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How we help

The Henry Bernick Centre has many great resources that you can access, which will allow you to thrive as an entrepreneur.

Events and training

Take part in exciting events and comprehensive training that will fuel your entrepreneurship, help you learn new skills and stand apart from the rest.

Featured events

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Xcelerate Summit

This annual event is an opportunity to learn from a diverse set of leaders that are experts in their field of business. It offers a jam-packed agenda that includes a keynote, workshops on a variety of relevant business topics, a presidents panel and networking.

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Further Faster

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

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Henry Bernick Medal Awards

The Henry Bernick Medal Awards is an annual event to celebrate and present the medals to deserving recipients across three distinct categories: Student Entrepreneur, Community Entrepreneur and Entrepreneurs’ Champion. Each year this event features a world renounce keynote speaker.

Connections

The Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre can be the one degree of separation between you and the contact you need to grow further, faster.

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One Degree Network

Connects you to Simcoe County’s business community. Find local opportunities and build valuable relationships to help you grow, all from your mobile devise or Apple Watch.

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Entrepreneurs Connect

Barrie’s startup community harnesses the power of our connected partners to offer one degree of separation to resources needed to grow a venture.

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Georgian Angel Network

Was established to connect angel investors in the Barrie, South Georgian Bay, Orangeville and Muskoka/Huntsville regions with entrepreneurs needing equity capital to commercialize their innovations.

Research Innovation Collage

Department of Research and Innovation

The hub for research, development and innovation at Georgian College, focusing on product design, prototyping, market research, analysis, testing and e-business solution development.

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Market Research

Anne Dorsey is a specialized business librarian with 25 years experience in public and academic libraries.  Anne has worked with over a thousand entrepreneurs and small business owners to assist them with key marketing resources. Anne has brought key target market databases to several libraries in Ontario including Georgian College.

Anne is passionate about entrepreneurs understanding and utilizing the best possible marketing information.

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Sandbox

Sandbox connects people and their ideas to business resources; where guided collaboration and sharing of collective knowledge support their journey to success.

Mentorship

Learn from an incredible team of experienced mentors that are here to help your business flourish by providing guidance in their areas of expertise.

  • Chris Adams

    Chris Adams

    Digital Marketing, E-Commerce Solutions, Software Development & Web Technology

  • John Orange

    John Orange

    Intellectual Property, Trademarking, Licensing, Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Rick Smith

    Rick Smith

    Advertising Agency, Branding & Marketing, Business Planning & Plans

  • Rob Cattle

    Rob Cattle

    Expertise: Business planning & plans, Go to Market Strategy, Lean Startup including ideation

  • Anne Dorsey

    Anne Dorsey

    Business planning & plans, Research, specializing in public and academic libraries

  • Don Bourne

    Don Bourne

    Business planning & plans, Go to Market Strategy, Restaurant industry

  • Lindsay Telfer

    Lindsay Telfer

    Sustainability Planning, Non-Profit Charitible Fundraising, Social Entrepreneurship

  • HBEC Mentor Allen Lloyd

    Allen Lloyd

    Income tax advocacy and consulting, Canada Revenue Agency standards, small business management

Funding

Did somebody say funding?

From Angel investors and smart seed funding to grants and loans, we can help connect you to funding sources that you need for your business.

Funding resources

Angel investing: Georgian Angel Network 

Business loans: Orillia CDC Business Loans

Funds and grants: Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

Smart Seed Funding: Ontario Centres of Excellence 

Fill out our intake form to learn how you can apply for additional resources.

Connect with us

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.

705.728.1968, ext. 1149
hbec@georgiancollege.ca
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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