November 28, 2011

Perth Community Futures Development Corporation, Milverton & Stratford

It started with an idea – how to serve business better.  In 2007, Perth Community Futures identified a partnership opportunity.  Merging federal CFDC and provincial Enterprise Centre models, the Perth Community Futures also partnered with the City of Stratford.  The result...the Stratford Perth Centre for Business.

Now, almost five years in business, the Centre has become a valued resource.  “Since 2007, we have helped over 5,400 clients: the number has increased each year,” says Joani Gerber, Business Advisor and Lender.

The partnership seamlessly serves business in Stratford and Perth County as a one-stop-shop.  From new start-ups to expansions, businesses can obtain customized assistance and access to information through a lending library, educational modules, and personal advising, with opportunities to obtain loans.

“It’s gratifying to watch a business succeed and to know that we’ve been able to help them get there,” says General Manager Nigel Howard.  Board Member Judy Nafziger agrees:  “This partnership is an incredible benefit to our community.”

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