Business Planning and Start-up

Updated: 2 years ago - Created: October 17th, 2013

Starting a Business

In this section, learn what is involved in starting a small business in Ontario as well as the supports available within our community to help you launch your business.

Starting a new business can be a daunting task. We can give you a better understanding of what is required and help you to shape your business to succeed. Below you will find some useful links for planning and starting your small business.

Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation

Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation offers many services including business counselling, business financing, community economic development, seminars, workshops and online training. Amongst many of their services is the Ontario Self Employment Benefit Program (OSEB). If you have been affected by downsizing, and you are an Employment Insurance (EI) and pursuing self-employment you may be eligible for this program, please visit OSEB.

Enterprise Renfrew County

Enterprise Renfrew County offers a wide variety of FREE support services to assist you in your business decisions including: consultation with a qualified business consultant, business plan assistance, guidance on licenses, permits, business registration required to start a business. Enterprise Renfrew County also offer business coaching and mentoring, please contact them for more details on what services are available to you.

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is a federal Crown corporation wholly owned by the Government of Canada. The BDC has been working with entrepreneurs for 73 years  with a mandate to help create and develop Canadian businesses in all industry sectors, and at every stage of growth, through financing, growth and transition capital, venture capital and advisory services, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. The BDC website contains numerous valuable resources, well worth reviewing, on all aspects of business operations, including: business planning, Financial analysis, benchmarking tool, website analytics tool, marketing, sales and exporting articles. Visit their site at

Preparing a Business Plan

A business plan is a written document that describes your business, what it does and what is in your business’s future. Do you want to simplify the business planning process? Looking for resources to make your idea a reality? This interactive Business Plan Writer has been designed to simplify the business planning process. Not only is this tool dynamic, allowing you to customize your plan, you will find tips & tricks and plenty of examples to guide you as you write. -

Government of Ontario: Business and economy

Go to this website for information about Ontario's economy and how to do business here. This includes information on starting a business, registering a business name, permits and licences, business services, advice, support services, regulations, information for students and young entrepreneurs, economic development opportunities, research funding, tax credits for business, etc.

Government of Canada Business Resource

This Government of Canada site is extensive and by clicking on one of the following titles you will be able to take advantage of the resources made available to you.

[Starting]  [Planning]  [Financing]  [Managing]  [Growing]  [Government]

Canada Business Network

CBN is a resource where you can find information on Government grants and financing. Entrepreneurs often report that getting financing is the most challenging aspect of starting a business. There are both government and private-sector sources of financing that you can tap into to get your business off the ground.

Start-up Programs for 18-39 year olds

From an idea to reality, Futurpreneur's flagship program for young entrepreneurs is designed to support you as you get your business off the ground.

The Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (no age restrictions)

The Prince’s Charities Canada program is available to recently retired and transitioning Canadian Forces members interested in realizing their dreams of entrepreneurship


For more Ottawa Valley Information Visit:

The County of Renfrew
List of Municipalities

The City of Pembroke


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Events, Seminars and Workshops

There are a variety of free and affordable workshops, seminars and events available to help all levels of business.