Start. Grow. Scale.
On this page, you will see resources that can help you start, grow or scale your business
Start your business
Grow your business
Scale your business
The map below features resources that are available to you across Central Ontario.
To use the map, first click on the icon in the top left to open up the drawer panel. This panel contains three different levels you can toggle on or off based on where you are in your journey; starting your business, growing your business, or scaling your business.
Click on the business you’d like to learn more about to open a preview that contains a video, as well as links to their websites.
Discover organizations who have resources available to help you turn your idea into a business.
Get away, get together, and get things done in Collingwood’s new, work-friendly, downtown boutique hotel and retreat space. Need a break or an adventure? Our inspiring collaboration space boutique hotel rooms are ready and waiting for you.
Change is all around us and the workplace is no exception. We’ve been adapting our services to keep ahead of the ever-evolving needs of the individuals and organizations we serve. If you’re experiencing change or needing change in your professional life or within your organization, we can help you embrace it with agility and optimism.
As a member of the Barrie Chamber of Commerce, you will have many opportunities to increase your business exposure; network with like-minded individuals dedicated to growth, and impact your bottom line with exclusive member discount and deals. We work with the municipal, provincial and federal government to give member feedback to ensure that the voice of business is heard. Most importantly, we advocate and are the voice of business.
Find out how you can get involved with our membership and learn about all the amazing benefits offered from events to the network, you’ll find a business community you can connect with!
What you’ll find here is great start-up advice in the unique context of Bruce County. Meet real advisors, join local networks and match your skills to real business opportunities. Explore the possibilities with us and even better, bring them to life here in Bruce County!
Are you starting this brand-new journey called entrepreneurship, or thinking it might be a good option? On the other hand, maybe you’re an experienced entrepreneur, but not sure what path to take next. No matter what your story is, we can help!
If you’re not sure how to get started or looking to take your existing business to the next level, let us guide you in the right direction. We would love to assist you in your business start up or expansion!
You will experience a strong emphasis on community care and getting work done. It’s a nice balance between productivity and well-being. What’s extra unique about Canopy is the location and overall connection to nature. Even as you work inside, you will see, feel and smell the outdoors. With large windows and doors to the decks and décor with plants, trees and nature art, you will feel connected to each other and the earth.
Catapult Grey Bruce accelerates small businesses and rural entrepreneurs through connections, expertise and the Crashpad meeting space. Visit our website and social media channels to learn more about programs, mentorship and networking events in Grey and Bruce County.
We provide a coworking space, community hub for entrepreneurs. A place to work, share, inspire and grow entrepreneurial skills.
Connect with other members of the community. Use the directory to find the right skills or offer your services. Connect through our curated events and meet ups and learn from one another. All members enjoy reduced rates for courses and credits as part of their membership.
We’re committed to helping local business succeed. We offer loans and free business services to help you launch, grow or sell your business. Tools, training and events to help you start and grow your business. Let’s get started!
We are one of the 267 local, non-profit Community Futures offices across Canada focused on rural small business development. In each of these offices, you can access free business counselling, small business loans for start-up and expansion, and support for community economic development. Connect with us!
The County of Simcoe is a centralized resource for information about programs, services, events and funding opportunities to support existing businesses as well as those looking to establish or expand business operations in Simcoe County. Working with the entrepreneurship ecosystem and in collaboration with partners, including incubators and accelerators, we help businesses thrive and grow.
Creative Nomad Studios is a cowork space. We are a flexible workspace that aspires to be the best workspace for entrepreneurs, innovators, companies and creators to work, collaborate and learn. We offer flexible plans from dedicated desks all the way to your own private room or office. Enjoy real-time availability for all our meeting rooms. Request and manage bookings online. Easily connect with other members of the community. Use the directories to find the right skills and promote your services. All members enjoy discounted rates, credits and benefits as part of their membership. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to connect, our team would be happy to give you a tour!
Alex Brown, commonly known as the Dollar Beard Club guy, is an entrepreneur who went from zero to over 500 million views and $50 million in revenue. He has now launched the ECommerce Rockstars program to share his experience with other companies that want to grow their business with one-on-one support from an industry expert. Register for this program through the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre.
Interested in earning a full co-op credit while starting your enterprise? So are we! During this term, you will participate in workshops and launch through the eCo-op Incubator. Gain access to business planning, branding and website resources to start building your business. Full co-op credit is available upon completion of the course.
This 10-week program is for entrepreneurs of food and beverage products! The Food Venture Program offers live, online programs to help food entrepreneurs start and grow their business. Since our launch in 2020 we’ve graduated over 500 alumni from our programs across North America. All programs are offered online via Zoom through various small business centres, regional innovation centres, and municipalities in North America.
Fund 50 is a program that connects the next generation of entrepreneurs with each other, the resources and opportunities needed to flourish in their businesses. Supporters can take part in the campaign with a monthly donation of $50 for 50 months, for a total donation of $2,500. Donors will also receive updates on what their money has accomplished in their community.
The Further Faster program is a seven-week business training program for entrepreneurs at any stage, from idea all the way to scaling, for any type of product- or service-based business. Whether you’re just getting started, considering pivoting or growing an existing business, we have the resources to help you through the process. Your participation in Further Faster enrols you as a client of the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre (HBEC), which gives you access to all of our events, workshops and mentorship throughout the year.
Find out how you can get involved with Collingwood’s Business Accelerator Centre. Elevating Collingwood’s entrepreneurial excellence, attract new companies to rent space or own property for their facilities, increase the growth and velocity of emerging businesses, address expertise gaps at Business Development Centre in downtown Collingwood.
We connect angel investors with entrepreneurs to commercialize their innovations. Georgian Angel Network’s (GAN) role is to serve as a catalyst for economic development, facilitating deal flow between accredited investors and high-quality investee’s and investee education services.
GAN is a powerful form of angel investing that is gaining prominence globally. By combining investment power and experience, GAN enhances deal flow quality, enable companies to be pre-qualified for funding, increases deal volume and potential returns for its members.
Connect with us to learn how you can become a GAN member.
At the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce, we are here to help you with your business. Your success is important to us – both in business and as an engaged member of our town. We do all we can to support our businesses with the latest information and grants, connecting you with others in our community, hosting networking events, finding mentors and aiding in building your business! We connect you to resources!
Grey County is committed to supporting agriculture and local food businesses of all kinds, sizes, and lifecycle stages with dedicated resources. The Agricultural Advisory Committee provides oversight into best practice and keeps county council informed. We have knowledgeable staff in our economic development, planning and tourism departments who can assist you wherever you fit in the agri-food value chain, from field to fork.
The Grey County Small Business Centre provides entrepreneurs throughout Grey County with the information, tools and guidance needed to successfully start, expand and grow their business. We offer a range of services including free business consultations and workshops, networking and learning events and youth incentives. Connect with us by visiting our website.
At the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre (HBEC), our comprehensive suite of services is designed specifically to help businesses and individuals gain the skills and knowledge needed to grow a thriving business or idea. Through a combination of training, networking, mentorship and funding opportunities, our goal is to make your business dreams a reality.
Highfive Cowork & Social a brand new coworking and social space in Owen Sound dedicated to fostering an environment of creativity, professionalism and community. Highfive is available for entrepreneurs, remote workers, designers, writers and anyone else across Grey Bruce seeking a unique space to work in collaborate, create, innovate, network or think of ways to change the world. The space is outfitted with top-notch Wi-Fi, free fair-trade coffee, plenty of seating, spotless washrooms, a kitchen, good tunes, complimentary printing services, and fellow like-minded people embracing the remote lifestyle. You have a key, and you can come and go as you please. Connect with us to learn more about our memberships.
Innisfil is on the path to rapid growth and we have a business incubator for emerging startups. Those start-ups can grow right here in Innisfil! Successful candidates of the program will work out of dedicated accelerator space and get access to DMZ’s full suite of services, connecting them with customers, capital and experts to help them grow. Apply today!
Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce exists to help businesses and organizations in Muskoka Lakes thrive, and together, we drive economic and social prosperity in our community. We are also tourism ambassadors for the thousands of visitors who come to experience the best of Muskoka. By making strong connections, we build relationships with our members and connect them with each other and potential customers. Whether you are a small business owner, a manager at a large resort, or a volunteer at a charity, we invite you to learn more about what a chamber membership can do for your organization.
Muskoka Small Business Centre is your first stop for start-up and early-stage business information in Muskoka and the surrounding area. The Muskoka Small Business Centre exists through a partnership between the province and the town of Bracebridge. Our mandate is to help entrepreneurs and small business owners, from pre-start-up planning to business registration and launch, to help you start, succeed and grow. We support entrepreneurs with big ideas, helping them put their talents and practical skills to work.
The Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC) is here to help your business start, grow and succeed!
We provide counselling, training and funding to local businesses to support job creation, growth and innovation. We also work with many community partners on various community economic development projects to build an economy in Ontario’s Lake Country that is prosperous, growing and sustainable.
Our business communities in the city of Orillia, townships of Oro-Medonte, Ramara, Severn, and the Chippewas of Rama First Nation all benefit from our diverse range of services.
Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network (PMCN) is funded by FedNor to build community partnerships and provide grants to businesses to adopt technology and supports schools to grow their digital talent base. We offer a variety of supports including Perfecting the Pitch competition, tech adoption grants, business leader video podcasts, and host the Impact Gala in partnership with Founders Circles in Muskoka and Parry Sound that provide early stage businesses with cash awards. Connect with us to find out how you can join our network.
The Peter Moore Changemaker’s Space is a place for collaboration, project conception and project making. This space seeks to provide an engaging, productive and safe experience for everyone.
Join the maker movement! Experience something completely new with tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, foodies, engineers, artists and students in the Peter B. Moore Maker Space (E212, Barrie Campus).
Featuring hands-on makers demonstrations with 3-D printers, laser cutters, the circuit board printer, augmented reality and other innovative approaches to art, design, prototyping and more!
Glimpse into the future and feed your aspirations to become a maker. Everyone is welcome.
Up for something new and exciting? Join us as we create a community that re-imagines the way you do business. With access to a social network that plays as hard as they work, this known destination will help you form life enhancing connections that move the needle forward.
The Sandbox Centre is designed to bring you together with a community of like-minded people who value hard work and are committed to building long-lasting relationships. Our collaborative hub helps people and businesses grow through opportunities for professional development, networking experiences, and meaningful connections. Create a better life through business with us!
The Small Business Centre is the go-to place for entrepreneurs in Barrie and the surrounding area. The Centre provides support for new and existing businesses with startup, development, operation and growth. Leading edge information geared towards the needs of the entrepreneur, access to current resource materials, informative workshops and seminars specifically designed to meet the needs of small business.
The South Georgian Bay Small Business Centre is the go-to place for entrepreneurs in the South Georgian Bay. The centre provides support for new and existing businesses with start up, development, retention and operation. Leading-edge information geared towards the needs of the entrepreneur is provided through access to current resource materials, business programs with grant funding, and informative workshops and seminars specifically designed to meet the needs of small business.
As the concept of The HUB began to unfold, the need for a support system for social and commercial entrepreneurs working within Muskoka became apparent. We recognize the need for a place that provides an affordable and versatile working environment, professional support, social networking opportunities that help initiatives thrive. We also see an opportunity to facilitate collaboration between businesses, not-for-profits, and government bodies. This type of cross-sector collaboration has been shown, not only to boost creativity, but to generate innovative solutions to the complex needs that face communities. Co-work, network, innovate with us!
The XcelerateHER community connects women entrepreneurs to events, peer groups, mentorship, funding and support. XcelerateHER is the one degree of separation between the resources and connections you need to scale and grow your business!
XcelerateNOW is a program that connects newcomers, immigrants, refugee entrepreneurs and international students with resources in our community.
YWCA Muskoka sees a future in which all women and girls are thriving. We’re being a champion of positive change for women and girls through education, leadership and advocacy. YWCA offers school and community-based learning opportunities that build confidence, communication and leadership skills, and foster health relationships. We are committed to preventing gender-based violence through public awareness and education, community collaboration, micro-lending and advocacy. We’re also focused on building economic resilience and social capital by striving to increase access and providing training to develop life skills and new income streams. We believe being present for women and gender-diverse folks as an ally and educator involves telling the story in a meaningful way and leveraging our resilience, assets and diversity.
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.