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!

Join the Ontario Chamber of Commerce for their online report launch event: Ontario’s She-Covery: Confronting the Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Women.

The COVID-19 crisis is having a disproportionate economic impact on women, bringing their workforce participation rate to a record low.

For the OCC and its members, the business case is simple: diversity and inclusion are a precondition to Ontario’s recovery and economic prosperity.

Join in for the discussion with the government on women’s economic recovery in Ontario and explore the findings of the OCC’s latest report, The She-Covery Project: Confronting the Gendered Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Ontario.

Date: September 23, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


  • The Hon. Stephen Lecce, Ontario’s Minister of Education
  • The Hon. Jill Dunlop, Ontario’s Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues
  • Dr. Wendy Cukier, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and Founder of the Diversity Institute, Ryerson University
  • Lisa McBride, Manager, Stakeholder Relations, Ontario Power Generation and President, Women in Nuclear Canada.

Please go to this link to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/she-leads-ontario-prospers-overcoming-the-she-cession-tickets-119280295575

October 8, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Did you know that 200 million Instagram users visit at least one business profile a day?
Instagram is not just for influencers. It’s also an effective platform for businesses and entrepreneurs to grow their online presence. Join Ziwei Chen and Taylor Duckworth, Digital Marketing Specialists at Treefrog, for an informative webinar, full of tips and tricks to help you develop your Instagram strategy. Attract new customers, build relationships with followers, and skyrocket your Instagram presence to help grow your business. Presented by the Orangeville SBEC. Learn more!
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!

September 22, 2020 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
For artisans, it is extremely important to get your pricing right. If prices are too low, you don’t make enough money. If they are too high, people won’t buy. This workshop describes the pricing strategies that are fundamental for finding the best price for your work, and for maximizing your sales. Presented by BACD Durham. Learn more!
September 24, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00pm
Cybercrime numbers are growing exponentially. Now more than ever, you need to think about how to protect your business from being attacked.
Sean Stephens, CEO of Treefrog will teach you how to recognize and avoid the tricks and techniques of elite hackers and phishers. Learn about basic cybersecurity tips for all types of businesses. Prevent hackers from damaging your business information and operations. With a few key checklists and tools, you can protect yourself, your data, and your business. Presented by the Orangeville SBEC. Learn more!
September 30, 2020 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Starting a new business venture? Learn the necessary steps to start your business including how to assess your entrepreneurial readiness, validating your business idea, the various forms of business ownership, the importance of creating an online presence, government regulations, the importance of a business plan, forecasting cash flow, identifying your target market, and when and why to register for HST. Presented by the Orangeville SBEC. Learn more!
October 19, 2020 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many business owners to reconsider their long-term strategic plans. While the current economic environment may make it difficult to forecast future revenues and costs, re-evaluating the legal structure of your business may be the best starting point for a revised business plan. Luis Chacin of Carters Professional Corporation will discuss legal considerations including:
– The difference between a business partnership and co-ownership
– Advantages and disadvantages of incorporation
– Protecting your investment with appropriate corporate records
– Estate freezes and other succession planning considerations
Presented by the Orangeville SBEC. Learn more!
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.

Registration and speaker details will be available in August.


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