Tools & Guides

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Available Services

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. Please see What We Do.

Municipal Licensing

City of Windsor
Town of Amherstburg
Town of Essex
Town of Kingsville
Town of Lakeshore
Town of LaSalle
Municipality of Leamington
Town of Tecumseh


Find Government Grants, Loans, and Financing
Financing Wizard
Sources of Private Sector Financing
Financing From Non-Government Organizations
Grants, Contributions, and Financial Assistance
Tax Refunds and Credits
Loans and Cash Advances
Loan Guarantees
Accessing Equity Financing
Equity Investments
Financing For Innovation
Southwestern Ontario Fund For Investment in Innovation (SOFII)
Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (Business expansion)
Employer Matrix 2017 (Business Development Support Programs)
Windsor-Essex Entrepreneur Support Network
Employment Service Deliver Network  (Employment Centres)
Loan Application Checklist

Business Planning

Why Do You Need A Business Plan?
Writing Your Business Plan
Sample Business Plans and Templates
Business Planning FAQs
Market Research Methods
Guide to Market Research and Analysis
Market Research and Statistics
Secondary Market Research Service Request
Windsor-Essex Region Data
Statistics Canada
International Market Research
Essex County Rural Guide 2016 (Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs)
Multilingual Business Planning Documents


Managing Your Finances
Protecting Your Business
Organizational Design
Tips for a Greener Business
Selling To Governments
Productivity Benchmarking Tool



Guide to Food and Beverage Manufacturing in Ontario



Marketing Plan Outline
Marketing and Sales
Marketing Basics
Promoting and Advertising Your Business
Advertising Tips
Ways to Promote Your Product or Service
Developing Your Website


E-Business Toolkit
Online Sources of E-Business Information
E-Business Security, Privacy, and Legal Requirements
E-Business and Selling To Customers Outside Of Ontario
Online Sales


Taxation Guide
Tax Refunds and Credits
Federal Tax Information
Provincial Tax Information
Business Income Tax

Succession Planning

Closing or Selling Your Business
Closing Your Business
Put a Price Tag on Your Business: A Guide to Business Valuation
Succession Planning

Enhancing Service to Businesses
GST/HST Information for a New Small Business
Reporting Business Income and Expense
Starting Your Business (Canada Revenue)
Payroll Information for a New Small Business


Small Business Centre’s Guide to Hiring Employees
Employee or Self-employed?
Employment Regulations: Hiring
Employment standards
Employment standards tool
Labour Market Information
Setting Up a Pay System
Keeping employee records
Record of Employment on the Web
Payroll (Canada Revenue)
Employer responsibilities – The payroll steps
T4 – Information for employers
Your obligation when an employee leaves

Importing and Exporting

Canada Border Services Agency
International Trade Training Programs
Importing Guide
Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting
Points To Consider Before Exporting
Exporting To the United States
Exporting To World Markets
Importing and Exporting Trade Data