Small Business Services

From learning to write a business plan to connecting with like-minded people and mentors, we're here to assist with finding the resources you need to start your business.

Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBEC)

Looking for assistance with your start-up? Small Business Enterprise Centres provide:

  • Consultations
  • Business model reviews
  • Training, workshops and networking events
  • Funding

Caledon businesses have access to any SBEC in the Province but we recommend that you connect with either the Town of Orangeville SBEC or the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre. All meetings are currently done virtually and staff at either location are happy to assist you by reviewing your business plan or providing advice.

Funding programs

Summer Company

The Summer Company program will help Ontario students (15-29 years) launch and operate a business this summer through business training, mentorship and an opportunity for a grant up to $3,000.

The deadline to apply to the 2021 Summer Company Program is Monday, April 19, 2021 5:00 pm. The program will be delivered virtually in Brampton from May 2021 to August 2021.

https://www.brampton.ca/EN/Business/BEC/youth/Pages/welcome.aspx or www.ontario.ca/summercompany

Starter Company

Starter Company+ is a training and mentorship program that is offered through the Ontario Small Business Network for individuals 18+ looking to start or grow a business.

Brampton Entrepreneur Centre: 2021 intake is closed. They hope to relaunch next year in 2022. Interested participants are encouraged to subscribe to the newsletter so you don’t miss the announcement when the next intake launches. Subscribe here

Orangeville SBEC: have a rolling intake, please contact them directly for information. 

Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada, is a national, not-for-profit corporation that provides financing, mentoring, and support tools to young Canadian entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 39. 

Their Start-up Program offers young entrepreneurs with financing and mentoring to help launch their business. Through the Start-up Program, eligible clients could be eligible for up to $20,000 in financing directly through Futurpreneur, as well as up to an additional $40,000 through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). This would be a personally guaranteed, unsecured loan with a five-year term, where the first year would be monthly, interest-only payments. If approved, they would pair the client with a volunteer business mentor for two years.  Learn more: www.futurpreneur.ca

**NEW** Futurpreneurs Black Entrepreneur Startup Program for black entrepreneurs aged 18-39.  This program is Funded by RBC, with additional loan financing provided by BDC. This exciting new program offers up to $60,000 in start-up financing plus mentorship and resources Learn more: www.futurpreneur.ca/en/besp

Frequently asked questions

How do I register my business?

Registering a sole proprietorship, general partnership, or “operating as” name

To operate a business in Ontario using anything but your own legal name, you must register with the Province of Ontario. You can register your business online through Service Ontario.

SBEC staff are happy to assist you through the process if needed.

Information required for registration includes:

  • the proprietor's (and/or all partners) name(s) and home address(es)
  • type of business and major activity
  • business address 

Existing corporations registering an “operating as” name will require an incorporation number.

Registering an incorporation

Businesses wishing to incorporate in Ontario must contact Service Ontario and can complete the process online, in person or by mail.

It is recommended that you consult a lawyer, accountant and an incorporation specialist firm due to the complexities of the process. This also assures that you are familiar with all of the legal and reporting requirements of a corporation, and your personal responsibilities.

How do I register or change my business name?

Whatever name you choose avoid using the same name as another business, regardless whether they are in another city, province or country.

Registering your business name is done through the ServiceOntario site.

Government of Canada: Naming Your Business

How do I register for HST?

 You are required to collect and remit HST for your business. You can register for the HST by contacting Revenue Canada at 1.800.959.5525 or registering online at www.cra-arc.gc.ca.

When do I start collecting HST?

If you operate a sole proprietorship, a partnership, or a corporation that has gross sales over $30,000 in a fiscal year you are required to collect HST on behalf of the government. If your sales are less than $30,000, charging HST is optional.

 

Things to note:
  • When determining whether or not you need to register for the HST, you need to look at your income in consecutive quarters.
  • Your gross revenues are based on when the money is invoiced, not when it is paid.
  • If your income exceeds the $30,000 threshold for any four consecutive quarters, or in any quarter, you must register.
  • Sole proprietors operating more than one business must combine the income from all businesses when determining if they need to register for the GST/HST. For example, if one business had total revenues (before expenses) of $20,000 and a second business had total revenues (before expenses) of $12,000 in four consecutive quarters, you would need to register for and charge the  HST.

For more information contact Revenue Canada at 1.800.959.5525 or online at www.cra-arc.gc.ca.​

How do I write a business plan?

One of the most valuable items a business owner can have is a business plan. There are many different ways to write a business plan.

There are a number of eLearning opportunities through Ontario Small Business Centres which may be helpful. The staff at the SBECs are also happy to review your Plan, or answer any questions you may have.

A recommended sites:

Can you recommend a lawyer, accountant, banker or other small business?

We cannot provide any referrals or recommend any one business professional over another for any of these services. You can access a list of available professionals in these industries located in Caledon by accessing our Business Directory.
 
You will have to do your own due diligence and find the industry professional that is right for you.
The Orangeville SBEC offers a Virtual Business Advisor Services - business owners can be matched with professional advisors who will provide specialized, confidential guidance, at no cost

Where do I get the money to start my business?

Sixty-five percent of small business owners require a loan from a financial institution. Each institution has its own requirements, but generally they will require the following:
  • a written business plan
  • satisfactory credit score
  • some investment and/or equity from you
  • management abilities
  • transferable skills & industry experience
For grants and other funding opportunities please visit the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre's grants and funding page​
Government of Canada resources: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business.html 

E-Learning

Small Business Centres of Onatario offer e-learning opportunities to elevate your business skills. Each of the sessions runs 30 minutes or less and concludes with a quiz. You will receive tools, templates, and helpful resources throughout.

Business Basics 

If you’re unsure of what it takes to start and run a business, you are in the right place! 

This series of 10 free online learning sessions will help you decide if starting your own business is the right path for you, then guide you through the steps involved in getting started.

There’s a lot of thinking, planning, and research to be done before you can get started. Our Business Basics sessions will help you through that process, so you don’t need to figure it all out on your own.

Business Basics sessions

 Start-Up Sessions

You’ve done the research, tested your idea and are ready to launch! 

This series of 10 free online learning sessions will set you up with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully launch your new business.

Each of the ten sessions runs 30 minutes or less and concludes with a quiz. You will receive tools, templates, and helpful resources throughout.

Start-Up sessions

Events

Small Business Centres of Ontario offer free online seminars and workshops to elevate your business skills, as well as connect with your business community. 

From training to networking to celebrating doing business in our region, check out our full business events calendar and to learn, connect, and build.

Business Events Calendar

Government of Canada business support

The Government of Canada provides a variety of resources to help new and existing business owners:

Do your research

Our partnerships

As a Caledon business you have access to networking opportunities with our partners: