Community Futures Peterborough Demonstrates Continued Investment By Area Businesses

PETERBOROUGH, ON – June 24, 2024

Entrepreneurship in the City and County of Peterborough has continued to show signs of resilience over the past year, as indicated by the year-end results released today by Community Futures Peterborough.

“Our small business community continues to believe Peterborough is a great place to both start and grow a business,” says Devon Girard, Executive Director of Community Futures Peterborough. “The year-end results demonstrate this through the investment dollars to grow area businesses.”

Community Futures Peterborough announced it had distributed nearly $1.4 million in business loans to 26 area entrepreneurs, creating or maintaining almost 200 local jobs.

“Indicators we see suggest resiliency from our business community and the renewed desire to grow entrepreneurship in our area,” adds Girard. “We look forward to supporting the growth of small business in Peterborough City and County.”

Community Futures Peterborough worked closely with ‘TeamPTBO’ partners; namely Peterborough Kawartha Economic Development, the Peterborough & Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce, the Innovation Cluster, and Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area to deliver programming and advisory services to support area businesses and start-ups.

Year-end results were shared at today’s annual general meeting (AGM) of Community Futures, which highlighted the success of the organization over the past year, notably the launch of ScaleUP, the Community Advancement Program, and the Climate Change and Environment Fund.

“In the City and County of Peterborough, community entrepreneurial spirit is strong,” said Michelle Ferreri, MP Peterborough – Kawartha.  “I’m committed to fostering an environment where local businesses thrive, including the invaluable work of Community Futures Peterborough.”


About Community Futures Peterborough

Community Futures Peterborough has a mission to support small businesses with flexible financing in the City and County of Peterborough. It has invested more than $42 million in 1,300+ small businesses since 1985, creating or maintaining more than 4,300 jobs in the City and the County. CFP is a not-for-profit organization funded by the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), as part of the Community Futures Program. In the summer of 2024, Community Futures Peterborough began delivery of the Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) program, funded by the Province of Ontario.


About FedDev Ontario

For 15 years, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation, growth and job creation in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving productivity, growing revenues, creating jobs, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. Learn more about the impacts the Agency is having in southern Ontario by exploring our investment profiles, our Southern Ontario Spotlight, and FedDev Ontario’s X, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.


Media Contacts:

Devon Girard, Executive Director
Mobile: 705-957-3641


Edward Hutchinson, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario




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