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Business Supports

Start Your Business

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Or perhaps are you a new business owner looking for assistance in navigating the region’s network of support for entrepreneurs. Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre is often a business owner’s first step on the path to success.

We have created a step-by-step process for start-ups:

Step 1: Attend a New Venture Session

These sessions are setup for new BAC clients and startups and are a great opportunity to learn about:

  • the foundations of starting and running business
  • resources and programs that are available for entrepreneurs in Peterborough & the Kawarthas
  • how to access support from Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre
  • getting started on the Startup Checklist

Learn about upcoming New Venture sessions

Step 2: Check out our Business Fundamentals Workshops

Build a solid foundation for your business with this series of workshops, based on in-demand topics from area entrepreneurs. Following attendance at a New Venture session, take part in the Business Fundamentals workshops (in any order to learn more about):

  • Business Planning
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Profitable Operations
Find out about the next Business Fundamentals workshops

Step 3: Book a One-on-One Consultation with the Business Advisory Centre

Looking for more personalized support? After attending a New Venture Session, please contact us to book a personalized meeting with a Business Advisor for:

  • GrowthWheel Advisory Services
  • Business Plan Review
  • Pitch Practice
Read our full Business Startup Toolkit here.

Entrepreneurship Program Opportunities

We are pleased to offer two Government of Ontario funded entrepreneurship programs.

Starter Company Plus

This program is designed to provide business training for entrepreneurs (from aspiring to experienced), aged 18 and over in the City and County of Peterborough who are launching a business or expanding an existing business (that has been operating for five years or less).

Summer Company

Summer Company is a program created by the Government of Ontario (and proudly administered locally through Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre). This program is perfect for self-motivated, entrepreneurial-minded youth looking to try their hand at business ownership.