While our office is by appointment only, staff remain available by email & phone during our regular business hours

Business Coaching & Consulting Program

Free Local Business Coaching and Consulting

Nottawasaga Futures, in partnership with the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, Town of Innisfil, and the Town of New Tecumseth, provides business services, including one-on-one counselling at no charge to assist entrepreneurs in creating a new business or existing businesses looking for guidance in marketing, purchasing, exporting, business plans, financial projections, succession plans and sources of financing and programs. Our professional staff is experienced and knowledgeable about the local market and understands the challenges faced by businesses.

Our organization provides business Advisory services generally characterized into the following categories:

o   Pre-business plan and business startup

o   General business advice related to a business plan or new business idea

o   Launch ready business with a business plan with some elements needing improvement

o   Existing businesses currently facing challenges and in need of advice

o   Existing businesses exploring new opportunities for growth/expansion in need of advice

o   Ensure websites are optimized for buying or booking appointments online

Advice may take the following forms: General business advice related to a business plan or new business idea

o   Quickbooks and bookkeeping training

o   Setup online ordering for both delivery and take-out on your website

o   Convert existing stores to e-commerce to offer online buying capabilities

o   Offer online classes or consultations using ZOOM, Google Meets, Skype etc.

o   Request for financing for some element of the business plan/project

o   Referral to other programs or organizations that may provide assistance

o   Business transition and succession support

For more information, please contact us 1-800-509-7554 or ced@nottawasaga.com



Meet our Business Coaches

Laurie Waldrum, CPA, CGA
Waldrum Business Consulting
Business and Financial Coaching
  • All aspects and levels of business and finance experience in a variety of industries
  • Financial analysis, budgeting and financial forecasting
  • Business plan, policies/processes and strategic plan development, new business set up, business purchasing/valuation
  • Working with owners/entrepreneurs to develop financial strengths and enhance existing financial systems    


Kate Quigley
Town of Innisfil
Municipal Development and Local Business Support
  • Building and development business concierge
  • Location search: Custom and self-service site selection assistance for new and existing businesses
  • Demographics and data: Research and data that you need to make important business decisions
  • Connections to talent: Introductions to hiring and training resources     


Chris Adams
Adams Hamilton Consulting
Digital Marketing Strategy, Innovation, Funding
  • Chris works with businesses to understand how to scale and build growth that have not yet been visioned using innovative digital marketing, funding, software and technology approaches
  • Chris and his team specialize in digital marketing strategy, innovation, funding mechanisms and business advisory services

Jelmer Stegink
Town of Innisfil
DMZ Innisfil Director
  • Ecosystem navigation: Introductions to relevant support resources in the Simcoe County and GTA startup support ecosystem
  • Early-stage startup support: Idea validation, business model development, building MVPs, launching, finding product market fit Fundraising:
  • Pre-seed and seed stage fundraising for scalable start-ups

Jenny Makula
Orion CPA 
  • Modern accounting and bookkeeping processes
  • Timely financial reporting
  • Personalized corporate tax strategies
  • Licensed public accountant for signing off on financial statements for compilations, reviews and audits for banks and grant regulators
  • Experienced with investments and raising equity on the TSX as an ex-investment banker

Ian Kenney
Bungi Marketing
Account Manager
  • Digital marketing consulting
  • Social media advertising
  • Search engine advertising
  • Brand development Online sales

Kelly C Laughton
Top Cats Commercial Realty
Commercial Real Estate
  • Expert commercial site selection
  • Commercial leasing/sales
  • Terms negotiations Commercial landlord/tenant needs Award-winning author:
  • Slaying the Location Dragon, the Book on Retail Site Selection
  • Vertical Villages and the Magic of Mixed-Use Development

Emerson H. Wargel
Barriston Law
Civil Litigation & Employment Law
  • Emerson is an Associate lawyer who practices in the areas of general civil litigation and employment law
  • He started at Barriston in 2022, after practicing as an associate and articling at a prominent management-side labour and employment law firm.

Jacklyn Tuckey
Barriston Law
Civil Litigation & Employment Law
  • Jacklyn is an associate practicing in the areas of civil litigation, and employment law
  • Jacklyn summered with Barriston throughout her law degree, and completed her Articles with the firm, before being called to the Bar in June of 2020

Nicole Murphey
Barriston Law
Civil Litigation & Employment Law
  • Nicole is an associate practising in the areas of civil litigation and employment law
  • Before joining the firm in February of 2022, Nicole began working for the Ministry of the Attorney General as an Assistant Crown Attorney upon her call to the bar in July 2020

Heather Hill
Farm and Commercial Insurance Specialist
  • Commercial properties owed or for rent – how much insurance and who needs it?
  • Commercial auto = trucks or use of vehicles for business
  • Fleets – 5 or more business/commercial use vehicles
  • Liability protection – for you and your business
  • Professional Liability – do you need it?
  • Farms – Large or small – working or hobby
  • Retail, office, professionals – what do you need?

Michael Gutta
  • Addictive Design is a 5-time award winning full-service branding and marketing agency, with over 80 years of combined experience and 19 years of local and international business.
  • Digital marketing
  • Web development
  • Brand management
  • PR Signage Promotional products
  • and clothing Graphic design

Nunzio Presta
  • Business Transition
  • Business Valuation