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Resources

Free Business Coaching

We offer free and confidential business coaching to anyone across our 14 member municipalities – from an entrepreneur looking to turn his or her passion into a business, or an established business owner looking to expand or needing help with their management plans.  Christine McLean coordinates this program for Hastings County and facilitates a people-centred approach to community and economic development. Through this program we assist business start-up, connect resources and inspire a culture of entrepreneurial thinking and spirit.  

To learn more, contact Christine at mcleanc@hastingscounty.com or 613.391.0350.

Benefits Finder

Don’t know which business resources, supports, and services you need? Use this Business Benefits Finder to help you find the right program or service. Useful whether you’re just starting out or if you’ve been in business for a while and are ready to grow.

Workshops & Business Articles

Take advantage of training and workshops that can enhance your business, that are offered both in Hastings and/or virtually. And read the latest tips and tricks in business development from marketing and finances to sector specific trends.

There are many opportunities waiting to help your business grow.

Financing

Our local Community Futures Development Corporations situated in Bancroft and Belleville can provide financing of up to $250,000 for local small and medium enterprises.  This is for those who cannot access financing through traditional lenders. They also have non repayable grant programs available from time-to-time. For large projects, we can connect you with staff at the Business Development of Canada (BDC).  We encourage you to contact us directly to discuss your project and connect you with the federal and provincial opportunities that may assist.

Futurpreneur

Apply for up to $60,000 to launch or buy a new business or to grow one that’s been fully operating for less than 12 months. Futurpreneur Canada is a non-profit organization helping Canadians become business owners with loan financing, mentoring and business resources.

Hiring

Loyalist College offers financial incentives if you hire one of their candidates. If you’re looking for help to train a new employee, Loyalist College can work with you on training and the Canada/Ontario Job Grant can provide up to $10,000 in funding. As well, maybe you would like to help mentor a young person through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, or utilize the Ontario Job Creation Partnership Program.

Reports

Hastings County Council has approved strategies and action plans that outline our priorities and guide our economic and tourism development efforts.  If you would like to receive a copy of one or more of these documents, please contact us via email.

We can help you find the resources you need!

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Christine McLean - Small Business Coordinator

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Quinn's of Tweed

345 Victoria St. North Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0

Visitors often ask about the building and it’s name, Quinn’s of Tweed. In fact, tradition dictates that we keep, with honour,  the name Quinn’s of Tweed, the original name of the store and building. The Quinn’s of Tweed building is one of the town’s oldest and most beautiful historic stone structures, dating back to the 1880s. The twelve foot walls allow us to hang paintings in the traditional French salon style. You’ll marvel at the craftmanship of the ash and maple staircase, the old bookeeper’s office, and the stained glass that brings one back to an era when a handshake and promise were as good as gold – today, we still believe in those principles.

gaylord hardwood flooring

228 Victoria St N, Tweed, ON K0K 3J0

Charles Frederick McGowan sold the lot in 1907 to William James Lawrence for $600.00. Shortly thereafter Mr. Lawrence erected the building which still stands there today. He conducted a furniture business until 1912, when he sold the property to the Traders’ Bank of Canada, which within the year, was taken over by the Royal Bank of Canada. It operated out of the building until 1942, when the war forced consolidations and closures due to a lack of tellers (men). The property changed hands a couple more times before local Tweed family, Gaylord Forest Products secured the property in 2003. Since then, they have evolved every inch of the interior into an experience. Each room throughout the building is a real life ‘showroom’ from top to bottom; you simply have to see it to believe it. The stairwell in particular holds a lot of history!

Marmora and Lake Inn

Come as strangers. Leave as friends.

29 Bursthall St, Marmora, ON K0K 2M0

Experience the charm of our 1906 mansion, nestled in the village of Marmora, Ontario, an historic town celebrating 200 years in 2021. The large and stately home was built by Ed Shannon for lumber baron Henry Reginald Pearce (known as “Reginald”) and his family, who purchased the lot for $200. It remained a private family dwelling for many decades and eventually was converted to a Bed and Breakfast by Chris and Lilly Boldly.

It now operates as Marmora And Lake Inn B&B and boasts beautiful, spacious bedrooms with quaint old-world craftsmanship for a luxurious stay. Onsite amenities include an exceptional indoor swimming pool, bubbler tub, infrared sauna, large screen SMART TV’s in each room, wireless internet access throughout, and generous sized gathering rooms. And being a small town, the pool is open to the community and friends for a nominal fee (pre-booking is required).

Our guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast including locally baked breads and pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit, an extensive beverage and tea/coffee bar featuring a wide variety of flavours and blends. Great outdoor patio area for fair-weather relaxation and large private events.

Whether planning a romantic weekend for two, a small wedding, a family reunion or a week-long visit to bask in the natural beauty of the region, the Marmora And Lake Inn B&B will help make it a time to remember. (Please note that all bedrooms are on the upper levels and we don’t yet have accessibility assist.)