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Starting, running, and scaling a business is a journey…

Switchboard can connect you with the support you need to successfully operate and grow at any business stage.

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… and every journey should have a roadmap. 

Whether you have an idea or are scaling a business, knowing where you are on your journey helps you understand what support you might need.

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How We Work

Our resource directory is designed to save you time. We partner with organizations in the Kingston business community and gather all of their current funding opportunities, services, events and workshops in one place. 

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1. Gather

Our partners provide world-class knowledge, experience, and programs to help your business find success.

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2. Organize

We organize support resources in a framework that is meant to be simple and easy to understand.

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3. Display

We display support resources in an easy-to-navigate, filterable directory.

We sort resources according to goals, challenges and mindset...

...not revenue, operating age or number of employees.

The right resources for the right stage!

Find the business support you need based on factors commonly associated with exploration, idea development, startup, sustained operation and scaling your business.

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Exploration

You are looking to get involved with the entrepreneurial community and need opportunities to develop and connect.

Exploration
Resources

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Idea

You have an idea or have identified a problem, but you don’t yet have a plan.

Idea
Resources

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Startup

You’re developing your product or service, but you’re not yet profitable.

Startup
Resources

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Established

You are sustaining yourself, but you don’t have a growth plan.

Established
Resources

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Scaleup

You have a dedicated management team and a plan to reach beyond your current market, but need help executing.

Scaleup
Resources

Still not sure where you fit?

Dive deeper into the milestones, mindsets, and tasks that are associated with every stage. 

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Kingston Economic Development Corporation

Kingston’s Economic Development Corporation is committed to long-term economic sustainability, attracting new businesses, growing and retaining existing businesses and tourism opportunities measured by the economic impact on the community.

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St. Lawrence College

St. Lawrence College is a College of Applied Arts and Technology with three campuses in Eastern Ontario, namely Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston.

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Launch Lab

A team of entrepreneurs helping entrepreneurs across southeastern Ontario. We provide mentorship, strategic advice, connections, and support to new and existing tech-based businesses.

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Queen's University

Queen’s University at Kingston is a public research university in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Founded on 16 October 1841, via a royal charter issued by Queen Victoria, the university predates Canada’s founding by 26 years.

SOAN, a Resource Provider for Switchboard in Kingston, ON.
SOAN

SOAN is a group of accredited investors from Cornwall, Brockville, Kingston, Belleville and Trenton. There are opportunities to invest during bi-monthly pitch nights where investors can learn more about exciting new companies in the region.

Our Partners

Connect with trusted partners in your community.

Working with trusted partners in the Kingston community.
Queen's University
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
Launch Lab
Southern Ontario Angel Network (SOAN)
St. Lawrence College
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We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

Let us bring resources to you.

Every year, resource providers update their programming and in response to new funding, initiatives and feedback from the community. Join our network and let us keep you informed of new programs that could be relevant to you.

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Are you ready to find the business supports that are right for you?

Our resource directory is designed to save you time. We’re gathering all of our partners funding opportunities, services, events and workshops and aligning them with your Business Stage.