Empowering entrepreneurs to launch, build and thrive!

We are an association supporting the 54 Small Business Centres in Ontario.  We help entrepreneurs and business owners who are looking to launch a start-up or grow their small business. As the Ontario Small Business Centre Network we are here to support small business!


54 Ontario Small Business Centres to serve you


3K+ events & workshops held annually


5K+ new business start-ups per year


Help to keep business growing and supporting entrepreneurs to success

Expert Advisors from all business sectors are available to small business at no charge through our 54 Ontario locations. We support new entrepreneurs with an idea and a dream, to those with a mature business looking to grow, pivot or reengineer their business plans.

E-Learning Sessions for All Stages of Your Business Journey

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  • Learn Business Basics

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

Launched A Start-Up?

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

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  • Business Growth Planning

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!


What our clients are saying.

“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.

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 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.

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

“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

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

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

“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

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.

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

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Find Your Local Small Business Centre

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