Grand Erie Business Centre (GEBC) is a not-for-profit business development centre providing businesses with consultation, support, advice and business loans up to $250,000. GEBC is committed to providing these services to new and existing businesses in Haldimand County and the Township of West Lincoln.


Grand Erie Business Centre Inc.
11 Argyle Street North,
Suite 207,
Caledonia, N3W 1B6

Phone: (905) 765-5005
Toll Free: (877) 646-6606
Fax: (905) 765-5750

Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
After hours appointments by request

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Grand Erie Business Centre (GEBC) is a private non-profit business development corporation that has been serving Haldimand County and the Township of West Lincoln for over 25 years. We provide consultation, support, and advice for small businesses in these areas. We also provide business loans up to $250,000 to businesses who cannot get financing through traditional lenders.

Our mandate is to partner with local businesses and organizations in Haldimand County and the Township of West Lincoln to facilitate community economic growth. We measure our success by the number of permanent jobs that are created and maintained through the businesses and projects that we support. GEBC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of successful business people and professionals from throughout Haldimand County and the Township of West Lincoln.

Our Team

Volunteer Board of Directors

Bill Imeson
Doug Miller
Gary Simpson
Ian Cooper
Kaye Spratt
Steve Ecker
Sandie Heirwegh
Chad Kempt
Elaine Rosewell

Business Financing

We provide loans for business start up, stabilization and expansion from $2,500 to $250,000. Our organization is not in competition with other financial institutions. Rather, we compliment them—and, in fact, we often work collaboratively with banks, credit unions and other organizations to find financing solutions for local entrepreneurs.

Grand Erie Business Centre has lent over $25 million dollars to local business since 1989.

Seasonal Operating Loans

If you operate a seasonal business and need help with initial operating expenses or equipment our seasonal loan program may help. The loan can be used for inventory, equipment or operating capital.

Small Business Express Loans

If your business needs capital between $2,500 and $7,500 for equipment, project costs or operating you can be approved in as little as two business days for an Express Loan. All express loans are amortized for a term of up to three years with competitive interest rates.

Business Financing Program

Grand Erie Business Centre provides loans for new and existing businesses up to $250,000 for startup, expansion and stabilization. In order to qualify for a loan you must already be exploring traditional financing. Should traditional financing be insufficient or not available please connect with us about lending solutions. Contact us to learn more about interest rates and loan security.

Futurpreneur Canada

For new businesses owners ages 18 - 34 Futurpreneur offers collateral-free loans at better interest rates than most banks. But they can’t do it alone. They are able to finance up to $15,000 per business plus give entrepreneurs the opportunity to work with a volunteer mentor. To find out more about Futurpreneur and if your business is eligible contact the Grand Erie Business Centre.


The Southern Ontario Fund for Investing in Innovation supports high-growth, innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in rural and urban communities by offering loans of usually $150,000 to $500,000 to support all aspects of growth challenges facing them. The loans are intended to help finance:

Contact Us

Tauri Caputo

Tauri joined GEBC in October of 2014 after spending 9 years as an Instructor in the Faculty of Business at Brock University where he taught courses in Marketing, Strategic Planning and Business Communications. He also ran a boutique consulting firm specializing in business planning for new ventures. Outside of the office he acts as the president and technical director of a community volleyball club where he also coaches a rep team.


Rob Manning

Rob joined GEBC in March of 2017. Rob has an extensive career working in business and economic development initiatives in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he spent 5 years working in the Economic Development Division at the Regional Municipality of Halton as a Business Consultant. Rob has also run his own successful businesses. In his spare time Rob enjoys spending time sailing, gardening and travelling with his wife.


Mary Jane Haist

Mary Jane joined GEBC part-time in February 2017. When she is not at GEBC she is running Go To Office Solutions, the business she created in April 2012. Prior to starting her own business Mary Jane worked for the Business Development Bank of Canada, Brock University and in Human Resources for a large entertainment complex. When she's not working you'll find Mary Jane enjoying time with her husband and two children.