Get Growing - How to Grow Your Small Business

As an entrepreneur who has been running a business, you may be facing some challenges and you may have questions that have arisen since you started down the road of entrepreneurship. The St. Catharines Enterprise Centre can help.

Business Growth Resources available to you

Business growth resources include:

  • Importing/exporting information & international trade reports
  • Advice on managing business growth
  • How to build your business online (e-business/e-commerce)
  • Intellectual property advice
  • Expansion financing options
  • Information on scientific research assistance programs
  • Hiring incentives and wage subsidies

Importing and Exporting

Whether you're in need of a supply to help facilitate your business's success, or you are looking to compete on a global scale with your business, knowing your import and export options is a great way to facilitate your business's success.  
Our qualified consultants can help you better understand the resources available to assist you with:
  • Import and export regulations
  • Marketing and financing programs to help you export
  • Conducting research about foreign markets
To start exploring the basics of doing business in another country, visit the Canada Business Network import and export page.  

Hiring Incentives and Wage Subsidies

For some businesses, it's a necessity to have employees right from the start. For others, now might be the time you are considering bring on someone else into the business. You may find yourself with a lot of questions, like:

  • How much will it cost me to hire someone?
  • Do I need to have an employment contract in place?
  • How do I calculate the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board requirements?
  • When do I register for a payroll account with Canada Revenue Agency?
  • What are my requirements under the Employment Standards Act?

There are also a number of incentives and programs that exist at the provincial and federal levels of government to assist a small business in hiring support to help grow their business.

Information on frequently requested incentive programs available to businesses can be found on the Canada Business Network.

You can book a FREE appointment with a consultant to help you better understand your responsibilities as an employer, and to explore what hiring programs might exist to assist you and your business. See below to become a client!


E-Commerce refers to the process of buying or selling products or services over the Internet. Online shopping is becoming increasingly popular because of the speed and ease of use for customers.

E-Commerce activities such as selling online can be directed at consumers or other businesses. Business to Consumer (B2C) involved the online sales of goods and services directly to consumers. Business to Business (B2B) refers to the online selling of products and services between businesses.

Selling online can help your business reach new markets and increase your sales and revenue.

  • Plan an E-Commerce Strategy
  • Develop goals and objectives
  • Search out a web developer or explore the Do it Yourself options
  • Figure out what features you need to accomplish you goals
  • Create a strategy to drive people to your e-commerce site

Your Enterprise Centre consultants can work with you to understand more about e-commerce, your options in exploring for business growth, and the strategy to start moving forward.

Visit the Government of Ontario E-Commerce website for more information. 


Become a SCEC Client

To access the services of the SCEC, download and complete our Intake form and send it to We will be back in touch within two business days upon receipt of your email.

Clients in the startup phase typically start by attending some of our seminars and workshops. At these seminars and workshops they start to work with the SCEC team and enjoy networking opportunities with other aspiring business owners.

Existing business clients often have more specific challenges that are better met by a consultation.

SCEC will direct you to that appropriate services once we receive your intake form.


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