We believe shared knowledge and experience strengthen our business community. Through the Experts In Residence program gain insight into your burning questions, challenges you need to overcome, strategic guidance and more! This program provides a free all access opportunity for you to share and receive expert feedback in order to support your business moving forward with greater clarity. 


Struggling with how to keep your content fresh and relatable? Are you suffering from writer’s block and everything in between when it comes to the outward flow of communication for your biz? Our network of experts are here to share their knowledge and lend a relatable shoulder to not cry on, but help you overcome those challenges! Hear about sharpening your presentation skills, content creation, social media strategies, public relations, brand management and awareness, creative projects, and much more.

Are you an entrepreneur looking to take your business online? Perhaps you’re already online and looking to take the next step in how your business can be developed further through e-commerce. We have stepped into a primarily digital world and if you aren’t online in some aspect it’s time to step up your game! Shopify is here to not only elevate your business through change, but support you with removing barriers and friction in order to grow your business successfully


Advertising, social media, email, blogging, websites, SEM, SEO, branding, CRM, and more – so many avenues to market your business, so little time! When it comes to generating new sales for your business and the marketing strategy currently being executed, are you optimizing all areas? Learn more and expand your strategy with our marketing experts who are ready to support you with leveling up all of the above. 

Our network of marketing experts include NetGain SEOThinkfuel MarketingLarche Communications and Central Ontario Broadcasting.

Our network of finance professionals are dedicated to helping entrepreneurs at every stage of growth. Perhaps you have questions about understanding your lending choices or need some feedback on what the right financial resources are – whatever the reason – join a finance professional and the Sandbox virtually for a fireside chat weekly for all the answers.

Our network of finance professionals includes BMO, Export Development Canada, CFO Centre, Georgian Angel Network, RBC, RBC Wealth Management, National Bank, Scotiabank, Stonebrooke Wealth Management, and TD.

Whether you’re starting out, growing, buying & selling, succession planning, and more – Barriston’s team of experts can point you in the right direction when it comes to topics related to all aspects of your business. Join Barriston Law and the Sandbox virtually for a fireside chat every month.

Make the commitment to professional development

Whether it is for you or your team, connection to community, expertise & shared knowledge awaits!

Past EIR sessions

Updates to Covid 19 for Ontario

A summary of the changes experienced in employment law throughout the COVID-19 pandemic so far.

Termination Clauses in Contracts

A recent decision made by the Ontario Court of Appeal may have caused more issues for employers when it comes to terminating employees.

Local SEO & Map Stank Rankings

SEO ranking is one of the most important aspects of digital marketing in today’s world. If your business caters to a local market area, then don’t leave anything to chance.

Impact of Covid Consumer Behaviour

the dramatic shift in consumer shopping and spending habits as a direct result of COVID-19, with some likely to persist in the long-term

Raising Angel Capital

Access Angel funding and understand the perspective of an Angel Investor.  Realize the steps to becoming Angel ready and what the perfect pitch is!

Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur programs offer financing, mentoring, and business support for early stage businesses.

Delivering a Dynamic Pitch

In reality, successful pitches are about clear and engaging stories that make people want to hear more.

Level Up On-Camera Performances

Trying to appear natural and confident as you present to the board, inspire your team, or practice your newly pivoted company’s on-line offerings


The Small Business Centre is committed to assisting aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages realize their dreams of becoming their own bosses by providing assistance and support to small businesses in both their start-up and early growth stages. Our team is happy to help you find answers and resources for all your business needs.


Starting Your Business Basics

Welcome to the World of Entrepreneurship!

Are you considering venturing into the wild journey of entrepreneurship? Have you already started your business and ready to take on what’s next? The Starting Your Business sessions delivered by the Small Business Centre of Barrie, Orillia, and Simcoe County are here for you to take advantage of! Get involved in these small intimate sessions and harness the knowledge offered to you by a Small Business Consultant to support your journey.

Topics include:

  • Assessing the feasibility of your business idea
  • The pros and cons of different forms of business (Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation)
  • Protecting yourself and the business
  • HST
  • Allowable deductions
  • Sources of financing

Business Plan Basics – Parts 1 & 2

Writing your first business plan is a major step in putting your small business on the map! A business plan articulates the concepts that inspired you to start your business, as well as evaluate potential hurdles like competition and funding issues. Whether you are seeking start-up capital or just want a solid road map to guide you through the early years of your business, a workable small business plan will help you accomplish your goals. Explore what will be addressed in part one and two of business plan basics: 

  • Part 1 : Introduction to planning, contents of a plan, executive summary, company overview, marketing strategy, and introduction to market research
  • Part 2 : Operations, financials, critical path, and other library resources that can assist you with your business plan

Digital Main Street and BeyonD

Digital Main Street and Beyond is a program built around an online learning platform, structured training through the Digital Service Squad team. These highly trained professionals help businesses through the adoption of digital tools and technology. When businesses join they receive a free Digital Assessment and recommended to-do list that can help their business meet their digital goals. The Digital Service Squad can work with businesses one-on-one to activate free and easy to use tools.

How it Works:

  • Complete the free digital onboarding
  • Receive a personalized to-do list with recommendations on how to reach your goals
  • Access a list of digital product and service providers who are offering exclusive discounts

What would joining the sandbox centre mean to your business?

Not a SBX Member yet? Interested in understanding what’s in it for you? Wonder what it’s all about?