Business resources

Hastings County’s Economic and Tourism Development

Hastings County’s Economic and Tourism Development office is a great resource for anyone wanting to start and expand a business. The County has a team of dynamic professionals who provide a variety of confidential, complementary support services for entrepreneurs or individuals interested in visiting, locating, growing, or starting a business in Hastings County. The County offers services, programs, and resources to help new and existing businesses of every size

Mark Hanley,
Small Business Coordinator
or visit

Community Futures Development (CFDC)

of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin

Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin’s vision is to create sustainable self-reliant communities in our region. Community Futures provides programs and services to support enterprise, community-based development and employment in our region. This corporation assists the establishment of new business in the Northern and Central areas of Hastings County.

Visit or call 613-332-5564

Small Business Centre

The Small Business Centre is your link to Ontario’s small business support network. We are a leading source for business information in the Quinte area, which includes Belleville, Quinte West, Brighton, Prince Edward County and Hastings County. Whether you are just starting your own business or have been in business for less than five years, the Small Business Centre provides you with resources, tools and no-cost consultations to help you with your small business dream. The Small Business Centre also offers a series of seminars, workshops and networking opportunities that are designed to provide you with insightful information for your small business. 

Visit or call 613-961-0590.


Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is a governmental resource and support for agri-food and agri-product businesses. OMAFRA helps to grow your business by fostering innovation and creating jobs in the agri-food industry especially in rural Ontario. They provide programs with funding, tools to help your business as well as advisory services that support innovation and economic development.

Karen Fischer, Advisor Phone: (613) 475-4908 E-mail: Website:


Loyalist College Community Employment Services

The Loyalist College Community Employment Service Centre is a resource centre that can help you If you are an employer with free advertising, pre-screening to ensure suitable candidates, access to a pool of up-to-date, motivated job seekers, workshops/ training and apprenticeship information and registration support.

Phone: (613) 966-0205 Fax: (613) 966-6318 E-mail:


Feddev Ontario: small business services

FedDev Ontario is committed to helping southern Ontario grow and thrive. Access demographic data, business plan resources and more.

You can also connect with a business information officer by calling: 1-888-547-4444


Start-up Canada /Bay of Quinte

Startup Bay of Quinte is spearheaded by Quintevation in partnership with other community enterprise support organizations. We connect all entrepreneurs of the Bay of Quinte Region.


business blogs & tools

Ontario Chamber of Commerce Blogs

TSheets Small Business Resource Centre

BDC Articles and Tools

Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs

Canadian Marketing Hub

Top Dog Social Media Blog

Marc Gordon: The Customer Service Expert