Nottawasaga Futures

Business Excellence Centre

Thinking about starting a new business or maintaining/expanding your existing business?

We provide services and resources to businesses located in the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, Township of Essa, Town of Innisfil and Town of New Tecumseth.

Our resources include:

  • Access to resource materials from our Business Library
  • Access to archived How To Guides for certain types of businesses  - these how to guides were provided by the Canada Ontario Services Centre
  • Access to archived version of the Social Enterprise Webinar hosted by The Ontario Rural Council
  • Business consultants
  • Computer workstations to research or register a business
  • Support for financial sourcing
  • Knowledgeable staff who provide counseling and support

You can contact a Business Development Officer to explore these resources through telephone, email or by dropping into the office.

 

Business Tools

The following are online resources that were specifically highlighted as essential tools for business. Click on the links to access the webpage.

Canada Ontario Business Videos
Links to short videos from the Canada Ontario Business Service to explain what they do for entrepreneurs in Ontario.

Entrepreneurial Self Assessment
Take this assessment to find out if your attitudes and personal views fit to that of a successful entrepreneur.

Business Plans
Use this link to find templates and samples of business plans.

Forms of Business Structure 
This link will provide you with information on the different types of business structures: sole proprietorship, partnerships, corporations and cooperatives.

Charities Registration 
This link will provide you with information on how to register a charitable organization in Canada.

Business Name Registration
This link will take you to the first page of Service Ontario's Integrated Business Services Application to register your business. the cost is $8.00 to search for a business name and $60.00 to register. Please note: you will need a credit card to complete this application.

Taxes and HST 
Find quick links to electronic tax services.

Permits and Licenses
Contact your local municipality website for up-to-date permits and licenses information.

Financing your Business
Exploring this website will help you source financial assistance.

Business Standards
Learn about standards that your business can follow to improve your product or service or increase your productivity. You can access Canadian Association Standards, Employment Standards, Standards Alerts and how to make your business accessible to those with disabilities.

Market Research
This document will help you understand market research and will inform you on effective approaches: surveys, focus groups, personal interviews, contextual inquiry, task analysis and usability testing.

Canadian Marketing Association
Explore the CMA website to discover marketing disciplines, channels and technologies.

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium
A websie to help manufacturers to grow and become more competitive, at home and around the world.

Copyright and Intellectual Property
Learn how to protect your business through patents, trade-marks, copyright, industrial design and integrated circuit topographies.

Regulations for Specific Business Activities
Importing, exporting, marketing, managing employees, transporting goods, and more are all key business activities that have regulations you need to know.

Franchising
Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of owning a franchise. You can also access a search tool that can help you find franchise opportunities.

Employment Insurance for the Self Employed
Follow this link to learn more about employment insurance for the self employed.

Labor Market Information 
The Government of Canada reports wages and saleries as of 2010.

Credit Counselling Canada
Get education and guidance in money management, credit and debt situations.

Canadian Company Directory
This is a directory of 60,000 Canadian Businesses. You will find comprehensive information on contacts, products, services, trade experience, and technology.

Canadian Importers Database
CID provides lists of companies importing goods into Canada, by product, by city and by country of origin.

The Canadian Council of Better Business Bureau
A site that is used to report fraud and resolve complaints about businesses.

Consumer Search
Search through product categories and find complete reviews on top rated products, based on experts and users.

Consumer Protection
This site is full of information to educate, protect and serve Ontario consumers for a fair, safe and informed marketplace.

Canadian Consumer Information Gateway
Take advantage of these consumer tools, services and information. This site helps you file a complaint; explore consumer challenges and solutions; consumer policies and research; and other resources for business.

Business Enterprise Resource Network of Barrie - South Simcoe Inc 
This is another information and resource centre that can help you get your business started.

Community Links
Follow this link to explore many more online resources available to you.

Land Use Planning Guides for Businesses
This guide for businesses of all sizes and types that may need approval on a matter related to lan-use planning and development. It provides general information about the land-use planning process in Ontario and can help a business determine if it needs professional assistance with approvals or if they can do the work independently. The guide is designed to be used by businesses as a tool for growing and expanding.

Canada One
This website includes an online magazine, a Canadian business directory, specific business resources, a technology centre and several promotional tools designed to help you grow your business in Canada.

Community Futures Network of Canada        
The Community Futures Network of Canada offers a wide variety of programs and services supporting community economic development and small business growth across Canada. Services include business developement loans, technical support, training and information. In addition, the Community Futures Network of Canada is involved in strategic planning processes, research and feasibility studies and the implementation of a diverse range of community economic development (CED) projects. 

To Learn Online
To Learn Online has over 125 hands on business courses to help move small businesses forward. Courses are 100% online and include the study of business, small and medium enterprises, entrepreneurship courses; marketing, sales, promotion & publicity, communication; leadership, management; computer software, Microsoft programs; customer service, tourism; workplace improvement, health & safety, accessibility; community economic development; and professional development, human resources, personal self-help.

Business Development Videos
Discover what is available to assist South Simcoe businesses to continue to successfully maintain and expand.