Programs

The Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland offers business support programs for entrepreneurs in various stages and categories of business. Each program is unique and can offer business support, mentorship, education, guidance, business planning, networking and sometimes a micro-grant for further business support.

For general information on program details, eligibility and requirements please see descriptions below.

For the status of a program, how to apply, and any further questions please contact the BECN.

Youth in Business: Summer Company Program 
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The Summer Company program, funded by the Government of Ontario, is for youth interested in starting their own summer business. Students must be returning to full time school (high school or post-secondary) and between the ages of 15 to 29.

The Summer Company program offers business planning, mentoring, skill development, networking and a micro grant of up to $3,000.

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Youth in Business: Starter Company Program
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The Starter Company program is for youth interested in starting their own full-time, permanent business (35+ hours per week), who are not returning to full time education.

The Starter Company program offers business planning, mentoring, skill development, networking and a start-up grant of up to $4,000 to start or expand a business.

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New Businesses: Women’s Entrepreneurship Program 
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The Women’s Entrepreneurship Program is a free virtual business training program with coaching, mentoring, and networking for women entrepreneurs starting their own new business.

Connect with other like-minded women in four other communities participating in the Women’s Entrepreneurship Program. Become inspired and transition into your new business with confidence. Offering entrepreneurial women, virtual business support to help start a new business, online training and webinars, business planning, networking events, mentoring and an opportunity to receive a micro grant of up to $2,000.

Learn More about the Women’s Entrepreneurship Program

Existing Businesses: Faster Forward Business Success Program: Coaching 
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The Faster Forward Business Success Coaching Program is a program focused on enabling businesses to “scale up” to a greater level of success by working with experienced business experts from a great variety of fields. This program is for existing business owners who are seeking continued growth and are active in business development. This program connects you and your business with the career-long knowledge and experience of over 15 volunteer coaches who are keen to serve as your advisors. They’ll freely share their expertise with you. If you need guidance in a certain area, the program offers the right person who can assist. 

Program criteria

  • Typically in business 1+ years
  • Average $50,000 in yearly sales
  • Proven business concept operating full time
  • Owner is self-motivated
  • Based in Northumberland County

Some exceptions may apply at discretion of Program Coordinator.

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Existing Businesses: Faster Forward Business Success Program: Summit 
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The Faster Forward Business Success Summit Program is an option to further enhance support for existing small/medium businesses in Northumberland.  The new 'Summit' program for existing “growth stage” businesses, is a formal membership program that will provide existing established businesses with targeted development resources helping to efficiently and effectively expand. 

Program criteria

  • Typically in business 2+ years
  • Average $250,000+ in yearly sales
  • 2+ employees
  • Goal to expand or continue expanding (regionally, provincially, nationally, globally)
  • Proven business model, history of increasing sales, plan to create jobs.

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Existing Businesses: Digital Northumberland
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have been forced to quickly pivot their business operations to online platforms. Through the Economic Recovery Task Force, it has been recognized the importance online presence for small businesses to continue operations. The Digital Northumberland program has been launched to assist Northumberland County small businesses with a full, comprehensive Digital Assessment and up to $2,500 subsidy to assist with digital upgrades to enhance online capacity (website, social media, e-commerce etc.).

Learn More about Digital Northumberland