Chamber Business Resources

Resources – Carleton Place and Lanark County

Town of Carleton Place Website: Find out why Carleton Place is a great place to live, work, play – and run a business. Connect with our town hall, download the Lanark County Community profile report that details key metrics like workforce, demographics, household income, and much more plus connect to town departments that can assist you in business.

Canadian Career Academy: Post your jobs on the local job board – free posting for businesses looking to hire employees. The Canadian Career Academy supports businesses in Carleton Place, Mississippi Mills, and Beckwith, Pakenham. Find out more about the Canada Ontario Job Grant and funding for staff training. Call the Canadian Career Academy at 613-257-3237.

Valley Heartland CFDC: Local businesses contribute to prosperous communities – and when supported – build a resilient economic landscape.

As an economically-driven non-profit organization, Valley Heartland provides entrepreneurs and small-to-medium-sized businesses with community-based resources and capital funding opportunities. We help entrepreneurs and businesses successfully bring their ideas to fruition and grow them through continued support. For more information on how Valley Heartland can support your business visit their website or contact Valley Heartland CFDC at 613-283-7002.

The Small Business Advisory Centre:

The Small Business Advisory Centre is an initiative of the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, in partnership with the Town of Smiths Falls and funding support from the County of Lanark and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. A business advisor is available by appointment to meet with you whether you have questions about starting or growing a small business. The advisory services are free of charge and provide you with the information required to get your business going and keep it running smoothly and profitably. The Centre in the local service provider for programs such as Summer Company and Starter Company Plus and they offer many informative webinars and events throughout the year for businesses. The center and personnel are very resourceful and can steer you to various other sources for more specialized information, if needed.

Free business consultations (thinking, starting, growing) (Consultations via phone, virtual, or in person by appointment)  Seminars, Webinars, and Events Outreach to Communities for consultations Business Programs (youth and adults)

For more information please contact Cindy James at 613-283-7002.


Lanark County Economic Development: Lamark County’s Economic Development page has information about the Economic Development Strategic Plan for 2018-2020, statistics for Lanark County, agriculture, forestry, food charter, and tourism.


Lanark County Tourism: Lanark County Tourism lists the things to do, dining, and accomodations that are available in Lanark County. Business owners can contact them to be listed or to have a specific event that they are hosting to be listed on the website




Ontario Government / Provincial Level Resources


Government of Ontario: The Government of Ontario’s website has links to information on various topics that are useful to your business including taxes, community, employment, etc.



Ontario Business Services: The Business Resources page on the Government of Ontario’s website has links to a variety of resources including a Business Information Guide. The information that can be found ranges from general knowledge that you should learn about as a business owner to very detailed articles, reports, and lessons that encourage skill development.



The Ontario Chamber of Commerce: The Ontario Chamber of Commerce discusses Ontario’s provincial budget for 2019 and examines the sustainability, challenges, and possibilities that come along with it or business owners. The website has the topics addressed in the budget along with an OCC analysis of each one.



Ontario Tourism Partners: The Ontario Tourism Partner’s website has a selection of tourism-based topics to investigate. It has statistics of travelers, marketing, industry information, and more that is designed to guide business owners to Ontario’s tourism.



Tourism Partnership Opportunities: This is a direct link to the information about free listings for in the Partnership Opportunities section. It offers listings for tourism business, festivals, and events



Ontario By Bike: Register your company as bike friendly and have its location, description, and contacts liated on the website for cyclists.



Come Wander: Come Wander lists the experiences, business, and events that take place across Ontario. There are sections for personas, experiences and regions, including Lanark County.



Workplace Safety and Prevention Services: Provides information on how businesses can promote safe and healthy working conditions. It includes businesses and issues owners may encounter.



Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs: Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs has information on starting, growing, and financing a business as well as other useful resources. It also allows small business owners to connect with each other and experts.



FedDev Ontario: This is the Government of Canada’s Small Business Service’s page specific to Ontario. It offers business guides for several types of businesses and issues owners may encounter.



Ministry of Economic Development: The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade has resources that help small businesses develop themselves in Ontario.


Government Of Canada / National Level Resources

Government of Canada Business and Industry: This link will bring you to the Government of Canada’s Business and Industry page. Here information can be found on starting a business, taxes, permits, and regulations.

Government of Canada: The Government of Canada’s website home page has links to many government topics including several that are beneficial to a variety of businesses. Jobs, taxes, and Money/Finances are among the pages that are informative.

Loans For Small Businesses: Provides you with information on how to find a loan for your small business. It answers all questions of available programs, eligibility, and application.

Innovation Canada: This is a service that is designed to help grow businesses. Based on a set of questions about your business, the website will bring you to solutions, services, programs, and information about grants and financial incentives that will be helpful.

Canadian Revenue Agency: The Canadian Revenue Agency page has links to information about taxes, pensions, payroll, etc. It has a Business Number Registration page and several other pages that would be useful for your business.

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office: The Canadian Intellectual Property Office deals with trademarks, copyright, patents, and industrial design. They also have other services and information that will be useful for your business