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Business Resources

Business Directories

SLEP Business Directory

The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership maintains a Business Directory of approximately 3,500 businesses in Sarnia and the surrounding municipalities. To access the directory, visit the website of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership.

 

Chamber of Commerce Directory

The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce also maintains a searchable directory of over 700 of its business members operating in Sarnia and throughout Lambton County. Visit www.slchamber.ca/.

Business Services & Support

Sarnia offers a number of programs, incentives and services to help your business grow and succeed.

Business Development

For assistance with developing a business plan, access to business loans and confidential business counselling and assistance, two local agencies are here to help:

-        Business Enterprise Centre of Sarnia-Lambton (BECSL)

-        Sarnia Lambton Business Development Corporation (SLBDC)

Commercialization and Research

Lambton College Research & Innovation specializes in working with small to medium sized businesses and organizations across sectors in many research areas including advanced manufacturing, advanced material development, biotechnology, economics & business, information technology and renewable energy technologies.

Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park provides facilities, lab space, client services and Canada's largest clean-tech incubator focused on large-scale industrial technology.

 

Labour Market Information

The Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board conducts and disseminates local labour market research and works with community stakeholders to identify local solutions to local issues.

Education and Training

Lambton College is a publicly funded college located in Sarnia with over 70 post-secondary programs, including Technology and Trades, Business and International Education, Health and Community Services and Information Technology. Lambton College is attended by about 3,500 full-time, 6,500 part-time and 3,500 international students annually.

Bluewater Association for Safety, Environment, and Sustainability (BASES) delivers workplace health and safety training, conducts industrial safety management assessments, and offers instructor accreditation. BASES supports Sarnia refining and petrochemical sectors with trade-specific, contractor and site-specific training.  

Municipal Grant / Loan Programs

The City of Sarnia recently adopted a new Community Improvement Plan focused on improving public spaces and private properties in Downtown Sarnia and Mitton Village. In 2021, $100,000 was dedicated to incentive programs that encourage redevelopment and improvements to private properties. For more information on these incentive programs and how to apply, visit https://www.sarnia.ca/community-improvement-plan/.

Business Licensing

BizPal is an innovative online service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information about business permits, licenses, and other requirements needed to start, operate, and grow their business from the federal, provincial/territorial, and participating municipal governments.

 

Co-Working Space

AltSpace offers 8,500 sq. ft. of space, enough for seven individual businesses. Tenants save on costs by sharing a common lounge area, washrooms, utilities, cleaning services, advertising, and Wi-Fi. The building, located in downtown Sarnia directly across from the stunning waterfront, covers almost 3,000 sq. ft. and offers free street parking, and can include up to 100 members.

Collide is a membership-based co-working space in a fully-renovated space in downtown Sarnia. Members have access to WiFi, two board rooms, printing, private calling rooms and complimentary drinks and snacks.

We are very proud of the excellent customer service we provide to our community! Please feel free to contact us if you require any additional information on available business support and resources.

New Business Certificate

If you recently started a new business in Sarnia, let us know and we'll send you an official New Business Certificate.

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