Strategic partnerships provide a single portal for small business support.

Our network of 54 Ontario Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs) work closely with an extensive list of partner organizations in order to guide and assist thousands of Ontario entrepreneurs.



Over 500 partner organizations across our 54 locations


Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

54 SBC Ontario locations with provincial and regional partnerships


Levels of Government

Partnerships with federal, provincial & municipal governments

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OWNR makes it easy to register, incorporate, create legal agreements, manage employee documents and more — all in one place. Simplifying and automating business formation as well as everyday legal work in an online portal will help your business thrive. We have partnered with OWNR to give you an exclusive discount of 20% off your first purchase – click here for details.

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At TD, we are committed to helping our clients meet their small business banking needs through a variety of services, products, and advice that we tailor to each unique business.  Our expertise helps us guide our clients to the right business solutions, tools and systems that can help them achieve their individual goals. We look forward to working with you and your business. Find more about TD Small Business Banking

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Meridian Credit Union

As the largest credit union in Ontario and with over 25,000 Business Members, Meridian is a trusted partner for financing, banking, and advice that makes it simpler and less stressful to grow your business. Our expert business advisors are always happy to craft the right option for your needs.

Click here to find out more about Meridian Small Business Banking

Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT)

The Small Business Enterprise Centres of Ontario (individual centres) are funded through a unique partnership with respective Regional/County or Municipal Funders and the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.  Our business centres directly with small business owners to fulfill the mandate of growing the economy and creating new jobs by delivering programs, services, resources and expert advice. We also partner with multiple federal, provincial and municipal organizations to offer a single portal for small business support.

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

FedDev Ontario is actively working to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation and growth in Canada’s most populous region. This includes the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support businesses impacted during the COVID-19 crisis. Visit the Fed Dev website to determine eligibility.

Growth Wheel

GrowthWheel is a visual toolbox and online platform used by business advisors, incubators, and entrepreneurship educators to help businesses make decisions and take action. It helps start-up and growth companies build their businesses with a simple action-oriented process. Growthwheel Certification gives entrepreneurs a framework to work in as they build their businesses.

Futurpreneur Canada

A non-profit organization helping Canadians become business owners by providing loan financing, mentoring, and business resources. For aspiring entrepreneurs aged 18 to 39 who want to turn great ideas into thriving businesses. Their internally recognized mentoring program matches entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 3,000 volunteer mentors.

Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC)

The Community Futures Program is a Government of Canada initiative which supports 61 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in Ontario. These CFDCs offer a wide variety of programs and services supporting economic development and small business growth. Community-based and staffed by professionals familiar with their community and future development priorities.

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

A chamber of commerce is a local business network designed to help business owners in the same town or area connect with one another through various opportunities such as networking events, joining committees, marketing opportunities etc. There are 140 member chambers of commerce with a diverse membership of over 60,000 acting as indispensable partners of business in Ontario.

Regional Innovation Centres (RIC)

RIC Centres provide tech entrepreneurs with business start-up services and access to incubator space. For mature technology companies they provide access to investment and growth opportunities. These centres give business advice and act as a sounding board for tech entrepreneurs, then work with you to develop a plan to accelerate growth and navigate the path to profit.

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

BDC is the financial institution devoted to Canadian entrepreneurs. Their mandate is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and capital, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. With over 75 years in operation, BDC understands the challenges and needs of business owners, as well as what they need to grow and succeed.

National Research Council, Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

The NRC IRAP provides advice, connections, and funding to help Canadian small and medium-sized businesses increase their innovation capacity and take ideas to market. They offer advisory services, financial support for technology innovation, funding to hire young graduates, as well as support for competing in global markets through innovation and technology.

Private Sector

SBC Ontario also partners with private sector firms, financial institutions, business professionals and corporations who provide support, training and mentorship to the clients we serve.

Colleges & Universities

Through partnerships with local colleges and universities our 54 regional SBECs are able to further develop programming and support for their local business communities.

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.