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Small Business Centre, Goderich

If you are at the planning stage for your business and searching for business start-up information, we recommend that you contact our friendly, helpful partners at the Small Business Centre located in Goderich.

The Small Business Centre offers small business owners and entrepreneurs resources and services to establish a successful momentum for their businesses.

Contact Patrick Donnelly, Small Business Centre Coordinator for free business consultations, marketing and promotion opportunities, and information on the Starter Company Plus program.

Email: pdonnelly@huroncounty.ca or call 519-524-8394 ext. 3307


Other Financing Programs

The Canada Small Business Financing Program 

The Canada Small Business Financing Program seeks to increase the availability of loans for establishing, expanding, modernizing and improving small businesses. It does this by encouraging financial institutions to make their financing available to small businesses. Under the Program, a small business must apply for a loan at a financial institution (bank, credit union or caisse populaire) of its choice.


Business Development Bank of Canada

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) helps create and develop Canadian businesses through financing, venture capital and consulting services, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The BDC does this through:

  • Financing: long-term loans for projects and working capital
  • Subordinate financing: hybrid debt and equity financing
  • Venture capital: direct and indirect investments in high technology companies
  • Consulting services: tailored, quality consulting services at a price businesses can afford

The Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII) loan program 

The Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII) loan program supports high-growth, innovative small and medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in rural and urban communities by offering loans of $150,000 to $500,000 to support all aspects of growth challenges facing them.

SOFII is a program designed to promote growth among small and medium-sized businesses in Southwestern Ontario

Launched by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) in July 2012, the program offers $20-million through its Prosperity Initiative. The loans are intended to help finance:

  • Late stage commercialization;
  • New product or service development;
  • New applications or markets; or
  • Development or implementation of new processes or technologies.

The SOFII loan fund acts as a catalyst for increased investment in and support for innovation and is one element in the emerging climate of support for high growth companies in Southern Ontario. SOFII is supported through FedDev Ontario and is delivered by Community Futures Ontario East and Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Association.

For more please visit: https://www.wocfdca.com/en/funds/sofii/sofii-program-information

To apply, please contact:

Western Ontario CFDC Association (WOCFDCA)
330 West Street, Unit 10,
Brantford, ON N3R 7V5

 519-752-0381

 david@wocfdca.com

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