Community Futures is a community based non-profit organization, governed by a local volunteer Board of Directors, dedicated to creating opportunities for entrepreneurship and the pursuit of economic growth in Renfrew County. We have been helping small business in the Renfrew County area since 1986.
The Community Futures (CF) Program supports 61 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in Ontario— FedDev Ontario serves 37 in rural eastern and southern Ontario. The remaining 24 CFDCs located in the north are served by FedNor. We offer key services in the following areas: Repayable small business financing, Business counselling services and resources, Access to funding for community projects and small business.
Our objectives are as follows:
- To promote and participate in the development of community plans and strategies for addressing socio-economic change, development of local economies and job creation.
- To provide financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs experiencing difficulties in obtaining traditional financing for the development, expansion, or restructuring of their operations where the aforementioned objectives, new employment opportunities or the introduction of new business initiatives are involved.
For more information on Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation, go to our website at www.rccfdc.org.
Background: Where did RC100 come from?
RC100 is modeled after the N100 competition that has been delivered successfully since 2013 by the Northumberland CFDC. “The competition was designed to transform raw ideas into investment ready opportunities” said Wendy Curtis, Executive Director, Northumberland CFDC. For more information on N100, go to their website at n100.ca
Why Renfrew County?
Quality of Life in Renfrew County
Renfrew County is metro-adjacent along the Ottawa River, close to the cultural and economic intensity of Canada’s Capital. 7,645 sq. km. with 900 lakes and 4 major river systems.
We’re with You from The Beginning
Intensive early-stage support from investors for pre-commercial and idea-stage startups is rare. We want to be there from the beginning to support your vision and help separate you out from the crowd.
What Renfrew County brings to the table for Your Start-up
Excellent capabilities in prototyping, engineering and manufacturing as well as access to business development and support talent at a fraction of the urban price tag. We can help you build out your team by connecting you with local partnerships that will stand the test of time.
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Inc. the largest cluster of scientific research and development in Canada with 2,700 personnel. CNL hosts researchers from around the world and works closely with 17 Canadian universities. They have close ties with nuclear R&D globally and with the US especially. Areas of R&D and contract services to industry focus on nuclear science but with significant expertise in: physics, chemistry, biology and health physics, environmental monitoring, robotics, nuclear waste management, metallurgy, advanced materials, hydrogen isotopes and controls and automation.
Key Industry Sectors
ETM Industries Inc.
Forestry and Wood Products
Herb Shaw & Sons Ltd.
Ben Hokum & Son Ltd.
Lavern Heiderman & Sons Ltd.
McRae Lumber Company
Ensyn Technologies Inc.
Glenergy Solar Systems
Metals and Machining
GE Hitachi Nuclear
Nu-Tech Precision Metals
Valley Sales & Equipment Ltd.
Defence and Security
Pacific Safety Products (PSP)
Bubble Technology Industries (BTI)
Largest army base in Canada, home to Canada’s primary land force base; Medium/Heavy Lift Chinook Helicopter Squadron; Canadian Special Forces; 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade; Griffon Helicopter Squadron; Medical Field Hospital Unit, 6000 military personnel and 1,000 supporting civilian personnel.
Other Advanced Manufacturers
Bishop Water Technologies
74 dairy farms, cash crop, hay, industrial hemp, pedigreed seed, beef- cow/calf, fruits and berries
Four Season Tourism
Whitewater rafting/kayaking, fishing, skiing/snowboarding, snowmobiling, boating, cycling, nature trails, entrance to Algonquin Park and home to other Provincial Parks.
We have 5 modern regional hospitals, great schools, a core group of advanced manufacturers, two college campuses, one small university and a thriving cultural scene.
The Fine Print
As with all competitions, there is going to be some fine print to read. This is ours!