Businesses are a key component of the community in Midland and the Midland Public Library is here to support them.


The Library now subscribes to, offering access to an extensive  library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. Head to our Business & Careers e-resources page to login or create a Lynda account using your MPL card number and PIN.

Are you looking to start a business? Here are some resources that may help get you started:



NSCFDC Small Business Workshops

Contact Faith (705-526-4216 ext. 3305) if you want to be notified of upcoming business events.


At the Midland Public Library

320 King Street, Midland , Assembly Room

Register online @


For many small business owners bookkeeping is a daunting, time consuming task…but it needn’t be! Join us as Michele Craig, CPA, CMA and Founder of BookSmarts takes you through the basic steps of creating a customer invoice, paying a supplier bill and doing a simple reconciliation. Using QuickBooks Online as a base, Michele will demonstrate some easy processes and show you how to run some basic reports that will save time and provide valuable insight into the health of your business.



Find out more about how the Library can help you research and develop your business ideas. From online skills training, to market research, to prototyping in our MakerPlace, our services are valuable and free!

Mon, 13 May, 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM: E-COMMERCE

Learn the ins and outs of selling online from a local entrepreneur. We’ll work through the sales funnel starting with SEO & digital marketing to attract customers, get into sales through personal storefronts and 3rd party platforms (, Facebook, etc…), then dive into shipping, logistics & fulfillment, and finish with a discussion on after sales support and refunds/returns. This session will be led by Duane Homick, Founder of GymNext. GymNext has sold over 10,000 of its Flex Timers across North America and beyond using an entirely online sales strategy with no physical storefronts or sales people.

Offered in partnership with: North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation; Midland Public Library; Small Business Centre Barrie, Simcoe County, Orillia; The Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre.

Artrepreneur Simcoe County

Duration of Program: In Class: Tuesday Evenings March 27 – June 26, 2018

Expo: Tuesday, July 24 2018
Location: Midland Public Library (in-class) and Midland Cultural Centre (Expo)


About Artrepreneur

Artrepreneur is a program designed to equip independent artists, arts administrators and creative entrepreneurs with vital business skills needed for success across all arts disciplines and industries. Artists are entrepreneurs who contribute greatly to the social and economic well-being of their communities and, as such, require strategic training to grow in capacity. By incubating creatives working across all disciplines in one program, we foster collaboration and the sharing of ideas, tools, tips and best practices, resulting in a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to “make it” as a creative entrepreneur.

The Program

Artrepreneur Simcoe County is comprised of weekly seminars and workshops, assignments, mentorships and a final presentation and expo over a four-month period. It primarily serves Simcoe County based artists, arts groups and arts businesses working in all creative disciplines such as, though not limited to, visual arts, dance, theatre, film, music, jewelry, fashion, graphic design, gaming and augmented reality. Sessions are hands-on and will range in format from lectures to peer-to-peer workshops.

Throughout the program, faculty will guide fellows in the step-by-step development of a business plan by providing them with templates, learning modules and actionable assignments. By the end of the program, fellows will have a complete business plan and the opportunity to present their work in front of industry leaders. Upon successful completion, fellows will also be awarded a certificate endorsed by all program partners.


  • Applicant is an independent artist, Director/President of an arts group/non-profit organization or the Founder/Owner of a creative business
  • All arts disciplines, design and those working at the intersection of art, technology & innovation
  • Actively practicing and/or in operation for two consecutive years or more
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Ability to commute and attend weekly sessions




Weekly sessions will take place at Midland Public Library. The Artrepreneur Expo will be located at the Midland Cultural Centre.


Subject matter expert guest lecturers and Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship mentors.

Partners & Funders  

County of Simcoe

Town of Midland

Midland Public Library

North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation

Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, Georgian College

York Region Arts Council

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2018 by midnight
Acceptance Notices: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Program Start Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Mid-Program Break: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Last In-Class Session Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Expo: Final Presentations & Graduation Ceremony: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Program At-A-Glance

  • 13 weeks in-class
  • 3 hour seminar/workshop once per week,  (6:00 – 9:00 pm)
  • Sessions conducted by industry experts
  • Access to creative industry mentors
  • Learn the components of a business plan, marketing plan, financial management, intellectual property, presentation skills and more
  • Regular assignments culminating a complete business plan
  • Receive templates and helpful exercises
  • Final presentation to creative industry leaders
  • Certificate of completion

Please note that the program will be delivered in English, though bilingual business support services are available.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Donna Goodwin, Cultural Development Co-ordinator, Tourism Simcoe County | 705-818-2113

Karen Mealing, Cultural Development Coordinator, Town of Midland | (705) 526-4275 ext 2200

Send Us Your Suggestions!

If you have any suggestions for business programs, resources, ideas for how we can support your business or would like to volunteer to provide some business programming, please feel free to contact us at