The County of Elgin will fully fund a one-year pilot project to operate a satellite office of the Elgin Business Resource Centre (EBRC). The office will be located at the Elgin Innovation Centre in Aylmer, and will service eastern Elgin County.
The EBRC is a community based- not-for-profit organization that supports local business communities and encourages entrepreneurship and economic growth through access to capital, business services and project support.
“The EBRC satellite office will be dedicated to helping business owners and entrepreneurs succeed in today’s ever-changing business market,” said Mike Streib, President of EBRC. “The satellite office will offer assistance to those looking to open a business, formulate a business plan, or make changes to an existing business.”
The County of Elgin has partnered successfully with the EBRC in the past on several initiatives including the Elgin St. Thomas Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC), the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs (ICE), and the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP).
“It is of particular importance in these challenging economic times that the County continues to undertake programs and initiatives to support and cultivate local business development and entrepreneurship,” said Elgin County Warden Bill Walters. “This is another example of the County’s Economic Development department forming partnerships that will enhance economic growth.”
There is a strong demand for the services that the EBRC provides for Elgin County residents. By supporting the development of an EBRC satellite office in Aylmer, the County will ensure that new and existing business in the County will have greater access to support services to help them thrive and grow. The Elgin Innovation Centre offers an advantageous location, ample space and a variety of amenities needed for the new office.
“The Elgin Innovation Centre is pleased to be the new home of the EBRC office in Aylmer. Their presence will help grow local businesses and promote innovation in the area,” said Jack Baribeau, co-owner of the Elgin Innovation Centre.