Economic Development

Business Support

Business Supports

Are you looking to start or expand your business in Essa?  Essa offers a combination of lifestyle and opportunity to make it a great place to live and do business.  Explore the following resources available to help you start or expand your business?

Business Resources

Check out the local business supports in Essa.  These organizations can assist you in starting and growing your business, offer funding and provide opportunities for networking and mentorship within the local business community:

Join the Angus & Area Chamber of Commerce to get a variety of supports for local businesses and entrepreneurs, including:

  • networking opportunities and events
  • marketing and promotional advertising supports

The Angus BIA promotes the establishment of businesses in the community of Angus.

The County of Simcoe Economic Development Office is responsible for the attraction, retention, and expansion of businesses and business opportunities within Simcoe County.

Simcoe County's Economic Development Office works with the sixteen municipalities, the Cities of Barrie and Orillia, and with regional service providers to help businesses thrive and grow.  It provides business with the following information:

  • business grants and funding opportunities
  • local educational and networking events
  • demographics and community profiles
  • a variety of resources for new and established businesses

Doing Business During COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed the way we do business in Ontario.  The Government of Ontario offers the following guidelines and resources to help business operate during COVID-19:

The County of Simcoe Economic Development Office also offers resources and supports to business owners to help navigate during the pandemic.  These include:

  • virtual learning opportunities
  • government funidng
  • resources for re-opening
  • protective equipment supplies

For more information on support for business during COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Support for Businesses webpage.

Business Support FAQs

BizPaL is an innovative online service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information about business permits, licenses and other requirements needed to start, operate and grow their business from the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments.

BizPaL helps you find the permits and licenses that you may require when expanding or starting your business.  Whether you're looking to start a new business or renew existing permits and licenses, use this easy online process to find everything you need.

What are the benefits of using BizPaL?

Finding out which government requirements apply to a certain business type can be time consuming and frustrating.  BizPaL was created to help identify what you may require, quickly and easily.  The information you need is available from a single source; entrepreneurs spend less time dealing with red tape - saving effort and money in the process - and more time building their business.  The service is the result of strong collaboration between the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments and is designed with the following benefits in mind:

  • It's free to use
  • It saves time
  • It's available 24/7

Prior to expanding or starting your business, you should contact the municipal office and speak to the following departments to ensure that your property is zoned accordingly and/or to inquire as to what permits may be required:

  • Planning and Development
  • By-law
  • Building

The Township of Essa requires certain categories of businesses to apply for business licenses in accordance with the Business Licensing By-law.

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