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  • Naming your business - Canada Business Network
    drive away customers Some things to think about Does it describe the product or service you offer You don t want to waste your customers time or give them the wrong impression about your products or services especially when you can t always control the context in which they first see or hear about your business Does it reflect the values of your business Think about how you want your business to be perceived Is the name distinctive It s important to separate yourself from the competition and allow customers to identify you as a unique brand Choose a name that doesn t already exist in the market Unless you plan to have a fairly robust marketing strategy keep your name simple and avoid abbreviations and acronyms Can customers identify and remember it Names that are easy to pronounce and spell will help customers remember you It may be tempting to choose a name that has personal significance but put yourself in the customer s shoes Are you legally allowed to use it By law the name of your business can t be the same as or very similar to an existing corporate name or trade mark You ll want to do an online name search once you have an idea for a name to be sure that it s unique Some aspects of selecting a business name are subjective and you may come across advice that is based on people s personal preferences or experiences and not on practical evidence If you need assistance you can hire a professional to help you with creating a name and navigating the trade mark laws Learn more about choosing and protecting your business name as well as naming a corporation Choosing a name Find out what you need to know before choosing a name for your federal corporation and see how to reserve that name NUANS Corporate name search Compare your proposed business name to the names of existing businesses to see if it is unique Enterprise register Quebec Applies only to Québec If you operate a business in Quebec you must register with the enterprise register and declare your organization s legal form What s in a name Using trademarks as a business tool A trademark helps identify your company and your products Find out how to use a trademark to protect your business name Search a Business Name Applies only to Ontario Use the Enhanced Business Name Search to see if a business name has been registered with the Ontario government Business name registration information Ontario Applies only to Ontario Register your business name online in person or by mail Corporate Registry Applies only to Alberta To conduct business in Alberta register your cooperative corporation extra provincial company non profit company society trade name and or partnership Choosing a name in New Brunswick Applies only to New Brunswick Follow these guidelines when choosing a name for your corporation business or partnership in New Brunswick Incorporate a business Quebec Applies only

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  • Registering your business - Canada Business Network
    limited partnership or register your extra provincial limited partnership in NB Registration of an extra provincial corporation New Brunswick Find out about the rules procedures and fees for registering an extra provincial corporation in New Brunswick Incorporation registration of a business Find out about the rules procedures and fees for registering a provincial corporation in New Brunswick Co operative Co ops Incorporation Learn how to start and operate a co operative in New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Registry of Companies Newfoundland and Labrador In Newfoundland and Labrador you must register with the Registry of Companies if you decide to incorporate provincially Northwest Territories Corporate Registries Business Corporations Extra Territorial Are you interested in expanding your company into the Northwest Territories Learn the requirements for registering your business in the Territories Nova Scotia Access Nova Scotia Find out how to register your business obtain required permits and licences and get information on provincial government programs and services Nova Scotia Online Service for Business Use this online service to apply for manage and pay for your Nova Scotia business registrations permits and licenses Registry of Joint Stock Companies Register your business or research existing corporations and partnerships Nunavut Legal registries Nunavut In order to do business in Nunavut you must register with the territory even if you live in or have a business established in another part of Canada Ontario Start run and change a corporation Learn about the requirements for starting a corporation limited partnership or not for profit and how you can make changes to your current business Business name registration information Ontario Register your business name online in person or by mail Collection agency licensing Find out how to register and license your collection agency in Ontario Prince Edward Island Corporate services Business name registration Register your business name in Prince Edward Island to prevent other organizations from using the same business name Register my company to do business in P E I Are you looking to do business in P E I but are incorporated elsewhere If so you must register as an extra provincial corporation Québec Creating a non profit corporation or organization Learn the major steps for establishing a non profit corporation or organization in Quebec Enterprise register Quebec If you operate a business in Quebec you must register with the enterprise register and declare your organization s legal form NEQ Quebec Enterprise Number Simplify and speed up your dealings with the various Quebec government departments and organizations by registering with the Registraire des entreprises Quebec enterprise registrar Registration of a charitable organization Find all the information you need to register a charity in Quebec Revenu Québec Business Portal Is your company based in Quebec If so learn about your fiscal obligations including taxes and deductions Setting up a cooperative in French only Do you want to create or start a cooperative If so learn more about the laws programs policies and tools related to starting a cooperative Saskatchewan Forming a co operative in Saskatchewan Find

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  • Employees, payroll, and taxes - Canada Business Network
    day operations Managing your finances Operations planning Protecting your business Benchmarking Supply chain management Management leadership Organizational design Environment and business Exiting your business Employees Hiring employees Keeping employee records Teleworkers Managing employees during tough times Implementing tools for human resources administration Training E business security privacy and legal requirements Marketing and sales Marketing basics Promoting and advertising your business Sales and customer relationship management Selling to governments Marketing advertising and sales regulations Developing your website Using technology in your daily operations Social enterprises and non profits Managing More Growing Planning for business growth Things to consider before expanding your business Identify opportunities arising from your current business Ways to grow your business Business activities to achieve growth Business planning Organizations and resources for growth R D and innovation Improving your productivity with technology Research and development Commercialization Licensing and technology transfer opportunities Financing for innovation Innovative business activities Innovation resources Exporting and importing Exporting Importing Investing abroad Business support organizations Social enterprises and non profits Growing More Government Taxes GST HST Federal tax information Provincial and territorial tax information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government Selling to provincial territorial and municipal governments Selling to foreign governments Government procurement glossary of terms Considering bankruptcy Government grants and financing Social enterprises and non profits Government More You are here Home Starting Employees payroll and taxes Employees payroll and taxes Filter by Region Region Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick Northwest

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  • Choosing and setting up a location - Canada Business Network
    tools for human resources administration Training E business security privacy and legal requirements Marketing and sales Marketing basics Promoting and advertising your business Sales and customer relationship management Selling to governments Marketing advertising and sales regulations Developing your website Using technology in your daily operations Social enterprises and non profits Managing More Growing Planning for business growth Things to consider before expanding your business Identify opportunities arising from your current business Ways to grow your business Business activities to achieve growth Business planning Organizations and resources for growth R D and innovation Improving your productivity with technology Research and development Commercialization Licensing and technology transfer opportunities Financing for innovation Innovative business activities Innovation resources Exporting and importing Exporting Importing Investing abroad Business support organizations Social enterprises and non profits Growing More Government Taxes GST HST Federal tax information Provincial and territorial tax information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government Selling to provincial territorial and municipal governments Selling to foreign governments Government procurement glossary of terms Considering bankruptcy Government grants and financing Social enterprises and non profits Government More You are here Home Starting Choosing and setting up a location Choosing and setting up a location Filter by Region Region Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon and or Business type Trying to decide where to locate your business and how to arrange it once you get there Review

    Original URL path: http://www.entreprisescanada.ca/eng/page/2851/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Store location - Canada Business Network
    information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government Selling to provincial territorial and municipal governments Selling to foreign governments Government procurement glossary of terms Considering bankruptcy Government grants and financing Social enterprises and non profits Government More You are here Home Starting Choosing and setting up a location Store location Store location Filter by Region Region Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon and or Business type Choose your retail location wisely as it can have an effect on your profitability You may want to consult with your municipality to find out about laws related to signage zoning and land use and do other research about the demographics and environment Consider these factors when choosing a location Zoning Zoning by laws define how you can use your business property including the land the buildings and improvements to both It s important to have commercial zoning for your business even if you operate out of your home Consider any restrictions that may limit your operations or present barriers to customers getting to you These things include current or planned construction in the area buildings and roads positioning and height of buildings traffic parking and signage Demographics Determine if the demographics of the local population age income family size are a good fit with your business Traffic analysis It helps to be in a high traffic area that attracts drop ins people walking or driving by as well as those who have sought you out Make sure your store is easily accessible public transit parking etc Competition Are nearby stores complementary to yours Businesses selling similar items in one spot like clothing or food stores in a mall can actually help attract more potential customers for you as long as they are not in direct competition with your business Consider the best scenario for your type of store Convenience stores supermarkets hardware bakeries drug stores etc Your business may benefit from being in a busy mall or other high traffic area that offers easy access for quick purchases Since many people enjoy one stop shopping you can attract customers from co located complementary stores Specialty stores selling unique hard to find products If you have a specialty store your products are not found everywhere In this case customers may not mind travelling out of the way to purchase your products You could take advantage of lower rent free parking and larger warehouse and display space Shoppers stores clothing major appliances etc With a shoppers type store you may actually benefit from being near your own competition You could sell your goods

    Original URL path: http://www.entreprisescanada.ca/eng/page/2697/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Renting a space - Canada Business Network
    advertising and sales regulations Developing your website Using technology in your daily operations Social enterprises and non profits Managing More Growing Planning for business growth Things to consider before expanding your business Identify opportunities arising from your current business Ways to grow your business Business activities to achieve growth Business planning Organizations and resources for growth R D and innovation Improving your productivity with technology Research and development Commercialization Licensing and technology transfer opportunities Financing for innovation Innovative business activities Innovation resources Exporting and importing Exporting Importing Investing abroad Business support organizations Social enterprises and non profits Growing More Government Taxes GST HST Federal tax information Provincial and territorial tax information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government Selling to provincial territorial and municipal governments Selling to foreign governments Government procurement glossary of terms Considering bankruptcy Government grants and financing Social enterprises and non profits Government More You are here Home Starting Choosing and setting up a location Renting a space Renting a space Filter by Region Region Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon and or Business type When choosing a location for your business you may decide to buy or lease space or even work from home Other options include sharing an office or renting a workstation or meeting room at a nearby business centre when the need arises If you are starting small you may be able to make do with a modest space or less conventional setting Here are some factors to consider when making the decision to rent The space How much room do you really need You could aspire to an office a store or a restaurant with all the bells and whistles but you may have to consider less expensive options when starting out Operating from a booth a cart or your basement might make the most financial sense until your business grows If you don t need a lot of storage room for inventory materials or merchandise take advantage of the situation by renting only as much space as necessary Online office space calculators can help give you a rough idea of what type of unit you require for your business The rent What costs are involved In many cases you will pay a fixed rent that could include some common operating costs but if you are in the retail business your rent might include a percentage of your sales There may also be upfront expenses that you cannot defer such as the payment of a security deposit along with the rent Keep in mind that many things that are normally

    Original URL path: http://www.entreprisescanada.ca/eng/page/2667/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Home-based business - Canada Business Network
    for business growth Things to consider before expanding your business Identify opportunities arising from your current business Ways to grow your business Business activities to achieve growth Business planning Organizations and resources for growth R D and innovation Improving your productivity with technology Research and development Commercialization Licensing and technology transfer opportunities Financing for innovation Innovative business activities Innovation resources Exporting and importing Exporting Importing Investing abroad Business support organizations Social enterprises and non profits Growing More Government Taxes GST HST Federal tax information Provincial and territorial tax information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government Selling to provincial territorial and municipal governments Selling to foreign governments Government procurement glossary of terms Considering bankruptcy Government grants and financing Social enterprises and non profits Government More You are here Home Starting Choosing and setting up a location Home based business Home based business Filter by Region Region Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon and or Business type When you are your own boss working from home may seem like an appealing prospect but before you decide to start a home based business there are a few things to consider Launching a business in your home could be ideal depending on the space you require and the nature of your work You should make sure that this arrangement suits both your personal and professional needs You may be drawn to the advantages of working from your home It can be less expensive than renting or buying commercial space there may be possible tax deductions you can claim for example a portion of property taxes utilities repairs and maintenance home insurance and a portion of your mortgage interest or rent and you may have more flexibility with your hours Ask yourself a few questions to determine whether having a home based business is right for you Will working on your own suit your personality Some people prefer to be in the company of colleagues Do you have the self discipline to motivate yourself even when business is quiet Might you have difficulty setting boundaries between your personal life and your business role Will you face interruptions from family and friends Is there enough room for the resources you need like special equipment or employees If your business is successful will there be room to expand How will you address this when the time comes When you decide you are ready to launch your home based business consider the following suggestions Review provincial and federal health safety and taxation regulations related to your business Check municipal by laws and determine whether your

    Original URL path: http://www.entreprisescanada.ca/eng/page/2711/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Setting up your home office - Canada Business Network
    More Growing Planning for business growth Things to consider before expanding your business Identify opportunities arising from your current business Ways to grow your business Business activities to achieve growth Business planning Organizations and resources for growth R D and innovation Improving your productivity with technology Research and development Commercialization Licensing and technology transfer opportunities Financing for innovation Innovative business activities Innovation resources Exporting and importing Exporting Importing Investing abroad Business support organizations Social enterprises and non profits Growing More Government Taxes GST HST Federal tax information Provincial and territorial tax information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government Selling to provincial territorial and municipal governments Selling to foreign governments Government procurement glossary of terms Considering bankruptcy Government grants and financing Social enterprises and non profits Government More You are here Home Starting Choosing and setting up a location Setting up your home office Setting up your home office Filter by Region Region Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon and or Business type Working from home can make good business sense but it s important to take the time to ensure that your workspace meets your needs Whether you re setting up a home based business or are already working from home there are steps you can take to make the most of your space To get started ask yourself the following questions Where are you most productive for example do you prefer a space with lots of natural light or does a basement office work for you Will you be meeting with clients or partners at your home office Do you need privacy away from noise and distraction Do you need extra space for filing cabinets or special equipment How much are you willing to spend to set up your office Create your space You may be tempted to start moving furniture and equipment into your new office right away However it might be easier to plan out your space efficiently when it is still empty Before connecting any equipment sit at your desk to make sure the lighting and the layout will allow you to function effectively Decide where to put items like filing cabinets or tables Connect and test all your equipment to make sure everything is working properly Clear out any clutter that is not part of your business operations Furniture and equipment The type of work you do will dictate what you need in your space You may want a desk and computer a workspace for creating or a table and chairs for small meetings Being comfortable is important but you don t

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