Who We Are

The Small Business Centre encourages and supports entrepreneurship in The City of Barrie, The City of Orillia, and all of Simcoe County, by being a one-stop source for all your small business needs. The Small Business Centre is supported by the Province of Ontario, and the City of Barrie. It is a part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs and one of the 54 small business enterprise centres across Ontario.

Our team can help you make the right decisions during your business start-up and assist you in developing your business as it grows.

Meet the Team

Manager – Dave Hyde

Dave Hyde joined the Small Business Centre in 2016 and is responsible for executing the Centre’s strategic plan and for delivering on its targets, including programming and partnership development. Dave is also available to provide advisory services to current and aspiring business owners as needed as he brings to the team a strong entrepreneurial and business background. Dave graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree (with Honours) in Business and offers over 25 years business experience, formerly with a leading direct marketing company based in London (UK) and more recently running his own gift and events company with services across Canada.


Program Coordinator – Briar Kelly

Briar has been providing assistance to entrepreneurs and students with the Small Business Centre since she joined the team in 2013. Briar supports entrepreneurs and students who are ready to start or grow their businesses through programs such as Summer Company, Starter Company Plus and Digital Main Street. Briar is also available for one-on-one consultations and business plan reviews for entrepreneurs who are in need of further assistance. Briar supports many of the events and programs through the Small Business Centre and within the entrepreneurial ecosystem across Simcoe County. She encourages aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages and stages to start or expand their own businesses with support from the Small Business Centre while also gaining valuable skills and hands on training.


Small Business Administrator – Caitlin Williams

Caitlin acts as the first point of contact for small business owners by directing them to various resources and professionals in the Barrie business community. She also manages all social media, so if you don’t already follow our accounts, you should.