The Unconventional Lender

Need Funds to start or grow your business?

The Community Futures Essex County offers loans, different than a bank, to new and expanding businesses located in Essex County

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Invested in Essex County


Served in the last 7 years by Community Futures Essex County

Jobs Maintained

In the last 7 years through assistance of Community Futures Essex County

Jobs Created

In the last 7 years through assistance of Community Futures Essex County

6.7 M
Value of Loans

Dollar amount of loans to Essex County businesses in the last 7 years

Need a lender who hears you?

  • Local decisions by people who live and work in Essex County
  • Loan products crafted to meet your needs
  • Value based lending
  • Flexible terms and conditions
  • No fee to apply
  • Personalized service
  • Story-based lending

If this sounds like what you’re looking for then let’s get started!

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When Running a Business Feels Like Walking a Tightrope

We are here to help!

Our Team has supported Essex County entrepreneurs in all stages of business development for over 25 years. We understand the challenges and opportunities businesses face and we know the local marketplace. We provide key services to businesses and entrepreneurs including:

  • Confidential business counselling;
  • Referrals to partner organizations;
  • Hands-on assistance with the loan application process; and
  • Friendly Team Members always willing to listen and provide guidance.

We value our clients and all of our interactions are based on the following values: Client Oriented, Compassionate, Collaborative, and Committed.

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Business Loans

Apply for a loan to buy equipment, expand product lines, or increase working capital with flexible repayment terms to support your cash flow needs.

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Let us Connect You

Entrepreneurs have a variety of needs when starting or growing their businesses. Our experienced team will be pleased to provide you with referrals to our partners.



We’ve taken the questions we frequently get asked and compiled them into one place for you. If your question isn’t in there, please let us know.


About Us

Our Team is here to help you to start, grow or stabilize your business through guidance, referrals, and flexible, repayable financing. Our Staff and Board of Directors are all active members of the communities we serve and have a vested interest in helping our region thrive through job creation and retention.

For 25 years we have assisted businesses and social enterprises in our service area which includes: Amherstburg, Essex, Kingsville, Leamington, Lakeshore, LaSalle, Pelee Island and Tecumseh (excluding Windsor).

We are the UNconventional Lender

Contact Us

39 Maidstone Ave E, Essex, ON N8M 2J3
Office Hours by Appointment Only
Monday to Thursday8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday8:30am - 1:00pm

Please call ahead for an appointment as our office may be locked from time to time if we are doing site visits, attending meetings, or taking a lunch break.