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Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre

Take your business further, faster

The Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre (HBEC) assists entrepreneurs in four main areas: training, connections, funding and mentorship. We bring all four of these areas together to surround an entrepreneur and help take their business or idea to the next level.

Getting started with your idea

If you have a business idea, we are here to help! Start with completing our easy 3-step process.

Step 1:

Complete the intake form.

Step 2:

Attend our orientation session (watch your email for an invitation). You can join us in person or via webinar. We proudly support entrepreneurs from all over Ontario.

Step 3:

Access supports that help you grow.

How we help

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  • In-depth business planning workshops
  • eCo-op workshops to plan, start and grow your business
  • Entrepreneurial experiences
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  • Patent, copyright and trademark advice
  • Strategic partners and customers
  • Research and prototype design
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  • Public grants and loans
  • Henry Bernick Seed Fund
  • Angel Investing
  • Indigenous and female entrepreneurship
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  • Group and one-on-one coaching with experienced mentors
  • Learn from entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses

Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre impact

Over 300clients served per year
$4 millioninvested in client businesses
$19 million
in revenue generated
640jobs created
Warren Patterson of Link Green
Over the course of three years of working with HBEC we were very fortunate to receive a number of grants, and I think it’s because we were working with them, and through those grants we have been able to grow our company quite nicely in the last two years. Warren Patterson, OrderEase

Henry: Accelerating entrepreneurs’ dreams

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Studying in a traditional post-secondary 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.

Contact the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre

Are you ready to start your entrepreneurial journey?

Contact us or visit us in person to learn more about how the Henry Bernick Centre can get you further, faster.

Phone: 705.728.1968, ext. 1149
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

One Georgian Dr.
Suite E219
Barrie, ON L4M 3X9
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Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre