Services for small businesses

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" Starting and growing your own business is a great challenge, and the Government of Canada is here to help. These are some of the resources you'll need to succeed."

— Minister of Small Business and Tourism

Starting your business

Get tools and find information on what to consider before starting a business, including business plan templates and information on registration, sector and other economic data, regulations and incorporation.

Growing your business

Get information to help you identify opportunities to expand. Includes information on planning, exporting, R&D and business support organizations that can help you reach your goals.

Financing your business

Learn how to fuel your R&D and innovation projects through government grants, contributions and loans, as well as private sector financing. Get information on tax refunds and credits. Gain access to equity funding. Unlock the potential of crowdfunding.

Regional support

Learn about programs and services available in your region to help your business.

Permits and licences

Find out more about municipal, provincial and federal permits, licences and regulations that apply to your business.

Managing your business

Learn how to handle day-to-day operations, including budgeting, marketing and payroll deductions. Find out how to acquire and cultivate talent.

Protecting your intellectual property

Learn how to protect patents, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright. Get information to help you build an IP business strategy and commercialize your IP assets.

Protecting your business

Are you prepared to handle anything? Learn about emergency and disaster plans, business continuity, e-business security, fraud, privacy, legal requirements, workplace hazards and more.

Selling to government

Promote and sell your goods and services to government, search for bidding opportunities and compete for government contracts in Canada and internationally.

Exporting and importing

Learn about exporting and importing, free trade agreements and foreign investment. Includes hands-on help for navigating complex international markets.

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