What We Do

Explore Entrepreneurship

Becoming an entrepreneur is a very rewarding path but it come with a lot of hard work and dedication. The Small Business Centre has tools and resources to assist you making the right decision for yourself.  We can provide you with information on the following:

Visit or contact the Small Business Centre to learn more about self-employment and entrepreneurship!

Build a Business

You have explored being an entrepreneur and have decided to start your business.  Now what do you do?  What are your next steps? The Small Business Centre can help you in developing your business idea by assisting you with:

Grow Your Business

Has your business been operating for a while and you are experiencing growth issues such as declining sales or plateaued sales?  Have you grown fast and are unsure of how to manage the growth?  Do you need help finding funding to grow your business?  Meeting with one of our Small Business Consultants can assist you in:

  • Identifying the issues
  • Developing a plan for the next steps
    • Management plan
    • Marketing and sales plan
    • Revision of business plan and model
    • Business model development
    • Locate sources of funding for growth
    • Hiring strategy

Business Programs

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Starter Company Plus

Do you want to start your own business, get help to grow your existing business or buy a business?

If you’ve got a great idea for starting a new business, have a great business running and need assistance to grow it, or are looking at buying a business, you should consider applying to the Starter Company Plus Program.

Starter Company Plus is a great opportunity for enterprising people aged 18+ who want to start, grow or buy a small business.  The program provides hands-on business coaching and training, as well as mentoring from local business leaders who will help make your business a reality. 

The duration of the program is at least 3 months in which you will receive:

  • Assistance with developing your business plan
  • Seminars, workshops and training on all aspects of running a small business
  • Ongoing support for running your business
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Networking opportunities
  • On-site support through a site visit
  • Potential to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to run your business

 Now accepting applications for January 2019 – Apply by December 3rd for a space in the next Starter Company Plus cohort!

To find more information and to apply for Starter Company Plus, download the Program Guidelines and contact the Small Business Centre for your consultation to start the application process. Program intake will be held on a quarterly basis.



Check in with the Small Business Centre for info on Summer Company 2019!

Are you looking for a summer job?  Have you always wanted to test the water with entrepreneurship but unsure of where to start, scared, or nervous?  Summer Company might be a great fit for you!  Summer Company will provide accepted students mentoring, business training and up to $3,000 in funding to start and run their business for the summer. The Small Business Centre will assist you in the development of your business plan and throughout your business operations during the whole summer.

Need some ideas and inspiration?  Check out the Summer Company Yearbook!

Summer Company Eligibility Checklist

More information contact us at 705-720-2445 or smallbusiness@barrie.ca


Futurpreneur Canada supports young entrepreneurs with up to $45,000 in financing, an expert business mentor for up to two years, and resources to help you plan, manage and grow your business.  The Small Business Centre will provide you with the information you need to succeed. Learn about management, marketing, technology and finance. Whether you are a brand new start-up or an existing business ready to take the next step, contact us to get started.



Presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Government of Ontario, the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition invites high school students in Ontario to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video. Videos are judged through online public voting (40%) and expert judges’ scores (60%).

Twenty finalists are chosen who are awarded a trip to Toronto to pitch their ideas live at OCE’s Discovery conference and showcase in front of a panel of judges from the entrepreneur community.

Based on the live pitches, the judges select six winners who are presented with reserved entry into the Summer Company program along with an award suite to be announced.


Video Submission Deadline: March 22nd, 2018