Business & Economic Development
This Is Where Ambition Finds Balance.
As one of the top places in Ontario to open and operate a small business, Collingwood boasts a growing population and a thriving business community. Collingwood acts as gateway to the South Georgian Bay region, with stunning landscapes that encourage an active lifestyle, and inspire the local arts & culture community. Collingwood is home to an exceptional primary, secondary, and post-secondary education system, as well as integrated healthcare services, recreational facilities and a wide range of shopping choices.
Only 90 minutes from Toronto, Collingwood holds a unique position as both a business leader and a recreational gem. Experience big city amenities in a small-town harbourfront community.
The Business Development Centre in the Town of Collingwood, offers a variety of services you need to help start and grow your business. Connect one-on-one with our experienced consultants for home-based, downtown, investment and sector specific business advice.
Building & Investment Advice
The Town of Collingwood Economic Development Department can assist you in finding land and space, updates on proposed developments, land use planning services, applications and permits.
The Small Business Enterprise Centre consultants are here to assist and provide advice one-on-one to entrepreneurs of all ages in our community including information on co-working spaces, business plans, links to business services and networking resources.
Starter Company Plus and Summer Company Programs
The Small Business Enterprise Centre is proud to have two programs that support entrepreneurship in the South Georgian Bay region. Our business consultants are happy to assist and provide advice to entrepreneurs of all ages in our community. Read More.
Community Futures South Georgian Bay provides loans up to $300,000+ loans, business planning, financial and buying/selling a business advice, training, and mentorship programs across West Simcoe, South Grey and Dufferin County.
Networking & Innovation Events
Attend workshops, seminars and innovation sessions on strategic planning, employment resources, and digital business support. Find out more.
Businesses in Downtown Collingwood
The Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a Municipal Local Board established for the main purpose of revitalizing the central business district of the Town of Collingwood. If you are buying or leasing commercial space in the central business district, the BIA is an invaluable resource to connect with.
Keeping Our Businesses Up-to-Date
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CFIB (Canadian Federation of Independant Business) ranks Collingwood the top community for entrepreneurs in Ontario, and #6 in Canada!
The South Georgian Bay Business Development Centre located in downtown Collingwood supports growth of innovative companies through financing, real estate building and planning, networking and education events and free business development advice.
The historic harbourfront town of Collingwood is located within 5kms of both the largest freshwater beach in the world and Ontario's largest ski resort. It is also home to over 70kms of recreational trails for biking, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing.
Our cutting-edge tech firms supply the largest companies in the world, including the only heavy water (deuterium) producer in Canada, the manufacturer of the largest architectural glass in North America, a manufacturer of advanced under water commuications, Canada's #1 mining equipment manufacturer, and a company of self-proclaimed 'engineering ninjas' who conduct R&D for some of North America's largest heavy equipment manufacturers.