The following programs are available to businesses and entrepreneurs in the Sarnia area.

Financing

The Sarnia Lambton Business Development Corporation (SLBDC) offers$250,000 in loans and financing to entrepreneurs, new and existing small businesses. Visit SLBDC’s website for more information.

Business Counselling

For professional advice on growing your business, the Business Enterprise Centre of Sarnia-Lambton (BECSL) can help by confidentially reviewing and analysing your business’s financial statements, marketing strategy, staffing issues, inventory tracking, and more to evaluate your current position and made recommendations on growing your business. Contact BECSL today.

Business Plan Development

If you have an idea for a new product or service, but don’t know where to start, two local agencies offer confidential services to help you develop a business plan.

Business Enterprise Centre of Sarnia-Lambton (BECSL)

Sarnia Lambton Business Development Corporation (SLBDC)

Co-Working Space

Located above a downtown market, AltSpace offers 8,500 sq. ft. of space, enough for seven individual businesses. Tenants save on costs by sharing a common lounge area, washrooms, utilities, cleaning services, advertising and Wi-Fi. The main floor

Collide provides co-working space to up to 100 members including business leaders, freelancers, consultants, students, entrepreneurs, and established businesses. The building, located in downtown Sarnia directly across from the stunning waterfront, covers almost 3,000 sq. ft. and offers free street parking.

Incubators and Accelerators

The Cube is an entrepreneurship hub that offers help and guidance to students, youth and people in the community starting or growing their business. The Lambton College initiative provides these individuals with sustainable business skills.

Export Assistance

The Global Business Opportunities Community (GBOC) helps business operators identify the steps they can take to begin exporting, to expand their sales abroad and to seek new markets. GBOC can provide referrals to services and programs; advise on funding applications; inform about trade show opportunities, etc. It all depends on the business’s needs.

Commercialization and Research

Lambton College Applied Research https://www.lambtoncollege.ca/Applied-Research/

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada https://www.bincanada.ca/

Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park http://www.sarnialambtonresearchpark.ca/

Labour Market Information

Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board http://www.slwdb.org/

Education and Training

Lambton College https://www.lambtoncollege.ca/

Industrial Educational Cooperative http://www.iecpartnership.com/