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Business Advisory Centre: Start Your Business

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur?

Or perhaps you are 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.

Hillary Manion

Hillary Manion

Entrepreneurship Officer

Cell: 705-875-5724
Email Hillary

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

Step 1

Take New Venture Session Online Course

This course is set up for new BAC clients, startups and aspiring entrepreneurs and is a great place to learn about: 

  • Foundations of starting your small business: market research, registration and regulations to name a few!
  • Business planning tools
  • Small business support organizations and resources available in Peterborough & the Kawarthas
  • All available for you to access 24/7 and to read through at your own pace

Download the Startup Toolkit as an added tool for reference:

Step 2

Check out our Business Fundamentals E-Learning Courses

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

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

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 of Peterborough and the 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.