Local Groups and Business Support

Local Business Associations

The Municipality of Lambton Shores is home to two business groups: 

Grand Bend & Area Chamber of Commerce

  •  It is membership-based and offers local businesses networking opportunities, members-only benefits and more. 
  • Membership is available to any business. 
  • Visit their website for more information. 

Forest Business Improvement Area

  • Members of the Forest BIA are designated by by-law. Only those businesses operating within the define geographic boundary are members of the Forest BIA. 
  • Their purpose is to promote the area and improve the business environment for those businesses of the Forest Downtown. 
  • Visit their website for more information

Local Business Support 

There are also local and county-wide resources available through the Municipality of Lambton Shores’ partner organizations. Explore the list below for further information and support in key areas of developing and growing your business. 

 Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership

The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP) is an economic development agency for the Sarnia-Lambton area. Funded by the County of Lambton, they have a focus on promoting the distinct advantages that Sarnia-Lambton proudly offers companies and residents. Their focus is to foster new business creation, helping to ensure that established firms remain and grow here, and work to attract growing businesses to the Sarnia-Lambton area.

Services they offer include: 

  • Business counselling and resources through the Sarnia-Lambton Business Enterprise Centre (SLBEC) 
  • Industry and demographic market research
  • Business directory
  • Business plan writing and guidance 
  • Grant information and writing support 
  • To learn more and explore their services, visit their website.

Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation 

Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation (SLBDC) helps small business owners in Lambton County succeed and thereby create permanent, long-term employment opportunities and help build our economic community. Their goal is to reduce small business failures, and empower business owners to succeed by providing access to the funding and resources they need to build stable work environments and sound business plans.

Services they offer include: 

  • Business counselling
  • Business plan template & guide
  • Loans and financing up to $300,000
  • To learn more and explore their services, visit their website

Sarnia-Lambton Workforce Development Board

Sarnia-Lambton Workforce Development Board (SLWDB) is a community-directed, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to leading Sarnia-Lambton in its approach to workforce development and labour market planning through research and regular publications.

Services they offer include: 

  • Market research and labour reports
  • Resources for employers 
  • To learn more and explore their services, visit their website.






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