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Canada – Starting a Business


A practical list: Steps to take when opening a business

Get the stuff you control right - from the beginning. Otherwise you'll struggle and suffer needlessly.

From mentee to mentor, the give and take of entrepreneurship

Many entrepreneurs benefit from a mentor-mentee relationship, as it’s a two-way street of support, guidance, and intelligence. For young entrepreneurs, a seasoned mentor can be a major asset. For CFIB member and Futurpreneur mentor Stacy Richter, he’s gotten as much as he’s given.

Truth in advertising: make sure to follow the rules

Attracting new customers to your business is essential, but you need to follow a few rules along the way. This site is a great place to begin understanding regulations, permits and licences related to marketing, advertising and sales. Find out more here. Advice is free for members: call 1-888-234-2232.

New Business?

If you have just started your business and are not a member of CFIB yet, please call one of our Business Counsellors at 1 888-234-2232 or email us at .

Improving social media for your business

CFIB is increasingly hearing from members with questions about social media marketing. If you have questions about social media marketing, please view this free webinar, exclusive to CFIB members.

How to Write a Business Plan

A business plan is an indispensable roadmap for your business’ success. While many entrepreneurs only write a plan in hopes of securing financing, smart entrepreneurs invest the time to create a plan that can take their business into the future.

The Concierge Service can help grow your small business

The Concierge Service offers support to small businesses looking to grow through innovation and research. Concierge Advisors across Canada can provide bilingual, one-one-one assistance. Learn how your business can receive help navigating the public resources from over 40 federal and provincial partners.
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