Starting or Expanding Your Business

For those looking to start a small business or relocate an existing company to ensure it is positioned for continued growth, the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc offers competitive land values and tax rates, incentive programs, and a convenient location providing easy access to Highway 402 and close proximity to London, Sarnia, and US markets.

The community is proud of the close working relationship between the municipality, the local Chamber of Commerce, and the downtown Business Improvement Area that has resulted in successful business development. Please view the links below for the primary business development contacts for these organizations and additional information and resources related to starting a new business in Strathroy-Caradoc.

 Business Development Contacts

The following primary contacts provide business owners with direct contacts to individuals that can assist with the process of establishing a business in Strathroy-Caradoc, and direct you to the resources needed to ensure success:



Demetri Makrakos, Economic Development Officer, 52 Frank Street, Strathroy ON N7G 2R4

519-245-1070 ext. 239




Kathy Manness, 137 Frank Street, Strathroy ON N7G 2R8





Raegan Harding

 Business Development Resources

Community Futures Middlesex

Community Futures Middlesex is a community-based non-profit organization incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act in 2001. The Corporation is staffed by business professionals who encourage entrepreneurship and the pursuit of economic opportunities. For businesses looking for grants or loans to start or expand a business, the CFDC is a great resource. 


Todd Copeland



Community Employment Choices

Community Employment Choices

CEC supports businesses and job seekers in meeting the labour market needs of Middlesex County with: job training information, career planning, job search support, job placement opportunities and incentives, as well as referrals to community resources. For businesses looking to expand and need help with the recruitment and funding of new employees, the CEC is a great resource.


Michele Sands

519.245.4500 ext 205


Work in Middlesex

Another great resource for employers looking to start a business within Strathroy-Caradoc or hire more employees locally or from the surrounding regions is the Work in Middlesex website.

Funding Opportunities


Below is a link to the Government of Ontario website where you can navigate through the type of grants available based on your business idea and whether you are just starting out or expanding:


Youth Entrepreneurship

This includes funding for individuals under 30 for:

  • Starting a company
  • Microlending for Women
  • Expanding your business (accelerator type program)
  • Northern Ontario small business projects
  • Summer businesses


Mentor Works

This includes funding for:

  • Business Expansion
  • Research and Development
  • Capital Investment and Technology Adoption
  • Hiring and Training


Canada Small Business Financing Program (official ISED web site) – (download PDF pamphlet)


Innovation Canada (Government of Canada website that has a tool for filtering through the type of grants available based on your business idea and whether you are just starting out or expanding)