Peterborough Economic Development Relocating To VentureNorth Hub In Downtown Peterborough

Peterborough Economic Development (PED) has announced they will be relocating both locations—PED’s corporate office at 210 Wolfe Street, as well as the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism (PKT) Visitor Centre located at 1400 Crawford Drive—to the VentureNorth building in downtown Peterborough.

Renovations to exterior of VentureNorth building

Renovations to exterior of VentureNorth building

This move will unify the team, and cost-effectively consolidate operations under one roof at 270 George Street North.

PED and PKT will now be located on the main floor of VentureNorth, as an anchor tenant of the new downtown business hub in the former Promenade building located at 270 George Street North. VentureNorth aims to make doing business in Peterborough easier for startups and existing businesses, allowing clients to access a suite of services and resources in a single location.

The new location will be open to the public on Monday, May 8th at 8:30 a.m. The Visitor Centre will close their doors to walk-in traffic at 1400 Crawford Drive on Friday, April 28th at 4:30 p.m. in order to prepare for the move and setup in the new location. 

PED’s team is committed to a seamless transition. For this reason, the relocation will be phased-in, working with the VentureNorth’s construction team to have a service-oriented timeline for the move. In the transition time, PED staff will continue to be available by phone, email and by appointment.

VentureNorth Building

VentureNorth Building

The Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism Visitor Centre can be reached by phone at 1.800.461.6424 or by email info@thekawarthas.ca.

Peterborough Economic Development can be reached by phone at 705.743.0777 or by email info@peterboroughed.ca.

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Peterborough Economic Development Launches New Program For Entrepreneurs

Peterborough Economic Development (PED) has launched Starter Company Plus, a new program funded by the Government of Ontario that will support entrepreneurs as they start and expand their businesses in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

The Starter Company Plus program will support all entrepreneurs over 18 who are out of school and looking to pursue full-time entrepreneurship. This program has been designed to support business start-ups and expansions for companies under 5 years old.

PED's Start and Grow Fair at Lansdowne Place Sunday, March 5th, where announcement was made about Starter Company Plus Program

PED's Start and Grow Fair at Lansdowne Place Sunday, March 5th, where announcement was made about Starter Company Plus Program

The program builds on the success of the B.L.A.S.T. Pilot Program that was created and administered by Peterborough Economic Development’s Business Advisory Centre last year, as well as the previous iteration of Starter Company that was geared at youth ages 18-29.

“This program will provide entrepreneurs in Peterborough & the Kawarthas with the tools and tangible takeaways that they need to succeed in business,” says Peterborough Economic Development’s Director of Business Development, Suzanne McCrimmon. “The training will focus on business planning fundamentals—including financial literacy, operations and market research.”

Crowd gathered at Start & Grow Fair for announcement of Starter Company Plus program

Crowd gathered at Start & Grow Fair for announcement of Starter Company Plus program

Upon completion of the training program for each intake period, participants will have the opportunity to submit their business plan and compete for one of seven micro-grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. These grants will be awarded based on merit and announced at an event hosted by Peterborough Economic Development.

There will be three intakes to the Starter Company Plus program in 2017. March 31st is the application deadline for the first intake. Those interested in applying are encouraged to attend a “Starting Point” workshop taking place every Monday in March at Peterborough Economic Development’s office at 210 Wolfe Street from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For full details on the Starter Company Plus program, go here.

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