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The Small Business Centre offers a number of services to assist individuals in their entrepreneurial endeavours. Regardless of age, gender or ethnicity there are common traits among entrepreneurs, including: a desire to create and innovate; an ability to “bootstrap” limited resources; an ability to recognize, assess and execute on an opportunity. If you work with clients who possess these skills, we want to meet them.
Whether the chosen venture is a simple lifestyle business for the stay-at-home parent, a high growth potential venture, a new technological innovation or a social cause business, the fundamentals in planning, launching and growing an entrepreneurial venture are the same.
Our experienced business advisors and workshop facilitators can provide market research guidance, assist in the creation of a marketing strategy, and help determine financial feasibility and coach business development through the business planning and growth planning process.
In some instances, there may be structured programming available as part of the government’s strategy to combat unemployment. The SBC has partnerships with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities; The City of London Ontario Works; and the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment to provide entrepreneurial programming to unemployed individuals.
The eligibility criteria, referral path and level of support vary depending on the program. For a complete list of current government sponsored programs visit our Programs page.
To help clients and referral organizations navigate the available programs and resources, we host an information session called "Open4Business" every Thursday at noon. We strongly urge clients and referral organizations to attend.
If you have questions about our various programs please contact our Client Services Assistant by email or 519-659-2882 ext. 0.