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Economic Development

Are you an entrepreneur? Are you thinking about starting up or buying a business? Are you looking for more information about running or managing your business? North Dundas, in collaboration with various partners, has several tools to assist entrepreneurs.

Economic Development Strategic Action Plan
The Township of North Dundas adopted its Economic Development Strategic Action Plan in May 2012. 

North Dundas Economic Development Strategic Action Plan Updated 2016

Starting Your Own Business

Entrepreneurial Self-Assessment

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Click here to access the Entrepreneurial Self-Assessment Tool which will help you determine if your experience, attitude, goals and lifestyle are compatible with owning your own business.

Considering Entrepreneurship as a Career

Click here to read about the benefits of being your own boss and why individuals consider owning and operating their own businesses.

Writing a Business Plan

Although business plans vary in terms of length and scope, all successful business plans contain common elements. The plan should take into consideration your particular business and its environment. Click here for more information on how to write a Business Plan.

Sample business plans and templates can help you to develop a professional document that will serve as a tool to convince others of your venture’s potential for success. Click here to view sample Business Plans.

Business Immigration Program

Interested in moving to Canada to start a business? Find out if you qualify for immigration as an entrepreneur. The Business Immigration Program is a federal program and is applicable across Canada.  Click here to access information on the Business Immigration Program.

Market Research

Conduct market research to find out if your idea is original. Click here to access the information that will assist you with your market research.

Explore Statistics Canada and Improve your Business

Check out Statistics Canada’s new video to learn about the different ways you can use Census Data. Get started today!

Start exploring the online census data products, where you’ll find data on population, labour, income, education and much more.

Understand your market better and make more informed decisions with confidence.

Small Business Enterprise Centre

The Township Economic Development Office can also connect you with the Small Business Enterprise Centre to help you develop your business plan and/or provide you with one on one business consulting services.

Marketing Your Business

Marketing Basics

Click here to brush up on key marketing concepts, learn how to develop a marketing plan, and assess strategic marketing options for your company.

Promoting and Advertising Your Business

Click here to learn how to use advertising and other promotional techniques effectively.

Sales and Customer Relations Management

Are you looking to increase your sales and manage relationships with your customers and the public? Click here to access useful resources on this subject.

Funding Opportunities and Incentives

The Municipal, Federal and Provincial governments, as well as the private sector, have in place several tools to support local businesses in the form of grants, loans, interest-free loans, mentoring or other types of support.

North Dundas Community Improvement Plan

Community Improvement Plans (CIP) help residents, investors and business owners improve and enhance through revitalization and redevelopment, specific areas and locations within a municipality. CIP’s offer financial incentives for facade improvements, improved signage and interior and exterior enhancements. Applications for the Township’s CIP are accepted on a continuous basis.

Click here to access the Township’s Community Improvement Plan.

Regional Incentives Program  The next intake will take place in January 2020.

The Counties SDG Regional Tourism Programs

SDG Regional Tourism Grant is financial grant program designed to help existing businesses and organizations increase visitation to Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry tourism initiatives and attractions. 2019 application deadline is March 1st at 12:00pm.

SDG Tourism Information Signs are the recognizable blue signs on SDG County roads that make it easier for tourists to find local attractions and services.

Here are some examples of the large and small SDG Tourism Information Signs that are available.


Federal & Provincial Funding and Support Programs

Contact the North Dundas Economic Development Office to learn about the funding and support programs offered by the federal and provincial government. 

Funding for Not-for-profits

Not for profit organizations can also access funding and support through targeted Corporate Funding Programs.  Click here to access the Charity Village website which contains a listing of various funding opportunities.