Business Information

HOW TO START A BUSINESS               DESCRIPTION                      WEBSITE   LINK 
Want to be your own boss? The idea of starting a business is appealing to a lot of people and can be very rewarding. This information will help you plan for a successful start to your entrepreneurship journey.
Before starting your business 
Get ready to start a business by doing the research and planning that will help you launch your project.
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Checklists and guides for starting a business

Access guides and checklists for starting different types of businesses.
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Business planning

Find out how to write a business plan and access templates, sample business plans, market research information and statistics
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Financing your new business

Find out about available sources of financing for your start-up business.
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Naming your business

Choose the right name for your business. Your business name should be unique and easy to remember, and should describe the products and services you provide.
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Registering your business

Learn about the requirements for registering your business with different levels of government.
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Permits, licenses, and regulations  

Learn about permits, licences and regulations that apply to your business.
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Employees, payroll, and taxes

Explore some of the resources that can help you with hiring and managing employees as well as paying a variety of taxes.
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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? Consider your options.
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HOW TO PLAN A BUSINESS
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Find out how to write a business plan and access templates, sample business plans, market research information, and statistics.
Why do you need a business plan?

A business plan is a valuable tool for every business owner, whether you are starting up, have been in business for years, or are ready to grow.
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Writing your business plan 

Know what elements are considered essential in any business plan and the key points that should be included in each section of your plan.
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Sample business plans and templates

Find sample business plans, free templates, writing guides and interactive tools to help you develop a professional business plan.
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Business planning FAQs

Find the answers to questions often asked about preparing a business plan.
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Business continuity planning

Is your business ready to handle emergencies? Find out how to prepare and implement a business continuity plan.
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Succession planning
 
Find the right strategy for selling your business or handing it over to someone else.
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Market research and statistics

Learn more about market research, how to conduct it, and where to find free information and statistics to support your market research project.
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Start and grow a social enterprise 
 
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HOW TO FINANCE YOUR BUSINESS?                  DESCRIPTION               WEBSITE LINK 
Government departments and agencies provide financings such as grants, contributions, subsidies, and loan guarantees. If you are looking for money for your business, you should start by learning about the different types of financing that are available.

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HOW TO MANAGE YOUR BUSINESS 
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In the majority of cases, start-up success or failure is all about knowing both the how and the why of taking action, and always being clear about which steps to take next. You will need a good resource of information that will help you to manage your business most effective.

Managing your business includes a wide range of activities, from day-to-day operations to long‑term planning. It is important that you understand what you are responsible for, and what you can do to make your business run efficiently. This section covers topics such as budgeting, protecting your business, hiring and training employees, and marketing and sales.

Day-to-day operations

Successfully managing the ups and downs of your daily operations is the backbone of your business.
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Employees

Discover how to recruit, hire and effectively manage your employees.
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Marketing and sales

How well you market your business and interact with your customers can vastly influence your success.
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E-business security, privacy, and legal requirements

Be aware of the risks of e-business and protect yourself and your customers.
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Developing your website 

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Using technology in your daily operations

Discover some of the many ways you can use information communications technologies to your advantage.
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Digital literacy

Explore how digital literacy can help your business.
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                HOW TO PLAN 
       YOUR BUSINESS GROWTH 
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Find out how to write a business plan and access templates, sample business plans, market research information, and statistics.
Why do you need a business plan?  

A business plan is a valuable tool for every business owner, whether you are starting up, have been in business for years, or are ready to grow.
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Writing your business plan  


Know what elements are considered essential in any business plan and the key points that should be included in each section of your plan.
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Sample business plans and templates  


Find sample business plans, free templates, writing guides and interactive tools to help you develop a professional business plan
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Business planning FAQs  


Find the answers to questions often asked about preparing a business plan.
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Business continuity planning  
Is your business ready to handle emergencies? Find out how to prepare and implement a business continuity plan.
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Succession planning


Find the right strategy for selling your business or handing it over to someone else.
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Market research and statistics  



Learn more about market research, how to conduct it, and where to find free information and statistics to support your market research project.
 
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Start and grow a social enterprise  


Are you ready to turn your social mission into a social enterprise? Find resources to help you start, manage and grow your organization.
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          OTHER RESOURCES 
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These resources will help you make sound decisions that work for your business. Here you can find information about what to consider before expanding your business;  how to identify opportunities arising from your current business;  how to review your business performance; how to make a good business plan and others..
Planning for Business Growth

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R&D  Innovation  


 




Here you find information on how o innovate, you may need to do research, implement new technologies, train employees, improve productivity, establish partnerships and seek financing. The resources below might help you in the innovation process.
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Exporting and Importing  



Did you know how to do business in other countries? Whether you're exporting, importing, or investing abroad, learn how to take part in these international trade activities.  Here you find a piece of relevant information about exporting and importing to be successful.
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Business Support Organizations


 


Here you can find business support organizations that will help you in the transition from new business owners to experienced entrepreneurs.
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Social Enterprises and Non-Profits 


 


Here you can find links to general business information that applies to any entrepreneur, small or medium business, or social enterprise. Here you can select the programs and services that are specific to organizations like yours.
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    GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS             DESCRIPTION  WEBSITE LINK 
As an entrepreneur, you're aware that many of your business activities are subject to many government regulations. Here you can find a source of basic regulations.
Taxes  GST/HST

Here you find information about many forms of tax that you may encounter in your business

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Registering your Business

Here you can find information about all the requirements that may apply to your business.

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Regulations

 Here you can learn about the regulations and standards that apply to your business.

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Permits and Licenses

Find out what kind of permits and licenses may you need from different levels of government.

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Copyrights & Intellectual Property

Learn about intellectual property, including patents, trade-marks, copyright, industrial design and integrated circuit topographies, and how they can protect your business.

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Selling to government

 Whether you choose to do business with the government at the federal, provincial/territorial, municipal or foreign level, you will need to follow various series of steps. This section aims to provide you with information on how to do business with the government at all levels


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Bankruptcy 


You may not have to declare bankruptcy.   First, look at your alternatives before you decide to declare bankruptcy.


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Closing your business 

When you decide to close your business (a sole proprietorship, a partnership, or a corporation) and no longer need your business number (BN), you have to complete certain forms before the account can be closed.


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Government Grants and Financing 
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Start and Grow a Social Enterprise 
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