Business Coaching

We offer free and confidential business coaching to anyone across our 14 member municipalities – from an entrepreneur looking to turn his or her passion into a business, or an established business owner looking to expand or needing help with their management plans.  Mark Hanley coordinates this program for Hastings County and facilitates a people-centred approach to community and economic development.  Through this program we assist business start-up, connect resources and inspire a culture of entrepreneurial thinking and spirit.  

To learn more, contact Mark at or 613.391.0350.

You may also wish to do some reading on your own time by visiting the Canada-Ontario Business Service Centre website.  They provide a start-up info-guide designed to help you navigate through the federal and provincial government programs, services and regulations that may apply to individuals starting a business in Ontario.

Want help writing a business plan?

Are you interested in starting a farm?  OMAFRA offers a business information bundle for new farmers.

Another resource of interest is the Federal Government's Rural Canadians' Guide to Programs and Services.

Mark Hanley

 Mark Hanley

In addition, our region is supported by the Small Business Centre.  This Centre supports entrepreneurs and small business owners in Hastings County with one-stop resources. Some key help includes:

  • business start-up information package
  • no-charge business consultations by appointment
  • no-charge Internet access and computer workstation
  • business resource library

The centre also offers a series of seminars, workshops and networking opportunities that are designed to provide you with insightful information for your small business.

For more information, please visit or call 613-961-0590

A number of seminars are being coordinated and planned by our Small Business Centre.