Starting a Business

Useful Resources:

If you choose to start your own business, there are many resources and services available to help you. Settlement.Org has a list of federal and provincial support programs for new business start-ups; this link also has relevant information for you if you have just arrived as a business immigrant.

Entrepreneur & Small Business Resources

The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound is a not-for-profit organization funded by the Province of Ontario that provides information, programs, training and resources to entrepreneurs, startup and expansion businesses, at no cost.  If you are looking to start a business or expand your current business there are a variety of services that The Business Centre has to offer including:

  • One-on-one consultations
  • Business Plan Development
  • Information on Funding Opportunities
  • Assistance with Market Research
  • Professional Advisor Referrals
  • Business Development Programs and Training
  • Business Related Events and Networking Opportunities

For more information on what The Business Centre has to offer you and your business, please visit their website at The Business Centre. You can also contact them by calling 705-474-0400 ext 2528, by visiting the office on the 6th floor, City Hall, 200 McIntyre St. East -View Map or by emailing

Small Business Financing and Mentorship

Are you between the ages of 18 and 39, lived in Canada less than 60 months, a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident of Canada, have a Social Insurance Number that does not begin with a 9, provide two character based references (at least one Canadian), have limited or no established credit history in Canada? If so, the Newcomer-Futurpreneur Canada program may be able to provide assistance with financing and mentorship. 

Starting a Not for Profit?

Thinking about starting a not-for-profit? The Government of Ontario has information on how to start and manage a not-for-profit organization.

Buying or Selling a Business?

Here are some things to consider when selling or buying a business. Check out the information at this site: click here*


*Disclaimer: The North Bay Immigration Portal does not endorse nor recommend any commercial products, processes, or services provided by any private organization or company. This portal provides information, resources and links only which we hope are helpful.

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