Starting or Growing a Business?

Are you looking to launch a small business, or grow your business to the next level? Contact the Small Business Enterprise Centre and get moving in the right direction!

Summer Company

Summer Company is a program designed to help enterprising youth start and run their own summer businesses. Find out more about the program and how you can start the application process!

Starter Company Plus

Starter Company Plus is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs 18 years of age or older who want to start or expand a business in their community. We’re now accepting applications! 

The Small Business Enterprise Centre

The South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre gives entrepreneurs the assistance they need to start and grow their businesses, and to meet their entrepreneurial aspirations. The Centre is one of 57 offices located across Ontario that provides support to new and existing businesses with start-up, development, retention and operation.



Free consultations with a qualified business consultant

Business permits, licences, registration, regulations and other forms and documents required to start and build a business


Review of business plans


Up-to-date, leading-edge information geared to the needs of the entrepreneur

Access to current resource materials including books, directories and trade indexes

Informative workshops and seminars specifically designed to meet the needs of small business

Copyrights, patents and trademark information

Support for student entrepreneurs through the Summer Company program

Celebrate Small Business Month This October

  Small Business Month celebrates the important contributions entrepreneurs make to their local communities.  With the support of our community partners, small business events will be held throughout the month of October.  There are many amazing events and activities...

Meet our 2015 Summer Company Students!

Summer Company is a youth entrepreneurship program of the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure and is administered by the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre. The program is available to students between the ages of 15 and 29...

6 Handy Cloud Computing Applications For Small Business

If you’re searching for efficiency strategies for your small business, take a look at cloud computing options. Cloud computing lets you run business applications via the Internet on another company’s network, reducing your own hardware and software demands.  The...

8 Tips for Driving Traffic to Your Website Using Pinterest

If you’re tired of trying to keep up with all of the social media platforms, you might think you’re not ready to hear about Pinterest. But don’t brush off Pinterest just yet - this social network could be the next great marketing tool for your small...

Small Business Week – Celebrating Entrepreneurs

If you’re a small business owner looking for an opportunity to learn, network and socialize with other small businesses and professionals in the community, mark the third week of October on your calendar. Small Business Week is an annual event during which Small...

Naming Your Business – Tips to Finding a Name That Works

When starting up a small business there are many decisions to make, and choosing a company name that will draw potential customers is a critical one. “The name of your company is the brand. When naming your business, it’s extremely important to come up with a name...

Grants and Financing: Looking for Small Business Cash Flow

When small business entrepreneurs start up and grow their business, cash flow is a prime concern. In fact, at the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre a frequent question is, “Are there any government grants and financing available to help small...