September 30 - Digital Transformation Grant ($2,500)

2024 - Total Mom Pitch (closed for 2023)
2024 – Starter Company Plus (closed for 2023)



Funding for Southern Ontario Businesses and Organizations - deadline November 7, 2023 

Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF, up to $10,000) Contact Chantal Ouellet at Trenval - or 613-961-7999 ext 223 
Canada-Ontario Jobs Grant (Up to $10,000 for training)

Black Opportunity Fund (contact for current funding availability)

BITS Bucks (Up to $5,000 grant/loan for youth 18-34)
First Nations Women’s Entrepreneurship program (FNWE) (Loans and grants up to $15,000)

Digital Main Street (Up to $2,400)

R.A.I.S.E (Racialized and Indigenous Supports for Entrepreneurs, up to $10,000)
Grow Your Business Online Grant ($2,400)
Canadian Digital Adoption Program (Up to $15,000)
PEFIP (Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program)
Applied Research and Development Grant
Alliance Grant (R&D partnerships with educational institutions and businesses)

ODSP Start Up Benefit (Up to $500 for training and business costs)
Bryan Baeumler Casting Call, (Building project makeover)
CIP Programs (Signage and façade) – Centre Hastings, Marmora and Lake, Tweed, Bancroft
Benefits and Grant Finder (search tool)


See Training and Workforce section for recruitment funding support



BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) - Large projects
Community Futures - Start-ups and small enterprises
DELIA - Microloans for underserved women
FACE (Federation of African Canadian Economics)
Futurpreneur - Ages 18-39
PARO - Women
WEOC (Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada)

Black Opportunity Fund 
BITS Bucks (Business In The Streets) - Up to $5,000 grant/loan for youth 18-34

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.



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. 

Workshops, Events, Education
September 20, 2:30-3:30pm - Understanding Financial Statements (Myles Evans, CPA)
September 22, 10:30am-12:30pm - Doing Business with the Government (In-person)

September 26 Deadline - Tourism Digital Marketing Certification

September 26, 9:30am - Teeny Tiny Summit: Creating Community Wealth and Well-Being

October 5, 10am-11:30am - Are You an Inclusive Leader? (WE-CAN for Women)
October 5 - Business Transitions Event - Growth Beyond Resilience (In-person)
October 12, 10am-11am - Becoming a Paid Speaker (WE-CAN for Women)



See Workshops and Opportunities page for more details.

Open/On Demand:

Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub  (WEKH)
OBCT (Ontario Building Trades and Construction) Newsletter
StrikeUp - Digital conference for women entrepreneurs
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. 


September 26 Deadline - Tourism Digital Marketing Certification

Loyalist College Training and Knowledge Centre



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 
2024 - Canada Summer Jobs (workers from 15-30)
2024 - Young Canada Works (heritage, arts, culture, and languages)

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

Centre For Workforce Development - Labour market information and reports

Hastings County Business Directory - Contact Marketing Coordinator, Jordon White, to let him know about your events for circulation -
Market Research (student projects) - Contact Loyalist Industry Partnership Officer Laurie Caouette
Local food producer directory - Harvest Hastings 
Website – Google Business Profile allows you to create FREE websites
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
23LGBTQI+ Friendly - Rainbow Registered Directory
Digital Main Street Vendor Directory
Billboards - Stellar Outdoor, Top Outdoor 
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

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We would love to hear from you!

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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
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Carly Wright

Tourism Development Coordinator

613.966.6712 ext. 4012
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Jordon White

Marketing Coordinator

613.966.6712 ext. 4001