Small Business Services

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COVID-19 Business Supports

Starting or growing your business? These organizations can help:

Accessibility in Ontario: Information for Businesses
Whether you’re a business owner who wants to make physical changes to your store or an employer who wants to help an employee, it’s important to have clear tips and resources
Business Development Bank of Canada
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is Canada's only financial institution devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. BDC helps create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and capital, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.
Canada Small Business Hub
The Small Business Hub is a resource provided by Statistics Canada to help existing and aspiring small business owners and entrepreneurs plan and run their enterprises by helping the small business community better understand the country's population and society, as well as the context in which businesses operate.
County of Simcoe Economic Development Office
The County of Simcoe Economic Development Office works in partnership with the Town to assist your business in finding cost-competitive land and industrial and commercial spaces, accessing resources and development incentives, and obtaining vital economic data and information
Entrepreneurs Connect
Entrepreneurs Connect is a showcase for entrepreneurship news, events, and happenings in Barrie and the surrounding area, and allows business owners to build, increase, and manage their networks.
FOCUS Community Development Corporation
If you're looking for employees, FOCUS can help. FOCUS offers employers job posting services, workshops, human resource information, and wage incentive/subsidy programs.
Futurpreneur Canada 
Futurpreneur Canada fuels the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise, providing financing, mentoring, and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39.
Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre at Georgian College
The Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre assists entrepreneurs in four main areas: training, connections, funding, and mentorship. 
Innovators Alliance 
Innovators Alliance is a peer-to-peer group of CEOs who believe in driving business growth through innovation. Members meet to explore new ways to adapt to the changing business landscape, learn from one another's experiences, and share knowledge.
Nottawasaga Futures 
Headquartered in Alliston, Nottawasaga Futures provides a variety of business support services, including: government liaison and human resource development; financing for startup, growth, expansion, and reorganization; and advice and counselling.
Ontario Capital Growth Corporation
Ontario Capital Growth Corporation (OCGC) is the venture capital investment agency of the government of Ontario. OCGC was created to promote and develop the venture capital sector in Ontario, to assist high potential technology companies access capital vital to grow and prosper.
Ontario Centre of Innovation 
Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI) supports the commercialization of academic intellectual property (IP), industry-academic collaborations, and the development and adoption of emerging technologies.  
Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs 
The Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) was created to bring together the various resources for entrepreneurs, so you don’t have to search. The less time you spend finding and accessing programs and services, the more you can focus on “the business of running a business”.
Ontario Small Business Access 
Get support, information, and advice to run your small business with Ontario Small Business Access.
Sandbox Centre for Shared Entrepreneurship & Innovation 
The Sandbox Centre for Shared Entrepreneurship & Innovation connects people and their ideas to business resources; where guided collaboration and sharing of collective knowledge support the journey to success.
Small Business Centre | Barrie, Simcoe County, Orillia  
The Small Business Centre encourages and supports entrepreneurship by being a one-stop source for all your small business needs. Services are free and include business feasibility and guidance, business plan consultation, advice on regulatory requirements, coaching, training, networking, and support service referrals.
Startup Canada
Startup Canada provides the infrastructure to connect communities across the country to peer-support, advisors, funders and other important resources to strengthen the environment for entrepreneurship from the bottom-up.

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