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To satisfy employment demand, thereby allowing young people to remain in the community.

To assist businesses to continually improve through strategic alliances.

To resolve human resource challenges and increase training opportunities.

Action Items:
Encourage environmentally friendly small businesses through a review of municipal by-laws and consultation with existing sectors to determine compatibility.

Encourage home-based businesses.

Develop a focus on food production and technology programs.

Address infrastructure gaps, including the lack of serviced land, telecommunications, water and sewer capacity.

Create a database of local businesses and their products/services.

Encourage chambers of commerce to play a larger role.

Create networking events to encourage strategic business alliances.

Establish a mentoring program in business services (marketing, management, customer service feedback, occupational health and safety, feasibility planning,financing).

Seek opportunities to advertise small businesses through website links.

Develop a pamphlet to support the Ag-Industry Task Force; create a Task Force web site.

Encourage the municipality to demonstrate a positive environment and strong support for small business development.

Provide training programs on, and project the success of the following: eco-tourism, niche markets, pick-your-own, farm holidays with bed & breakfasts, and equestrian trails.

Encourage colleges and trade schools to expand their advertising to the local community.

Encourage guidance counsellors to better promote employment opportunities in trades, apprenticeships and college education.

Disseminate information on cooperative learning and apprenticeship programs in high schools, to local employers.

Research funding programs to assist with employee training, youth employment and office expansion.

Potential Partners:
Adjala-Tosorontio Residents' Association
Agriculture Canada
Boards of Education
Business Enterprise Resource Network of Barrie-South Simcoe
Chambers of Commerce/Business Associations
Georgian College
Human Resource Development Canada
Industry Canada
Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Ministry of Consumer and Business Services
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation
Ministry of Tourism and Recreation
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Nottawasaga Futures
Ontario Export Inc.
Simcoe County Training Board
South Simcoe Business Links
Township of Adjala-Tosorontio