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Services For Startup Businesses

The St. Catharines Enterprise Centre (SCEC) provides the information, resources and tools that entrepreneurs need to launch and grow their startup businesses, including free consultations with one of our experts.

For COVID-19 Resources for Businesses, click here.

Visit the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre

If you're a motivated entrepreneur with a great idea, let the Enterprise Centre help you take that next step in making your dream a reality! Use the form on this page to get in touch with our team for your FREE consultation.

SCEC is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) and proud community partner for the Futurpreneur Canada Program (formerly Canada Youth Business Foundation), Summer Company program and Starter Company program.

Located in the heart of Downtown, the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre works closely with partners such as Innovate Niagara, the Regional Innovation Centre on programming, to support clients and to expand the workshops and networking opportunities provided.

St Catharines Enterprise Centre, Downtown Business Development

SCEC Support & Services

  • FREE one-on-one consultations
  • Training and seminars
  • Funding and grants
  • Business and financial planning
  • Market research and business feasibility
  • Permits and licensing
To see even more services, visit the SCEC website.

Upcoming Webinars

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  • July Webinars
    Most of the following seminars are FREE of charge, but some involve a nominal fee. Pre-registration is required. Seminars are subject to change. Please contact the office to confirm date, time and availability.

    June Webinars

    • Market Research
      July 7, 2020 at 10 a.m.
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      • A review of the market research process and tools to help you gain knowledge on your industry, your clients and your competitors.

    • Positioning in the Market
      July 9, 2020 at 10 a.m.
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      • Positioning is all about having your spot in the market. What makes you different, where are the needs amongst your potential customers? How to position your business will give you the fundamentals to soar above competitors and stand out. Presented by Brad Moore, CEO of Giant Shoe Creative Agency
    • Niagara Region Public Health Regulations During COVID19
      July 10, 2020 at 10 a.m.
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      • Joe DeGiuli joins us to review the Public Health regulations and best practice for small businesses during COVID-19. 
    • Marketing 101
      July 14, 2020 at 10 a.m.
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      • A review of basic marketing principles to help you build your communication strategy.

    • Funding Options and Resources for Small Business
      July 15, 2020 at 10 a.m.
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      • The St. Catharines Enterprise Centre is teaming up with Job Gym and Letourneau Hindo Professional Corporation CPAs to discuss the various business funding programs, supports for small businesses and tax issues. Whether you’re looking to hire for your business or navigate some of the COVID-19 programming this webinar will provide you with the supports available.
    • Choosing Your Marketing Platforms
      July 16, 2020 at 10 a.m.
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      • Not sure where to start on your marketing strategy and getting mixed communication on what is “best” for your business? Join us for this interactive session with Brandy and Rowe from Ownera Group. They will review various marketing methods, how to choose the platform that is right for your business and where to find reliable data.

    • Steps to Starting a Small Business
      July 21, 2020 at 10 a.m.
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      • Steps to Starting a Small Business: A review of the rules and regulations surrounding your small business start-up. Topics include licensing, name registration and basics of taxation.

    • Business Planning & Cash Flow
      July 28, 2020 at 10 a.m.
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      • What is a business plan and why do you need one? Learn the basics of developing a business plan and cash flow forecasting.

Discover Why St. Catharines Is Your Business Advantage

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(905) 688-5601