March 31 deadline - My Main Street - Business Sustainability Program 

April 1 deadline - Centre Hastings CIP (Community Improvement Plan) 

April 30 deadline - FedEx #BackingSmall Business Contest

April open - Purolator Small Business Grant

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



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

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

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

Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (various programs)

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

Venture-Capital Ready (investment training for women entrepreneurs)
Canada-Ontario Jobs Grant (Up to $10,000 for training)

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

Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program: Access to Capital

Digital Main Street (Up to $2,500)

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)
CIP Programs (Signage and façade) – Marmora and Lake, Tweed
Benefits and Grant Finder (search tool)
100 Women Who Care (Bancroft)


See Training and Workforce section for recruitment funding support



Business Scale-up and Productivity - FedDev Ontario

Community Economic Development Diversification - FedDev Ontario 

BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) 
Community Futures 

IAPO First Nations Farm & Business Financing
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.


Wildly Successful Testimonials:

York River Interiors

Tweed & Company Theatre

Our Neighbours' Farm

York River Forestry

Level Up Coaching & Consulting


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

March 4-6 - Southern Ontario Tourism Conference (Sarnia)

March 5, 11:30am - Leveraging Canva with Generative AI

March 7, 11:30am - 12 Essential AI Tools for Business Development

March 12, 10am - Introduction to the Ontario Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM) (OHTO)

March 15, 1pm-3pm - EY/CGLCC Pitch Competition (CGLCC)

March 26, 10am - Transforming Workplaces Through Disability Inclusive Hiring Practices (OHTO)

April 12, 1pm-3pm - EY/CGLCC Pitch Competition (CGLCC)

April 15-19 - National Tourism Week

April 23 - Ontario Craft Wine Conference (Niagara Falls)

May 5-7 - IMPACT Tourism Conference (Kingston)

May 27-28 - Taste of Place Conference (Montreal)

July 10-12 - Startupfest Conference (Montreal)

September 12-13 - SEe ON Summit (Kingston) 

October 22-23 - Ontario Tourism Summit (Hamilton)

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. 


February 29, 11am - Supporting Neurodiverse Employees in the Skilled Trades

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

Social Media tags: @hastingcounty #HastingsCounty #WildlyAuthentic #WildlySuccessful #WildlyDelicious #IndigenousTourism #DiscoverON #ComeWander @OntarioCulinary #FeastOn

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,
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
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

Looking for statistics?


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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
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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