Rural Ontario- Community Futures Development Corporations
Not all successful business reside in large cities. There are many successful small and medium sized enterprises that are located in rural Ontario, and the Government of Canada recognizes this. The Community Futures Program is a Government of Canada initiative which supports Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in Ontario.
CFDCs offer a wide variety of programs and services supporting community economic development and small business growth. In particular, they provide:
- Strategic community planning and socio-economic development
- Support for community-based projects
- Business information and planning services
- Access to capital for small and medium-sized businesses and social enterprises
As of August 2014, Launch Lab and 7 of the CFDCs in South Eastern Ontario have formed a partnership. Launch Lab EIRs travel to the rural CFDC locations to provide mentoring and aid to the small businesses. If your business is located in one of theses 7 rural locations, we suggest you talk to the program provider and inquire how the Community Development Corporation or Launch Lab can assist your business needs.