NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – October 17, 2017 – At the 2017 Canada Marketing Awards held by the Economic Development Association of Canada (EDAC), Norfolk County’s Student Start Up Program “SSUP Norfolk” took top honours as the Best Promotion Event for 2017.

Norfolk County Sponsors, Council and Staff have and continue to spur on the entrepreneurs in grades 6 to 12 resulting in national attention in entrepreneurship, education, and leadership of students, while building on Norfolk County pride.  Ambition and progressive action as outlined in the Norfolk County Corporate Strategic Plan regarding youth is of prime importance to the program’s success.

Student Start Up Program Norfolk County SSUPThis year Norfolk County received 188 applications from students from grades 6 to 12 and awarded 94 student start ups, some of which were partnerships assisting over 100 students.  Successful applicants were awarded $200 to start their business.  Students were encouraged to use the support and mentorship of our generous sponsors and Norfolk County to enhance their business and maximize their experience.

In just two years, Norfolk County has seen over 270 applications resulting in 158 new business start-ups through the “SSUP Norfolk” program alone.  Some students have started their businesses without the program, demonstrating that the entrepreneurial spirit and drive is alive and growing in Norfolk County. (See Attached student businesses for 2017)

This award follows the 2016 win by “SSUP Norfolk” as Best Public-Private Partnership in Ontario by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario, EDCO.

At the end of August students were to submit an analysis of their efforts to receive an additional award of $100.

SSUP Norfolk was made possible by the generous sponsors and support listed below.

“Norfolk County can proudly boast that Entrepreneurs Grow Here”, said Jerry Sucharyna, Economic Development Analyst for Norfolk County’s Tourism and Economic Development Division.

For more information about SSUP Norfolk visit

2017 “SSUP Norfolk” Sponsors:

Local Government Sponsor
Norfolk County

5-Star Sponsor
Annex Media
Libro Credit Union
MHN Lawyers
Ross & McBride LLP
Simcoe Lions Club
Staples Simcoe
Titan Trailers
Van Amerongen & Son
Venture Norfolk

3-Star Sponsors
Cowan Insurance

Rassaun Services, Inc.
South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corp.
Southwestern Ontario Tourism Corp.
Toyotetsu Canada Inc.

1-Star Sponsors
The Beach House Restaurant
Cowan Insurance

CarStar Collision Services
Creative Design Ink
Harvey’s / Swiss Chalet
Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show
Norfolk Rotaract Club
Picard Foods

Attaboy Window Washing
Long Point Eco-Adventures
Simcoe Reformer
Whistling Gardens

Haldimand County Economic Development & Tourism
Grand Erie Business Center