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
Get connected
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  • Public grants and loans
  • Henry Bernick Seed Fund
  • Angel Investing
  • Indigenous and female entrepreneurship
Fund your venture
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  • Group and one-on-one coaching with experienced mentors
  • Learn from entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses
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Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre impact

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HBEC $4 million invested in client businesses
Over $19 million in revenue generated
640 jobs created
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Henry: Accelerating entrepreneurs’ dreams

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“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.

Contact us

Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre

Connect with us today!

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.

705.728.1968 ext.1149
One Georgian Dr.
Suite E219
Barrie, ON L4M 3X9
Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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