Business Strategy

Local Ontario Small Business Enterprise Centres

Local Small Business Enterprise Centres in Ontario

Mentor Works receives multiple inquiries a day from entrepreneurs and aspiring small business owners on funding programs specifically for start-ups. Typically, government funding is targeted towards small to mid-sized enterprises, which generally excludes entrepreneurs and young start-up businesses. Fortunately, there are other resources available to help start-ups build a foundation for growth and success. While the situations will vary, each one is looking to orient themselves in this space and find out what sort of government backed programs exist to support them.

The Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs) are local, community organizations funded by the province to support businesses.

These services are largely free of cost and Mentor Works recommends you contact them and get connected to their services if you are looking to start a new business.

What Can These Centres Offer?

While each location may offer different resources, these centres provide a plethora of knowledge related to:

  • Access to advisors who have owned businesses;
  • Assistance with the development of a business plan, market research, financial and cash flow development, taxes, and insurance;
  • Tools to explore entrepreneurship and self-employment, as well as examine business feasibility;
  • Networking opportunities and workshops;
  • Access to directories, trade indexes and books;
  • Information on patents, copyright, and trademarks; and
  • Guidance on licenses, permits, registration, regulations, and other documents you need to start a business, and more.

Small Business Enterprise Centre Locations

There are over 40 locations all throughout Ontario to help start-ups build a foundation for growth and success. These include:

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Barrie: Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia

Belleville: Small Business Centre

Bracebridge: Muskoka Small Business Center

Brampton: Brampton Entrepreneur Centre

Brantford: Brantford-Brant Business Enterprise Resource Centre

Brockville: Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre

Bruce County: Business to Bruce, Bruce County

Cambridge: Waterloo Region Small Business Centre

Chatham: Small Business Centre

Cobourg: Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland

Collingwood: South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre

Cornwall: Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre

Essex: WindsorEssex Small Business Centre

Goderich: Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre

Guelph: Guelph-Wellington Business Enterprise Centre

Haileybury: Enterprise Temiskaming

Hamilton: Hamilton Business Centre

L’Orignal: Prescott-Russell Entrepreneurship Centre

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Kenora: Northwest Business Centre

Kingston: KEDCO Small Business Development Centre

Kitchener: Waterloo Region Small Business Centre

Lindsay: Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre

London: Small Business Centre

Markham: Markham Small Business Centre

Mississauga: Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre

Newmarket: York Small Business Enterprise Centre

Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre

North Bay: The Business Centre – Nipissing Parry Sound Inc.

North York: Enterprise Toronto

Oakville: Halton Region Small Business Centre

Orangeville: Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre

Ottawa: Invest Ottawa

Owen Sound: Grey County Business Enterprise Centre

Parry Sound: The Business Centre – Nipissing Parry Sound Inc.

Pembroke: Enterprise Renfrew County

Peterborough: Business Advisory Centre

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Renfrew: Enterprise Renfrew County

Richmond Hill: Richmond Hill Small Business Enterprise Centre

Sarnia: Business Enterprise Centre of Sarnia-Lambton

Sault Ste. Marie: Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship

Scarborough: Enterprise Toronto

Smiths Falls: Small Business Advisory Centre

St. Catharines: St. Catharines Enterprise Centre

St. Thomas: Elgin/St. Thomas Small Business Enterprise Centre

Stratford: Stratford Perth Centre for Business

Sudbury: Regional Business Centre

Thunder Bay: Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre

Timmins: Business Enterprise Centre

Toronto: Enterprise Toronto

Vaughan: Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre

Waterloo: Waterloo Region Small Business Centre

Whitby: Business Advisory Centre Durham

Windsor: WindsorEssex Small Business Centre

Woodstock: The Small Business Centre

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Contact your closest centre to get started with your business journey.

Canadian Small Business Funding and Resources

It takes significant time and effort to nurture a start-up, but once you’re up and running, you’ll be that much closer to accessing government grants and other funding sources!

To determine what you’ll need to access government incentives, please download Mentor Works’ free Startup Funding Checklist!

Canadian Government Funding for Startups

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