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Planning your start-up

Do you have an idea and maybe even potential customers? Where should you start? Before you make any decisions, check out our pre-startup calendar and meet with a specialized business start-up advisor. You'll have what it takes to build a solid business plan in no time!

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Choosing a legal structure for your business

Whether you bought a franchise, have one or more partners or are self-employed, if you’re going into business with little money and few personal assets, you’ll need to decide upon a legal structure for your business: a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a corporation or a cooperative.

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Optimizing your pricing strategy

Price influences how customers perceive your products and services and their quality. It also helps determine your company's market share and profits. That's why your pricing strategy is a key part of your marketing plan.

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What is a cooperative and how do I create one?

A cooperative is a group of people who come together to meet a mutual need. Creating a cooperative is a long-term project that must be well planned. Here are 10 steps for creating a cooperative.

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How to avoid the pitfalls of commercial leasing

Do you plan on leasing, buying or building your place of business? Each option has its pros and cons. If you've decided to lease, here's what you should know before you sign your commercial lease.

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Why intellectual property is important for businesses

Intellectual property refers to the legal rights that result from intellectual activity in the industrial, scientific, literary and artistic fields. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office can help you establish and protect your intellectual property rights and boost your market competitiveness.

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6 tips for quick, efficient invoicing

Make sure to invoice your customers, collect payment and deposit payments immediately to maximize your cash inflows. Here are 6 tips for efficient invoicing.

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Do you know what types of financing are available?

Both new and expanding businesses need money to fund their projects. Your business must get funding for each item it requires to operate: working capital, ongoing expenses, tools, equipment, buildings, patents, etc. Once you’ve established your needs, you must determine what sources of funding are available to meet them.

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