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Business Support

Lets be frank - rural communities want you to start, expand and operate successful, local businesses. To prove it, Bruce County offers support, access to grant programs from all government sectors, background data and more to ease your path. Most importantly, you can also talk to us about it. Start here...

Bruce County knows how important small businesses are to our economy, which is why our team is invested in assisting local entrepreneurs and business owners. We provide free resources and support to entrepreneurs at all stages of business development. From the idea generation stage to succession planning, we have the tools and guidance to help you with your business endeavors.


We provide free and confidential services to Bruce County entrepreneurs and business owners. Visit our office at 1243 MacKenzie Road in Port Elgin to use our public computer for your business needs at no cost.

These services are provided in partnership with the Province of Ontario and Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs.


  • One-on-one consultations to help you start and grow a business
  • General start-up, expansion, and succession questions
  • Assistance with:
    • Business registrations
    • Preparing a business plan
    • Preparing a marketing plan
    • Market research
    • Financials
    • Human resources/staffing
    • Zoning, permits, regulations, and licenses

Free seminars

Our free seminars and workshops offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to expand their knowledge on numerous topics including:

  • Writing a business plan
  • Financials and bookkeeping
  • Marketing/target market
  • Social media for business
  • Human resources/staffing
  • Digital marketing
  • Online shopping
  • Retail management
  • Operations
  • General start-up and expansion information
  • Succession planning

Attend one of our events or seminars for great networking opportunities and informative topics relevant to business development. See all our upcoming events and seminars here.


The Business to Bruce team offers our local entrepreneurs and business owners the chance to earn grant funding by completing Business to Bruce programs. From high school students to retirees, if you have a business idea, we have a program, opportunities for grant funding, and the support for you! Learn more about our grants here.

Request a conversation

If you're intrigued by the possibilities of opening or expanding a business in Bruce County - yet you aren't finding the info you need - send a message to a real human being in the Bruce County Economic Development office. We're experts at connecting people with communities and we're very helpful. We look forward to seeing you bring your business ideas to life in Bruce County.