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.



exC!te Pitch Competition

If you are between the ages of 18-29 and have a business idea this is the competition for you!

The exC!te Pitch Competition lets you share your business idea, get feedback from experts and win prizes.  First place winner will get $1500 cash!

Date: Competition closes Nov. 1

Click here for exC!te flyer



Artrepreneur is a program designed to equip independent artists, arts administrators and creative entrepreneurs with vital business skills needed for success across all arts disciplines and industries. This is the second cohort of Artrepreneur Barrie. The program was created by the York Region Arts Council in 2015 and will have completed five cohorts in four communities by the end of 2016.

Learn more about Artrepreneur Barrie at and apply online today!

Deadline for applications: Monday, Aug. 8, 2016 by midnight

Duration of program: In-class: Sept. 20 – Dec. 20, 2016, Expo: Jan. 2017

Entrepreneurship Learning Channel: Branding and Skilled Trades

Hear from Howie Brox how to stand out from the rest

If you are thinking of starting a business in the skilled trades now or hoping to do so down the road, come and listen to Howie Brox who will share his insights as a brand guru about what you need to do to stand out from the others. Learn about new ways to ensure your brand is solidified and will resonate with current and future customers. Increase your customer base and start your business the right way.

Date: Oct. 19, 2016

Time: 3 to 4:30 p.m.

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The Intentional Entrepreneur

Are you ready to start your own business?

In this session you’ll learn to:

• Assess your entrepreneurial interests
• Identify personal and professional goals
• Explore action steps necessary to realize business ownership
• Create a long-term vision and develop a one-year plan
• Survey your entrepreneurial capacity
• Meet other aspiring entrepreneurs for feedback and support

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

Time: 4 to 8 p.m.

Click here to see event flyer. 

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This intensive 12-week program favours exploration over elaborate planning, customer feedback over intuition and iterative processes over traditional structured business planning. You will learn about how to create an agile business through lean startup tools and methodologies.

The program is perfect for entrepreneurs starting a new business or considering pivoting an existing business.

Dates: Sept. 21 – Dec. 9

Getting Started: Value Proposition and Business Model Canvas

This free, two-hour workshop helps you set the stage for your business by getting to the root of the value you are delivering to your customers with your product or services. Additionally, the workshop will guide you though the tools you need to map out your business model to get your business idea off the ground.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Getting Started: Value Proposition and Business Model Canvas

This free, two-hour workshop helps you set the stage for your business by getting to the root of the value you are delivering to your customers with your product or services. Additionally, the workshop will guide you though the tools you need to map out your business model to get your business idea off the ground.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

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Listening to Your Business

In this session you’ll learn to:

• Examine your business with a strengths, weaknesses and opportunities model
• Visualize your business three years from now
• Formulate an internal planning process to establish interim goals and strategies
• Identify resources to assist you in reaching business goals
• Examine and respond to challenges and transitions
• Develop an appropriate action plan
• Improve your profitability and financial performance

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2016

Time: 9 – 3 p.m.

Click here for the event flyer.

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Inspiring Innovation

As an employer in South Georgian Bay, you’ll learn meaningful and practical ways to help make innovation happen in your workplace. Connect with Georgian College, local municipalities, resources and programs to move your organization forward.

Date: Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

Time: 3-7 p.m.

Click here to view flyer

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Pitching to Investors

Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops are experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs. The workshops offer ventures tools, mentoring and peer feedback to solve specific problems and develop essential business components.

In this session you will generate a deliverable that you will use frequently in the business development process.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

Time: 3 – 9 p.m.

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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