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Starting a Business

Small Business Enterprise Centres
Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs) provide entrepreneurs with all the tools needed to start and grow a business.

Halton Region Small Business Centre
Brampton Small Business Enterprise Centre
Caledon Small Business Enterprise Centre
Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre

For a list of small business centres across Ontario, go to:

Econmic Development Offices
Each city in Peel and Halton regions will have their own Economic Development department. They provide information and assistance to anyone interested in starting or buying a business or wants to know about possible business opportunities.

Peel Region
– Caledon
– Brampton
– Mississauga

Halton Region
– Oakville
– Burlington
– Halton Hills
– Milton

Other Resources

RIC Centre
What is it: The Research, Innovation, Commercialization or RIC Centre is a virtual incubator that helps innovative technologies become thriving businesses- Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Emerging Technologies.

Canada Business Ontario
What is it: Provides information for entrepreneurs such as starting a business, government financing programs, exporting, taxation, how to hire employees, etc.

Canada Business Network
What is it: All-in-one source to start, grow and manage a business in Canada.

Business Guides
What is it: Information guides designed to help you navigate through federal and provincial government programs services and regulations that may apply to entrepreneurs.

Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)
What is it: A collaborative network to help your business succeed with resources to start, grown, and finance your business.

Youth Entrepreneurship

Young Entrepreneur Programs (Halton Region)
What it is: A list of programs for entrepreneur youth in Halton region.

What it is: Find out what’s involved in self-employment before you decide to start a business. This site includes information, resources and links. You can also do a business plan and cash flow forecast online.

The Next 36
​What is it: The program is specifically focused on innovative university undergraduates and recent graduates based on their entrepreneurial potential. For eight months, 36 young entrepreneurs are mentored by Canada’s top business leaders, taught by some of the world’s top business faculty, and work to earn funding from top venture capitalists.

Summer Company
What is it: Learn how to get money and advice to run a summer business in Ontario.

Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF)
What is it: If you are an aspiring young entrepreneur, aged 18 to 39, with a solid business idea, the CYBF might be able to help you with financial support and expert advice that will help you bring your great business idea to life.

“Why you should trademark your business name”, Financial Post, August 19, 2013

Social Innovation

What is it: Social Innovation refers to new ideas that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges for the benefit of people and planet. A true social innovation is systems-changing – it permanently alters the perceptions, behaviours and structures that previously gave rise to these challenges. Source

– Centre for Social Innovation
– MaRS
– Social Enterprise Canada
– The Canadian CED Network

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