Business Assistance

For assistance with start-ups, funding, human resources, and almost anything else business related, here are some local resources to contact.


Business Development Centre (Barrie)

Canada’s business development bank and the only financial institution dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. Their mission is to help create and develop Canadian businesses through financing, venture capital and consulting services, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Their vision is to accelerate entrepreneurs’ success. In fact, we’re solely dedicated to Canadian entrepreneurs. We have a nationwide team helping more than 28,000 businesses reach their full potential.


La Clé d’la Baie en Huronie – La Clé de l’emploi/Employment Services)

Free bilingual employment services in Penetanguishene.  Services include finding sustainable employment; assessment of skills, capabilities, interests and experience; job search strategies, including resume preparation; information about different careers and occupations, the local labour market, employment and training opportunities; on-the-job training and/or work experience and, in some cases, additional support to help maintain employment; etc.

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Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe (EDCNS)

For businesses with 15+ employees looking to invest, grow or partner in the 4 municipalities of Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay, and Tiny, please contact EDCNS.


Greater Barrie Business Enterprise Centre (GBBEC)

The Greater Barrie Business Enterprise Centre is committed to assisting aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages realize their dreams of becoming their own bosses by providing assistance and support to small businesses in both their start-up and early growth stages.

GBBEC started a pilot project in March 2015 to provide part time business support in North Simcoe. The business consultant is located at the offices of the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation and can be reached at

The team is happy to help you find answers and resources for all your business needs.


North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation

North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation (NSCFDC) is supported by the Government of Canada and is governed by a local volunteer Board of Directors. It is dedicated to helping small and medium businesses access services and capital, and enhancing the community’s economic and employment growth through community-based planning and economic development initiatives.


YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka Employment Services

One-on-one services include an employment assessment, mentoring and coaching from an employment specialist, job matching and placement, possible financial incentives, job retention assistance and an intensive assisted job search and coaching program. Self-employment and re-training programs can also be accessed through our one-on-one services.

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If you know of any other business resources in the North Simcoe area that would be appropriate for listing on this page please contact us at the Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe.