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Our team of small business advisors helps small business owners and entrepreneurs like you make the right decisions at business start-up and help you to develop the skills and access to networks you need to grow and succeed. Please see What We Do.


Guide to Starting a Small Business

Request Your Guide.  The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre presents - The Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a Business:  This is a list of instructions, a guideline, intended to help you get started with your small business.  If you require any further clarification on the information contained in this document, or for more information on rules and regulations which apply to your specific business, please Talk to Us.


Guide to Writing a Business Plan

Request Your Guide.  The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre presents - The Entrepreneur's Guide to Writing a Business Plan:  There are many different types of Business Plan Formats. The layout may vary depending on the type of business, the purpose of the plan and the readership. The following format guideline can be amended to meet the needs of your business. If you require further help, please Talk to Us.


Entrepreneurial Self-Assessment

This questionnaire (provided by the Business Development Bank of Canada) includes 50 statements, and will take about 10 minutes to complete.  Once you have completed it, your answers will be compiled, and you can evaluate your entrepreneurial traits, as concerns, motivations, aptitudes, and attitudes. 

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Which Business Structure is Right for Me?

Now that you have decided to start your own business, you will have to determine what business structure or form of organization suits your needs. The structure of your business will depend on whether you want to run your business yourself or with a partner or associates. There are four types of business structures: sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations and co-operatives.

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Checklist for Small Business (Canada Revenue Agency)

Find the information that you may need from the Canada Revenue Agency when starting up your business.

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Naming Your Business

The right name can be an effective advertising tool that can help your customers understand what your business does and which market you are targeting. The wrong name can confuse or drive away customers.

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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? Review these resources and consider your options.

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Franchising

Starting your own business can be overwhelming for first time entrepreneurs. Investing in an already successful franchise concept may be a great choice for your new business venture.

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Women in Business Guide

As an entrepreneur, your ideas help shape the business landscape in Ontario. From small independently run businesses to hi-tech corporations, women entrepreneurs are making their mark on the economy. This guide will provide you with links and resources for your business.

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