Did you know that the Small Business Centre helps entrepreneurs who are thinking of starting, and/or growing a business?Whether you’re thinking about opening a business, formulating your business plan, or expanding an established company, the Halton Region Small Business Centre has what you need.
We have professional business consultants who will sit down with you and discuss your needs and next steps. Topics can include marketing, financial planning, export or import and government programs. You can arrange a free confidential appointment by calling the Small Business Centre.
We also have free publications, reference materials and a lending library. You can visit us and use our online registration and research stations as well as view market, socio-economic and demographic information. Other topics covered include:
- business start-up and plans
- human resources
- franchising and
- local network groups.
We also have business planning software that includes over 500 sample business plans.
The Halton Small Business Centre is the local community partner for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF). The CYBF is a national charity providing pre-launch coaching, business resources, and start-up financing and mentoring to help you start your own successful business if you are between the ages of 18 to 39.
We also co-ordinate, in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, the Summer Company program in Halton Region. The Summer Company program provides hands-on business training and mentoring to help enterprising students between the ages of 15-29 start and run their own summer business. Successful applicants receive up to $1,500 in the spring to help with business start-up costs, and up to $1,500 in the fall upon successful completion of their Summer Company experience.
If you are a new to Canada and interested in starting your own business, we are here to help. We will help you create your business plan, direct you to resources, clarify rules and regulations and provide local market data.
Halton Small Business Centre also runs seminars. Here is what is coming up in May:
- Your Business Plan: May 8
- Starting a Small Business: May 15
- Small Business Financing and Insurance: May 29
For a full list of our seminars visit: http://webaps.halton.ca/forms/business_events_seminars.cfm
Remember to make the Halton Region Small Business Centre your first stop! If you want to talk more about your ideas or business needs, call and book a free consultation. We are here to help you as you take the first steps towards opening or expanding your business. One of the goals of the Centre is to empower small and medium-sized enterprises and give you the tools to achieve success. For more information about Halton Region’s Small Business Centre resources, services, business events and seminars, contact us by dialing 311, 1-866-442-5866, online at www.haltonsmallbusiness.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville. You can also follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.