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A Workshop at the Business Centre

About Us

Business Centre Guelph-Wellington has been helping businesses start since 1999.

Core Values

What We Stand For

Integrity

What We Are

Providers of objective, honest business advice in the best interest of our clients

How We Are

  • Professional
  • Respectful
  • Aligned in our values
  • Ethical

Connected

What We Are

A hub in the small business community network connected to other organizations

How We Are

  • Relationship builders
  • Collaborators
  • Facilitators
  • Involved

Adaptable

What We Are

A positive, flexible, energetic, open-minded team of forward-thinking professionals

How We Are

  • Innovative
  • Nimble
  • Future-focused
  • Inspiring

Entrepreneurial

What We Are

Business professionals, passionately committed to supporting local small business

How We Are

  • Service-oriented
  • Driven
  • Visionary
  • Resilient

Learning

What We Are

Knowledgeable about business programs, resources, & relevant information

How We Are

  • Educated
  • Prepared
  • Inquisitive
  • Generous

Our Team

Kristel Manes, Executive Director

Kristel Manes

Executive Director

Email: [email protected]

Kristel Manes is a Change Management Specialist; having spent the last 13 years coaching entrepreneurs as they start and grow businesses. Kristel has an extensive history in communication and negotiation amongst such prominent groups as boards of directors, sponsors, core funding partners, senior management, peers, and aspiring business owners.

Expertise

  • Business plan creation
  • Forecasting
  • Goal definition & growth strategies
Nathalie Plouffe

Nathalie Plouffe

Business Advisor

Email: [email protected]

Nathalie left the corporate world in her mid-twenties to pursue the entrepreneurial route. She has built a resourceful network of business owners, investors, and a myriad of like-minded professionals over the years. She is a commercial real estate agent by trade, an NLP practitioner and is a certified Swiss Nova consultant. Coaching is her passion.

Expertise

  • Clarity, perspective, focus and productivity
  • Self-exploration, self-growth
  • Marketing, market positioning, branding
Olga George-Cosh

Olga George-Cosh

Business Advisor

Email: [email protected]

Olga is an accomplished professional and an entrepreneurial thinker with extensive experience in management of non-profit organizations and social entrepreneurship. Her career spans a diverse range of business accomplishments, from being a partner in the family’s businesses, to consistently achieving superior results as an executive, and guiding non-profits in creating and sustaining positive community change.

Expertise

  • Non-profit sector
  • Newcomers to Canada
  • Youth mentorship
Corina Sipkes

Corina Sipkes

Business Advisor - Centre Wellington

Email: [email protected]

Corina has a professional background in the cosmetology industry, having owned and operated several successful businesses, both in Canada and abroad. Corina has developed a practical, no-nonsense approach to business. Over the last five years, she has used these experiences to help others start and grow their own businesses.

Expertise

  • Business plan creation
  • Creative process/solutions
  • Coaching the Entrepreneur
Tony Morris

Tony Morris

Business Advisor

Email: [email protected]

Tony is an experienced professional with a passion for Canada's agriculture sector and small business. His varied career includes work within financial institutions, business consulting, government, and governance of not-for-profit organizations. With years of hands-on experience owning and operating small businesses and a farm operation, he strives to help people answer the question: "what is it you do better than anyone else, that adds value to the lives of people, that makes you unique?"

Expertise

  • Business planning
  • Problem solving and solutions development
  • Networking and relationship management
Ella Henderson

Ella Henderson

Program Coordinator

Email: [email protected]

Ella is the Program Coordinator for the Rhyze Ventures Program. Ella brings her academic training, almost ten years of experience in coordination of community education and change focused projects, and most recently, her own entrepreneurial experience operating a local social enterprise. She is passionate about building stronger programming, resources, and networks for women entrepreneurs and is excited about the opportunities Rhyze Ventures offers women in our region.

Expertise

  • Program Coordination
  • Communications
  • Event Planning & Management

Our Partners

Founding Partners

Government of Ontario LogoCity of Guelph LogoThe Wellington County logoGuelph Chamber of Commerce logo

Funding Partners

Government of Ontario LogoCity of Guelph LogoThe Wellington County logoCentre Wellington logo

Community Partners

Innovation Guelph LogoGuelph Chamber of Commerce logoMiller Thomson logoSmith Valeriote Law logoNelson, Watson LLP logoThe Co-Operators LogoSutherland Insurance logoRLB Chartered Professional Accountants logoBeyond Rewards Inc. logo2H Media logo1 Stop HR LogoBakertilly LogoBank of Montreal LogoCentre Wellington Chamber of Commerce Logo

Board of Directors

Business Centre Guelph Wellington Board of Directors

Jeff Duncan

County Ward 9

Alex Di Lello

RLB LLP

Devin Gauthier

Sandbox Software Solutions Inc.

Carinta Mannarelli

Global Currency Services

Shakiba Shayani

Guelph Chamber of Commerce

Geoffrey Quan

University of Guelph

Lynne Bard

Beyond Rewards Inc.

Barb Maly

City of Guelph

E.J. Stross

SmithValeriote Law Firm LLP