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Our team of small business advisors helps small business owners and entrepreneurs like you make the right decisions at business start-up and help you to develop the skills and access to networks you need to grow and succeed. Read more about our services and programs. If you require further help or information on the resources below, please contact us.


Guide to Starting a Small Business

Download the guide. This is a list of instructions and links to resources intended to help you get started with your small business. Information provided includes business structures, regulations, permits and government support programs.


Guide to Writing a Business Plan

Download the guide. There are many different types of business plan formats. The layout may vary depending on the type of business, the purpose of the plan and the readership. The following format guideline can be amended to meet the needs of your business. 


Guide to Business Law

Download the guide. There are key commercial differences between the different forms of business entities and the tax treatment of the business and the persons that operate the business. Read our guide to undertand the business structure that is best for your type of business operation.


Guide to Human Resource Law

Download the guide. This guide provides summary of the general legal framework and principles that apply to employees and employers operating in the province of Ontario.


Guide to Hiring Employees

Download the guide. This guide equips you with the tools to expand your small business by hiring employees.


Guide to Small Business Tax

Download the guide. Highlights of this guide includes defining business structures, reporting business income and deducting expenses, GST/HST, bookkeeping practices and avoiding pitfulls with the CRA.


Entrepreneurial Self-Assessment

This questionnaire (provided by the Business Development Bank of Canada) includes 50 statements, and will take about 10 minutes to complete.  Once you have completed it, your answers will be compiled, and you can evaluate your entrepreneurial traits, as concerns, motivations, aptitudes, and attitudes. 

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Which Business Structure is Right for Me?

Now that you have decided to start your own business, you will have to determine what business structure or form of organization suits your needs. The structure of your business will depend on whether you want to run your business yourself or with a partner or associates. There are four types of business structures: sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations and co-operatives.

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Checklist for Small Business (Canada Revenue Agency)

Find the information that you may need from the Canada Revenue Agency when starting up your business.

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Naming Your Business

The right name can be an effective advertising tool that can help your customers understand what your business does and which market you are targeting. The wrong name can confuse or drive away customers.

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Choosing and Setting Up a Location

Trying to decide where to locate your business and how to arrange it once you get there? Review these resources and consider your options.

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Franchising

Starting your own business can be overwhelming for first time entrepreneurs. Investing in an already successful franchise concept may be a great choice for your new business venture.

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Women in Business Guide

As an entrepreneur, your ideas help shape the business landscape in Ontario. From small independently run businesses to hi-tech corporations, women entrepreneurs are making their mark on the economy. This guide will provide you with links and resources for your business.

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