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"It is our belief that this project will benefit the whole community by providing the residents and business owners in Coe Hill, ON the means to transition to a rural digital economy. " Lucas Balemba, Owner


Tweed, ON—The Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin held its Annual General Meeting on June 19, 2019, at Potter Settlement Artisan Winery in Tweed.  The corporation was pleased to highlight another successful year and is excited to be celebrating 30 years providing programs and services to support enterprise, community-based development and employment in our region.

“At Community Futures we have had the pleasure of encouraging, developing and nurturing entrepreneurs by providing support and funding for the past 30 years. As an organization, we will continue to adapt and innovate in order to meet the needs of business and our communities today, and for the next 30 years,” said Mr. Etmanski, Chair of the Board of Directors.

“I congratulate the CFDC of North and Central Hastings and South Algonquin on 30 years of service to our small businesses and our community. The work that you have done is vital to ensuring the sustainability of our rural community by supporting jobs, which attract and retain people to our community. Your success is our community’s success, and I am proud of our government for dedicating $100 million in funding to support rural innovation in southern Ontario, including $15 million specifically for Eastern Ontario CFDCs. The results we see through CFDCs like yours are proof of how important it is to invest in rural Canadians.” – Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington

CFDC Partners with Kijjicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation to deliver new program.

Bancroft, ON—MP Bossio announced funding of  $266,250 for Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin to collaborate with the Kijijcho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation to provide customized training to Indigenous women entrepreneurs residing in the community. The Kijjicho Manito Madaouskarini will host training sessions from their centre to help women start and scale-up their businesses and leverage resources such as training material from the CFDC.

Talia Switzer,
Lash Envy
Kelley White,

Co-located at Thistle and Bloom,
Business Start-up

"Community Futures helped us achieve the dream of being self-employed! Without them, we would not have been able to renovate our space, purchase inventory, and feel confident that this was financially doable. We owe a huge thanks to Community Futures for not only helping us better our businesses, but Bancroft too!" -Talia Switzer, Lash Envy and Kelley White, Hair Stylist

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“In a fast growing competitive industry, we are forever grateful to Community Futures for support to our enterprise. It has fast tracked us many years in what I plan to achieve, and has allowed us to get to the next level and become a major player in a competitive market. Thank you for everything.”
Logan Krupa, Co-Owner/Brew Master, Bancroft Brewing Company

The Bancroft Brewing Company will benefit from an investment announced April 10, 2018 by Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin (CFDC), and Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings−Lennox and Addington.

 The CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin is pleased to provide support for the expansion of a craft beer brewery with an investment of $86,700 under the Eastern Ontario Development Program’s Business Development stream. Through this investment, the Bancroft Brewing Company has expanded its manufacturing facility, purchased of a state-of-the-art automated control system and additional equipment to double brewing capacity and expand the product line. This expansion has been instrumental in sustaining five jobs and is projected to create two to three new full- time jobs in the near future.

Although brewing is one of Canada’s oldest industries, the Bancroft Brewing Company is the first establishment to commercially produce beer and spirits in Bancroft. The company is positioned to capitalize on the recent resurgence of the craft beer market and the business has become a desirable destination in the region.