Starting and Growing Your Business

Starting a 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.

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

Centre Wellington Small Business Centre

Located at 160 Provost Lane, the Business Centre Guelph Wellington in partnership with the Township of Centre Wellington operates the Centre Wellington Small Business Centre.

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

Call 519-826-4701 to book your consultation or visit the Centre at 160 Provost Lane in Downtown Fergus from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.

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 will providing practical advice, coaching and training to those seeking to start and grow businesses, from experienced business owners.

Over the coming months, training programs will be introduced that will assist with:

  • Stepping into Business- A full day seminar that covers an overview of the steps involved with starting and running a business in Ontario.  This program will be offered twice per year.
  • Start to Success- This six week program provides participants a series of workshops that breaks down the process of creating a business and building a business plan into six-well defined stages.  At the completion of this series participants will have the knowledge needed to develop a business plan.  Two sessions per year will be offered.
  • 2 hour Seminars or Lunch and Learns- Training sessions based on the expressed business needs of the community.  These facilitated sessions help local business owners work more effectively.  6-8 sessions per year will be held.

Growing Your 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.

The Centre Wellington Community Improvement Plan outlines Centre Wellington's goals and objectives around enhancing investment and supporting growth through financial incentives.  

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