Starting a Business

Register a Business Name (Ontario) – Sole Proprietor or General Partnership

Naming your Business- Canada Business Network

Incorporate a Business - Corporations Canada
Guide to Federal Incorporation – Industry Canada
BizPaL – Licenses and Permits
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Health Canada
Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Canada's How-To Small Business Site | CanadaOne
Ontario Business Program Guide
Renew Northern Wellington
E-Business Toolkit
Business and Economy - Province of Ontario

Business Start-up Checklist

Research & Demographics

Statistics Canada
Community Profiles 2011
Canada Post
Free Industry Financial Reports, Financial Ratios, Industry Balance Sheet, Profit and Loss Statements by BizStats

Business Tools & Templates

Business Development Bank of Canada Business plan
Scotiabank - Scotia Plan Writer for business
Free Management Library

Financing & Programs

Waterloo-Wellington Community Futures Development Corporation (WWCFDC)
Find Government grants, loans and financing – Canada Business
Futurpreneur Canada
Canadian Small Business Financing Program
Rise Asset Development

Canada Business - ISED-ISDE

Established Businesses

Exiting Your Business - Canada Business

Health and Safety

Ministry of Labour (MoL)
Making Ontario Accessible (MEDTE)
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
Occupational Health and Safety Act – Service Ontario


Hiring Employees - Canada Business
Employee or Self Employed (CRA)
Managing Employees - Canada Business
Ontario Employment Standards – (MoL)


City of Guelph
County of Wellington
Centre Wellington Township
Township of Wellington North
Town of Minto

Additional Information

Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Growth

Ontario Small Business Centres

Better Business Bureau – Mid-Western and Central Ontario
Service Canada
Ministry of Consumer Services
Downtown Guelph Business Association
Guelph Chamber of Commerce
Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce
Mount Forest Chamber of Commerce
Arthur Chamber of Commerce
Innovation Guelph
CBaSE – The Centre for Business and Social Entrepreneurship

General Interest

Town Square: Small Business Tips and Articles 
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