!

Tourism HR Canada Offers Free Emerit Online Training 
Tourism HR Canada, the not-for-profit behind Emerit Tourism Training are pleased to offer a variety of frontline, supervisory, and managerial online training modules free of charge. These modules can assist with ongoing training needs, as well as giving those whose jobs have been adversely affected by COVID-19 the opportunity to upskill or cross-train. Learn more!

Contact North
Contact North has access to hundreds of training opportunities through LinkedIn Learning that you can access for FREE! If you are interested in accessing this training, contact Jeffery Scholl at jeffery@contactnorth.ca or 519-851-0284. Learn more!


How to Build a “Buy Online, Pickup Curbside” Store
Shopify’s guide to help local store owners easily set-up online stores, while enabling curbside pickup for their customers. This should take you no more than 1 hour. This is for stores brand new to Shopify. Presented by Shopify. Learn more!

Build a “Buy online, Deliver by Hand Locally” Store
Shopify created this guide to help local store owners easily set-up online stores which enable local hand delivery to their local customers. This is for simple stores brand new to Shopify. Please take inspiration if you’re already up and running with Shopify. This should take you no more than 1 hour. Presented by Shopify. Learn more!

Google for Small Business
Google has launched a page dedicated to supporting businesses during COVID-19 including practical steps and free digital skills training. Presented by Google. Learn more!

Digital Transformation Training Program
It is a FREE educational training program, showing you how to choose and implement digital technologies and tools to grow and sustain your business. The program is built so that you can view at anytime and anywhere at your own pace and refer back to it when needed. With focuses from digital marketing to technologies for the foundation for your business, to showing you free and easy-to-use tools that you can implement right away, our training program is a self-learning tool that can enhance the way you do business. Presented by Digital Main Street. Learn more!


COVID-19 Business planning tools for entrepreneurs: The COVID-19 global pandemic has triggered widespread disruption to how businesses operate, requiring many entrepreneurs to pivot and adapt quickly. A crisis is a good time to re-examine all elements of your business plan. Identifying the critical functions and people within your business tells you what to protect and also highlights opportunities to grow and innovate.

These planning tools and tips from BDC can help you map out your next steps, identify new opportunities, mitigate risk and create resilience in your company, so you can emerge strong in recovery.

Learn more!

Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program – Extended into September
Reports indicate that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program, which has assisted tenants in covering their rent from April through August, will be extended into the month of September.

Read more here.

Multi-Lingual Resources for Employers: Are you an employer with a staff base who speaks a multitude of different languages? Or a business owner who would like to diversify your staff? Check out these multilingual resources to assist your communication regarding COVID-19, mental health, and more!

Read more here.

Youth Skilled in Trades: The Ontario Government has recently announced that it is investing $43 million in expanded youth training programs to give young people exposure to more employment options. The programs will help increase awareness and encourage youth to acquire the skills that will start them down the path to lifelong success while supporting Ontario’s economic recovery and future prosperity.

According to Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, “Ontario’s demand for workers in the trades is on the rise, and we want to attract more young and talented people into the exciting and challenging world of trades. Becoming an ironworker or a sprinkler fitter should be as obvious as becoming a firefighter or a lawyer. Our government is committed to ensuring that all young people across the province have the resources they need to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to get good jobs.”

Read more here.

Lifelong Success of Young People: As the province gradually starts to recover, Ontario is creating opportunities for young people through the inaugural work and membership of the Premier’s Council on Equality of Opportunity. To further support disadvantaged youth and job seekers from underrepresented groups, the province is investing $2.2 million to help them develop the skills they need for successful careers.

According to Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, “These programs will help prepare our youth for the jobs of today and tomorrow through the development of in-demand skills like digital literacy. Jobs can change lives and our government is committed to supporting our marginalized youth and ensuring they get an opportunity to succeed in this highly competitive global economy.”

Read more here


Huron Perth Public Health – “Business and Organization Toolkit”
Huron Perth Public Health has recently released an updated ‘Public Health Instructions to Persons Responsible for a Business or Organization’ document. They have also released a ‘Business and Organization Toolkit’ to support operators when implementing these instructions in their workplace.

Read more here

COVID-19: Getting Ontario Back on Track 
With the Ontario Government now back to legislature, Premier Doug Ford has announced, “To start us down the road to long-term recovery, this legislative session will focus on implementing our comprehensive plan to get Ontario back on track.”
Actions included within this announcement are:

  • Investing in Ontario’s health care system to ensure the province is prepared for a potential second wave of COVID-19 and for any future public health challenges;
  • Building Ontario’s production capacity for personal protective equipment, ventilators, and other medical gear so the province never has to rely on any other jurisdiction again for these critical supplies;
  • Protecting families and those most vulnerable and helping them get back on their feet as the province reopens;
  • Helping young people and workers receive the skills training they need to join the modern workforce and contribute to the recovery of the province;
  • Accelerating the construction of critical highway, transit, and broadband infrastructure projects to create jobs and boost the local economies of communities across Ontario;
  • Providing relief to Mainstreet Ontario and small business owners so they can recover from the impact of COVID-19 faster and get back to the work of building their business; and
  • Expanding manufacturing by creating the conditions to bring investment and jobs to the province and world-class, Ontario-made products to consumers around the world.

Read more here.

Farmers Products to Market 
The Ontario and Canadian Governments have recently announced that they are investing more than $7.9 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help farmers improve their business operations and bring more safe, high-quality foods to markets.
Examples of projects supported through this programming include:

  • Improving food safety systems on farms to meet or exceed international certification standards;
  • Planting over-wintering cover crops to improve soil health and reduce soil erosion losses;
  • Actions to help prevent pest damage at greenhouse operations;
  • Developing a product that will open new sales markets for a farm business; and
  • Upgrades to animal-handling equipment and improved biosecurity measures.

Read more here.