Online Resources

  • An online strategy for your business is critical for its success. Learn more with the E-Business Toolkit.
  • Find out about federal and provincial government programs, services and regulations from the business guides posted on the Canada Business Ontario website.
  • If your business is based on new research or technology, visit the MaRS website for The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit and videos.
  • Find out about licenses and permits and register your business online at ONe-Source for Business.
  • Your Guide to Small Business is designed to help you start and grow your business. It will help you identify the steps you need to take before, during and after launching your small business.

In Person

  • If you plan to open a small business in your community, your local ONE Centre can help with a free review of your business plan and one-on-one consultations before, during and after your launch. These centres host events and seminars too that can help you develop skills, gain information and connect with local experts and peers.

  • If your business will be based on commercializing new research or technology, your local ONE Centre offers free one-on-one consultations, entrepreneurial training courses and many other tailored start-up support services.

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Youth Entrepreneurship

Why work for someone else when you can be your own boss? Almost one-third of youth-owned businesses in Canada are located here in Ontario – and for good reason. Along with access to the same services all entrepreneurs have, Ontario offers programs geared to youth.

Online Resources

  • To get started, try the Business Plan Wizard – an online tool that prepares you to write a business plan.
  • If you’re a student age 15-29, you can get up to $3,000 and hands-on coaching and mentoring to start and run your own business through the Summer Company program. In the last ten years, 4,000 students have started businesses this way.
  • If you’re an enterprising student between the ages of 19 and 29, you may qualify for an international entrepreneurship placement through the Ontario Global Edge program. Currently delivered by nine post-secondary institutions, the Ontario Global Edge program helps to develop a broader understanding of small and medium enterprises within the global economy.
  • If you’re an entrepreneur age 18-39, the Futurepreneur Canada offers a suite of programs that will help guide you from pre-launch to expansion. They include coaching, financing, mentoring and more.
  • The Youth Entrepreneurships Partnerships program supports local entrepreneurship activities across the province.
  • If you teach Grade 7-10, you can introduce students to entrepreneurship through Future Entrepreneurs, a program that includes a classroom visit by a company owner in your community.

In Person

Enter your postal code to find the ONE Centre nearest you, where staff can tell you more about programs for youth and help you start your business.