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    Online or in-person
    training opportunities.


    Enjoy benefits of plugging in to
    the Small Business Network.


    Expand your skills, resources
    and local connections.


    Volunteer your time and expertise
    to help others succeed.

    Helping Small Business at Every Stage!

    Whether you are thinking about opening a new business or expanding an existing one, the Elgin/St. Thomas Small Business Enterprise Centre is here to meet you where you’re at.

    To book an appointment with Tara, call 519-631-1680 x4503 or email smallbiz@stthomas.ca.

    Or if you prefer, you may contact Tara to set up a meeting at your business location.

    We are pleased to work with you on a confidential no-cost basis, courtesy of the province of Ontario, Elgin County & the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation.

    ***PLEASE NOTE*** Effective December 1, 2018 we are moving to 378 Talbot St. in downtown St. Thomas

    We Offer Small Business Support Through:

    • One-to-one or group consultations
    • Information Sessions on program offerings and FAQ’s
    • Business plan guidance
    • Cash flow projections
    • Training Bootcamps and Seminars
    • Resources and local connections
    • Skill building with a Business Mentor
    • Referral to Professional service providers
    • Small Business Network events
    • $3000- $5000 grant programs for young entrepreneurs
    • Ontario Works Self-Employment Program


    Our Mission: “Creating an ecosystem where small businesses in Elgin County and St. Thomas can connect, learn and grow their business.”




    “Simply put, my company would not be where it is today, without the excellent help that SBEC has provided me. They have not only provided me with superb knowledge, assistance and resources, but they also gave me the confidence that I can be a successful entrepreneur. I am very thankful for their great work and what they do for our local community!”  Sarah Westaway – Empower Fore Life