Client Testimonials:

“The Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland helped me tremendously with my planning.  I approached them a year before I was set to launch my business – the advisors invited me to many business seminars that were really instrumental in helping me plan for a successful business. I came to the table without a formal business background, and the support  I received, especially financial planning and marketing, were priceless in helping me plan my business.”  Jade Calver, Calver & Associates Immigration Services, Port Hope & Oshawa.

“The Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland helped me to grow my business.   I received help perfecting my business plan and forecasting my financials for the next year which helped me to understand what the business expansion model could offer for me and my staff in the coming years.  I have gained momentum in my marketing, planning, and gave me confidence throughout the process of taking over and expanding/rebranding an existing business.  I am very happy that I decided to make an appointment and would recommend anyone else looking for business advising to do the same.” Amanda Harper, House of Attitudes, Cobourg.

“The meetings with my advisors have been an incredible and eye-opening experience.  It has been both positive and a little overwhelming to realize my business has grown so much in such a short period of time that I needed to consider incorporating, adding employees and a payroll system.  It was really beneficial for me to see it from an outside point of view and to receive helpful guidance on next steps.” Jennifer James, Rustic Mama Retreats, Warkworth. 

“In 2016, we realized starting a business was complex and out of our realm of experience. We contacted the BECN and enrolled in the Faster Forward Business Success Program which paired us with coaches experienced in the areas where our business needed assistance.  It was a pleasure working with such knowledgeable and extremely motivating people, receiving guidance, mentorship and information which helped set our business in the right direction.” Chris & Sarah Pelletier, Number E Tea, Brighton. 

“I wanted to congratulate the BECN team on a great job putting the Business & Entrepreneurship Conference together and running it.  I know how much work goes into an event and you did it with grace.” Jeff McKague, Event Matrix, Cobourg.

“The BECN conference was a great event for Northumberland business owners.  The seminars offered useful information that I will adapt to my busines and was a great networking opportunity.  I am thankful to have the opportunity to attend such an elaborate event offered right here in Northumberland.” Andrew McBurney, McBurney Marketing, Roseneath.  

“The BECN has been a huge part of our growth in 2018. We have never really had a business plan and vision for our business. With the help from the BECN we were able to complete a detailed guide and a vision. We can now look at the future and set some goals for our business. With the seminars we have learned about marketing techniques to help with social media posts and views. This program really helps you look into your business, the whole package and help you work on your weakness to become a better owner/operator.  All of their seminars have tons of great content and speakers to help motivate you, to help get on track to move your business to the next level.  The BECN has been helpful in planning and guiding us to further our knowledge and development in our operations of our small, but growing business. I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to start or grow their existing business.” Scott Carreira & Bud Tinney, CrossFit Cobourg

I had the privilege of working with the BECN over the summer to help me get started on my new cinematography business venture and over the time-span of working with her and the BECN team, I’ve received nothing but overwhelming support, devotion, and passion all while offering invaluable seminars and workshops. I’m now running my business full-time thanks to BECN and I’m seeing no signs of stopping! Josh Borg, Full Frame Productions, Cobourg. 


On May 17, 2017 it was announced at County Council, the NEW name and strategic model for the formerly known, Business Advisory Centre Northumberland.   After more than fifteen years under its current banner, the Business Advisory Centre today announced a branding overhaul that includes a new name, and a new look and feel. And with this change in identity comes a change in practice that will expand service offerings to business start-ups and entrepreneurs across Northumberland.

“As of today, the Business Advisory Centre will be known as the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland (BECN), which better reflects both the services we provide and the clients we support,” stated Economic Development & Tourism Director Dan Borowec, when unveiling the new strategy before County Council. “Furthermore, building on a very strong relationship that has developed over the past 10 years, the BEC is thrilled to announce today a partnership with the Brighton/Cramahe, Trent Hills and Port Hope Chambers of Commerce to enhance services for mutually developing entrepreneurs in Northumberland. This is one of the first formal relationships of this kind between a small business centre and a Chamber of Commerce in Ontario.”

The BECN will now have official locations within the offices of each of these Chambers in addition to its main office location at 600 William Street in Cobourg, enabling more service options at the local level. The partnership will include elements such as professional training, a common information management system, shared educational opportunities, more client consultations at the local level, a formal referral system, and the sharing of appropriate resources.

Faster Forward Business Success Program Coaches Honoured at Luncheon

On November 22nd, 2016, the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland honoured its volunteers and coaches with a special luncheon. During the lunch, Rob Day thanked those present, reviewed the BECN’s successes over the years and spoke of plans and goals for 2017.

A delicious lunch was personally served by the BECN staff.

The inaugural “Bill Patchett Outstanding Service Award” was presented to Bill Patchett himself as an original founder of the program. Ross Butchart was the first annual recipient for his outstanding work with BECN Faster Forward clients.


Above: Rob Day Announces the “Bill Patchett Award.”


Above: The assembled BECN Coaches. Bill Patchett on the left.