Community Partners

Ajax Economic Development Office

The Ajax EDO understands what businesses expect and deserve, and operate like a business. As the first fully-registered ISO municipality in North America, they have an operating procedure for virtually every service that the Town delivers to businesses, residents and visitors. The services from the Ajax EDI are proactive, prompt, consistent, reliable, and meet international standards.

Address: 65 Harwood Avenue South, Ajax, ON L1S 2H9

Telephone: 905-619-2529




Social Networking and Business Solutions designed to build community connections while strengthening interaction between citizen, government and business.

1COMMUNITY1 is focused on the value of an individual’s role within a community as well as the importance of a community that is connected. The 1COMMUNITY1 social networking solution encourages bi-directional communication for citizen, business and government and offers valuable tools for growth and expansion.

Citizens, business and government will have the opportunity to participate in the 1COMMUNITY1 social networking solution on-line, using the 1COMMUNITY1 platform and in the real-world, through interaction with the 1COMMUNITY1 (1C1) Magazine and 1C1 Centre.

It is vital for everyone to feel a part of the community where they reside by contributing to its achievements and success. The 1COMMUNITY1 platform will support the connections necessary to uphold these relationships, reinforcing the value of local community.

Contact: Kevin Craddock

Telephone: 905-233-2033



Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade

The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade is a not-for-profit, membership-based association and is not a government agency. In addition to representing the views of the business community of Ajax and Pickering, APBOT is part of a broader provincial and national network of boards of trades and chambers of commerce and, as such, is proud to be an active member of both the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Address: 144 Old Kingston Road, Suite 3, Ajax, ON L1T 2Z9

Contact: Iris Nicolaison

Telephone: 905-686-0883



Brock Youth Centre

Established as a registered charity in 2001, the Brock Youth Centre works with youth in Brock Township (Ontario) and the surrounding areas in innovative ways.  Current focus is on entrepreneurship, which addresses community issues of youth employment, youth retention/attraction, and community economic development.  The BYC provides unique opportunities for youth to create their own employment based on their skills and goals.  They help youth build their own businesses, hire them into the BYC’s social enterprises and/or get them into programming to teach them how to run their own business.

Address: 33 Cameron Street East, Cannington, ON L0E 1E0


Telephone: 705-432-2444



Clarington Board of Trade and Office of Economic Development

2016 marks the 18th year for the Clarington Board of Trade and Office of Economic Development.  Over the years with the support of the local business community and municipal staff and elected officials, CBOT has developed strong programming and initiatives to ensure business growth, retention and expansion is thriving in Clarington.

CBOT is well positioned to help you connect with many strategic partners that can help you achieve your business goals. Watch for new programming with the Business Advisory Centre in Durham working with a mandate to help start up companies to get their ideas off the ground.  In addition CBOT will be starting programming with the SPARK Centre/DSEA in Durham who will be helping existing businesses in growth mode strategically identify markets, partners and funding sources.

Address: 54 King Street East, Unit 102, Bowmanville, ON L1C 1N3

Contact: Sheila Hall

Telephone: 905.623.3106



Business Advisory Centre Durham

The Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) is a not for profit organization incorporated in 1999. We are one of 57 SBEC’s (Small Business Enterprise Centres) funded in partnership by the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Regional Municipality of Durham and part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs. To date, we have served over 9000 clients who have created over 2000 businesses!

The BACD strives to inspire entrepreneurs to #DoItInDurham! We launch and grow successful business within the mainstream economy in the Region of Durham. Mainstream businesses account for 85% of Canada’s economy. We guide our clients to increase their chance of success and survival through providing advice, education and tools to incorporate into their business. By helping our clients be successful, we create economic wealth through job creation and retention.

The BACD offers no cost, one on one professional advice, low cost workshops and other specialized services. They support Summer Company and Starter Company, exclusive government funded entrepreneurship programs for youth aged 15 – 29.

Address: 3000 Garden Street, Whitby, ON L1R

Contact: Teresa Shaver

Telephone: 905-668-4949



Community Innovation Lab

The Community Innovation Lab is where entrepreneurs go for cutting edge, unique
training programs to help take their business to the next level. Whether you
have a start-up or an established business, Community Innovation Lab programs
can help. We are funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Centres of
Excellence and other community partners. The programs are free to attend for all
accepted applicants.

The Community Innovation Lab was founded by Pramilla Ramdahani with the vision
of an organization designed to equip people with opportunities to create
(entrepreneurial projects), experience (immersive work placements) and transform
(communities through the creation of world changing projects).

Address: 600 Rossland Road West, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada L1J 3E6
The Co-iLab Hub is located in the southwest wing of Monsignor Paul Dwyer
Catholic High School.

Contact: Skanda Skanthavarthan

Telephone: 905-576-6112



Cobourg Business & Tourism Centre

The Cobourg Business and Tourism Centre provides a one stop information source providing information for investment opportunities, expansions, relocations and new business start ups within the Town of Cobourg.

Address: 212 King Street West Cobourg, ON K9A 2N1

Contact: Kevin Narraway

Telephone: 905.372.5481



Durham Region Economic Development

The Economic Development and Tourism Division’s priority is to lead, facilitate and advance Durham Region’s efforts for continued economic growth, job creation, and revitalization throughout the region.

One of the key goals of the Economic Development and Tourism Division is to attract new foreign direct investment to the Region of Durham. By working with municipal, regional, provincial and federal partners, the Region promotes its value proposition to businesses in key sectors in priority markets. The primary activity of the Investment Attraction team is to generate and handle investment inquiries, and to convert these into successful investment within the Region.

Address: 605 Rossland Road East, Planning Division Section, 5th Floor Whitby, ON L1N 6A3

Contact: Kasia Chojecki

Telephone: 905-668-7711



Durham Home and Small Business Association

Association for owners of small or home operated businesses. Activities include information meetings, education workshops and networking.

Address: Abilities Centre, 55 Gordon St, Whitby, ON L1N 0J2

Contact: Stefan Hettich

Telephone: 905-925-1895




Durham’s first co-working office space located in the hub of the revitalized downtown Oshawa, Ontario. This versatile office space provides a collaborative, energetic and dynamic work environment for small businesses, entrepreneurs, start ups, community groups, the tech community and the like.
Occupying a workspace at CORE21 will provide members with an affordable opportunity to present themselves and their initiatives in a contemporary business centre environment, complete with high-end finishes, a welcoming reception area, and a variety of shared amenities including access to WI/FI technology, formal meeting spaces and informal gathering areas, a fully equipped communications (copy) centre and lounge areas. Imagine all of this coupled with what could be the greatest benefit of all – the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and organizations looking to share industry insights and ideas.

Address: 21 Simcoe Street South Oshawa, ON L1H 7L9

Telephone: 905.725.6737 



Gaming & Entrepreneurship Lab - GEL

GEL offers customized user experience (U/X) testing for game developers and supports rapid game prototyping and design based on scientific and quantitative biometric analysis.

GEL works with world-class experts to give you the competitive edge—and not just in gaming. The lab can support advanced research and consumer behavioural analysis and generate insights for just about any new product in development.

Address: 260 Peter Street Port Hope, ON L1A 3V6

Contact: Thomas Coughlan

Telephone: 905.885.0303



Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and provides positive leadership in support of its members and business. The Chamber will be the leader in providing services, promotion of business opportunities and co-operation between its members and all businesses within the community. The goal includes promoting an environment that will advance existing business and attract new business.

The Chamber will constructively influence governments in support of our members and businesses. The Chamber will also provide the resources necessary to ensure proper levels of member services to foster member involvement in the community through the Chamber.

Address: 44 Richmond Street West, Suite 100, Oshawa, ON L1G 1C7

Contact: Nancy Shaw

Telephone: 905-728-1683



Northumberland Business Advisory Centre

The Business Advisory Centre Northumberland is an initiative of the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, in partnership with Northumberland County.

The BACN are part of a network of 46 Small Business Enterprise Centres operating in 56 locations throughout Ontario.

The BACN is the “Source for Small Business Expertise” offering a full scope of services that will facilitate business startup and expansion. Most services are at no cost to users.

Address: 600 William Street, Suite 200, Cobourg, ON K9A 3A5

Contact: Rob Day

Telephone: 905.372.9279



Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation - NCFDC

The NCFDC focuses on the prosperity in Northumberland and across Eastern Ontario through innovation and entrepreneurship. The NCFDC provides financing and strategy for entrepreneurs with loans up to $250,000 for business startup, stabilization and expansion. They work with grow-oriented SMEs, next generation startups and twenty-first century institutions who are creating local economic opportunities and high quality jobs.

Address: 600 William Street, Suite 600 Cobourg, Ontario K9A 3A5

Telephone: 905.372.8315



Oshawa Economic Development Services

The City of Oshawa recognizes that small businesses are significant drivers of the local economy and there are a number of local services and programs that are focused on working with new businesses to help them succeed.

Address: 50 Centre Street South Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z7

Telephone: 905.436.5617



Pickering Economic Development

The Pickering Economic Development provides assistance to entrepreneurs who are thinking of starting a business or have recently done so.

Address: One The Esplanade, Pickering, ON L1V 6K7

Telephone: 905-420-4625 

Scugog Chamber of Commerce

The Scugog Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, not-for-profit association of business and professional people. Members share a common interest and pride in their community, working together to make Scugog a better place in which to work and live. It is funded by business members and managed by volunteers. The mission of Scugog Chamber is to provide our industrial, technology, agriculture, tourism, commercial and service business members with valuable business resources, pertinent information and excellent networking opportunities. We are committed to being a strong voice for business. The benefits derived from membership are enhanced business skills and knowledge, employer/employee benefits, and improved business opportunities. Our focus on the needs of business and our accessibility to all levels of governments differentiates us from other organizations.

Address: 237 Queen Street, PO Box 1282, Port Perry, ON L9L 1A0

Contact: Kenna Kozak

Telephone: 905-985-4971 


Spark Centre

Spark Centre envisions a thriving entrepreneurial community that embraces innovation and technology to compete as a world class innovation cluster. The Spark Centre’s mission is to inspire entrepreneurs to start and grow successful, innovative companies in Durham Region and Northumberland County with success measured through sustainable business, economic growth and local job creation.
Spark Centre provides free advisory services to early stage or growing innovation and technology companies. Executive coaching, functional advisory, co-location, incubation and day to day operational support are just a few of the services available. The Spark Centre is a member of ONE, Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs.

Address: The Loft, 21 Simcoe Street South Oshawa, ON L1H 4G1

Telephone: 905.432.3999



Spark Angels

Spark Angel Network is a group of individual investors whose aim is to build economic growth and sustainability within Durham and Northumberland. As successful individuals, the members have come together to provide private equity private investment to early-stage technology and innovative businesses.
Primarily, focusing on firms in the Durham-Northumberland area, the Spark Angel Investment Network enables high net worth individuals to allocate a small proportion (3%, 5%, 7% ?) of their investable assets into a diversified (self-selected) portfolio of early-stage ventures. Becoming a ‘member’ will be of interest to those looking to allocate $25k+ per year to a mix of such private-equity opportunities.

Address: Ajax Business Center, 274 Mackenzie Ave, Ajax, ON L1S 2E9

Contact: Malcolm MacTaggart

Telephone: 905.754.0550



South Lake Community Futures Development Corporation

South Lake Community Futures Development Corporation is a locally governed, not-for-profit organization delivering the Government of Canada’s Community Futures Program to the Town of East Gwillimbury, Town of Georgina and Brock Township. At any point in time we would have 65-80 active loans, 3-4 projects that we are actively engaged in and 70-80 other projects that we are providing funding to. Their mandate is to build the economic capacity of the communities we serve and create jobs.

Address: 183 The Queensway South, Keswick, ON L4P 2A3

Contact: Susan Martin

Telephone: 905-476-1244



Uxbridge Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Uxbridge Chamber of Commerce is to be the voice of business in the Township of Uxbridge and represent the interests of all businesses to all levels of government. To provide benefits, education, networking opportunities, and services to support and promote the success and well-being of the Uxbridge business community.

Address: 2 Campbell Drive, Ste 810, Uxbridge, ON, L9P 0A3

Contact: Angela Horne

Telephone: 905-852-2632



Whitby Economic Development

Whitby’s economic development office develops and manages programs for:

  • Business retention and expansion: includes corporate calls with existing businesses and the real estate community.
  • Investment attraction: includes meeting with potential investors and site selectors and developing customized business cases.
  • Marketing: includes developing and maintaining the website and other online marketing materials (e.g. community profile, newsletter, business directory).
  • Small business support: includes providing information to start-up or established companies and introduce them to business support organizations or programs that may be of assistance.
  • Economic development studies: includes any strategic planning or target sector research projects.

Address: 416 Centre Street South, Whitby, ON
Contact: Daniel Van Kampen
Twitter: @WhitbyEcDev


Whitby Chamber of Commerce

Established in 1928, the Whitby Chamber of Commerce united local professionals with the purpose of advocating for their rights, compiling resources and doing business together.
By connecting local businesses, the Whitby Chamber of Commerce fosters a thriving business community through connection, learning and leadership.
The  Whitby Chamber facilitates multiple ways to reach out to the business community.  Hosting more than 20 events, at which you can meet other local professionals, establish solid relationships, develop business leads, or simply unwind after hours. Review our list of members online, network through social media, and keep up to date on what’s happening within the Chamber through the weekly eConnect.
The Whitby Chamber has developed a strong professional development program to keep you at the top of your game.
The Whitby Chamber of Commerce acts on behalf of its members as a dominant voice within the business community, advocating for legislative and policy change. It drives local economic growth and professional development, serving a variety of sectors and company sizes.

Address: 128 Brock St. South, Whitby, ON L1N 4J8

Telephone: 905-852-2632



Community Futures Ontario East

Community Futures Ontario East is the new name for the Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations Network. The CFOE represent 15 Community Futures (CF) organizations across rural Eastern Ontario. The CFOE provides support for its 15 CF members and promotes their services and loans to small business. They make business loan financing available to eligible small and medium size, innovative, late stage commercialization companies (SOFII program). The CFOE invests Federal Government funds to positively impact job creation, GDP growth and sustainable communities.

Address: 270 George Street North, 2nd Floor, Peterborough, ON K9J 3H1

Telephone: 705.741.1980



Academic Partners

Durham College

The FastStart program at Durham is a powerful resource designed to help students acquire entrepreneurial skills, offering progressive programs, tools and resources to connect students with industry leaders and mentors to help them succeed.

FastStart DC helps students create solid business plans that take their products and services to market – quickly and successfully.

Address: 2000 Simcoe Street North Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

Contact: Lindsey Jeremiah

Telephone: 905.721.2000 x. 3578



University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

Brilliant Entrepreneurship is a non-academic Entrepreneurship program for students at UOIT. Brilliant Entrepreneurship can help students develop their own startups while providing them with an entrepreneurial mindset. By providing specialized resources such as workshops and boot camps, incubation space, mentorship, networking and funding, students are empowered with the tools to succeed.

Address: 2000 Simcoe Street North Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

Contact: Jeffrey Peng
Student Liaison Officer
Brilliant Entrepreneurship

Telephone: 905.721.8668 x 6522

Contact: David Pamenter, LLB
Executive in Residence
Brilliant Entrepreneurship

Telephone: 416.624.4954


Junior Achievement

JA Central Ontario is committed to engaging students and stakeholders in the Toronto, York, Peel, Halton, Durham and Simcoe regions with education programs focused on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. These programs are delivered to youth in elementary, middle and high schools by business and community volunteers to help them thrive in a global economy.

Address: 133 Richmond Street West, Suite 405, Toronto, ON M5H 2L3

Telephone: 416-360-5252



Provincial and Federal Resources/Partners

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

The BDC is a Crown Corporation whose mission is to help create and develop Canadian small and medium-sized businesses. BDC offer long term loans, working capital, refinancing, change of ownership, patent capital and venture capital.

Contact: Sayeed Hai

Address: 400 Dundas Street West, Whitby, ON, L1N 2M7

Telephone: 888-463-6232



Canada Business

The forum offers you easy access to over 24 export agencies (federal government, provincial government, and non-government organizations) with global market expertise. Services of member agencies include skills development (workshops and webinars), export counselling, market entry support, export financing and foreign market assistance.

Address: 4th Floor, 151 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2W7

Telephone: 888-576-4444 or 416-775-3456



Canada Revenue Agency CRA

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers tax laws for the Government of Canada and for most provinces and territories, and administers various social and economic benefit and incentive programs delivered through the tax system.

Telephone: 800-959-5525 and TIPS 800-267-6999


Canadian Commercial Corporation CCC

Established in 1946, the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) is a federal Crown corporation mandated to facilitate international trade on behalf of Canadian industry, particularly within government markets. The Corporation’s business lines are structured to support Canadian companies contracting in a variety of industries and sectors.

Address: 350 Albert Street, Suite 700, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0S6

Telephone: 613-996-0034



Canadian Federation of Independent Business CFIB

With the strength of over 109,000 small business owners from coast-to-coast, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is the big voice for small businesses. For over 40 years, we have represented the interests of the small business community to all three levels of government in their fight for tax fairness, reasonable labour laws and reduction of regulatory paper burden.

We have our finger on the pulse of any issues affecting the full range of enterprises in Canada, from one-person, home-based businesses to firms employing hundreds of people. Through regular polling of our membership, we are privy to an up-to-date, firsthand perspective regarding the state of the economy, as well as their feedback concerning what changes need to be made to government policies.

Address: 401-4141 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, M2P 2A6

Telephone: 888-234-2232 or 416-222-8022



Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters CME

Advocating for manufacturers and exporters. Building a more competitive business environment. Providing critical and timely intelligence. Strengthening leadership through best practices and leveraging networks for success. We are Canada’s largest trade and industry association.

Address: 55 Standish Court, Suite 620, Mississauga, ON L5R 4B2

Telephone: 905-672-3466


Canadian Trade Commissioner Service

Canada’s official source of news and advice on trade, export and investment opportunities around the world, for entrepreneurs who want to compete, partner and prosper in the global marketplace.

Provides useful links to programs and services for Canadian businesses that require information about exporting internationally.

Telephone: 888-306-9991



Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium EMC

EMC offers Consortium Members a broad range of services and programs to help them become more competitive. Their investment is returned in lower costs, better opportunities to compete for business and lower stress in dealing with the day-to-day complexities of running a manufacturing operation.

Telephone: 866-323-4362



Export Development Canada EDC

Export Development Canada provides Canadian exporters with financing, insurance and bonding services, as well as foreign market expertise.

Contact: Surbhi Agarwal

Address: 155 Wellington Street West Suite 3120, Toronto, ON M5V 3L3

Telephone: 416.349.6515



FedDev Ontario

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) was launched in 2009 to work with the region’s communities, businesses and not-for-profit organizations to actively promote the region and build a strong foundation of partnerships and relationships to secure Canada’s long-term prosperity.

Through Budget 2013, the Agency was renewed with an additional five-year mandate, beginning in April 2014, to help create and grow businesses, cultivate partnerships and build strong communities across southern Ontario.

The funding initiatives below are intended for for-profit businesses including small- and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups and multinational enterprises.

Address: 143 Simcoe Street, Peterborough, Ontario, K9H 0A3

Telephone: 866-593-5505

Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. We are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors.

Address:133 Richmond Street West Suite 700, Toronto, ON M5H 2L3

Telephone: 800-464-2923



Global Affairs Canada

The Department of Foreign Affairs advance Canada’s relations globally. The mandate includes improving relations with the United States. The department aims to work with the United States to make substantial progress on reducing impediments to trade and commerce between our countries, including by improving border infrastructure and security, streamlining cargo inspection, and facilitating the movement of people. In addition:

  • Ensure a close link between defence policy, foreign policy and national security.
  • Revitalize Canada’s public diplomacy, stakeholder engagement, and cooperation with partners in Canada and abroad.
  • Reenergize Canadian diplomacy and leadership on key international issues and in multilateral institutions.
  • Increase Canada’s educational and cultural interaction with the world.

Address:125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0G2

Telephone: 800-267-8376



Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada ISED

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada’s innovation performance, increase Canada’s share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.

This includes managing Canada’s airwaves and overseeing its bankruptcy, incorporation, intellectual property and measurement systems; providing financing and industry research tools to help business develop, import and export; encouraging scientific research; and protecting and promoting the interests of Canadian consumers.

Address:125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0G2

Telephone: 800-328-6189



Ministry of Economic Development and Growth MEDG

The MEDG supports strong, innovative economy that can provide jobs, opportunities and prosperity for all Ontarians. The MEDG delivers a range of programs, services and tools to help businesses innovate and compete in today’s fast-changing global economy, including business support, youth entrepreneurship programs and strategic investments. The MEDG help make investing in Ontario more attractive for businesses, while protecting the public interest and work with the disability, private and public sectors in the interest of promoting accessibility for all.

Address: 8th Floor, Hearst Block, 900 Bay Street, Toronto Ontario M7A 2E1

Telephone: 800-268-7095


National Research Council NRC

The National Research Council is the Government of Canada’s premier research and technology organization (RTO). Working with clients and partners, the NRC provides innovation support, strategic research, and scientific and technical services.

Address: 1200 Montreal Road, Bldg M-58, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6

Telephone: 877-672-2672



Office of Small and Medium Enterprises OSME

The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises in Public Works and Government Services Canada advocates on behalf of SMEs and encourages their participation in federal government procurement. OSME assists SMEs in better understanding how the government buys goods and services by raising awareness of opportunities and by providing the following information services:

  • which provides access to federal procurement information and open data including bid opportunities (tenders), standing offers and supply arrangements, and contract history;
  • free seminars and webinars and one-on-one sessions to assist suppliers in understanding federal procurement;
  • a 1-800 InfoLine for suppliers who have questions about the procurement process and related tools.

OSME also manages the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), which assists Canadian businesses in testing their innovative goods and services before they are commercialized. For more information on BCIP, visit

OSME assists the government in bridging the gap between supply and demand by bringing forward the concerns and challenges of SMEs in the federal procurement process.

Contact: Landry Kayembe

Address: 11 Laurier Street, Phase III, Place du Portage, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0S5

Telephone: 800-926-9105



Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre

Designed with farmers in mind, the Ontario Agri Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) will support fresh fruit and vegetable value- adding opportunities to increase farm revenue. The facility will also help foodies with recipe development, and staff will work with food processing start-up companies and expansions in Ontario to progress Research and Development, test batch and facilitate small batch co-packing.

OSME assists the government in bridging the gap between supply and demand by bringing forward the concerns and challenges of SMEs in the federal procurement process.

Address: 116 Industrial Park Road North PO Box 795 Colborne, ON K0K 1S0 

Telephone: 905.355.3680

Ontario Centres of Excellence

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the development of Ontario’s economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses.

In partnership with industry, OCE co-invests to commercialize innovation originating in the province’s publicly funded colleges, universities and research hospitals. We also support and invest in early-stage projects, where the probability of commercial success and potential total return on innovation are substantial. Another expanding focus for OCE is the development of the next generation of innovators through our entrepreneurship fellowships and programs for students and youth across Ontario.

Our efforts are focused on sectors of the economy with the greatest potential to drive Ontario’s future prosperity and global competitiveness: energy and environment (including water); advanced manufacturing; advanced health technologies; and information, communications technologies and digital media.

A trusted partner of government in program delivery, we are committed to advancing a whole-of-government approach as a means of streamlining funding application processes for companies and entrepreneurs.

Contact: Dan Ruby

Address: 21 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa, ON L1H 4G1

Telephone: 416-861-1092 x3249



Ontario Chamber of Commerce OCC

The Ontario Exporters Fund is a grant program designed to assist Ontario businesses to develop focused export programs with the assistance of an Export Manager. The Export Market Access is a program to help business owners expand and grow in international markets. The EMA program is designed to help showcase goods or services to potential international buyers, participate in outgoing or incoming trade missions, develop promotional materials and support many other expenses required to develop export sales.

Address: 116 Industrial Park Road North PO Box 795 Colborne, ON K0K 1S0 

Telephone: 905.355.3680


Service Canada

The targeted wage subsidy program provides a subsidy to employers to hire an individual who has difficulty accessing employment due to special barriers and who would require on-the-job experience to become fully productive. Certain eligibility criteria must be met for both the employer and the employee. While negotiated on an individual basis, the duration of the wage subsidy typically lasts six to eight months.

Telephone: 800-277-9914


Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country – it’s population, resources, economy, society and culture.
In addition to conducting a Census every five years, there are about 350 active surveys on virtually all aspects of Canadian life.

Telephone: 800-263-1136



Yves Landry Foundation

The Foundation provides the opportunity for business, education, and government to collectively be part of the solution to advance technological education and skills training in order to resolve the skilled labour shortages facing Canadian industries.

Address: 10 Four Seasons Place, Suite 602, Toronto, ON M9B 6H7

Telephone: 866-232-4411

Community Groups

Ajax-Pickering Toastmasters Club

The Ajax-Pickering Toastmasters club is a diverse group of men and women from a variety of businesses and backgrounds who meet together to achieve the same goal of becoming effective communicators and leaders. The Ajax-Pickering Toastmasters provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has an opportunity to develop at their own pace. The Club strive for excellence and has a lot of fun along the way.

Address: 1675 Montgomery Park Road, Pickering ON L1W 3C7



Brooklin Downtown Business Association BDBA

The Brooklin Downtown Business Association is a group of local business people who are actively promoting the commercial viability and development of the downtown core of Brooklin, assisting it’s businesses and preserving it’s historical significance.

Telephone: 905.655.3723

Durham Region Farm Fresh

The Durham Region Farm Fresh Marketing Association encourages consumers to purchase produce fresh from the farmer. These producers often sell their products from the field or greenhouse at the farm gate, reducing transportation, and guaranteeing a fresh final product.

Address: 237 Queen Street, Port Perry, ON L9L 1B9

Telephone: 905.427.1512



Durham Construction Association

The Durham Construction Association has been providing essential services, successfully meeting the needs of its members. The DCA membership is represented by companies dedicated to providing materials and workmanship of the highest quality and standards. This web site contains an extensive list of experienced contractors, manufacturers & suppliers, and allied services.

Address: 2001 Thickson Road South, Whitby, Ontario L1N 6J3

Telephone: 905.728.3391



BNI Synergy Durham Ontario

BNI members, on average, increase their business 20% the first year. This chapter is a dynamic, committed group of business people who know how to refer business to each other. They have open categories for individuals who will bring enthusiasm and integrity to our meeting. Just one person per professional specialty is allowed in each chapter.

Address:15 Harmony Road N, Oshawa, ON

Telephone: 905-725-8463

Business & Professional Women’s Club of Durham - BPW Durham

The Business & Professional Women’s Club of Durham (BPW Durham) has been active in Durham Region for over 25 years, founded in 1988.
Our aims and objectives are to:

  • Provide opportunities for business and professional women to network together, promote their businesses, professions and special interests in our community.
  • Provide opportunities for professional and personal development.
  • Provide opportunities to develop leadership skills.
  • Improve the status of women in business, the professions and in industry.
  • Be a strong advocate for women’s issues
  • Encourage women to think internationally and gain an appreciation of women’s issues around the world.
  • Support young women to become strong and confident leaders in our community.

BPW Durham meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month (from September to June). Please see Events for more information on the next meeting.
For more information about Membership and costs, please see our How to Join Page.

Address: 1355 Kingston Road, Pickering, ON L1V 6P7


Durham Region Toastmasters Club

Toastmasters currently has more than 332,000 members in 135 countries. Our club is just one of the more than 15,400 clubs located around the world.

By learning to effectively formulate, organize and express your ideas to others, you can achieve all kinds of success. You’ll be more capable and confident when giving presentations. You’ll be more persuasive when pitching prospective clients. Want to be better at negotiating your salary with your boss? Networking at business or social functions? Motivating co-workers – or your kids?

Telephone:905-668-7711 ext. 2324

Durham Sustain Ability DSA

Durham Sustain Ability is an environmental not-for-profit and social enterprise that supports individuals, organizations and communities on the path to a sustainable future.

Our Mission: Provide awareness, training, and implementation support services driving environmental and economic benefits for Durham Region organizations and residents in concert with our partners and alliances.
Our Vision: Enable Durham Region’s transformation into a world-class community in environmental conservation which will attract sustainability-conscious organizations and residents.
Our Values and Culture: We describe our values and culture as professional, business-minded, passionate (committed to making a difference), optimistic, pragmatic, trustworthy, credible and dedicated to providing our clients with the best knowledge, advice, and support we can to help them make informed choices.

Address: 105 Consumers Dr., Whitby, ON L1N 1C4

Telephone: 905.985.3279



Durham Contact Business Exchange Club

DCBE members grow their business using the oldest and most productive form of business development: personal contact, networking and word-of-mouth.  We all have the same goal – to create and maintain a successful business.  By working with other like-minded entrepreneurs, you will uncover new prospects, clients and ultimately business revenue. Business connections, friends and contacts will be yours for less than 2 hours a month.  Make DCBE a strategic part of your marketing.

Telephone: 905.985.3279



Durham Business Outsource

Durham Business Outsource, a network of professional consultants providing business development and support services for residential, SO/HO, small and medium-sized companies.

Address: 77 Linton Avenue, Ajax, Ontario L1T 2V5

Telephone: 905-683-5245