Below are recommended sources of information to help you start or run your business.
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.
- How to Start an Alternative and Complimentary Healthcare Business in Ontario
- How to Start an Artisan or Craft Business in Ontario
- How to Start a Bed & Breakfast in Ontario
- How to Start a Construction Business in Ontario
- How to Start a Consulting Business in Ontario
- How to Start a Convenience Store in Ontario
- How to Start a Daycare in Ontario
- How to Start an Event Planning Business in Ontario
- How to Start a Pet Care Business in Ontario
- How to Start a Restaurant or Catering Business in Ontario
- How to Start a Seniors’ Care Business in Ontario
- How to Start a Spa or Salon in Ontario
- How to Start a Technology or Innovation Business in Ontario
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 Provincially – Incorporating Provincially information.
Incorporating Federally – Incorporating Federally information.
Liquor Licence – Liquor License information.
Garage Licencing – Garage Licensing information.
Child Care Licencing – Child Care Licensing information.
Importing / Exporting – Importing/ Exporting information.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency – Canadian Food Inspection Agency information.
Food Labelling Guide – Food Labelling Guide information.
Non-Food Labelling Guide – Non-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.