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  • Start and grow a social enterprise - Canada Business Network
    province customers Regulated business activities Learn about regulations that apply to key business activities such as exporting importing marketing and managing employees Create maintain a federal not for profit corporation Discover how to incorporate and run your not for profit organization at the federal level Transition process to the Canada Not for profit Corporations Act Learn how to transition your current not for profit organization to the new Not for profit Corporations Act by watching these helpful videos Registered charity Find out whether your organization meets the criteria needed for you to register it as a charity Community Contribution Company Applies only to British Columbia Find out how this business structure allows you to pursue social goals while making a profit and providing opportunities to like minded investors Business incorporation and registration Applies only to Nova Scotia Incorporate your business provincially through the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies 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 Becoming a registered charity for community economic development Your social enterprise may be eligible for charitable status making your earned income tax exempt See how your social enterprise may qualify Corporate Registries Societies Applies only to Northwest Territories Are you interested in starting a society or non profit organization Find out the benefits of incorporation and what you are required to do at the territorial and federal levels Business registration in the Yukon Applies only to Yukon In order to register your business in the Yukon you will need to contact Corporate Affairs Forming a non profit corporation in Saskatchewan Applies only to Saskatchewan Find out how to register your non profit corporation in Saskatchewan including the fees the forms required and the turn around time Incorporation of non profit companies New Brunswick Applies only to New Brunswick Find out about the rules procedures and fees for incorporating a not for profit company in New Brunswick Registry of Companies Newfoundland and Labrador Applies only to Newfoundland and Labrador In Newfoundland and Labrador you must register with the Registry of Companies if you decide to incorporate provincially Co operatives Starting a co operative Learn about the incorporation process your obligations and the programs available for your business Financing Did you know that you could qualify for a number of government financing programs Learn about the different programs available to your social enterprise SEED Winnipeg Inc Applies only to Manitoba Low income individuals and groups can get access to business management training individual consultations access to small business loans and more Apprenticeship START Program Applies only to Nova Scotia Financial incentives are available for you to hire a new apprentice in Nova Scotia Business growth and competitiveness Youth internships Applies only to Ontario If your business is in Northern Ontario you could get help to hire a recent graduate to work on your information and communications technology project Canada Summer Jobs If you hire students

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  • Why do you need a business plan? - Canada Business Network
    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 Planning Why do you need a business plan Why do you need a business plan 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 A business plan is a valuable tool for every business owner whether you are starting up have been in business for years or are ready to grow Think of your business plan as a sales document It must convince readers that your venture has the potential to be successful Your enthusiasm dedication and confidence in the project should be evident to the reader Avoid highly technical terms and diagrams that the reader may not be familiar with You will want to write the plan as if the reader is not familiar with the type of business you are starting The most effective business plans are dynamic documents that evolve as your business grows and changes Your plan should reflect the current reality of your business the environment in which it operates and your present and future goals If you re starting a business a business plan can help you Turn your ideas and capital into a viable business Secure financing from lenders and investors Identify strengths weaknesses opportunities and threats If you re managing an existing business a business plan can help you Communicate your vision to your employees and external parties Develop accurate

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  • Business planning success - Canada Business Network
    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 Planning Why do you need a business plan Business Planning Success Business planning success 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 What does business success mean to you Is it about lucrative financial gains or about building something you can one day pass on to your children Perhaps it s about making a difference in your community or creating the very best product or service on the market Maybe success simply means making a living doing something you love to do Most likely you quantify success in many ways It might not be difficult to envision what you want from your business but figuring out how to achieve it might be There are many tried and true steps you can take and some missteps you should avoid on your path to prosperity The key to success is having a business plan in place Whether you re about to launch a start up or you ve been in business for years the direction of your business is guided by your business plan To begin the planning process you ll need to do some critical analysis business planning is about realistically forecasting where your business is going Writing your business plan Know what elements are considered essential in any business plan and the key points that should be included in each section of your plan Goals What do you hope to achieve in business Your goals are the guideposts of your business and an essential part of your business plan Identify your business goals early in the process Apply a timeframe to complete those goals If you have employees assign responsibility for the execution of your goals Keep you in mind how will your strengths and weaknesses interplay with your goals Developing your ideas Make sure you can turn your idea into a profitable business model Products and Services You are what you sell How you handle your products services and supplies will help you make your plans a reality Control your product and supply inventories tightly Don t allow aggressive vendors to overstock your supply shelves Stay on the cutting edge of your industry and seek to provide your customers with the best product Supply chain management Effective management of your supply chain can help you create a seamless process from pre production right through to delivery and consumption Marketplace Developing your market is key to your business plan A steady flow of customers will turn your great ideas into a profitable venture Develop detailed profiles of

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  • Writing your business plan - Canada Business Network
    want to include a profile of your ideal customers You can create profiles based on customer type consumers retailers or wholesalers or base your segments on demographic information such as age location and income level Keep in mind that solid market research is the backbone of an effective marketing strategy You will want to back up your statements with facts explain how you reached your conclusions and include statistics from reliable sources Marketing basics Brush up on key marketing concepts learn how to develop a marketing plan and assess strategic marketing options for your company Guide to market research and analysis Discover how market research can help your business succeed and learn how to conduct a variety of market research activities Operational plan Your business plan should outline your current operational requirements as well as your projected requirements for the next 3 to 5 years Your inventory management and accounting systems should have the ability to produce up to date reports You can include Day to day operations provide a general description of the day to day operations of the business such as hours of operation seasonality of business suppliers and their credit terms and so on Facility requirements identify your requirements in terms of size and location Include any related documents in the appendix of your business plan such as lease agreements or supplier quotations Detail any special requirements associated with the facility and include any licensing documentation in your appendix Management information systems indicate how you plan to control stock manage accounts control quality and track your customers Information technology IT requirements identify the IT systems you will be using for your business As this is a key factor for most businesses indicate if you are using a consultant or IT support service and outline any planned IT developments You may also want to include your operations manual as an appendix to your business plan Day to day operations Successfully managing the ups and downs of daily operations is the backbone of your business Strengths weaknesses opportunities and threats analysis Conducting a SWOT analysis is an important part of business planning A properly prepared SWOT analysis shows investors that you have realistically and objectively considered these elements Banks and other lenders understand that businesses will encounter difficulties at some point and want to know how you will deal with these challenges Remember that overestimating strengths and opportunities or ignoring potential problems will undermine your credibility Putting time and effort into conducting a comprehensive SWOT analysis can help you Make sound decisions and future plans Anticipate problems and make the necessary changes Set aside resources to take advantage of potential opportunities Assessing the health of your business A periodic business health assessment should be a staple of your ongoing business planning cycle Identify opportunities arising from your current business Are you sitting on a golden opportunity for growth Your current operations may be more fruitful than you think Human resources plan This section addresses how you plan to manage

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  • Sample business plans and templates - Canada Business Network
    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 Planning Sample business plans and templates Sample business plans and templates 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 Sample business plans and templates can help you develop a professional document that will serve as an in depth marketing tool to convince others of your venture s potential for success However creating your own plan can be a complex process and you may need the assistance of a professional like an accountant depending on the type of business you have or want to run and what you are seeking in terms of investment An excellent place to start your search for good examples of business plans is the Canada Business Network office in your region Our Business Information Officers are able to provide you with access to materials that can be tailored to your needs Your local Canada Business Network centre offers a wealth of information including practical tools guides and specific examples on how to start the planning process Contact the Canada Business Network The Canada Business Network has centres across the country that offer guidance information and resources to help make your journey in business a success Business development organizations and Canadian banks have free templates writing guides sample plans and even interactive tools available online These resources allow you to walk through a plan line by line You will get a sense of the information you might be asked to provide when you are looking for financing for example While many of these online tools are free you may choose to purchase software that will help you prepare your plans and forecasts Business development organizations These organizations may provide tools to help their clients prepare professional business plans through their regional offices or via the Web BDC business plan templates You can create your own professional business plan with the help of the BDC sample plan and business plan template Business Plan CBDC You can use this guide to prepare a business plan Futurpreneur Canada Business Plan Writer Are you ready to start your business You can use this online tool to develop write and download your business plan Planning for Success Your Guide to Preparing

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  • Business planning FAQs - Canada Business Network
    test how reasonable each of your expectations are If you are overly optimistic or fail to take into account the full costs of running your business your business plan will not be credible Write the executive summary last The executive summary can be the most important section of your business plan because people will read it first and it may be the only section that is read The keys to a good summary are that it should be short two pages at most it should highlight what is important in your plan and it should get the reader excited about your business Where do I find market research industry and competitor information for my plan Research is vital to your business plan the more information you have in your arsenal the better When beginning the research phase of your plan keep in mind that there is a lot of information out there especially online but not all of it is accurate It s always important to consider the source of any information you gather research is only valuable to you if it s factual Avoid letting unreliable sources tell you what you want to hear If you come across information that you find useful but you re unsure of the source verify the information either by contacting the source or by digging deeper on your own There are many excellent government market research tools that are available online Canada Business and Industry Canada both offer market research and statistics resources For example a great resource is Industry Canada s Financial Performance Data which can help you create an accurate financial profile of your business If you re having trouble piecing your research together to paint an accurate picture of your business try brainstorming with a skilled professional The Canada Business Network has offices across Canada consider consulting a Business Information Officer who can help put your information together to create a solid business plan Market research and statistics Learn more about market research how to conduct it and where to find free information and statistics to support your market research project Benchmarking tools and ratio calculators Use these tools to calculate your performance in areas such as asset utilization liquidity leverage inventory turnover sales and net profits Financial Performance Data Find out how your business measures up to others within your industry with this benchmarking tool Research and insights to help you grow and compete Looking for information that is relevant to your business Find research statistics and analyses of Canada s industries and economy Contact the Canada Business Network The Canada Business Network has centres across the country that offer guidance information and resources to help make your journey in business a success How do I write the financial projections for my business plan If there s one word to best describe what your financial projections should look like it is accurate Financial forecasting is only helpful to you and to potential lenders and investors if your numbers are

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  • Succession planning - Canada Business Network
    of your business in case of illness accidents and even death Corporate structure and transfer methods Determine your options as a sole proprietor partner or owner of a corporation Decide whether you wish to transfer or sell the business to your successor Business valuation Find out the fair market value of your business Exit strategy Establish a timeline for easing your way out of the business Implementation and follow up Review and update your plan regularly It is a good idea to contact key advisors such as accountants bankers and lawyers when developing your succession plan Communication with your successor s is important in order for them to understand their roles in the business and to allow them to collaborate with you throughout the transition process What are your options It is important to look for an exit strategy that fits both your personal and business objectives Some of the options to consider when planning for your business succession are Transfer to a family member Identify the candidate s and discuss the plan make arrangements for the transfer or sale of your business to your relative Sell to a partner management team or employees Sell the business to current employees who know the business and are interested in seeing it continue Sell to a third party Find a buyer and finalize the sale Plan your succession Access information about succession planning including some of the options available to you when it s time to hand your business over to somebody else Business succession BMO Follow this guide to help you navigate the complexities of succession planning for your business Get help setting objectives developing a strategy and implementing your plan Management buyout A common exit strategy Learn more about management buyout which consists of the management team pooling resources to purchase all or part of the business that they manage Selling a business When selling your business or even part of your business the Canada Revenue Agency can answer your questions on subjects such as business number payroll and GST HST Seeking professional services The use of professional services is essential to the success of a small business including its transfer to another owner Professionals can provide knowledge and expertise in areas where you may have little experience They can also round out your management team to ensure that your business is operating efficiently As an entrepreneur there are four types of professionals you may wish to consult Accountant Lawyer Banker Insurance broker When seeking out professional help choose carefully Find someone with whom you feel you can establish a good working relationship For first time meetings be prepared to explain your situation and what you are looking for Ask what services the firm provides and how it can assist you Do not forget to ask how much the firm charges for its services What is the value of your business Before you sell or exit your business you will need to evaluate your business revenues assets property etc A

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  • Put a price tag on your business: A guide to business valuation - Canada Business Network
    cash flow figures reflect the amount of money that is estimated to come into the business and will ultimately determine the investor s return on investment The discounted cash flow method is used to answer three critical questions Value How much is your business worth today based on what it will earn in the future Rate of return What is the buyer s or investor s expected rate of return given the amount invested and your business financial projections Equity share How much equity will the buyer or investor receive for their investment The discounted cash flow method is often preferred because it can be more accurate than other methods Its accuracy and complexity are due to the fact that it Uses cash flows It takes into account the projected ups and downs of revenue over a period of time Discounts the cash flows It adjusts the cash flows by a rate that is acceptable to the investor to account for risk and the time the investor must wait for a return How it works In this method cash flow predictions are discounted or reduced to adjust for the risk the investor faces and to make up for the fact that the investor could invest their money in something else Investors are looking to be compensated for their risk and their benchmark rate or discount rate will adjust for the value of money over time They will choose a discount rate and compare your proposal against that rate Advantages and disadvantages The discounted cash flow method allows values to be estimated even when your cash flow is fluctuating A start up or new venture may expect to lose money in the first years and then make money in later years These changes in cash flow are taken into account by the discounted cash flow method If you use this method keep in mind that Its accuracy depends on the accuracy of your cash flow projections That is why your financial data and assumptions are critical It is a complex process so you may require professional guidance It can give you detailed estimates but it is important to remember that business valuation is not an exact science your numbers will be based on assumptions and predictions of future performance Value How much is your business worth today Let s say financiers are considering an investment in your business but plan to take their money out in five years To them your business is worth today what it can earn during those five years plus their share of the value of the business at the end of the five years However future cash flow numbers and the future value of the business are unknown The discounted cash flow method applies adjustments or discounts to account for those unknowns Using this method the value is the total of the cash flows adjusted or discounted plus the value remaining or residual value also discounted Rate of return What rate of return will the investor

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