The Business Centre of Guelph-Wellington set up a staffed kiosk in the City Hall Galleria on Wednesday as part of a new pilot project aimed at supporting small businesses in the city, as part of an effort to show it is easy to do business in the municipality.

A small business concierge will be stationed at the kiosk, which will be open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will speak to the services offered by the Business Centre and answer questions. The concierge will also be able to schedule a free one-hour consultation with a business advisor.

“Small business centres are an integral part of any city’s economy and we’re excited that the Business Centre has set up shop here at city hall,” Guelph economic development manager Barbara May said in a press release.

“We often get inquires or visits to our office from people looking to start their own business, and the Business Centre is great resource for them,” Maly added. The pilot project will help the city track general interest in launching a new business in Guelph, the city said.

“One aspect of the Centre’s strategic vision is to have representation in city hall as it is the common first stop for anyone considering starting a business,” said Kristal Manes, executive director for the Business Centre.

“We’re so excited and grateful for the opportunity to set ip this kiosk in City Hall to help provide entrepreneurs convenient access the information that they need.”

The Business Centre is a not-for-profit organization that has been working with entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals and students to achieve business success since 1999, a description of the group said.

They have operated for 20 years to add to the wealth and the diversity of the business community, one entrepreneur at a time, the description added.