Business Resources

2 Free Online Workshops for Small Business Owners During COVID-19

How to Manage Your Finances and Cash Flow During this Covid-19 Crisis

The world just changed rapidly, leaving many uncertain of how they are going to survive the economic impact of Covid-19. Enterprise Toronto is hosting free webinars with Andrew Patricio of Bizlaunch on how the small business owner can manage their finances during this crisis.

April 6th, 9:00am - 10:30am

Register here:


Your COVID-19 Employment Questions Answered:

With the spread of COVID-19 and the partial, temporary and full closures of many businesses, we know that small business owners have questions about how to deal with their employees. Join Stephen Wolpert and Marc Kitay, partners at award-winning employment law boutique Whitten & Lublin for a session to answer questions like:

-Am I allowed to lay my staff off during this emergency?
-What are the consequences of doing so?
-What if I can’t afford to rehire them when the emergency ends?
-Are my employees eligible for employment insurance or wage subsidies?
-If I am the owner but I am on payroll, am I eligible?
-What steps can I take to protect myself from claims by my employees?

April 6th, 2020: 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

Register here:

Advertise your Business for FREE on Coupon Country!

Everyone loves a good deal!  Business and consumers should take advantage of this website!
This is a Tri-County Initiative that includes Bruce, Grey, Huron Counties and is sponsored by Bruce Power.  Businesses that are located in these counties can advertise on this website for FREE!!!  However, anyone can benefit from the coupons.

Simply register your business on  and then enter in your "special" that you would like to advertise and Coupon Country will create the Coupon for you! Yes, it's that easy! There is absolutely no hidden fees or costs - the only cost is what you are advertising. 

The goal is to shop local - in Bruce, Grey and Huron Counties instead of going to the big cities!

This is the perfect time for businesses to try out this website, advertise for FREE and gain some loyal customers!  Those who are Christmas shopping, now is the time to check out all the deals and the hidden gems we have in Bruce, Grey and Huron Counties!

Why Does Your Business Need Coupon Country?

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For more information on this website or if you require assistance, feel free to call Rhonda at 519-392-6623 or e-mail

March 26, 2020

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Hello Everyone,

SEDC will remain focused on helping our community businesses and our partners at this time of need for as long as we possibly can, however the office will be closed to all except the staff of SEDC, until further notice. 

Due to the seriousness and the economic impact that Covid-19 might cause to our community businesses, SEDC is offering our Business Improvement Loan product to eligible businesses at a reduced rate from 7.5% to 5% with no payments for the first 3 months.

Please note:  The Business Improvement Loan product maximum amount to be borrowed for eligible businesses is $20,000.00, if your business requires funds that exceed the Business Improvement Loan product limit, SEDC also offers Business Loan products up to a maximum amount of $300,000.00 for eligible businesses.

We hope this will help all businesses in need of financial assistance to overcome any concerns or issues due to the virus outbreak. 

Please find attached the Business Improvement Loan Information, including the checklist of documentation you will need to complete your application.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our Business Community Counsellor, Jamie Doherty ( or our General Manager, Rose Austin (

We are here to support your business during this difficult time.

Rose Austin, General Manager
519-799-5750 Ext. 1

Jamie Doherty
519-799-5750 Ext. 5

“Working in Partnership for the Communities’ Future for over 32 years”

SEDC | 515 Mill St, PO Box 177, Neustadt, ON N0G 2M0 |

Business Improvement Loan Fund Application - March 2020

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South Bruce Business Job Opportunities

South Bruce Business Owners - now you can post your job opportunities on our Municipal Website for FREE!  Simply complete the form below (must be typed), save it and e-mail it to  

We will review your job ad, once approved it will appear on our website within 48 hours.  Once it is posted on our website, it will automatically also appear on the Bruce County Website: 

Please note:  all fields must be completed & typed and we do have the right to remove the job posting any time from our website. 

When you click on the link below, the form will appear at the bottom left of your screen, click on it to open it.  When the form is open, click at the top of the form that says "enable editing" and then begin filling out the form!

Job Posting Form

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Are you a youth entrepreneur (15-29) looking to start or expand a business in Bruce County?

Click here for Ryerson University's Entrepreneur Opportunity Network (EON)




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VPI - Working Hand in Hand with Employers

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Need some new idea's to grow your business or are you thinking of starting a new business?

It’s easy to become overwhelmed in the early stages of starting a business that's why you should take advantage of the below resources to assist you in the development and growth of your business:

Essentials to Starting a Business

So you’re starting this brand new journey called entrepreneurship, or maybe thinking it might be a good option. On the other hand, maybe you’re an experienced entrepreneur, but you’re not sure what path to take next. No matter what your story, we can help! Not sure what it takes to get started? Looking to take your business to the next level but not sure how to get there? Let us guide you in the right direction! Can’t find what you’re looking for here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! We would love to assist you in your business start-up or expansion!

Learn more about these Essentials to Starting a Business

Bruce County Economic Development Grants

Bruce County is invested in our residents, businesses, and communities. And we have the grants to prove it! Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking for education and mentorship, an established business owner who wants to spruce up their storefront, or a community ready to join the business development movement Bruce County is encouraging, our supportive team members and grants are available for you to explore.

Learn more about the Grants that are available for you to explore

Bruce County

Of course Bruce County is open for business. How that cliché plays out here is what's unique. We are a blend of entrepreneurial opportunity that spans energy and tourism, agri-business and culture, technology and retail. Instead of greeting you with government red tape, we welcome you with a local network of business owners - your peers and guides. Instead of wishing for a bygone age, we look forward to innovation, new ideas and helping you expand on the success you've created. Bruce County is where possible happens - starting here where it's easy to find. Information on Business to Bruce, Starting a Business, Expanding a Business, Business Support, Bruce Communities, Navigating Policy and explore Grant opportunities.

Learn more about resources these on the Bruce County Website

Business Enterprise Centre

The Business Enterprise Centre Serving Bruce County provides support to existing business owners wanting to grow their business, and to entrepreneurs through all stages of development: thinking, starting, growing and exiting. Clients are provided with easy access to FREE and confidential business consulting services and information covering planning, management, marketing, financing and more. 

The Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) serving Bruce County provides free business advice to Bruce County entrepreneurs of small and medium sized firms.

The BEC also provides youth entrepreneurial programs that foster future generations of job creators.

How The Business Enterprise Centre can help you?
•Free and confidential one-on-one business advice
•Educational seminars for business owners
•Programs and Training for young entrepreneurs
•Events geared to all aspects of business development with opportunities for networking
•Resource materials

Learn more about the Business Enterprise Centre Serving Bruce County

Bruce Community Future Development  Corporation

Bruce Community Futures Development Corporation goal is to foster economic growth through small business development, lending, and community development projects. In addition to their business financing program, they participate in a broad range of community based economic development activities. 

Learn more about the Bruce Community Future Development Corporation

Tourism Customer Service Training - FREE!

Don't miss out on this free program! In partnership with Bruce, Grey & Simcoe Counties, Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7) is pleased to offer OTEC's online Service Excellence Training Program at no charge to tourism operators and their staff in BruceGreySimcoe.  

Learn more about this Service Excellence Training Program

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