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Thinking about starting your own business? You’ve come to the right place!

Research indicates that many of today’s professionals will change jobs 12 times in their careers. Why not develop and start your own business?

At the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, we help YOU excel in business by:



  • Accessing one-on-one coaching with experienced mentors
  • Connecting with entrepreneurs who have started, managed and sold businesses



  • Marketing services
  • Financial services
  • Technology services
  • Prototyping and product development
  • e-business solutions



  • Public grants and loans
  • Henry Bernick Seed Fund
  • Network of Angel Organizations
  • Private loans



Henry Bernick: Accelerating student dreams

Henry-Bernick33-199x300“Studying in a traditional postsecondary program is like baking a cake. But then adding entrepreneurship studies on top of it, no matter what your profession or industry, is like the icing on the cake and of course, icing is the best part!”

– Henry Bernick

Through a generous donation to establish the Entrepreneurship Centre, Henry Bernick is helping entrepreneurs find their mentors, reach their potential as business leaders and play key roles in transforming and evolving the local economy.

Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Medal

We hope to make initial awards of the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Medal to deserving recipients in June of this year. Three medals will be awarded as follows:

1) Student Entrepreneurial Award: To be awarded to a student who has been enrolled in a program at Georgian College during 2015-16. This student entrepreneur will have exhibited exceptional achievements in an entrepreneurial initiative that has realized or shows potential for success in a commercial, social, educational, cultural or environmental venture.

2) Community Entrepreneurial Award: To be awarded to an entrepreneur(s) at the helm of a small business of less than 25 employees who has benefited from the services provided by the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre. The entrepreneur will have shown resilience and fortitude in overcoming obstacles and difficulties to ensure a secure and growing success.

3) Entrepreneurs’ Champion Award: To be awarded to a person or organization who works to help entrepreneurs be successful. Through fostering, nurturing and encouraging entrepreneurs, this person will be distinguished by insight, reach and success stories, but most importantly, by the example set through his or her actions and unwavering support.

Download the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Medal Poster and the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Medal nomination form.




Are you are an aspiring or established entrepreneur? Or simply curious about what it takes to be one? Join us for a dynamic, interactive learning experience. Everyone is welcome and it is FREE. Sessions are also available through livestream.  Click here for a list of upcoming sessions starting Feb. 3 bi-weekly. 

PCensus for Business Workshop gives entrepreneurs access to the data they need to evaluate locations, find markets and get to know their customers’ spending habits, giving them the ability to make more informed market planning decisions. April 21, Midland Campus.


Want to learn how to run nutritional facts panels for your food products? Take part in a three-hour workshop to learn how to use the Genesis software. Sign me up! Space is limited.  Click here for a list of various locations and dates scheduled.


This free workshop will teach you the skills you need to tell your story about your business in a concise manner. Whether you are pitching an investor, partner or client – this session will give you the tips and tricks for building powerful pitches. Delivered by our partners, MaRs DD. Workshop takes place March 10.

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Take this opportunity to design a piece of outdoor marketing furniture: recycling units, trash stations and bins or transit seating.

Prize: $1,000 and the potential to make royalties from your design.

Competition opens March 1st  and closes April 4th, with final Industrial Design Competition Showcase – Research, Innovation and Scholarship Day. Click here for more details about this event. 


Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event in which developers, designers, product managers, marketers and aspiring entrepreneurs get together to share ideas, form teams and create startups. There is an investment of $5,000 to the top team.  Click here to watch a video of what goes on at Startup Weekend or visit the websiteWorkshop takes place April 1 – 3.  

Follow us on Twitter @barriestartup

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Kauffman’s New Venture workshop is designed to ensure early-stage entrepreneurs take the necessary steps to build a successful business from the start. You’ll learn in this workshop to match business concepts with your personal vision, align business concepts with real market opportunities, how to set realistic financial goals, determine unique features and benefits of your products and services, how to manage business functions and develop an organizational culture, determine steps to profitability and potential sources of business funding. This four-day workshop will be held April 2-3, and 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Georgian’s Barrie Campus.


Artrepreneur brings creatives working across all disciplines together to share ideas, tools, tips and best practices, resulting in a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to “make it” as an entrepreneur. Artists are also given strategic training that will help them excel as creative entrepreneurs.

The HBEC toolkit is a compilation of valuable resources for entrepreneurs at every level.


The highs and lows of entrepreneurship – panel discussion

Four ways to drive sales leads using marketing automation – Part 1

Mastering the pitch: An Angel investor’s perspective

Lean approach to concept and market research

Unique value proposition

Stop selling! Start branding!

Business 101

Register a business in Ontario

Checklist for starting a business

Types of company structure for a business

Important things to know when starting a business

Business model

Online business model canvas template

Download a business model canvas

Develop a comprehensive business model


Financial forecast template

Basic financial model

Everything employees, payroll, and taxes

Master your cash flow

Business planning

Download a business plan template

See an example of a business plan

Craft your unique value proposition

Market research

What is market research?

Connect with HBEC to access the MaRS market research database

Business pitch

How to build the perfect business pitch

Write a persuasive selling document


Mutual non-disclosure agreement

Find out everything you need to know regarding patents


Canadian crowdfunding directory

Creating a captivating crowdfunding pitch


GoFullSteam is a free service that allows entrepreneurs to painlessly prepare financial projections, create dynamic business blueprints, and get back to doing what they love with confidence.

BECLOGO2The BEC portal allows individuals to network and learn new tips from experts regarding entrepreneurship. Also find the resources you need to help you on your journey to starting your own business.

Accelerate your business success, contact us today.

Phone: 705.728.1968, ext. 1149

Location: Georgian College, Barrie Campus, One Georgian Dr., Barrie, ON, Suite E219

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