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! 

Digital Service Squad

A FREE resource to help your business build digital presence, promote and sell successfully online. Book your free consultation today!


In an effort to help control the spread of COVID-19, the SBEC is operating virtually.

Please contact us by phone: 705-446-3355, email: or ‘click to book a free consult’ 

Simple Local Service Directory

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

Access to webinar on Facebook & Instagram for Business

Access to webinar on Facebook & Instagram for Business

In this workshop we looked at two of the most popular social media platforms and provide key strategies for marketing your business on Facebook and Instagram. Starting from identifying your audience profiles, setting up and maximizing your page, to developing content...

Access to webinar on Local SEO & Google My Business

Access to webinar on Local SEO & Google My Business

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) does not need to be an overwhelming topic. There are so many little things that you can do today, for free, to improve your google search ranking. In this workshop we will focus on those small action items that will get you the biggest...

Local Start Up to creatively recognize heroism

Local Start Up to creatively recognize heroism

Artebula’s #rainbowsforheroes initiative recognizes warriors on the frontlines Submit your children’s artwork to lift the spirits of essential service workers COLLINGWOOD, April 6, 2020 – With the incredible contributions we’ve seen from frontline workers through...

Access to webinar on Social Media for Small Business

There’s no denying that social media has had a dramatic impact on the way we experience the world around us. We, as business owners, cannot afford to ignore the significant marketing opportunity it has presented. Learn the basics of how important social media is, what...

HR Support for Small Businesses- Your FAQ’s Answered

Click here to download HR FAQ's PDF Document COVID-19 (Novel Corona Virus) FAQ for small businesses – Last update March 18, 2020 The situation with COVID-19 is new and evolving rapidly, and to a large extent will continue to put pressure on businesses. The priority is...

Digital Marketing Series: Four Digital Marketing Pillars

Digital Marketing Series: Four Digital Marketing Pillars

Have you heard of the Four Digital Marketing Pillars before? Take these four sessions to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to develop your digital presence. Whether you are a start-up company or one that has been operating for years, you likely know the...

Summer Company Sunday Series: Josh Burella

Summer Company Sunday Series: Josh Burella

This week's Summer Company young entrepreneur is well known throughout the local community. Josh Burella of Primitive Patterns shares what inspired him to start a wellness company and what it means to be a part of the Summer Company program.   Josh started a lifestyle...

Summer Company Sunday Series: Olivia Wilding-Davies

Summer Company Sunday Series: Olivia Wilding-Davies

This week's Summer Company Sunday Series features a youth entrepreneur, who shares her story of what inspires her and how her business came to be. Olivia Wilding-Davies is the founder of Next Level Promotions, a company that provides services in planning and executing...