- Invest Chatham-Kent
- Business Retention and Expansion
- Small Business Centre
Investment services is focused on delivering a number of initiatives that are designed to stimulate new investment, support business retention, and foster the expansion of existing businesses across Chatham-Kent.
To simplify the investment process, Economic Development Officers serve as “Project Managers” providing a single “point of contact” within the Municipality for the duration of the file. This unique approach is available to both new investors and existing companies in the community.
In addition, investment services looks to find businesses that are looking to develop advanced manufacturing, oil and gas supply chain, and other supply chain services in Chatham-Kent. In addition, Chatham-Kent has assets vital to supporting value-added food processing operations, the greenhouse sector, and other similar agribusiness. Economic Development supports both domestic and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) initiatives and we will continue be a leader when it comes to identifying opportunities for expansion into the export markets.
Chatham-Kent has key assets including:
- Affordable land ready for development
Abundant natural gas
- Stable supply of affordable quality fresh water
- Access to high speed and fibre Internet
- A trading hub
Serviced industrial land
A competitive and experienced workforce
Ready access to the US market
An established advanced-manufacturing supply-chain
- Key logistics options
Competitive corporate tax rates
Business retention and expansion is the cornerstone of an effective economic development strategy. Achieving results in assisting an existing employer to access new markets and to expand is an effective and predictable method for attracting new investment to the community. Economic Development is instrumental in assisting companies to secure funding for new capital equipment, technology, building improvements, and energy conservation. Additionally, Economic Development also promotes federal and provincial sponsored trade missions to ensure Chatham-Kent companies have an opportunity to expand into international markets.
The Chatham-Kent Small Business is the foundation of the local economy. While the introduction of a new small business in the community does not always generate headlines, it does generate new jobs. In Canada, some estimates indicate as high as 80% of new job creation emanates from small business establishments. A successful economic development effort has to focus upon nurturing and supporting job growth in small businesses. A key element to the strategy includes economic diversification through the attraction of new entrepreneurs and small business development in the community.
What Our Clients Say About Us
"My wife and I own a local small business called Platinum Boutique. We started the business October 2011 with the guidance, mentoring and advice from the Small Business Centre and our Consultant Rosemarie Montgomery. The program and Rosemarie have assisted along the journey continuously over the last 4 years+ and continue to be a resource actively for our business. We recently took part in the Starter Program which has assisted in the expansion of our store. The resources at the Small Business Centre are priceless to any individual seeking entrepreneurship and we continue to send referrals on a regular basis. Thank you for your commitment to the small business industry of Chatham-Kent and the impact you daily make for our business and others."
- Ben and Rebecca Fieldhouse
"We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and especially the Economic Development staff for assisting us with the Branding Chatham-Kent program and the CK Market Expansion Fund.
This program has allowed us to showcase our Chatham-Kent products as well as distribute promotional items and information about the municipality. We have exhibited at trade shows in Ontario as well as Montreal and Vancouver. Without their support we would not have been able to attend all of these shows.
We feel these programs are a very productive and efficient way to provide exposure for the municipality and think there is excellent value in this program."
- Adrian Jacques, Sunshine Pickles
"In the past two years, the CK Market Expansion Fund has made it possible for us to attend international trade shows in Boston, Brussels and Qingdao, China. The application process was amazing: quick and simple. This allowed us to increase visibility and awareness of our product to buyers and expand our marketplace faster than anticipated. The ability to network with buyers from all over the world at these international shows has been extremely helpful in choosing which new exporting market to invest our resources."
- Erik Grzela, Presteve Foods