Start and Grow Your Business

Are you on the verge of putting that great idea to work? Have you always wanted to be your own boss for yourself? Don't know where to start? We can help.

Or are you ready to expand to better serve your customers or have an idea about how to provide your services to more clients?  There are plenty of resources available to help you understand the ins and outs of starting and running your own business. Being an entrepreneur can be a very rewarding experience. Start your journey off right here in Centre Wellington!

 Starting Your Business
 

BUSINESS RESOURCES

 

COUNTY BUSINESS RESOURCES:

County of Wellington - The County of Wellington is made up of seven lower tier municipalities including the Town of Erin, Town of Minto, Township of Wellington North, Township of Mapleton, Township of Centre Wellington, Township of Guelph/Eramosa and the Township of Puslinch.

 

Province of Ontario Resources 

Ontario Business and Industry information 

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Province of Ontario – supports a strong, innovative economy that can provide jobs, opportunities and prosperity for all Ontarians.

 

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs – supports the sectors that keep rural communities economically successful is a priority. Information on how to start a commercial food business as well as a home-based food business.

 

Government of Canada Resources

 

 Growing our Business
Centre Wellington is committed to helping businesses grow. Our Economic Development team can connect you with the right people and walk you through the permits and processes to help your business move forward seamlessly. 

 

Looking for a new or larger location? We will work with local realtors, landowners and businesses to connect you to the location that is right for you.

Province of Ontario Resources 

FedDev Ontario – a one stop shop for information on how to start and grow businesses in Canada – tons of information from being an entrepreneur to accessing investment capital.

Innovation Guelph - acts to cultivate entrepreneurship, powerful partnerships, and innovative initiatives that transform the way we do things in business and in our communities.

County of Wellington - The County of Wellington is made up of seven lower tier municipalities including the Town of Erin, Town of Minto, Township of Wellington North, Township of Mapleton, Township of Centre Wellington, Township of Guelph/Eramosa and the Township of Puslinch.

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade– supports a strong, innovative economy that can provide jobs, opportunities and prosperity for all Ontarians.

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs – supports the sectors that keep rural communities economically successful is a priority. Information on how to start a commercial food business as well as a home-based food business.

 Centre Wellington Small Business Centre

The Business Centre of Guelph-Wellington (BCGW) is one of 57 Small Business Enterprise Centres across the province with a very clear and simple mandate, "to help people start and grow businesses." With the support of the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth for the Province of Ontario, the City of Guelph and Wellington County, BCGW provides free one-hour consultations with a business advisor, a suite of training seminars and hosts a variety of events each year to improve the economic health and wealth of the communities it serves.

It is the mission of BCGW to be the gateway to business ownership through experiential and practical supports for business owners. The Centre provides practical advice, coaching and training to those seeking to start and grow businesses, from experienced business owners.

 

As part of the BCGW, the Centre Wellington Small Business Centre, located at 160 Provost Lane in Downtown Fergus is open from10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, the office is closed but Small Business Advisors can be accessed virtually through the Business Centre Guelph Wellington

It is now easy for residents in Centre Wellington, with an idea for a business or plans to expand an existing business to get the support and answers that they need. The Centre provides one-on-one business consultation, training, coaching and mentoring to anyone that needs their assistance.

 

Call 519-826-4701 to book your consultation. 

 Wellington Waterloo Community Futures
The Wellington-Waterloo Community Futures (WWCF) is a not-for-profit organization supported by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)


We offer support, financing and training for rural businesses in Wellington County and the Region of Waterloo.


Focusing on job creation through strategic planning, Community Futures provides funding and advisory services to area businesses. Economic development support, business consulting, and loans are available to businesses and residents of rural areas of the County of Wellington and the Region of Waterloo.

 

 Innovation Guelph
Innovation Guelph - acts to cultivate entrepreneurship, powerful partnerships, and innovative initiatives that transform the way we do things in business and in our communities.

 

Innovation Guelph is building prosperity for community wellbeing by providing mentorship and business support services that help innovative enterprises start, grow & thrive.

 Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce
 

The Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven non-profit organization which:

  • Serves as a community resource to promote and maintain business growth through advocacy, networking and educational opportunities.
  • Helps improve Centre Wellington by helping local businesses thrive. When local businesses are succeeding, the local economy flourishes and businesses can better support local charities, events, and their employees.
  • Acts as an ethical information resource for local commerce, business and professionals.

 

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