An environment pro-actively supportive of entrepreneurship is central to the very nature of Renfrew County and connected directly to our economic development objective of new investment and resident attraction and growth from within. Rural regions typically display more self-reliance, often out of necessity, resulting in many independent industrial and commercial businesses and a climate conducive to entrepreneurial endeavours. There are many reasons entrepreneurs thrive in Renfrew County.
Operating and start-up costs in Renfrew County are lower than those of larger urban centres, yet the resources and amenities of large urban centres are literally located next door in the City of Ottawa, and a few hours drive further in the City of Montreal, the United States and the Greater Toronto area. Our broadband, highways and roads infrastructure enable global scale businesses to operate from almost anywhere across our broad region. We have a range of services to directly assist new entrepreneurs in several different ways.
Enterprise Renfrew County, our small business enterprise centre, assists entrepreneurs from the early stages of conception, through business planning to the preliminary years of operations, with coaching, mentoring and networking and access to relevant funding programs available from the Province of Ontario. Economic Development services assists entrepreneurs, business operators and investors with data, market research, site and building selection and access to support and funding programs. Through regular business events, we provide networking, collaboration and information sharing forums for specific industrial sectors as well as sessions of broad, general interest to any business or organization. Our active sector committees include; Renfrew County Manufacturing Executives Network; Renfrew County Agricultural Economic Development Committee; Renfrew County Forestry and Wood Processing Economic Development Committee; and, the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association.
The Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation (RCCFDC) provides financial and business development advice and a loans program and access to Government of Canada support and funding programs.