Starting a business

If you’re thinking about starting a new business, the best place to start is with a free one-on-one consultation with the Brantford-Brant Business Resource Centre (BRC).  We are available for meetings in-person, online and over the phone. Please call us at 519-756-4269 or email to set up a free consultation.

Thinking of starting a new business

There is a difference between wanting to do something and being able to make a living at doing something. Running a successful business is not just about having great ideas. It takes a lot of work, money, risk taking, and commitment. This online self-assessment can help you see if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Starting a business

 Business structures
There are four types of business structures in Ontario. They are:
  • Sole-proprietorship
  • Partnership
  • Corporation
  • Not-for-profit
There are many factors to help you determine what type of business structure best suits you. Learn more about each structure or contact the BRC to speak to someone in person. 
 Important factors
 Municipal licenses or permits
Contact your local municipality or each municipality in which you will work to review municipal permit, licensing and zoning requirements.
 New business checklist and guide
This helpful online resource provides checklists and guides for starting a business.  

Contact the Business Resource Centre with any questions or to set up your free one-on-one consultation.