St Catharines Enterprise Centre
|Record #: NIA2927||Last Modified: 16 Apr 2018||Last Full Update: 17 Oct 2017|
|Office Phone||905-688-5601 ext 1767|
|Areas Served||Niagara Region|
|Located In Community||St Catharines|
|Address & Map||
1 St Paul St, 3rd Floor, Suite A301
St. Catharines, ON L2N 7L2
View Google Map
|Intersection||St Paul and Ontario St|
|Service and Access Details|
|Description (Service)||The centre provides the information, resources and tools that Niagara's entrepreneurs need to launch and grow their small businesses. The office is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) and a community partner for the Futurpreneur Canada (formerly Canadian Youth Business Foundation) program, and the Government of Ontario's young entrepreneur programs - Summer Company and Starter Company.
The office provides information and advisory services through two types of services. For entrepreneurs seeking general information around licensing, taxation, accounting and recordkeeping, sales and marketing, and business planning, the office offers a number of free seminars throughout the month to cover the basics about these topics. There is no cost to attend, but advanced registration is required. You can view the schedule of upcoming events at www.stcatharines.ca/seminars. You are also welcome to email or call with a business inquiry.
For entrepreneurs with specific questions, or those who are in need of advice on specific areas of their business including business plan review services, market research assistance, specific licensing and permit requirements, small business financing options, etc., the office is able to provide clients with a 1 hour one-to-one consultation with an advisor free of charge. It is best to phone or email the office to schedule an appointment time.
The office is also the delivery agent for the Province's programs supporting young entrepreneurs. Summer Company - a program where students returning to school full-time in the fall may be eligible to receive a $3,000 grant to start their own summer business; and Starter Company Plus - a program for adults starting a full time business, to get mentoring, business training and the potential to apply for a grant of up to $5,000.
The office also runs a number of specialized workshops and training sessions throughout the year, including the annual Bridges to Better Business event - a one-day event geared towards networking and training for businesses. Participants attend roundtable discussions on a variety of small business issues, hear from a successful entrepreneur and enjoy the expertise of a keynote speaker all while networking with others in the business community.
To stay in the know about upcoming opportunities and events, sign up for the monthly update on the Enterprise Centre website at www.stcatharines.ca/smallbusiness.
|Hours||Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm|
|Eligibility||Entrepreneurs of any age who are researching business start-up, starting a new business, or are already in business and looking to expand|
|Application||Contact office to complete intake form|
|Fees||Consultations and most seminars are free. Fees apply for some programs, events and workshops.|
|Physical Access||Fully Accessible|
|Legal Status||(50) Non Profit|
|Funding||City of St Catharines, Ministry of Economic Development & Growth, Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, Canada Business Network|
|Service Categories||Business Assistance Services|
|Events||Regular and specialty seminars, workshops and events run throughout the year. Visit the website to sign up for our monthly email updates to stay up to date with upcoming events and opportunities.|