Use Ontario’s “Small Business Access” portal and local Small Business Enterprise Centres.
This may look a bit odd. Why would I as “Andreas Hug Consulting” post an article alerting you to this business service? Some of these services are free, some are a low cost way to get initial answers to your business questions or get training, mentoring support or a grant through the “Starter Company Plus” program at Small Business Enterprise Centres in Guelph-Wellington County and Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge.
If you came to me first, and then found out that you could have saved money by doing some quick online search yourself at ontario.ca/smallbusiness, went to #SmallBusinessAccess or called toll-free for advice? (1-888-999-5970, 0830 to 1700 on business days). This is a dedicated support number! Service is available both in English and French.
I am sure you would be upset and never talk to me again.
Main areas of free and low cost services
- Get funding (for hiring and retaining youth ages 15-29, apprenticeship training grants, etc.)
- Get business advice (have in-depth conversations on your businesses’ needs)
- Grow your business (going global, get federal government support, sell to the Ontario government)
- Get legal advice for small business owners over the phone (time-limited calls)
- Training and mentoring
Where and when
Online links: ontario.ca/smallbusiness and #SmallBusinessAccess
Toll-free 1-888-999-5970, 0830 – 1700 on business days
“Pro Bono Ontario” legal advice for small business owners over the phone (time-limited calls)
Toll-free 1-855-755-7256 on business days
Waterloo Region Small Business Centre
Kitchener City Hall, Main office, 200 King Street West, Main Floor
PO Box 1118, Kitchener, ON N2G 4G7
T 519-741-2604 F 519-745-1522
0830 – 1600 (summer hours), Monday through Friday
Cambridge City Hall, Satellite office
96 Grand Avenue South, Suite 103
Cambridge, ON N1R 5W8
T 519-740-4683 F 519-740-4693
0830 – 1630, Monday through Friday, consultations by appointment only
Waterloo City Hall, Satellite office
100 Regina Street South, First Floor, Suite 170
Waterloo, ON N2J 4A8
T 519-747-6265 F 519-747-6266
0830 – 1230, 1330 – 1430, Monday through Friday, consultations by appointment only
By referral you may arrange a 40 minute one-on-one consultation for only $20 + HST with professionals for questions in the areas of:
Legal, Accounting, Etsy Online Sales/Marketing, Business Operations/Growth, Social Media Marketing, Human Resources, Digital Marketing.
Guelph and Wellington County
Business Centre Guelph-Wellington
Main office, 14 Macdonell Street, Unit 100
Guelph, ON N1H 2Z3
T 519-826-4701 F 519-826-4721
0830 – 1630, Monday through Friday
Fergus, Satellite office
160 Provost Lane
Fergus, ON N1M 2M6
Business advisor in residence programs, consultations by appointment only
- Arthur, Arthur Library, 110 Charles Street East
- Mount Forest, District Sports Complex, 650 Princess Street
- Hillsburgh, Hillsburgh Library, 9 Station Street
- Mapleton, Drayton Town Office, Township office, 7275 Sideroad 16, Drayton, ON N0G 1P0
The Business Centre Guelph-Wellington offers a wide range of services, programs, mentoring, training, workshops and events for business. Check www.guelphbusiness.com for up-to-date information.
Once you have exhausted all these free and very low cost sources of business advice, and still need more help, then you may consider contacting Andreas Hug Consulting for executive support to get done what is needed for your business at the time. Just call me at 519-763-1419, (mobile: 416-575-4735), to set up a free initial one hour conversation to discuss your needs. This does not create any obligation on your part. I will be glad to listen and together with you explore if, and how, I can be of help.