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Community Futures Development Corporations
Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation

Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) is a community-based organization dedicated to stimulating job creation and economic growth through business and community development. Funded by Industry Canada, Valley Heartland CFDC assists small towns and rural communities to strengthen and diversify their economies. This is achieved by:

  • Providing support and access to capital to the business community
  • Partnering and coordinating community action
  • To learn more about what Valley Heartland can do for your business, visit their website: valleycfdc.com
1000 Islands Community Development Corporation

The 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation is a member of the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations. Their territory includes the 1000 Islands area, south Leeds, City of Brockville, Town of Gananoque, the Township of Athens, the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley, and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands. They provide help to small and medium sized businesses by providing resources and information, business counseling and advisory services, as well as access to capital when other traditional sources of financing are insufficient. To learn more about the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation, visit their website at ticdc.ca

Small Business Advisory Centre – Smiths Falls Lanark County

Are you thinking about starting a small business or need help with questions on an existing one? The Small Business Advisory Centre – Smiths Falls Lanark County is here to support you, the entrepreneur! Getting a small business started can be very challenging, but with dedication and hard work, it can be very rewarding. To learn more, visit their website at www.smallbizcentre.ca

Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre

The Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre offers information and advice to anyone starting or managing a business. Serving Leeds and Grenville, the Enterprise Centre is a one-stop source of information, with access to the Internet and resource materials. You will also get personal advice on preparing a business plan, financing and managing your business. Working in partnership with the local Community Futures Development Corporations provides expertise and start-up capital. To learn more, visit their website: https://www.lgsmallbusiness.com/

Elizabethtown-Kitley Economic Development Committee

The Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley’s Economic Development Committee is at your disposal. Should you have any questions or concerns, or simply need a nudge in the right direction, do not hesitate to contact the Committee.

For more information about the Economic Development Committee contact Deputy Clerk at: 6544 New Dublin Rd, RR 2, Addison ON, K0E 1A0

Tel: 613-345-7480 or 1-800-492-3175(within the 613 area code)
Fax: 613-345-7235
Email: mail@ektwp.caTo learn more about the Committee.

United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Economic Development

As they have stated in their Economic Development Vision Statement, “Leeds and Grenville is a progressive place to locate and grow a business supported by a high quality of life, rich cultural heritage, and unique natural environment. The new economy will be diversified, have strong high-tech, knowledge-based, manufacturing and tourism sectors, and build on the existing agricultural strengths.”

The Counties have developed an Economic Development section of their official website that may contain information to assist your business. Visit their website click here.

Some of the following groups and organizations may be of some interest to your business.

Ontario East Economic Development

Ontario East is a group of over 124 Ontario East economic development professionals and business leaders who are working co-operatively to promote the region as a premiere business location. Together, they represent more than 200 communities, thousands of businesses and nearly 2 million residents. Visit their website at: ontarioeast.ca

Chambers of Commerce & Other Professional Groups

With such a vibrant and vital economic community, there are several Chambers of Commerce operating in the area. Visit their websites to learn more.

Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce is part of a network of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade that exist in virtually every community across Ontario and Canada. The Chamber network consists of 65,000 businesses provincially and 170,000 nationally. Locally the Chamber has over 500 members and is recognized as the official “Voice of Business”. To learn more about the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce, visit their website at: www.brockvillechamber.com

Smiths Falls Chamber of Commerce

The Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce is the Voice of Commerce dedicated to the promotion of economic development and prosperity for the enrichment of the community. To learn more about the Smiths Falls Chamber of Commerce visit their website at: smithsfallschamber.com

Prescott Chamber of Commerce

Prescott and District Chamber of Commerce (PCC) is a voluntary association of community-minded citizens who work together to make your community a better place to live and make a living. A strong Chamber of Commerce is a powerful force in community affairs on local, provincial and national levels. To learn more about the Prescott Chamber of Commerce visit their website at: www.prescott.ca/en/do-business/Chamber-of-Commerce.asp

LG Approved Professional Program

LG Approved Professional Program was established to help the public connect with high quality and qualified professionals from a variety of business sectors within the Leeds Grenville area. To learn more about the LG Approved Professional Program, visit their website at: lgapproved.ca

Canada Business Service Centres

A network of business information services. A government of Canada site. Visit www.cbsc.org

Canadian Government Information

This government website organizes federal information into an all-in-one site map, which will help you navigate online federal information. Visit www.canada.ca

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Information on this site includes: rural renewal, community development, funding sources and opportunities for rural youth. Visit www.omafra.gov.on.ca

Business Network

A government of Canada website that provides information about starting a business, taxes, financing and human resources. Visit: www.canada.ca/en/services/business.html

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

This page provides information on region specific services for Individuals, Business and Organizations.www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development.html

Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program is a federal tax incentive program to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada that will lead to new, improved, or technologically advanced products or processes. Visit: www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/scientific-research-experimental-development-tax-incentive-program.html

Ontario Business Services

Provides a wide range of information for businesses, including access to provincial forms that your business may be required to complete. Visit: www.ontario.ca/page/business-services

Ontario Government Ministries

To visit any of the following Ontario government pages, visit www.ontario.ca

  • Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
  • Ministry of Education/Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Rural Economic Development Data and Intelligence

If you’re involved in the local economic development process in rural communities across Ontario, this website is a tool for you. Whether you’re a community leader, an economic development professional or citizen volunteer, the site will help you identify local priorities and carry out strategies that will achieve your community’s goals. Visit: ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/toolbox/rural-economic-development-data-and-intelligence

Service Ontario

This website is managed by Ministry of Consumer and Business Services. Visit: www.serviceontario.ca