Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre

Take your business further faster!

If you have a business idea we are here to help. Start our easy three-step process.

  1. Complete the intake form
  2. Attend orientation session (once you fill out the intake form you will receive an invitation)
  3. Access our resources

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:

The Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre offers mentoring, funding, training and connections.

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 fewer 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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  • Julie Snache

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    Armed with a degree, Julie Snache was feeling restless and unsatisfied with her career. She traded in her full-time job in Waterloo for the opportunity to pursue Georgian’s new graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management.
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  • Lexi Brand

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  • Georgian offering 30 entrance scholarships to Business – Entrepreneurship students

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  • Zifeng Xu

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  • Travis Van Sluytman

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    I decided to expand my entrepreneurial abilities at Georgian because it met and exceeded my checklist for the kind of learning environment I wanted. The experienced instructors, new facilities and opportunities available to students were exactly what I needed.
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  • Students gain experience at the Creative Space

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  • Innovative entrepreneurship program will help students and young people across central Ontario

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    Georgian College and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation have announced a wide-ranging series of programs and activities designed to encourage and support student and youth entrepreneurship across central Ontario. The initiative was unveiled at a gathering of entrepreneurs at Georgian.
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  • Web Student’s NEAT Community Safety Mapping Tool for OPP

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  • City of Barrie and Georgian College make connections for entrepreneurs

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  • Viengtha Vongphachan

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  • Tara Andrews

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This intensive 14-week program favours exploration over elaborate planning, customer feedback over intuition and iterative processes over traditional structured business planning. You will learn about how to create an agile business through lean startup tools and methodologies.

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

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The Business Model Canvas Workshop

So you have a business idea? Or you are currently in business but looking to pivot in order to be more successful and position yourself for growth?

Join us in a three hour hands on workshop where you will work through answering questions about your business idea and develop your own business model canvas.  This is the first step in planning a successful business and accessing HBEC mentorship and support.  Take this time to organize your vision and create a visual model of how you hope your business will look.



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 innovative program combines weekly seminars and workshops, assignments, mentorship and an expo.  This takes place over a period of 4 months.  By the end of the program, participants will have a complete business plan and the opportunity to share their business in front of industry leaders.

Learn more about Artrepreneur today.

Sprout - 10 Week Food Business Accelerator Program in Barrie


The program is ideal for early stage food entrepreneurs who have a food idea that they have begun to develop (but are pre-revenue) or for those who are currently selling at farmers’ markets and festivals. Upon successful completion, participants will also be awarded a certificate endorsed by all program partners.

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Pitch Prep Workshop

Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops are experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs. The workshops offer ventures tools, mentoring and peer feedback to solve specific problems and develop essential business components.

In this session you will generate a deliverable that you will use frequently in the business development process.


exC!te Pitch Competition

If you are between the ages of 18 and 29 and have a business idea, this is the competition for you!

The exC!te Pitch Competition lets you share your business idea, get feedback from experts and win prizes.

Date and location details coming soon!

The HBEC toolkit is a compilation of valuable resources for entrepreneurs at every level.


Business 101

Business model


Business planning

Market research

Business 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.

teamphotoEmail: hbec@georgiancollege.ca

Phone: 705.728.1968, ext. 1149

Location: Georgian College, Barrie Campus, One Georgian Dr., Barrie ON, Suite E219


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