Small businesses and entrepreneurs add a uniqueness to the fabric of our business communities.
Over half of the businesses in Peterborough & the Kawarthas are owner operated, with a wide range of offerings – from finance to food businesses, from manufacturing to the arts, from healthcare to agriculture and everything in-between.
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We are a startup community
Peterborough is a designated Startup Community through the Startup Canada Communities Network.
Home to a number of award winning innovative startups.
36% of New Canadians own and operate a business
Peterborough has the highest rate of immigrant entrepreneurs in Canada. 36% of New Canadians in our region own and operate a business.
Find Support to Succeed
Our region has a robust support network for entrepreneurs with a number of Community Partners who offer a range of support including funding, mentorship, networking, training, and incubator space.
A Welcoming Region
Peterborough & the Kawarthas is a welcoming region that strives to see small businesses succeed.
Entrepreneurial-Minded Educational Institutions
Peterborough & the Kawarthas is educating the next generation of business owners. At our post-secondary institutions students are learning, analyzing, and finding 21st century solutions across a variety of sectors.
Trent University’s School of Business offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a number of specializations including Entrepreneurship.
Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Trent University also recently launched a Postgraduate Certificate Program in Marketing & Entrepreneurship which takes undergrads through an intensive 8 month program.
Fleming College has graduates in a number of disciplines, including skilled trades who pursue entrepreneurial career paths.