Community Development Corporations
Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) support community economic development by assisting communities to strengthen and diversify their economies. As a community-based, not-for-profit, organization, the CFDCs are run by a board of local volunteers and staffed by professionals who encourage entrepreneurship and the pursuit of economic opportunities.
The CFDCs are supported by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and offer the following services:
- strategic community planning and socio-economic development;
- support for community-based projects;
- business support services; and
- access to financing.
There are 61 corporations in rural Southern Ontario and Northern Ontario. Learn more by visiting the Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation website.
Within Leeds and Grenville, three offices are available to serve the region.
|Each CFDC will be hosting Launch Lab, the Provincially funded Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) for this area, to consult with and advise local businesses, regardless of sector or stage of development, concerning any issue, challenge, or potential opportunity they may be confronting. The objective of the program is to support entrepreneurs and their companies in order to drive prosperity and job creation throughout the region. Please visit the page of the CFDC serving your area for details.
1000 Islands Community Development Corporation
Serving Township of Athens, City of Brockville, Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley, Township of Front of Yonge, Town of Gananoque, Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.
The 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation works actively to collaborate with our regional partners to strengthen and develop our communities by investing in sustainable economic development, encouraging entrepreneurship and pursuing economic opportunities. They provide the area with financial and consulting service to small and medium-sized businesses.
Meetings with Launch Lab are available the second Friday of each month, by appointment only. Please contact the CDC for more details.
3 Market Street West, Suite 3
Toll Free: 1-800-431-6015
Kim Benson, Investment Manager
E-mail: Investment Manager
Janice Lawrence, Office Administrator
Email: Office Administrator
Tom Russell, Executive Director
E-mail: Executive Director
Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation
Grenville County Including: Augusta, Edwardsburgh/Cardinal, North Grenville, Prescott, Kemptville.
Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation invests in sustainable economic development in Grenville County. They provide their service area with financial and consulting service to small and medium-sized businesses.
Grenville CFDC will be hosting Launch Lab, the Provincially-funded Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) for this area, monthly to consult with and advise local businesses, regardless of sector or stage of development,
concerning any issue, challenge, or potential opportunity they may be confronting.
Appointments can be scheduled by contacting Rod Wallace by email or by phone at 613-925-4275 ext. 22.
197 Water Street, Suite 405
PO Box 309
Toll Free: 1-877-925-4275
Heather Lawless, Executive Director
E-mail: Executive Director
Rod Wallace, Business Loans Officer
E-mail: Business Loans Officer
Charlotte McArthur, Financial Administrator
E-mail: Financial Administrator
Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) Administrator
E-mail: EODP Administrator
Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation
Valley Heartland CFDC is dedicated to stimulating job creation, economic growth through business and community development and diversification of small towns and rural communities in the area they service.
Serving Lanark County and North Leeds County Including: Beckwith, Carleton Place, Drummond/North Elmsley, Elizabethtown-Kitley, Lanark Highlands, Merrickville-Wolford, Mississippi Mills, Montague, Perth, Rideau Lakes, Smiths Falls, Tay Valley, Westport
Launch Lab Partnership
Valley Heartland and Launch Lab have developed a partnership and collaborative approach to supporting our entrepreneurs where we host 'intake days' on Thursdays when we bring in prospective clients to meet with Launch Lab for an hour, to see if both the entrepreneur and Launch Lab feel that there is a good fit and where Launch Lab can offer guidance and advice suited to fostering growth and success of the entrepreneur.
Learn more at valleycfdc.com/programs/launch-lab
To schedule your Launch Lab session, e-mail Mary Ellen CotĂ© or call 613-283-7002 ext. 101.
91 Cornelia Street West
Smiths Falls, ON
Telephone: 613-283-7002, ext. 3
Toll Free: 1-888-784-7605
Mary Ellen CĂ´tĂ©, Executive Assistant
E-mail: Executive Assistant
Mary Boldt, Loans Officer
E-mail: Loans Officer
Tina Stevens, General Manager
E-mail: Office Administrator
Bridget Joynt, EODP Coordinator
E-mail: Business Development Co-Ordinator
Stacie Lloyd, Regional Economic Development Officer