PTBOCanada Featured Post: Get Inspired With PED's Awesome Business Advisory Centre For Entrepreneurs

Have a business idea floating around? Dreaming about being  an entrepreneur? Peterborough Economic Development’s Business Advisory Centre (the BAC) is the go-to place in Peterborough & the Kawarthas to get the information you need to get started.

Whether you’re looking to expand your operations or need some help with marketing, the friendly and knowledgable staff is there to help. Their free and confidential consultations can help every entrepreneur or entrepreneur-to-be start and grow their small business.

In fact, you’re probably already familiar with many of the BAC’s clients. It could be your favourite coffee shop or landscaper, hair stylist, pet groomer... you get the idea! BAC helps entrepreneurs of all ages at every stage of business growth. 

Check out these 5 great local businesses that started or expanded with help from the BAC...

1. Kawartha Combat

With the support of the Starter Company program—a Government of Ontario youth entrepreneurship program administered by the BAC—Kevin accessed funding to expand his operations and support to build a comprehensive business plan that will allow Kawartha Combat to continue to grow. Kawartha Combat offers martial arts programs, personal training, events and children’s camps.

2. Revive Hair Lounge

Kerry McMaster was ready to use her skills as a hair stylist to fuel her entrepreneurial dreams when she came across the B.L.A.S.T. Pilot Program being offered through the BAC. The program made her focus on what makes her business unique—being a Green Circle Salon and focusing on environmentally-friendly practices.

3. BE Catering

Using the services offered at the BAC, BE Catering was able to craft a strong business plan which has helped them as they expand and helped them secure financing from Community Futures Peterborough. PED and Community Futures work closely together, and as a result their mutual clients have a higher than average success rate on their funding applications.

Hard Winter Bread Co.

Hard Winter Bread Co.

4. Hard Winter Bread Co.

Jess Arsenault, Co-Founder of Hard Winter Bread Co., accessed the BAC’s services as a student when she started a business through Summer Company. A few years later, Jess returned with her husband Graham to receive support to start Hard Winter Bread Co. They received assistance with their financials and business planning to help their business succeed.

Watch this great video on them below...

Play Cafe

Play Cafe

The Play Cafe, a family-friendly cafe and play space with a creative studio that opened in 2015, utilized the BAC to help owner Sarah get started on her path to being an entrepreneur. Sarah navigated the entrepreneurial bumps in the road as she worked closely with staff to complete her business plan.

Who’s the next Business Advisory Centre client? You won't want to miss this upcoming workshop series...

-> The Art of Sales | October 26, 2016 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Cavan Monaghan Council Chambers, Millbrook

-> HR Workshop – The Human Connection | November 23, 2016 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Lakefield Marshland Centre, Lakefield

-> Art of Networking – Holiday Edition | December 7, 2016 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Board Room, Peterborough

-> Money Management Workshop | January 18, 2016 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Community Futures Peterborough, Peterborough

For more information on Peterborough Economic Development and the Business Advisory Centre, go here:

Twitter: @PtboEcDev
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