June 3 open (until funds are used) - Honey Bee Health Initiative (50% funding)

July 16 deadline - Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence (TIAO)

July 22 deadline - Excellence in Agriculture Awards (Government of Ontario)

August 1 deadline - Theatre Projects Grant (Ontario Arts Council)

August 15 deadline- Inclusive Growth Awards (Canadian Chamber of Commerce)

May open - August deadline - Talent Opportunities Program (wage subsidy of up to $7,000 per student) 

October 16 deadline - Indigenous Arts Projects Grant (Ontario Arts Council)

November 5 deadline - Visual Artists Creation Grant (Ontario Arts Council)

November 6 deadline - Crafts Projects Grant (Ontario Arts Council)

2025 - Starter Company Plus Grant (Small Business Centre)

2025 - Canada Summer Jobs (wage subsidy, 2024 was 100% funded)

2025 - Young Canada Works



100 Women Who Care (Bancroft)

Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program: Access to Capital

Applied Research and Development Grant
Alliance Grant (R&D partnerships with educational institutions and businesses)

Benefits and Grant Finder (search tool)

Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund (FACE)

Black Opportunity Fund (contact for current funding availability)

BITS Bucks (Up to $5,000 grant/loan for youth 18-34)

Canada-Ontario Jobs Grant (Up to $10,000 for training)

Canadian Digital Adoption Program (Up to $15,000)

CIP Programs (Signage and façade) – Marmora and Lake, Tweed, Centre Hastings (2024 closed)

Community Futures Local Initiatives Program (L.I.P.) (Up to $3,500 for incorporated not-for-profits)

Digital Main Street (Up to $2,500)

Eastern Ontario Development Fund (up to 15% funding to a maximum of $5 million)

First Nations Women’s Entrepreneurship program (FNWE) (Loans and grants up to $15,000)

Funding for WMCO wood manufacturing members (expenses up to $100,000 at 45% funding)

Grow Your Business Online Grant ($2,400)

Hockey Canada - Call for Indigenous Artists 

Honey Bee Health Initiative (cost-sharing up to $25,000)

Mitacs Entrepreneur International (up to $5,000 travel grant)

ODSP Start Up Benefit (Up to $500 for training and business costs)

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (partial funding)

PEFIP (Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program)

R.A.I.S.E (Racialized and Indigenous Supports for Entrepreneurs, up to $10,000)

Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (various programs)

Venture-Capital Ready (investment training for women entrepreneurs)


See Training and Workforce section for recruitment funding support



BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) 
BITS Bucks (Business In The Streets) - Up to $5,000 grant/loan for youth 18-34

Black Opportunity Fund 

Business Scale-up and Productivity - FedDev Ontario

Community Economic Development Diversification - FedDev Ontario 

Community Futures 

DELIA - Microloans for underserved women

FACE (Federation of African Canadian Economics)
FCC Women Entrepreneur Program

Futurpreneur - Ages 18-39

IAPO First Nations Farm & Business Financing
PARO - Women
WEOC (Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada)

We offer free and confidential business coaching to anyone who wants to start or expand a business. We also help existing business owners looking for some assistance with a particular hurdle. 


Learn more.


Wildly Successful Testimonials:

Cube Coffee Bar

Level Up Coaching & Consulting

Marmora Retreat

Our Neighbours' Farm

Stirling Kitchen Catering & Provisions

Tweed & Company Theatre

Up North Beauty & Wellness

York River Forestry

York River Interiors


Another great resource and partner in our community is The Small Business Centre based in Belleville. It helps entrepreneurs and business owners looking to launch a start-up or grow their small business. 


AgriMentor aims to provide support to female farmers, whether they are already established or aspiring to join the sector, by pairing them with experienced agricultural, or business female mentors for guidance tailored to their specific needs.

Workshops, Events, Education

June 26, 6:30pm-9pm - BoQ Film Meet-Up (Loyalist Accelerate)

June 27, 10am-11am - Moving Past COVID: How to Overcome Pandemic Trauma and Get Back to Business (WE-CAN)

June 29-30 - Quinte International Air Show

July 2, 1pm-2pm - Queer Bizz! All Things Supplier Diversity (CGLCC)

July 3, 11am-2pm - Navigating 2SLGBTQI+ Diversity & Inclusion in the Tourism Industry (CGLCC)

July 4, 9am-10:30am - Working for Workers Workshop (Belleville)

July 10, 2pm-3pm - Unlocking Your Business's Financial Potential (CGLCC)

July 22, 7:30am - Chamber Breakfast (Madoc & District Chamber of Commerce)

July 24, 10am-11am - How CGLCC Can Help Your Business

August 1-4 - Rockhound Gemboree (Bancroft)

September 12-13 - SEe ON Summit (Kingston) 

September 20-October 13 - Ontario Culture Days

October 22-23 - Ontario Tourism Summit (Hamilton)

November - Heart of Hastings Christmas Tour

November 13-14 - SaaS North Conference (Ottawa) - PARO has organized a delegation of women-owned companies 

Open/On Demand:

BDC Learning Centre

OBCT (Ontario Building Trades and Construction) Newsletter

Ontario Chamber of Commerce Webinars

Start Now Incubator for Women Entrepreneurs

StrikeUp - Digital conference for women entrepreneurs

Teeny Tiny Summits

Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub  (WEKH)
Product Testing at Loyalist College - Contact Loyalist Industry Partnership Officer Laurie Caouette



Our Economic and Tourism Development Staff collect and analyze statistics, conduct research and review reports regularly. This helps inform our plans and programming, and should also serve to help you with your business planning. 


Achievement Incentive Program

AgriWorkplace Skills Training Program

Become Rainbow Registered (CGLCC)

Loyalist College Training and Knowledge Centre

STEP Program (training and onboarding)

Tourism Accelerated Resiliency & Retention Training (OTEC)




OYAP - Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (trades)
Apprenticeship Tax Credit (trades)

Hire an Apprentice

UBC Canadian District Apprenticeship Service Program - Up to $20,000/yr
CASP – Up to $10,000 for hiring a first-year apprentice 


Tourism and Culture:

Tourism Workforce Sustainability Program (TIAO)


Talent Opportunities Program (May-Aug 2024, wage subsidy of up to $7,000 per student)

Discover Ability Network (Disability Inclusion)

Employer Toolkit for Hiring Newcomers (QLIP)

Hasting County Community Profile (Labour force and demographic information)

Hire persons with disabilities

Small Business HR Toolkit (recruitment, onboarding, training, retention, legal)
Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) 
Free job descriptions and postings - Career Edge, META, Loyalist CES (Community Employment Services), Agilec

Centre For Workforce Development - Labour market information and reports

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Hastings County Business Directory 

Submit your events on our website (link at bottom of page)
Market Research (student projects) - Contact Loyalist Industry Partnership Officer Laurie Caouette
Local food producer directory - Harvest Hastings 

Culinary Tourism Alliance - Contact Zain Alkhouri, Marketing Specialist,
Municipal Directory - Deseronto, Marmora & Lake, Stirling-Rawdon, Tweed, Tyendinega
Chambers of Commerce (local) - Bancroft, Madoc & Disctrict, Tweed

BIA - Bancroft, Madoc (BIT), Marmora & Lake (MLBA), Stirling-Rawdon
2SLGBTQI+ Friendly - Rainbow Registered Directory
Digital Main Street Vendor Directory 
Newspapers - InQuinte, Belleville Intelligencer, Community Press, My Bancroft Now, Bancroft This Week, Tweed News, QNET News, News on 7
Radio - 95.5 Hits FM, 91x FM, Moose FM, CJBQ

Add your business to Google Maps

Do I need a license or permit?

Where do I register my business name?

What is market research and do I need to do it?

Should I charge HST?

Should I make financial projections before I start?

I want to hire, but am I hiring an employee or independent contractor?



Looking for statistics?


A Decade of Life Lessons 
from a Creative Entrepreneur


 Learn from Christina Bagatavicius, co-founder of Bespoke Collective, 
a successful creative consultancy with an international roster of clients built over the last decade, 
as she shares valuable business advice, and what it takes to be a "Wildly Successful" entrepreneur!

Filmed live on December 19th, 2023 at the Marble Arts Centre in Tweed, Ontario.

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Christine McLean

Small Business Coordinator

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Andrew Redden

Manager, Economic and Tourism Development

613.966.6712 ext. 4011