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Get Going - How to turn your idea into reality

You've determined you have the right stuff to be a business owner or partner.  You've asked yourself the right questions and got the answers. You're ready to begin. Now what? 

The St. Catharines Enterprise Centre can help guide you through the next steps.

Business Start-up Resources Available to you

  • Business start up guides, contacts, sample business plans, etc.
  • Financial and taxation information
  • General business information on cash flow forecasting, insurance, partnerships, incorporation and franchising
  • Industry trends and outlook information, market/demographic information, information on your local competitors
  • Business plan review services
  • Options for financing your start up

Contact us to arrange a free and confidential appointment today by calling 905-688-5601 ext 1767 or emailing

Steps to getting started

Now that you've decided to make your dream a reality, it's time to think about the steps you need to take to get going. This can include, but isn't limited to:
  • Deciding on the legal structure of the business
  • Writing a business plan
  • Securing the necessary permits and licenses
  • Registering a business name
  • Opening a business bank account
  • Registering a business number with Canada Revenue Agency

Sign up for the next Steps to Getting Started with your Business Seminar to get more information about each of these items. To see the upcoming dates and times for this seminar, visit our Seminars & Workshops page. 

Register your business name

If you intend to operate your sole propreitorship or general partnership under any name other than your legal name, you are required to register the business name. Through this registration you will be given a Master Business License.

The process to register your business name is an online process that can be done at any time. You will require a credit card. The cost is $60 and the registration will be valid for 5 years. 

This registration allows you the rights to be able to use the name, but doesn't give you exclusive rights to the name.

To learn more about exclusive rights for your business name, please call the Enterprise Centre at 905-688-5601 ext 1767 to speak with an advisor.

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