Find the tools you need for your business to succeed.
Browse our curated collection of resources to find the information and resources you need to start and grow a business. The references below also include links to our community partners where you can access additional information and support services.
Services and Funding Programs
Food & Agriculture related businesses
Artisan or Craft Business
CRA Checklist for Small Business
Newcomer Business Programs and Guide
Personal Care Services Starting a Co-operative
Starting a Non Profit
Retail Business Guide
Women in Business
Working with the Ontario Government
Working with the Canadian Government
Writing a Media Release: A Guide for Small Business
Community Partners and Programs
ACC Futures not only offers a wide range of funding, financing and capacity building services to the local business communities—with proven impact—it has also undertaken an innovative Indigenous-focused partnerships program which brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners together for a stronger economic future.
Launch Lab is a Regional Innovation Centre and member of the Ontario Business Support Network, a provincially-funded network of resources for entrepreneurs. As a RIC, our regional boundaries consist of most of southeastern Ontario (Trenton, down to Picton, over to Cornwall, and back up and around through Smiths Falls and Bancroft.
Business Sisters is a bilingual social enterprise dedicated to building happy, resilient rural communities by connecting women business owners so they can learn and thrive.
Digital Main Street
As part of a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, Digital Main Street is proud to continue delivering these programs to support businesses across Ontario.
PARO is an organization that not only prioritizes diversity, but builds culturally diverse and gender analyses into all of our programs and services. Our logo includes both French and Syllabic translations to reflect the diversity of the organization and the women we serve. At PARO, all women-identifying people are welcome to access our services in a supportive space.
Ontario Immigration Program (OINP)
The OINP programs shows how foreign workers, international students, business owners or entrepreneurs from outside of Canada can apply for permanent residence in Ontario, or how Ontario businesses can recruit international talent.
R.A.I.S.E. is a program focused on assisting Indigenous, Black and other racialized entrepreneurs to start and scale their business. The program will provide coaching, mentorship, advisory services and grants to entrepreneurs looking to increase their capacity and scale their business.
Frequently Asked Questions
Registering a Business
How do I register a business name in Ontario?
Where can business names be searched and registered?
What is a business plan?
Where can I find business plan templates?
What do I need to know about taxes?
Is it mandatory to register for an HST number?
Is there financial assistance available to start my business?
Where can I search for financial assistance?
Where can I network with other entrepreneurs?
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