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Partner Profile: Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre
Posted May-04-2018

Caricatures of LGSBEC staff Wendy and Jeanette

Here at the City of Brockville’s Economic Development Department, we know that we can’t do everything alone. We are fortunate to work closely with a number of organizations who all contribute to the economic viability of our city and who work hard to ensure that Brockville is a great place to live and work. It is critical that we invest in strengthening bonds with our local partners so that we are all working towards the same goals, streamlining processes, reducing duplication and ultimately getting more done to benefit the community and our local businesses.

Other Partner Profiles include Downtown Brockville (DBIA) and Brockville & 1000 Islands Tourism. Next up is the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre. We asked them what options an entrepreneur has if they are looking for help from them to develop their business. Did you know that they have a targeted program for every stage of your business? Keep reading to see which programs and support would be the most help to you.

5 ways to grow your business at every age and business stage with the LGSBEC:

1.Nurture your entrepreneurial spirit while you are still a student

Be your own boss while you learn what it takes to run your own business with Summer Company.  Successful program applicants will get advice and mentorship from local business leaders to help you get your business off the ground, as well as a start-up grant of up to $3000 to help with initial costs. If you are a current student between the ages of 15 and 29 and are returning to school after the program ends you may be eligible for this program. Click here for more details and eligibility requirements.

2.Run your ideas past a business consultant

Whether you are starting, building, or expanding your business, get advice from knowledgeable business counsellors. If you need a boost, are feeling stuck, want to grow, or just want a second opinion, they are the go-to experts. They can help analyze your business and identify opportunities. They can provide guidance on writing your business plan, navigating government regulations, and registering your business. Need help growing your business? They do that too. Did we mention consultations are free? Click here to request an appointment.

3.Accelerate your start up

Thinking about going all-in? If you are over 18, working on your business full time, and have been in business for less than 5 years, you could qualify for the Starter Company Plus program. Through this program you get access to: one-on-one guidance, mentoring with a local successful entrepreneur, workshops on business plan writing, budgeting, executing marketing campaigns and more, valuable experience, and funding of up to $5000. Applications are accepted quarterly, click here for more information on the Starter Company Plus program.

4.Network with local business people while getting training on specific topics

Access inexpensive workshops and learning opportunities led by leading experts. Sessions are held regularly and cover a range of topics including finance, HR, digital marketing, and other relevant and timely topics. The cost for these sessions is usually in the $25 to $30 range, and some are even offered for free, making them a cost-effective way to build your business skills and meet other area entrepreneurs. Click here to see the list of upcoming events and topics.

5.Get help from the experts – all at once

Meet with 6 leading experts from a range of fields once a month with the Business Success Coaching Program. Get targeted guidance and advice specific to your business from experts in human resources, finance, law, business operations, marketing and sales once per month for seven months. The cost is $40/session ($280 in total) to get access to this invaluable knowledge and opportunity for growth. 1 intake per year  – contact LGSBEC to get added to the list.

All consultations with advisors at the SBEC are kept completely confidential and are offered free of charge. Some small fees may apply to certain workshop and training opportunities.

Contact the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre:

3 Market Street West, Unit 3A
Brockville, Ontario K6V 7L2

Wendy Onstein
Manager, Lead Consultant
613-342-0040 x 4470

Jeanette Johnston
Business Development Coordinator
613-342-0040 x 4471

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