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Business Resources

Our professional staff has helped more than 700 small businesses throughout Peterborough County and the City of Peterborough access the financing to buy a business, start a new one or finance an expansion.

Depending on your financing requirements, we often partner with a financial institution or a government agency.

Community Futures offers confidential one-on-one business consultations at no cost to you. There is no obligation to apply for financing from Community Futures.

If you are starting to put together a business plan  to apply for any type of financing, these resources from some of our partners may help.


Buying A Business

Buying a business can take time, energy and a fair bit of research. It can be less risky and more affordable to purchase an existing business than to start one from scratch, but it is important that you do your homework to ensure that you buy the right business for you, and that you pay a fair price for it.

Due diligence before buying a business | BDC

Buying a business | Canada Business Network


Starting A Business

If you decide to start a new business, you will need to spend some time developing your business idea. One of the greatest advantages of being an entrepreneur is being able to work on something that interests you and that you are passionate about. Unfortunately, passion does not always translate into profits.

Research, research, research! The more information you can gather about the potential demand for your product or service, about your competitors, and about the needs and wants of your prospective customers, the more successful you are likely to be.

Business plan FAQs | Canada Business Network

Find permits & licenses | Industry Canada

Industry resources | Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters


Expanding Your Business

Thinking about expanding your business? More hires, exporting, new product lines? As you enter this new phase, it’s no longer business-as-usual. There are many resources and tools to help you plan for success. Like starting a new business, expanding your business is all about preparation.

Financial benchmarking data | Industry Canada

Search for expansion grants & other financing | The Funding Portal

Expansion strategies | RBC



Selling Your Business

Small business owners often delay plans for selling their business. If you are thinking about retiring, or looking to move on to another business venture, start planning your exit strategy now.

How to sell your business | BDC

Find a Business Valuator | CICBV



Become a Mentor

By becoming a mentor you can share your knowledge with a young professional, build professional relationships, develop management skills and give back to your industry. A mentor commitment is approximately 10-12 hours over the course of the program you are mentoring in.

Please note that upon becoming a mentor you will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement and conflict of interest waiver.

Fill out the mentor registration form here