A key piece of what we do every day is provide Business Counseling and Advisory Services - even if you never borrow money or receive any kind of financial support from the KLCFDC. Our professional staff and members of our Board of Directors can assist with input, evaluation and possible direction for consideration as you look to move your business plans forward. And while we will not write your plan for you, we will help with connections and contacts as well as suggestions as to how to strengthen what you are doing or where to go to gain more information. We will also help you with more specific questions involving perhaps legal or accounting issues; as we work with many of the professionals in Kawartha Lakes.
With access to Canada Business Ontario (CBO) and the Canada Business Network (CBN), we can help you gain insights into entrepreneurship and business development, innovation, export development, intellectual property and much, much more.
CBO which has been ‘Ontario’s Business Information Connection’ since 1995, provides both federal and provincial business information – at no cost. Canada Business Ontario can assist with finding information on starting a business, government financing programs, exporting, taxation or how to hire employees. Canada Business Ontario also offers customized searches for business planning and market research on topics such as: Sample Business Plans; Canadian Demographic Information; Consumer Spending Data; Contacts for suppliers, manufacturers and distributors; and even International Trade Data. From starting a new business, growing an established company or adapting to the changing economic landscape, CBO is the business information connection.
The Canada Business Network (CBN) promotes entrepreneurship and innovation, and provides assistance through an organized network of service centres across Canada. There is a centre in each province and territory working with partners in many communities across their region, providing numerous service access points. The program is delivered in collaboration with provincial or territorial governments and not-for-profit entities to provide a consolidated and efficient delivery system. You can start by visiting www.canadabusiness.ca.
Our reference materials and Internet- enabled computers have information on items for your business including Canadian trade shows and exhibitions and the Canadian Franchise Guide, for example. In addition, we can help you can find the market research you need to know and learn how to develop your comprehensive business plan. You can also find information on the Internet itself, including facts about doing business on the Internet and Cyber Law. There are guidebooks on developing a successful Import or Export business in Canada, as well as lists of people and organizations to contact.
Beyond this, you may be interested in other government programs that could provide support to your business or community-based initiative. Here, we provide a separate listing of many government programs that are available to help. And while we cannot guarantee that all of the programs listed will be active when you look to gain more information and possibly apply, we do make every effort to be current and up-to-date with what is available. Click here for more information.
Finally, we do have ongoing working relationships with FedDev Ontario, which includes providing introductory access to all of their programming. We can also connect you with other local offices such as the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre, Service Canada, Kawartha Lakes Economic Development, VCCS Employment Services and our local Chambers of Commerce, Business Improvement Associations, lending institutions and others. Further we have relationship with broader agencies such as National Research Council and the Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC/IRAP), the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), and the Business Development Bank of Canada.
Our self-help, walk in resource library at the Kent Place Mall, is available, free of charge, for your use from Monday to Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Our Senior Administrator, Ms. Marie Flear, or another staff member will be pleased to help familiarize you with the wealth of information and possible programs available to you.
First of all, as part of the Canada Business Ontario (CBO) and the Canada Business Network (CBN), our offices are equipped with a public access workstation where you can connect to the Internet. As mentioned, this is a joint government venture with FedDev Ontario developed to provide access to information on Federal and Provincial government programs and services for small business.
We may also be able to connect you to other groups or organizations where you can perhaps either temporarily use or possibly secure a computer for your personal use. We can also assist with select offices services, such as small photocopying jobs or faxing. Finally, we will often print materials for clients who don’t have a computer readily available and may use an alternative method to the Internet to gain the access to what they need.
Access to our information and services is available free of charge, for your use from Monday to Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
We do ask that you call us at 328-0261 extension 21 to insure that you will have a computer to work with when you need it.
As part of our Community Futures mandate, the KLCFDC undertakes to initiate periodic "community consultations" that help to not only gage what our area needs are but also to assist us in providing information to those that can support these requirements, as well as looking to take on some of these tasks ourselves. While a great deal of our focus is on business and community economic development, the KLCFDC also looks to work to understand socio-economic needs and to support dialogue and distribution of information that will help all of us to live better and ideally, healthier lives and enjoy all our municipality and beyond has to offer.
To this objective, we continue to work with many groups and individuals, to map assets, track needs and support activities that promote both social enterprises and community well-being. We also look to engage with government and non-government agencies, groups and organizations that again can be pivotal in achieving the established goals for an activity.
We also look to engage with government and non-government agencies, groups and organizations that again can be pivotal in achieving the established goals for an activity.
If you or your organization has something that you feel could be developed that will help us all enjoy a better quality of life, please do not hesitate to be in touch with us. Even if it's not something the KLCFDC becomes directly involved in, we will work with you and look to provide contacts and avenues by which things can be brought forward for the betterment of our community.