Northumberland County Economic Development


Start-up and Grow Here

Business & Entrepreneurship Centre

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When starting a business, the BECN will help with business and marketing plans and possibly set you up with a mentor.The Business & Entrepreneurship Centre of Northumberland helps entrepreneurs begin their businesses and local businesses grow and prosper in Northumberland.

If growing your business, the BECN can help you edit your business plan and help identify details regarding your market.

Youth entrepreneurs are given a high priority in Northumberland. Through the BECN youth can enter various programs to help them succeed in building and maintaining their own business.

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The Factory

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A Co-working Space for Entrepreneurs

The Factory is a "mixed use" co-working location at 600 William St. in Cobourg that includes a shared working environment, with several flexible work locations/ spaces from which entrepreneurs can work. The Factory targets work-at-home professionals, independent contractors and people that may work in relative isolation. Members will work independently and use spaces as available to achieve their goals and engagement between members is strongly emphasized.

This space will allow entrepreneurs to connect, share values, network, and offer an opportunity to experience synergy with like-minded people in a stimulating environment.  It will offer: several different workspace options, meeting space, white boards, planning generating space, free internet, and the services of the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre.

The Factory is an initiative of the County of Northumberland, Economic Development Department managed and coordinated by the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre and supported by several community partners.

  • The Factory provides innovative, collaborative and community driven workspaces that move beyond traditional work environments.
  • A physical space to meet the needs and demands of "work from home" entrepreneurs in Northumberland County.
  • An opportunity to escape the distractions of working from home, offering a fully functioning and resourceful space.
  • To give small businesses and startups looking to transition out of their isolated work environments into a creative workspace that will increase working productivity.
  • Provides rural entrepreneurs with reliable high speed internet.
  • Providing opportunities for business growth, expansion, and involvement in business community.
  • The co-working space will provide an opportunity for daily business-to-business engagement, professional support, and planning space.
  • Client membership brings sense of belonging, community, and networking.   

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The county's track record for attracting dynamic business and industry has lured an impressive number of university and college graduates, skilled professionals and tradespeople to the region. Northumberland County is located close to 4 community college main campuses and 3 other training centres.

With over 1,900 square kms of prime land, bordered on the south by Lake Ontario, and on the north by Rice Lake, we can offer businesses a nearby market of 4 million people without skipping a beat. It's hard to imagine that such a beautiful place has immediate access to the largest of markets. For employers and entrepreneurs, practitioners and professionals, Northumberland County is perfectly positioned to offer unlimited opportunity - all within an idyllic region to work, and to call home.