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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.



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Are you an entrepreneur starting a new business or considering pivoting your existing business? Join us for the Agile Planning Series – a 6 week intensive workshop that favours exploration over elaborate planning, customer feedback over intuition and iterative processes over traditional structured business planning. Learn about how to create an agile business through lean startup tools and methodologies. Topics include: the lean start up, value proposition, customer discovery, competitive strategy, path to sales, pitching. Program concludes with a pitch competition where participants of the program can compete for $2500 seed money. Barrie Campus. Weekly June 22- July 27 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  

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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.

Why participate in the program?

Artists are entrepreneurs who contribute greatly to the social and economic well-being of their communities and, as such, require strategic training to grow in capacity. By incubating creatives working across all disciplines in one program, we foster collaboration and the sharing of ideas, tools, tips and best practices, resulting in a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to “make it” as a creative entrepreneur.

Artrepreneur Barrie is comprised of weekly seminars and workshops, assignments, mentorships and a final presentation and expo over a period of four months. It primarily serves Barrie-based artists, arts groups and creative businesses working in all disciplines such as, though not limited to, visual arts, dance, theatre, film, music, jewellery, fashion, graphic design, gaming and augmented reality. Sessions are hands-on and will range in format from lectures to peer-to-peer workshops.

Throughout the program, faculty will guide fellows in the step-by-step development of a business plan by providing them with templates, learning modules and actionable assignments. By the end of the program, fellows will have a complete business plan and the opportunity to present their work in front of industry leaders. Upon successful completion, fellows will also be awarded a certificate endorsed by all program partners.

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

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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