Alternative Energy Options in Grey-Bruce

With rising energy costs and looming environmental concerns, the topic of renewable power has been gaining popularity in Grey and Bruce. The construction of wind turbines in the region has been hotly debated, biomass fuels have begun to be utilized, and solar panels are popping up on roofs all across the counties. Unlike wind turbines, […]

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The Technology Centre’s Doors are Open for Business

When does a place become a business? In an interview with Technology Centre and Softext Publishing owner, Terry Welton, we see how a business idea develops over time and the impact of changing technology. The Technology Centre, located in the centre of Owen Sound, is both a business and a location. Opened in 2000, the […]

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A & R Music Ready to Rock & Roll

Budding or seasoned musicians should visit A&R Music: Artists and Repertoire located at 401 Durham Street East, Walkerton. Opened on December 1st, 2009, Richard Popiez has striven to establish a comfortable and convenient place to shop, get advice and service or just spend some time chatting. It is not unusual for a fellow musician to […]

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The Bleeding Carrot Taking Risks and Winning Hearts

Nothing about Owen Sound’s The Bleeding Carrot can be taken at face value. From the menu to the mandate it upholds with every customer, there is a history with this business that, like many, started when its owner had to leave his previous job. Jim Ansell, owner and manager of The Bleeding Carrot was forced […]

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A Focus Feature on Owen Sound Lens Rental

Lens Rentals Canada is a local business that owes its national success to the age of the Internet. There’s a good chance however, that you’ve never heard of this flourishing Owen Sound business.  Lens Rentals Canada is not a retail store, but the country’s largest web-based rental company for camera equipment and accessories. They rent […]

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Frog Ponds Cafe – Hip and Hopping

Exemplifying the age old career advice to “do what you like,” Neil Morrison and his wife Holly took over the popular Owen Sound café, Frog Ponds, in 2009, because Neil liked coffee. Holly’s first choice was to own a bookstore that served coffee, but when the original owners of the Frog Ponds wanted to sell, […]

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Goodbye Blockbuster, Hello Phil & Bill!

Thriving in Smaller Markets Perhaps the biggest challenge customers face when choosing something to watch at Phil & Bill’s Video Emporium is trying to remember who’s Phil and which one is Bill.  They have made it easy by having their caricatures featured on their customer’s membership card. Located across from Zehr’s Market on 16th Street […]

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Sportmakers Making it Happen for Many

Young, athletic with boundless energy and infectious grin, Joshua Burnett doesn’t look like a typical entrepreneur building a successful business in Grey Bruce. Joshua was just 26 years old when he purchased Sportmakers Fitness & Training Centre in September of 2011 from Bob Hooper and his wife Mijka, who also own Dancemakers, a dance and […]

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Learn to Network

Business Networking International (BNI) Sound Networking meets Each Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 AM at Frog Ponds Cafe

Meet local business people and find out how networking is one of the most effective methods for marketing your business.
Visitors are always welcome, just call ahead to let us know you are coming 519-371-2622.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

Basics of Bookkeeping (Three part workshop)
Tuesday September 19th and 26th and Tuesday October 3rd, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Business Enterprise Centre Training Room $95 (HST included)
Facilitator: Jane Gallagher
This three part Bookkeeping Workshop will allow you to use the tools and information to confidently understand your financial statements and your own books. Class size is limited to 8 to allow a hands-on, individual learning opportunity for everyone.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

How to “Really” Start a Business
Wednesday September 20th, 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Bayshore Community Centre
FREE – Pre-registration is required
Facilitator: Cliff Bilyea
Discover the basic steps involved in starting a business, evaluating your idea, determining your market and basic rules and regulations. Attending the is workshop is mandatory for anyone applying to the Starter Company Plus Program.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

Introduction to Quick Books (Two part workshop)
Tuesday October 17th and 24th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Business Enterprise Centre Training Room, $80 (HST Included)
Instructor: Jane Gallagher
The first session of Quick Books provides participants with an overview and access to a trial version of the program. The second session will be questions and answers to address specific issues. Knowledge of basic bookkeeping principles is required. Limited to 8, you must bring your own laptop. (This workshop does not cover the online version of Quick Books)


Phone: 519 371 7464
Fax: 519 371 4043
Address: 954 1st Ave W.
Owen Sound, ON CAN N4K 4K5

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