Business Services

Free advice is available to you. 
The Economic Development Officer promotes economic growth by providing support. 
We encourage existing business while working to attract new business to North Kawartha.
If you are a commercial/industrial property owner and are looking for tenants or to sell your property, contact our Economic Development Officer.


To learn more about starting and growing a business in North Kawartha contact:
Chris Challenger,
Economic Development Officer
by email
or by phone 705-656-5152
or 705-656-4445 ext. 241


How can we help you?
Free advice regarding funding opportunities/programs, policy, By-Laws, new Federal or Provincial Policy announcements or legislation.


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Bids and Tenders

Tax Sales

Tax sale information can be found on the Taxation web page as a drop down located near the bottom of the page

Starting a new Business?

  • Thinking of starting a new business in North Kawartha? Through various partner agencies that Township staff work with, staff can assist you with:
    • Developing a Business Plan for your new Business
    • Assistance with Grant Funding
    • Assistance navigating the regulatory and approvals process for various types of businesses
    • Assistance securing land or buildings for your business
    • Product Development, including Food Products
    • Export Development


Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism

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Through its many programs, events, and activities, the Chamber advances and promotes the well-being and interests of local businesses and the communities they serve. North Kawartha is one of those communities and the Township is proud to be a member. Call 1-888-565-8888 for more information.

Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
Main Office
12 Queen St., P.O. Box 537
Lakefield, ON  K0L 2H0
Toll Free: 1-888-565-8888
Fax: 705-652-9140

Peterborough and the Kawathas Economic Development

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Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) is the lead regional economic development agency for the City and County of Peterborough. Working collaboratively with local stakeholders, we attract, retain and support businesses, investors, entrepreneurs, and visitors in order to nurture growth opportunities and foster the continued development of a vibrant, prosperous community with quality and sustainable jobs throughout the region. We promote and position Peterborough & the Kawarthas as a place to live, work, invest and visit. We operate Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre (one of the Government of Ontario’s 57 small business enterprise centres) and Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism (the official destination marketing organization for the City & County of Peterborough).

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development
270 George St. N., Suite 102
Peterborough, ON K9J 3H1
Telephone: 705- 743-0777
Fax: 705-743-3093

Business Advisory Centre

The Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation operates a Business Advisory Centre that offers free professional consultations, by appointment, to advise business owners and entrepreneurs about key aspects of start up and maintenance of successful operations.  These aspects include evaluating your business idea, finding financing, developing a business plan and creating a marketing strategy just to name a few.

Business Advisory Centre
210 Wolfe Street
Peterborough, Ontario
K9J 2K9
Tel: 705-743-0777 extension 2123
Fax: 705-743-3093

Community Futures Peterborough

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The Community Futures Peterborough is a not-for-profit corporation, run by 16 volunteer Board of Directors. CFP staff under the guidance of this Board of Directors, generate and assist in the creation of employment opportunities by supporting small business through flexible financing and business counselling services. The CFP receives operational support for 3 full time staff through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. This year marks the 30th anniversary. The CFP has been assisting the Peterborough community since 1985. All business counselling servies are confidential and free of charge.

Some of the things they can help with include:

  • Business Plan Review
    To review your completed business plan just drop a copy off at our office. We will evaluate your business plan, and give you constructive feedback and evaluation to assist you in moving your business forward. Business plan templates are available on our website.
  • Business Advisory Services
    Whether you're just starting out, or you need advice to face a particular business challenge, the CFP can help.  Make an appointment for consultation and we can help with mentoring, counselling, marketing and loans.
  • Start Up Packages
    This comprehensive package provides the tools you need to start a business. Start up packages are available at our office.
The proof is in the numbers!
  • CFP Loan recipients have higher business survival rates, 88% vs. 66%
  • Businesses that receive CFDC loans grow faster than those that don't: average growth revenue of 14.9% vs. 6.9%
  • The Peterborough CFDC has provided 650+ businesses with start up and expansion loans
  • The total amount of capital that the CFDC has invested in the community is over $24 million

Community Futures Peterborough
351 Charlotte Street
Peterborough, Ont.
K9J 2W1
Telephone: 705-745-5434
Fax: 705-745-2369


Economic Development Cooperative

The Economic Development Cooperative is a community led initiative based in Apsley.

Councillor Colin McLellan is the appointed Council Liason on this committee.

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