CFDC adds COVID-19 Business Relief Advisor

November 19, 2020
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – There is a new resource available to local small business owners.

CFDC Doreen Ashton Wagner

The Cornwall & The Counties Community Futures Development Corporation has expanded its team to deal with issues arising from the pandemic. Doreen Ashton Wagner has accepted the position of COVID-19 Business Relief Advisor and her role will be to assist business owners throughout Akwesasne, Cornwall, and the United Counties of S.D. & G. navigate available COVID-19 support programs.

Ms. Ashton Wagner is a long-time North Glengarry-based entrepreneur who founded Business Sisters / Consoeurs en Affaires, a bilingual social enterprise dedicated to building happy, resilient rural communities by connecting women entrepreneurs so they can learn and thrive.

“We know that one of the biggest hurdles of successfully connecting business owners to available programs is communication,” says Lesley Thompson, Executive Director of the “As COVID-19 Business Relief Advisor, Doreen will meet with business owners to guide them through all the COVID-19 related programs and services. With her experience as a business owner herself, her purpose is to help entrepreneurs identify what they might qualify for and assist them through the application and referral process.’

Funding for the above position was secured through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provided by FedDev Ontario.

About Cornwall & The Counties CFDC

Cornwall & The Counties CFDC, through funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (Fed Dev Ontario) delivers a wide variety of programs and services to support community economic development and small business growth. It employs local staff and are governed by a volunteer board of directors, made up of residents representing the community.

Business Reopening Toolkit

Cornwall Economic Development has put together a toolkit to help businesses reopen. The toolkit includes guidelines and a maximum occupancy calculator along with signs and posters that can be downloaded and printed:


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