Client Showcase

The Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland assists entrepreneurs in various stages of business development each year. Clients become involved with the BECN through regular client services and business programming. Below are a few examples of how the BECN has assisted Northumberland County entrepreneurs.

Client testimonials

"The Digital Northumberland Grant was instrumental in providing the necessary funding to hire a local website development company that creatively updated my existing website and built the background capabilities to provide online shopping. My business now ready to head into the e-commerce world and my website and social media sites are linked and supported by a great team!" - Robin English Trentmendous! Ladies Boutique, Warkworth.

"Applying for the Digital Northumberland grant was the best decision we made to support our business through the shutdowns as a result of Covid 19 restrictions.  The funds allowed us to fully digitize our business, keep us and our products front and centre with our customers, extended our reach and created a new way to shop at The Gen.  We are pleased to say the our new marketing campaign includes the phrase “Shop Local Online”  Our customers are doing just that!  - Trish & Jo, The General on Main, Warkworth.

“The Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland helped me tremendously with my planning. I approached them a year before I was set to launch my business – the advisors invited me to many business seminars that were instrumental in helping me plan for a successful business. I came to the table without a formal business background, and the support I received, especially financial planning and marketing, were priceless in helping me plan my business.” Jade Calver, Calver & Associates Immigration Services, Port Hope & Oshawa

“The Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland helped me to grow my business. I have gained momentum in my marketing, planning, and gave me confidence throughout the process of taking over and expanding/rebranding an existing business. I am very happy that I decided to make an appointment and would recommend anyone else looking for business advising to do the same.” Amanda Harper, House of Attitudes, Cobourg

“The meetings with my advisors have been an incredible and eye-opening experience. It has been both positive and a little overwhelming to realize my business has grown so much in such a short period of time that I needed to consider incorporating, adding employees and a payroll system. It was really beneficial for me to see it from an outside point of view and to receive helpful guidance on next steps.” Jennifer James, Rustic Mama Retreats, Warkworth

“We realized starting a business was complex and out of our realm of experience. We contacted the BECN and enrolled in the Faster Forward Business Success Program which paired us with coaches experienced in the areas where our business needed assistance. It was a pleasure working with such knowledgeable and extremely motivating people, receiving guidance, mentorship and information which helped set our business in the right direction.” Chris & Sarah Pelletier, Number E Tea, Brighton

“I wanted to congratulate the BECN team on a great job putting the Business & Entrepreneurship Conference together and running it. I know how much work goes into an event and you did it with grace.” Jeff McKague, Event Matrix, Cobourg

“The BECN conference was a great event for Northumberland business owners. The seminars offered useful information that I will adapt to my business and was a great networking opportunity. I am thankful to have the opportunity to attend such an elaborate event offered right here in Northumberland.” Andrew McBurney, My Review Sidekick, Cobourg

“The BECN has been a huge part of our growth. We have never really had a business plan and vision for our business. With the help from the BECN we were able to complete a detailed guide and a vision. We can now look at the future and set some goals for our business. The BECN has been helpful in planning and guiding us to further our knowledge and development in our operations of our small, but growing business. I highly recommend to anyone looking to start or grow their existing business.” Scott Carreira & Bud Tinney, CrossFit Cobourg.

BECN worker Conference

Guidance & Support

Trent Hills Team

BECN Conference

2 girls holding the youth grant check for one thousand dollars

Youth Grant