Business Resources

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Whether it's financing, a business mentor or a market analysis, we want to connect you with the support you need to see your business prosper. 

COVID-19: Below are some resources that may help businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. We will make updates they become available.

Keep up to date on local mandates with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health – www.wdgpublichealth.ca/coronavirus

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

If you have additional resources to share, please email ecdev@wellington.ca.

Current Local Supports

Central Counties Tourism Business Support Programme
For Town of Erin Businesses

Help offset the costs incurred by businesses to: keep customers safe, stay top of mind with consumers and/or modify their business model to stay relevant and accessible. Reimburse up to 50% of eligible paid expenses (to a maximum of $15,000) incurred beginning April 1, 2020. Funds are on an application first come first serve basis. Learn more or view the application form.

Tourism Adaptation and Recovery Programme - CLOSED

Assistance for small and medium sizes enterprises (SMEs’) and not-for-profits (NFPs’) in the arts, culture and tourism sector by supporting one-time adaptation and re-opening costs incurred to continue operating post COVID-19. Presented in partnership by RTO4, the County of Wellington and Elora Fergus Tourism. Learn more.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

Support to businesses and not-for-profit organizations affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, that are unable to access other federal relief measures, or require additional support.

Business Training and Consulting Grants 

Wellington Waterloo Community Futures is providing grant funding to focus on providing technical and professional training/consulting services to help SME’s recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

Business Resurgence Programme

Saugeen Economic Development Corporation is offering a FREE consulting programme for local small businesses. There are several consulting options available: Business Bootcamp, Business Profit Optimizer, Business Advisor, Digital Marketing Coach, or a membership with the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium. Learn more.

RH Accelerator

Grand River Ag Society (GRAS) and RH Accelerator Inc. announce they will work together and co invest in support of local early stage innovative companies in the agriculture, food and cleantech industries. Learn more or apply to take part.

Just Announced for January 2021:

Ontario Small Business Support Grant: help for small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the new Provincewide Shutdown effective December 26, 2020.

Ontario's Main Street Relief Grant: PPE support

Property tax and energy bill rebates: COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program - Small Business (CEAP-SB)


Signage for Your Business
Health Resources
Government of Canada
Province of Ontario
Funding and Financial Relief
Agriculture Supports
Food Services

Government of Ontario:

Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health:

General Resources
Local Business Resources

Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs)
Focusing on job creation through strategic planning, CDFCs provide funding and advisory services to area businesses. The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) can be accessed through the local CFDC offices.

Business Centre Guelph Wellington
Provides the entry point for entrepreneurship in Guelph and Wellington County, helping individuals get into business for themselves. We support the growth and expansion of small businesses in our region.

Innovation Guelph
Building prosperity for community wellbeing by providing mentorship and business support services that help innovative enterprises start, grow and thrive.

FindYourJob.ca
Employment postings brought to you by the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin

Our Food Future Guelph-Wellington
Grow Back Better is Our Food Future’s 10-point recovery plan in response to COVID-19. Supporting three core priorities in the local food economy: Increasing access to affordable, nutritious food; Supporting new and existing food businesses; and Strengthening regional food system resiliency.

Shop Local Links

Think Minto First
A one-stop-shop to purchase gift cards from amazing local stores and businesses located in the Town of Minto (Harriston, Palmerston, and Clifford). Visit www.thinkmintofirst.com to learn more.

Shop Local CW
Purchase gift cards online from businesses in the Township of Centre Wellington (Fergus, Elora and Belwood). Visit www.shoplocalcw.ca to learn more.

Shop Wellington North
Online platform for local businesses in Mount Forest, Arthur and surrounding area to put their products for sale online. Feel free to browse, share and shop on this new platform and help support local! Visit www.shopwellingtonnorth.com.

Shop Local Puslinch
An online platform to support local businesses through gift certificate purchases that can be used right away. Visit www.shoplocalpuslinch.ca to show your support.

Find Local Food with Taste Real
Taste Real Guelph-Wellington has put together a handy list of all Taste Real farms and food businesses with details on how you can purchase from them during COVID-19.

PPE Resources

Personal Protective Equipment
  • Premium PromoWorx Inc., Fergus www.premiumpromoworx.com
  • Schelters Stockroom Supply Ltd., Elora (PPE, barriers, signage, cleaning supplies) www.schelterofficeplus.ca
  • Clear Sight & Sound a division of Hall Telecommunication Supply Limited, Guelph-Eramosa (masks, gloves, face shields, disposable coveralls and shoe coverings)
  • William Wood-Write Ltd, Puslinch (disposable non-medial face masks). www.penblanks.ca
  • WC Smith Wholesale, Clifford (gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, wipes and cleaners, face shields, gowns, goggles) www.wcsmith.ca
  • Fusion Products, Cambridge (masks, hand sanitizer, etc.) ppe.fusionproducts.ca
Plexiglas Partitions
Signage
Hand Sanitizer
Ontario.ca PPE Directory
GovDeals - Surplus Municipal Equipment

The County of Wellington sells its surplus municipal equipment online through GovDeals. GovDeals is an online auction service that allows government agencies to sell their surplus assets via the Internet.

Visit GovDeals to view available County surplus for sale.


Contact the Economic Development Office for more information about doing business in Wellington County at 519.837.2600 X 2614 or by email.

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