The entrepreneurial ecosystem is the backbone of support for businesses across the county.

Business support professionals in the county work together to ensure entrepreneurs have access to the programs and people needed to get to the next level.

Ready to get down to business? Book an appointment online to meet virtually with one of the region’s Business Support Providers.

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Valley Heartland CFDC

Valley Heartland supports businesses within Lanark County by providing access to capital and support through localized financing, grant funding, learning and development and advisory.

Complimentary consultations provide guidance based on individual business financing needs and entrepreneurial strategy; deep dives to explore and evaluate core choices to translate your business ideas into a reality.

Valley Heartland Innovation Centre

The Valley Heartland Innovation Centre located in Lanark County is the region’s newly revitalized 5000 sq. ft. hub for business and economic innovation. The Centre provides a one-stop-shop for accessing capital, support, training, and a supportive environment for unconventional and actionable Economic Development projects.

Facilities include a 1,400 sq. ft. training room equipped with a 164-inch TV wall and wireless Virtual Reality, a Digital Media Lab with the latest technology to create digital media content (i.e., podcasts, videos, 360 photography), and an open collaboration lounge with modern furniture, a soundproof phone/meeting pod with built-in video conferencing and natural light.

Valley Heartland Innovation Centre

91 Cornelia St W, Smiths Falls

Small Business Advisory Centre (SBAC)

Are you looking to start a small business in Lanark County? Need help with questions on your existing business? If so, the SBAC is here to support you on the path to success. The Small Business Advisory Centre provides free, confidential business advisory services to small businesses, start-ups and ongoing support for existing small businesses.

Small Business Advisory Centre


Chamber of Commerce

Lanark County is home to three district Chamber of Commerce organizations comprised of businesses and professionals working together to build a healthy economy and improve the quality of life in Lanark County.

Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce

170 Bridge St, Carleton Place

Perth & District Chamber of Commerce

40 Sunset Blvd, Unit #30 Perth

Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce

77 Beckwith St N, Smiths Falls

Business Improvement Associations

Lanark County is home to three Business Improvement Associations that promote downtown businesses and maintain and increase the vitality of their respective Downtown cores.

Perth Business Improvement Association

80 Gore St E, Perth
613-267-3311 ext. 2251

Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association

77 Beckwith St N, Smiths Falls
613-283-4124 ext. 1114

Downtown Carleton Place

136 Bridge St, Carleton Place

Community Employment Centres

Lanark County is home to three district Community Employment Centers providing Employment Ontario services that support access to training, skills development, and employment. The centres assist both job seekers and employers in navigating the various programs and services available.

ontrac Employment Resource Services

52 Abbott St N, Unit 2, Smiths Falls


Perth Community Employment Services (Algonquin College)

40 Sunset Blvd, Suite 102, Perth
613-267–1381 ext. 0

Canadian Career Academy

92 Bridge St, Carleton Place