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Starter Company Plus provides up to $5K for new small businesses

New and existing business owners who are either launching a new venture or have been in business for less than five years now have an opportunity to pitch for up to $5,000 to support their business operations. Starter Company Plus, offered through Kingston Economic Development Corporation (Kingston EcDev) with funding

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Funding announced for small and medium businesses affected by pandemic

Help is on the way for small and medium-sized businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Kingston has partnered with the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (EcDev) to award 1.1 million dollars in funding — $600,000 will come from the City of Kingston and EcDev

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Bridges to Business event to support BIPOC entrepreneurs

This month, Kingston Economic Development is hosting an event aimed at supporting BIPOC entrepreneurs. The Bridges to Business – Challenges and Opportunities for BIPOC Entrepreneurs will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. According to a release from Kingston Economic Development Corporation (Kingston EcDev) dated Monday, Feb.

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City adds extra $1M to the budget for small business, non-profit and artist relief

Kingston City Council wrapped up their 2021 budget deliberations on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 after three nights of meetings with staff and agency representatives. Council approved a General Municipal Operating budget of $384,133,729, with a Municipal Capital budget of $58,750,013. Additionally, Council voted to approve a $229,570 operating budget for

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City Council sits for first night of municipal budget deliberations

Kingston City Council held their first of three nights of budget deliberations on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. The evening began with a presentation from CAO Lanie Hurdle, in which she explained how City of Kingston staff have taken the impacts of COVID-19 into account in their proposed 2021 budget. “The

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$3 million to establish an ‘ecosystem’ for healthcare business in Kingston

The federal government has announced new funding for a group of organizations in the health and sciences sector of Kingston. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario), announced a FedDev Ontario investment of $3 million. The funding

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Bootcamps for food and beverage entrepreneurs offered by Kingston EcDev

Kingston Economic Development has launched the Food Venture Program to support food and beverage entrepreneurs in all stages of their business. “This program gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn from leaders in the industry to help them either start or pivot their food businesses. We encourage local food and beverage

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Update: Kingston chosen for $1 million grant to support tourism sector

Kingston has been chosen as one of three communities across Southern Ontario to receive a federal grant from FedDev Ontario. The grant totals $2 million, with the Kingston area receiving half of that total. According to a release from FedDev Ontario, dated Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, millions of travellers visit

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Kingston EcDev launches new programs for local entrepreneurs

Two new programs, Starter Company Plus and Social Enterprise Fundamentals, have been launched by Kingston Economic Development Corporation. These programs will support local entrepreneurs in their business journey. Starter Company Plus is offered through Kingston Economic Development Corporation (Kingston EcDev) with funding from the Government of Ontario. The program is

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Digital Service Squads to provide local support for small businesses

A $35,000 grant from Digital Main Street Ontario will allow Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) create a Digital Service Squad (DSS). This squad will help downtown small businesses in Kingston and the smaller communities across the region use digital technologies to adapt to a rapidly changing environment, according to a

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First COVID-19 business survey offers insight to guide recovery

Nearly 60 percent of Kingston businesses in the arts, services and hospitality sector have indicated that on-going mandatory closures or restricted operations could force them to close, according to a report from the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO).  A survey of 203 local businesses was carried out between Thursday, Apr.

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