New program will help existing businesses in Northumberland grow to over $1 million in sales

Cobourg, ON – April 28, 2021 – The Business and Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland (BECN) has launched a new Faster Forward Summit Program designed to help existing small to medium-sized enterprises in Northumberland enhance their business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our local business community has encountered significant hurdles during the pandemic, and has also demonstrated enormous resilience,” states County Director of Economic Development, Planning and Strategic Initiatives Dan Borowec. “Through the new Faster Forward Summit Program, the BECN team will help small and medium-sized businesses in Northumberland channel the innovative spirit that has sustained them through this period and take their business to the next level, achieving over one million dollars in sales.”

Building on the success of the Faster Forward Business Success Coaching program, this new membership program will deliver supports including virtual one-on-one coaching, peer-to-peer roundtables with guest speakers and coaches, micro-grants, collaboration with other business owners, access to targeted education and development resources and more, accelerating business expansion. Early registrant Suzanne Tilley, Managing Partner of McLean Chimney Co. Ltd., positions the value of this program from her perspective as “sharing best practices with other business owners and leveraging opportunities from the program’s targeted business support.”

“The Faster Forward Summit Program will provide an immense value to Northumberland’s local economy,” states Northumberland-Peterborough South MPP David Piccini. “Supporting local business sustainability, retention and job growth during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential to position Northumberland for a strong economic recovery and future growth. I look forward to seeing the positive impact these new resources and supports will have on our local business community.”

Applications for the Faster Forward Summit Program are accepted on an ongoing basis. Eligibility criteria include:

  • Typically in businesses for two or more years
  • Average of $250,000 in sales
  • Two or more employees
  • Goal to expand or continue expanding
  • Proven business model, history of increasing sales, and a plan to create jobs

For more information about the Faster Forward Summit Program, visit our Summit Program page.