Business Enterprise Centre

The Business Enterprise Centre provides entrepreneurs throughout Grey County with the information, tools and guidance needed to successfully start, expand and grow their small business.

Our office is a partnership between Grey County, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth(link is external), and the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science(link is external).

Some of the services we offer include:

  • Free business consultations
  • Guidance on government rules and regulations
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Networking and learning events
  • Resource material
  • Youth incentives and programs

Contact us today for your free consultation!

Courtney Miller, Business Enterprise Manager

Grey County Administration Building
595 9th Avenue East
Owen Sound, ON N4K 3E3

Launchpad YATC
612 10th St.
Hanover, ON N4N 1R7

CreativeBoost workshop: Countdown to Business in Meaford

Thu, 20 September 2018

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Meaford Hall

This CreativeBoost program is a one-day workshop for artists/creatives who are thinking about starting a creative business. Attendees explore the feasibility of their existing creative business idea through basic business and creative techniques that will help shape the business plan. Register here (Link is external)

The Essentials of Small Business Marketing

Tues, 2 October 2018

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT

Grey County Administration Building

How can you get the most out of your digital and traditional marketing? Where is it best to focus your energies? Which marketing actions offer the most “bang for your buck”? These questions and more will be answered in this informative seminar focused on effective marketing strategies and tactics for small businesses. Register here (Link is external)

Are you a student who has always dreamed of running your own business?

Summer Company offers students between the ages of 15-29 the opportunity to start and manage their own summer business. Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to $3,000, and invaluable training and mentorship from local business leaders.

Contact the Business Enterprise Centre for further details or click the link below to learn more.

Applications are currently closed.

Learn more (Link is external)


Do you need assistance starting your own business, or help growing your existing small business?

Starter Company Plus is a training and mentorship program for entrepreneurs over the age of 18 who are not returning to school. Participants receive training and business skills development as well as mentorship from local business leaders. Participants may also be eligible for a grant of up to $5000 to start, purchase or expand their business.

To learn more click the link below or contact the Business Enterprise Centre for further information.

Applications are currently closed.

Learn more (Link is external)


Q. Am I eligible for Starter Company Plus?

A. You are eligible for Starter Company Plus if you are:

  • Proposing a new company, expansion of an existing company or buying an existing business
  • Not a full time student and not returning to school full time
  • A resident of Ontario
  • A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • Prepared to complete the business training components of the Starter Company Plus Program as prescribed by your Small Business Enterprise Centre Program Provider
  • Prepared to commit to a minimum average of 35 hours a week running the business
  • Can demonstrate 25% matching funds in cash and in-kind assets
  • Prepared to attend monthly meetings for at least six months after acceptance into the program
  • Not receiving government income support, such as: Ontario Works, EI, ODSP

Q. What type of business can I start?

A. Almost any type of business is eligible, as long as it:

  • A sole proprietorship or a corporation where the applicant will be the majority shareholder
  • A partnership*
  • An independent business venture
  • Social enterprise
  • Fits the Canada Revenue Agency definition of being self-employed
  • Operates at arm's length from family business ventures
  • Operates in Ontario
  • Operates full-time as defined in the business plan
  • Maintains its own books and records
  • Maintains a separate business bank account
  • Follows government rules and regulations for operating a business

*If only one partner is eligible for Starter Company Plus he/she must demonstrate 51% ownership of the company

Businesses not eligible for Starter Company Plus include:

  • Distributorships
  • Commissioned sales
  • Not-for-profit or charitable enterprises
  • Multi-level marketing ventures
  • Single events such as a theatrical production, a DJ gig, a music concert, a dance/party event, a fundraiser, a sporting tournament, etc.
  • Businesses that are strictly pay per click
  • 1-900 businesses 

Futurpreneur Canada provides youth age 18-39 with the opportunity for low interest financing for their business, as well as an internationally recognized mentoring program.

For more information visit the Futurpreneur website(link is external) or contact The Business Enterprise Centre.