Empowering entrepreneurs to launch, build and thrive!

Looking for guidance in overcoming today’s business challenges? As your Ontario Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Network, we’re here for you. Whether you are wanting to start a business, grow, reimagine or recover, we can support you! Connect with a local Ontario Small Business Centre today!

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54 Ontario Small Business Centres to serve you


Events & Workshops

3K+ events & workshops held annually


Business Start-Ups

5K+ new business start-ups per year

Covid-19 Business support and  Recovery Network

Help to keep your business operating

Our network provides no-charge access to Business Advisors and Experts from virtually all business sectors through our 54 Small Business Centres in Ontario. We are here for entrepreneurs at all stages of their business journey — from those with an idea and a dream, to those with a mature business looking to adapt and move forward or needing assistance to navigate challenges and problems.

GRowing a Business

Where are you on your business journey?

Creating, sustaining and growing a business is an incredible journey, full of both challenges and successes. Our network of Business Advisors can provide valuable guidance and insights, as well as equip you with the tools, resources and knowledge needed to achieve your business goals.

  • Learn The Basics

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I Have An Idea

Every business begins with an idea. But does your idea have real potential? Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? We can help you work through these important questions, as well as the legal requirements and practical steps involved in launching a new business.

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  • Sustainability Strategies

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I’ve Launched A Start-Up

You’ve launched your idea and are now officially in business. This is an exciting time, but not without challenges! Our Business Advisors can work with you to prepare an action plan, equipping you with resources, support and tools to ensure your start-up is sustainable and positioned for growth.

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  • Business Growth Planning

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I’m Ready To Grow

Your business is now past the start-up phase and you are thinking about launching into new areas, adding employees, improving business processes, as well as building up your skills and knowledge. Our Business Advisors and programs will empower you to take your business to new heights!

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What our clients say.

“My business has grown so much in a short period of time.”

The meetings with my advisors have been incredible and eye-opening experiences. It has been both positive and a little overwhelming to realize my business has grown so much in such a short period of time that I needed to consider incorporating, adding employees and a payroll system. It was really beneficial for me to see it from an outside point of view and to receive helpful guidance on the next steps.

Jennifer James, Rustic Mama Retreats

“The support, especially financial planning and marketing, was priceless.”

The Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland helped me tremendously with my planning. I approached them a year before I was set to launch my business – the advisors invited me to many business seminars that were instrumental in helping me plan for a successful business. I came to the table without a formal business background, and the support I received, especially financial planning and marketing, was priceless in helping me plan my business.

“Friendly, expert advice, fresh ideas and helpful resources.”

When I was first starting my business, I relied on the South Georgian Bay SBEC for support, training resources, and connection to a great community of people I still rely on. Now, years later, they’re still the first people I call to help me meet the challenges of growth, scaling, and pivoting profitably. I always know I’m going to get friendly, expert advice, fresh ideas, and helpful resources.

Sandra Kahale, OnWord Consulting

“New client leads, networking, expert business advice and training.”

Participating in the Women’s Entrepreneurship Program through the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland (BECN) made it possible to take the leap into self-employment. The expert advice, business resources and workshops provided got me and up and running much faster than I could ever have done on my own. My business is now a year old and the support from the BECN continues with new client leads, networking opportunities, expert business advice and training opportunities.

“Knowledgeable, approachable and enthusiastic about helping business owners.”

Everyone at the Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) is knowledgeable, approachable, honest, and most of all, enthusiastic about helping business owners. In my twenty years as a business professional, I have joined dozens of organizations, associations and clubs that promised to help grow my leadership skills, fuel business growth and educate me about the ever-evolving world of business ownership. Less than 5 delivered and the BACD is right at the top of that list!

Kevin D'Arcy, Thinkfuel Marketing

“With their help we were able to complete a business plan and a vision.”

The Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland (BECN) has been a huge part of our growth. With their help we were able to complete a business plan and a vision. We can now look at the future and set goals for our business. The BECN has been helpful in planning and guiding us to further our knowledge and development in our operations of our small, but growing business. I highly recommend to anyone looking to start or grow their existing business.

Scott Carreira & Bud Tinney, CrossFit Cobourg

“Coaches experienced in areas where our business needed assistance.”

We realized starting a business was complex and out of our realm of experience. We contacted the BECN and enrolled in the Faster Forward Business Success Program which paired us with coaches experienced in in areas where our business needed assistance. It was a pleasure working with such knowledgeable and extremely motivating people, receiving guidance, mentorship and information which helped set our business in the right direction.

Sarah & Chris Pelletier, Number E Tea

“They turn ideas into lifelong adventures.”

The Leeds Grenville Small Business Centre has the best team. If you are interested in growing a business that you are passionate about then you must start here. This group turns ideas into lifelong adventures, creating businesses that thrive and enhance the community.

Zach Benson, 4Life Fitness

“There are endless business resources!”

It’s given me a great comfort in knowing there are endless business resources out there. We are beyond grateful to have the WindsorEssex Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre — a solid outlet to turn to.

Sawyer Telegdy, Shred Shop

“They play an important role in keeping our community strong and united.”

It’s the small businesses that hold the community together by offering unique experiences for customers, as well as the opportunity to learn and grow. The Windsor-Essex Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre provides resources for small businesses success and growth. They also play an important role in keeping our community strong and united.

Find Your Local Small Business Centre

Did you know there are 54 Small Business Centres throughout Ontario? Expert business advisors are available to provide you with information and advice specific to your business.

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