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Ontario’s West Coast Tourism Summit

Ontario's West Coast Tourism Summit Jan. 25 & Jan. 26, 2021

Destination Think Presentation (click to download)

BC Hughes Consulting Handout (click to download)

Visit Destination Think!

Check out BC Hughes Consulting!

Webinar Resources

On-Demand Webinars

Webinar #1 Intro to E-Commerce

Webinar #2 – Staying Connected to Your Customers

Embrace the Waves Webinar Series

Webinar #1- Learning to Swim: Back to Basics

Webinar #2- How to Use Floating Devices to Manage Your Business Effectively

Financial Resources

Excel Training

The Centre for Employment and Learning have a few different options for Excel training; reach out to them to speak about it directly.

Business Plan Writing

Find out how to write a business plan and access templates and sample business plans.

Business Info & Links

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: or call 519-524-8394 ext. 3307.

Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) shares research and resources on women entrepreneurs in Canada. Made up of 10 regional hubs, WEKH operates in both official languages and includes a network of over 250 organizations, reaching more than 100,000 women entrepreneurs.

WEKH is a part of the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy that aims to increase women entrepreneurs’ access to financing, talent, networks and expertise. Please go to this link for more info on WEKH:

The CPA Canada Financial Literacy Program

Ontario small business financial literacy resources: find resources to help your business during this pandemic.

The CPA Canada Financial Literacy Program has put together resources to help you manage the finances of your small business and provide you with the tools you need because of the pandemic. 

This free comprehensive series will help you navigate through the pandemic and help you in managing and planning for the future of your business. These resources are made possible by the generous support of the Government of Ontario.

Mastering Money: The Educator’s Edition Podcast – Ontario Small Business Series

Join the CPA as they talk to expert guests and listen to insights that will help you manage your small business, including support and resources, as well as shed light on how you can plan for the future.

Find them on: Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsPodBean and Spotify.

For questions, email them.

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:

To apply, please contact:

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