Business Assistance

The Department of Economic Development

The town of Smiths Falls is committed to supporting the growth needs of existing businesses and assisting potential business investors with new initiatives. The proximity of Smiths Falls to larger centres, such as Ottawa and Kingston, and good transportation linkages make it an attractive, strategic location for business owners.

Starting a business in Smiths Falls provides some financial advantages, as there are no development fees, and water hookup fees are low. Moreover, downtown businesses may benefit from the Town’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP), which provides property owners and tenants with financial incentives to invest in their business. Programs under the CIP include tax-based increment grants, matching grants for interior and exterior property improvements, and reductions in planning and permit fees.

Aspiring entrepreneurs wanting to establish a business in Smiths Falls will also find a good quality of life with a variety of services and amenities, a well-planned infrastructure, and a highly skilled labour force.

The Town of Smiths Falls Department of Economic Development is pleased to offer its assistance and expertise to prospective or existing businesses.



The Small Business Advisory Centre

The Small Business Advisory Centre -Smiths Falls/Lanark County (former name Lanark North Leeds Enterprise Centre) is co-located with Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation, County of Lanark Economic Development, in the Regional Centre for Business Development.

The Small Business Advisory Centre is an initiative of the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, in partnership with the Town of Smiths Falls and funding support from the County of Lanark. The geographic area includes all of Lanark County, the Town of Smiths Falls and northern portions of the Townships of Elizabethtown-Kitley, Rideau Lakes and Merrickville-Wolford. Entrepreneurs outside of this area are welcome to use the centre as well, provided they are planning to open or have an existing business in Ontario.

A business advisor is available by appointment to meet with you. We can help you with your questions about small business and provide you with the information you need to get your business going and keep it running smoothly and profitably. We are very resourceful, if there are questions that we can’t answer we can steer you to various other sources for more specialized information.

Cindy James
Small Business Advisory Centre (Smiths Falls/Lanark County)
91 Cornelia Street W.Entrance B
Smiths Falls, ON
K7A 5L3
(613) 283-7002 ext. 108

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