Economic Development and Tourism News
Pivot Planning Squad helping Georgina businesses achieve success
Georgina's new Pivot Planning Squad provides business/marketing expertise and community connections to business owners to help them reach their goals and recover from the pandemic.

Once a consultation is set up, a squad member will meet with business owners one-on-one to learn more about their business, operations and goals. They will then be provided with information on available supports and expertise that can support their needs.
Georgina collaborates with other levels of government to bring training opportunity to local food businesses
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, York Region and the Town of Georgina are collaborating to bring you Selling Food to Ontario on Nov. 5, 2020.

This workshop will help food businesses create new opportunities by learning how to expand into new markets such as restaurants, food service, food retailers, institutions and other wholesale buyers.
Business Retention & Recovery
Georgina's Economic Development Officer discusses Town supports
With funding still available until the end of the year, businesses are encouraged to contact our office to inquire if any municipal grants or assistance programs can help with recovery efforts. Connect with Sean Columbus, Georgina's Economic Development Officer, at
Temporary Patio Program updated to allow local restaurants to accommodate customers during cold weather
The Economic Development and Tourism Division has been working to ensure local restaurants can continue to serve customers since the modified Stage 2 announcement was made earlier this month. This included updating the Temporary Patio Program to accommodate heater and tent guidelines. 
Georgina Chamber of Commerce launches campaign to support restaurants during pandemic
When York Region moved into a modified Stage 2 earlier this month, Georgina's local Chamber of Commerce created the Take-out Challenge to support our local restaurants. They also updated a full list of dining establishments in the area with information on current operations to give residents a guide on where and how to support them.
Business Spotlight
Beloved butter tart company scales up with new storefront in Sutton's downtown Business Improvement Area
Throughout the past 15 years, Maureen has been building her business from scratch. Initially inspired by a friend that loved her butter tarts and purchased them for her dad, Maureen was encouraged to sell her tarts at a Christmas party in 2005. The butter tarts were so popular that she decided to try selling them at local farmers’ markets, including the Georgina Farmer’s Market – demand was booming!

With the support of the Economic Development and Tourism office, Maureen was able to get the permits and lease required to sell her tarts from the tourism hut on Hwy 48. She also sold her products at Our Spot on the Corner with a collective of other agripreneurs from Georgina, such as Hamilton Farm and Hiveshare. Both locations saw a variety of new and returning customers, and sales grew steadily over time.

Recognized as their “favourite butter tart in Ontario” by the Culinary Tourism Alliance in August 2019, and with a growing fan base, Maureen was confident that her butter tarts would do well with a dedicated storefront location. 

So why is it called "Moetarts" you ask? We asked the same question. "My nickname is Moe," says Maureen. "When you have my tarts you just want "moe" or "more" tarts."

So take a “Moe-ment,” support a local business and sample a delicious tart fresh out of the oven at 132 High St. in Sutton. Hours are Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check out their website or their Facebook page for up-to-date information.

Do you have questions about opening a business, expanding, training or recovery support programs available through the Town of Georgina? Contact the Economic Development and Tourism Division at or call 905-476-4301, ext. 2330.
Are you a local business that has opened, reopened, applied for grants or had to pivot because of COVID-19? If so, we want to hear from you. Our business success stories are featured on our Facebook account, on our blog and in some cases, in our print newsletters. To learn more, email our team at 
News and Resources
Georgina's new radio station launches
Broadcasting from Keswick with a reach that includes Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia, Uxbridge and all of Georgina, the new station will add to the Town's ability to get news and information out to residents, promote local events, and help Georgina's business community market locally. Listen.
Changes to Canada Emergency Business Account
The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will now be available to businesses that have been operating out of a non-business banking account. Learn more.
Free digital presence programs
Digital Main Street's programs are in partnership with the federal and provincial governments. They assist businesses looking to increase their online presence to increase sales or better serve their customers. Learn more.
Tourism business feedback needed
Experience York Region is working with the Regional Municipality of York to support the local tourism, arts and culture sector. They want to know your business plans over the coming months to help inform future marketing campaigns and ensure they're crafted in a way that supports our local businesses. Provide feedback.
Joining a webinar may help you get the specific info and advice you need as you navigate this challenging time. York Link - York Region Economic Development has created a list of webinars from reputable sources that relate to all sectors and business needs.

Nov. 5 at 8:30 a.m.

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