Friday November 4th, 2016
The Cornwall Chamber’s Commerce Court building on Second Street has welcomed two new agencies. The Counties Community Futures Development Corporation and the Business Development Bank of Canada, have joined with Heart of the City at the downtown site in making it their centre of operations.
The announcement was made jointly by CFDC Executive Director Lesley Lang and Chamber Executive Manager Lezlie Strasser.
“We are pleased to join with BDC, the Chamber and Heart of the City in a downtown location,” states Lang. “Being co-located with like minded organizations promotes more partnership initiatives and makes accessing business funding and support simpler for our clients.”
Executive Manager Strasser was also pleased that the CFDC/BDC has become part of its Commerce Court group. “Each of those organizations has a business focus, just like the Chamber of Commerce,” she notes. “Having this kind of business centre in downtown Cornwall is good for both our members and the business community as a whole.”
The CFDC is funded through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (Fed Dev Ontario). It delivers a broad range of programs and services to support community economic development and small business growth.
BDC is Canada’s business development bank, one dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. Its mandate is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and indirect financing, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.
Heart of the City is a community improvement initiative created by the Chamber more than 15 years ago and has spearheaded close to $50 million in revitalization projects throughout Cornwall’s urban core. Established in 1890, the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce has been an advocate for the business community and the entire Cornwall region for over 125 years.