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Whether you have an idea for a new business or are an existing business looking for advice, the Elgin Business Resource Centre has someone that can help your business reach its full potential.

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We are your one-stop location for FREE business counselling, business planning, business loans and great networking opportunities in St. Thomas and Elgin County. Our office is conveniently located close to you in St. Thomas. Appointments are recommended.
A beautiful rainbow in the sky outside of the Elgin Business Resource Centre in St. Thomas, Ontario

We are the Elgin Business Resource Centre

FACILITATING PROSPERITY, STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES.
Since 1986.

Smiling staff at the Elgin Business Resource Centre receptionist desk in St. Thomas Ontario

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As a Community Futures Development Corporation, we are part of a national network of not-for-profit, community-based organizations funded by the federal government. Branded as the Elgin Business Resource Centre (EBRC), our name reflects the essence of who we are and what we do.

We are a one-stop business resource serving Elgin County. We are all about developing sustainable businesses and promoting community economic development in our communities. At the EBRC, we are here to meet the needs of your business … where you are at now, and into your future.

Do you have an idea for a new business? Are you thinking of purchasing an existing business? Need direction on growing your current business? We are here to help.

We provide business support services through one-on-one counselling, networking, workshops and self-employment training programs.

We offer flexible lending to qualified applicants, including start-up loans as low as 2% over prime.

We have office space available. If you need a location for your business, we have professional suites available for rent. If you are looking for meeting space, we have that too.

The EBRC’s skilled staff is here to help you! Check out our ANNUAL REPORT 2022.

Meet Our Staff

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Kevin Jackson, General Manager at Elgin Business Resource Centre in St. Thomas, Ontario in St. Thomas, Ontario
Kevin Jackson
Sarah Foshay, Assistant General Manager at Elgin Business Resource Centre in St. Thomas, Ontario
Sarah Foshay
Lisa King, Accounting and Reporting Advisor at Elgin Business Resource Centre in St. Thomas, Ontario
Lisa King
Jennifer Grigg, Community Engagement & Business Advisor at Elgin Business Resource Centre in St. Thomas, Ontario
Jennifer Grigg
Rod Rattray, Business and Loans Advisor at Elgin Business Resource Centre in St. Thomas, Ontario
Rod Rattray
Tara McCaulley, Business and Loans Adviser at Elgin Business Resource Centre in St. Thomas, Ontario
Tara McCaulley
Felicia Brice, Administrative Assistant at Elgin Business Resource Centre in St. Thomas, Ontario
Felicia Brice
Tiena Bartsch, Custodial Services at Elgin Business Resource Centre in St. Thomas, Ontario
Tiena Bartsch

Learn About the Board of Directors

The Elgin Business Resource Centre (EBRC) is overseen by a 13 member Board of Directors rich in business knowledge and experience and committed to promoting entrepreneurship and economic development in Elgin County. Providing strong leadership are 11 area business professionals, many of whom currently own and operate local businesses. Two youth professionals bring a fresh perspective to the table. These 13 dedicated volunteer Directors give many hours of their time to attend regular EBRC Board and Committee meetings, to represent EBRC at functions throughout the year, and to promote business growth in St. Thomas and Elgin County.

Are you interested in joining our volunteer Board of Directors? If so, contact our Administrative Assistant, Felicia Brice at [email protected].

Scott Birkby
President
Hetty Teuber
Interim Vice Chair
Bob Ashcroft
Secretary
John Gurr
Treasurer
Rob Quai
Loans Committee Chair
Chris Waite
Director
Warren Silverthorn
Director
Jessica Goodall
Director
Lisa Jarvis
Director
Kate Burns Gallagher
Director
Lisa Johnston
Youth Director
Abigail Moore
Youth Director