Barrie may be a city, but it still maintains a small-town vibe. This is one of the many reasons why local companies want to foster a growing culture of small business and entrepreneurship in one of Canada’s youngest and fastest-growing cities. That’s where the smOffice program comes in. Back for its second year, The Creative Space along several other local sponsors, want to give people with big ideas office space, tools, and the resources they need to bring their growing business ideas alive.


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Thanks to the program, last year’s winner and Earth to Kids founder Shelby Taylor was able to turn an idea into a fully realized product within a few months.

Shelby’s Chickapea pasta provides families with an organic, gluten free, high protein choice in pasta made entirely out of chickpeas!

If you’re located in the Barrie area and have a great business idea that you want to get off the ground but just need a little assistance doing it, don’t hesitate to apply for this year’s smOffice contest.

Winner’s get set up with some amazing perks, here’s what to expect.

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6 Months of Incubation

Mentorship is essential for anyone trying to start a business of their own. As a winner, you’ll receive access to all the legal, accounting, finance and marketing advice you need and be brought under the wing of company leaders with operations all over the globe!

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Welcome to Your New Office

You’ll get an office of your own located in the Creative Space in the heart of Downtown Barrie. The new office space will be kitted out with all the resources you need to get your business plan firing on all cylinders.

You’ll be surrounded by over 40 entrepreneurs offering support and advice during your start-up journey.

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Sweet New Digs

Accommodations will be provided for an out-of-town winner. Stay tuned for more details!

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Immerse Yourself in Barrie

There’s tons of fun to be had in Barrie, and you’ll get to experience the best that the city has to offer with tickets to sporting events, concerts and theatre venues. Not to mention the centralized location of your new home and office and access to a Sonders E-Bike are guaranteed to help make those six months fly by!

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How to Apply:

You need three things:

  1. Filling out the smOffice application and including a brief Business Plan.
  2. The physical ability, mental capacity, charisma, and coffee to maneuver, work and network in a skin tight (albeit tricked out) smoffice
  3. A 60-second video showcasing why you and your company is the best choice for smOffice.

There’s over $60,000 in winnings to be had so if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur that has a great idea but need a little help and guidance in making it come to fruition, SmOffice is just for you!

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