Cultural Entrepreneurship Program invests in the arts

The Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) has launched a new training and mentorship program targeting entrepreneurs in the arts and culture sector. Offered by the SBEC, in partnership with the Province of Ontario, the Cultural Entrepreneurship Program is a pilot project that was approved by Orangeville Council in January and is now available to assist local entrepreneurs in starting or expanding a business within the arts and culture sector.

The pilot project will run for six months, from January to June 2016. Candidates for the Cultural Entrepreneurship Program will be required to submit an application package to assess their eligibility. Once accepted into the program, participants will receive free business training, mentorship from local entrepreneurs, and assistance with business plan development. Upon completion of the program, a select number of participants may be eligible to receive grants of up to $5,000 to help them start or expand their cultural/arts-based businesses.

To be eligible for the program, candidates must:

  • Create a new business, expand an existing business or buy a business from a retiring entrepreneur — eligible creative sectors include visual, cultural, performance, artisanal, media, heritage, and culinary arts;
  • Participate in training and mentorship sessions;
  • Be an Ontario resident;
  • Be prepared to commit a minimum average of 35 hours per week to running a business and to developing a realistic business plan.

The SBEC is now accepting applications to the program. For more information on the program and to download an application, visit