Business Resources and Services

The Barrie Public Library offers a wide variety of business resources to help you grow and strengthen your business. Our goal is to enhance community growth and promote local business success.

Digital Library

View our Digital Library to check out our business resources and see how they can help you with your business. From researching your target market to mapping out your competition, searching census statistics to learning how to write a business plan, our databases can help you take your business to the next level.

Online Business Programs

Check out our online calendar for our free virtual business programs, including Starting Your Business Basics, and Business Plan Basics. 

Rent a Meeting Room

Our Massie Family Program Room at our Painswick Branch is available to available to rent for meetings, workshops, events and more. Booking the room is free for non-profits, and costs $60 for businesses and $40 for individuals.  Learn more about room rentals.

Community Information Database

A community directory of information about non-profit agencies, government offices, clubs, special interest organizations and more.  Useful to research competition, for B2B research or local business association, networking and service searches. 

Online Business Resources


Local Resources

Marketing and News Sources

  • Canada Business Ontario's Secondary Market Research Service Request - Can provide you with free information on: contacts for industry associations and suppliers; business trends and local competitors; demographic data about potential customers in a specific geographic location, and sample business plans.
  • Canada Post Precision Targeter - Direct Marketing tools. Plan a targeted mailing or use the Delivery Area Counts and Maps data to select delivery routes.
  • Free Map Tools- Generate a list of postal codes from an area selected on a map.
  • Media Smarts : Canada's Centre for Digital and Media Literacy - Canadian non-profit with a focus on educating and providing information tools on how media works.
  • Statistics Canada - Industry classifications - Includes the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) for Canada and the US, Sistema de Clasificación Industrial de América del Norte (SCIAN), Statistical classification of economic activities in the European Community (NACE), International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC), and Standard Industrial Classification (SIC).

Research and Statistics

Small Business and Business Plans

  • Canada Business Network - Government Services for Canadian Businesses - Resources and information to help you get your business going and growing. Offers free ‘Secondary Market Research Service’.
  • Canada Business Ontario - Free access to government business information.
  • Canada Revenue Agency - Guide for Canadian Small Businesses
  • Futurepreneur Canada - Provides financing, mentoring and tools to help 18-39 year old entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses and create value.
  • Government of Canada - Concierge - A single access point to funding, expertise, facilities, and global opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seeking to grow through innovation. It offers free, one-on-one assistance from expert advisors who provide customized guidance in selecting the most relevant programs and services to help you grow your business.
  • MaRS - Offers an Entrepreneurs Toolkit, including a library of resources, workshops and a certificate in entrepreneurship. Also can help with funding a business through the Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) with a focus on Cleantech, ICT, life science and healthcare sectors.
  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation- Information on government services for Ontario's small business owners and entrepreneurs.
  • Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) - A collaborative network built to help your business succeed.
  • Small Business Enterprise Centres - Provides support services to start-up and small businesses during their first through fifth years of development and operation
  • Seontario - Suggested enterprise tools, marketplaces, policy, research, communities and financing.
  • ventureLAB - ventureLAB helps entrepreneurs build scalable tech businesses and bring their innovations to market by offering a combination of mentoring, partnering, and connecting tailored to their unique needs. ventureLAB supports York Region, Simcoe County and Muskoka District.


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