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Resources and Links

Below are recommended sources of information to help you start or run your business.

General Resources:

Provincial Business Information – The Provincial Business Information site will help guide you to the government services, forms and information for your business.

Canada Business Network - The Canada Business Network site is a great general resource to get reliable, up to date information on starting a business.

Ministry of Economic Development and Growth – The Ministry of Economic Development and Growth site offers a lot of additional information.

Where do I go for financing?

Financing Options – This link offers sources where you may be able to obtain financing.

Guides for specific types of businesses:

The guides below are published to help you with information related to specific types of businesses in Ontario.

Evaluating yourself

Step 1: Evaluating Yourself and Your Idea - determine whether you are suited for entrepreneurship as well as a viability/feasibility check list for your business idea.

Step 2: Assessment Tool at BDC - an online quiz to help you determine if you are comfortable taking the step of starting your own business.

How do I assess market viability?

Grey County Economic Development Viewer – The Grey County Economic Development Viewer website helps visualize current and future socioeconomic trends in the County of Grey and the County of Bruce.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – The Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada website offers economic and market research statistics.

Statistics Canada – The Statistics Canada website finds economic, social and census data.

CANSIM – The CANSIM website searches Stats for Canada key socioeconomic data.

Benchmarking Tool – The Benchmarking Tool website offers industry-specific income statement and balance sheet data for small and medium sized businesses.

Four County Planning Board – The Four County Planning Board website provides local area labour market information.

Small Business Statistics – The Small Business Statistics website offers key small business statistics.

Canada Post – The Canada Post website provides household counts and maps.

What rules, regulations and other considerations could affect my business?

Points of Consideration: The Points of Consideration link covers forms of business ownership, and other considerations for specific types of businesses.

Municipal Regulations: Municipal Regulations offers an overview of the City of Owen Sound’s municipal business licence and contact information for other municipalities in Grey/ Bruce.

Provincial Regulations: The Provincial Regulations link provides information on the Master Business Licence and other provincial regulations.

Federal Regulations: This link to Federal Regulations offers a general overview of the federal government’s BN number.

Canadian Revenue Agency: The Canada Revenue Agency website offers general information and all necessary forms.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office – The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) website offers patents, trade-marks, copyrights, Industrial designs, and Integrated circuit products.

Incorporating ProvinciallyIncorporating Provincially information.

Incorporating FederallyIncorporating Federally information.

Liquor LicenceLiquor License information.

Garage LicencingGarage Licensing information.

Child Care LicencingChild Care Licensing information.

Importing / ExportingImporting/ Exporting information.

Canadian Food Inspection AgencyCanadian Food Inspection Agency information.

Food Labelling GuideFood Labelling Guide information.

Non-Food Labelling GuideNon-Food Labelling Guide information.

MERX – The MERX website connect to buyers in the federal, provincial and MASH sectors to bid on Canadian public-sector contracts.

Technical Standards and Safety Authority – The Technical Standards and Safety Authority website delivers safety services on behalf of the provincial government.

What should I consider before I hire employees?

Employee Regulations – This link provides an overview of your obligations and responsibilities as an employer.

Hiring Subsidies – This link provides information on different programs and subsidies to assist with the cost of hiring new staff.

YMCA Employment Services – This link provides helpful information.

VPI Working Solutions – This link also provides helpful information.

Where can i find help with my business plan?

Preparing a Business Plan – This link is a resource to help walk you through the different sections of a business plan.

Financial Statements – This is a link that offers a sample statement. Additionally, the Business Enterprise Centre has a computer with Microsoft Excel for public use.

What are some other business supports?

Owen Sound & District Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Improvement Area
Bruce Community Futures Development Corporation
Saugeen Economic Development Corporation
Centre for Business and Economic Development

Business Enterprise Centre

The Business Enterprise Centre173 8th Street East
Owen Sound, Ontario
N4K 1K9
Tel: 519-371-3232
Fax: 519-371-2060

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