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There are many challenges to successfully manage the day-to-day operations and long-term planning of a business. From planning, financing and sales and marketing to customer service, human resources and managing and growing the business, small business owners have several hurdles to overcome. As an entrepreneur or small business owner, it is important to understand your responsibilities and what you can do to effectively manage your business.

Consultation services
Taxes and financial statements
Day-to-day operations
Marketing
E-business
Renewing business licences and permits
Business support and networking
Accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities
Privacy legislation in Canada

Consultation services

Our knowledgeable business consultants can help you get your business moving in the right direction! The Halton Region Small Business Centre offers two programs for entrepreneurs and small business owners looking for a free consultation. The two programs are staged—the Consultant on Site Program is your first step—to give entrepreneurs the best possible opportunity to succeed.

    Step 1: Consultant on Site Program
    The Consultant on Site Program connects business owners and entrepreneurs with a business consultant at one of four locations in Halton. Get help with research, marketing plans, government regulations or any other questions you have about your business. Learn more.
    Step 2: Access to Professionals Program The Access to Professional Program can connect you with a local professional for a free 45-minute consultation. Professionals in our group include lawyers, accountants, marketing, e-business experts and business coaches. Learn more.

Taxes and financial statements

There are tax topics that every small business owner and entrepreneur should know about. The following resources provide a good starting point for business owners:

  • Canada Revenue Agency (CRA): The Businesses section of the CRA’s website offers some excellent resources on major tax topics for businesses and corporations, GST/HST and payroll.
  • View a series of videos and recorded webinars for businesses available through the CRS’s website, covering a variety of topics including online payment of taxes, tax incentive programs, T4/T4As, record keeping and more.
  • Canada Business Ontario’s website offers an overview of the different taxes that may impact your business. Visit their Taxes web page for information that can help you manage your tax obligations.
  • Halton Region’s Financial Package provides…(also add to toolbox section) – waiting for copy from Claudia

Day-to-day operations

Managing the day-to-day activities of your business can be a daunting task. Business owners have limited time to make the operation run smoothly, improve quality, increase productivity and maximize business potential.

Marketing

How well you market your business and interact with your customers can influence your success. You want your products and services to be at the forefront of your customers' minds and there are some key things you can do to make sure that happens:

The Halton Region Small Business Centre – Resource Area has an up-to-date reference and lending library which is furnished with publications on a variety of business topics, including marketing. You may borrow many of the books or review materials on site.

E-business

More than simply having a website, electronic business (or e-business) refers to a broad range of electronic activities, including the use of computer and Internet technologies to facilitate doing business. Review the following online resources to learn more about how e-business can help your company:

Renewing business licences and permits

To renew a Master Business Licence for a sole proprietorship, general partnership, or corporate style name:

  1. Visit the ServiceOntario website.
  2. Select Business from the Topics menu on the right side of the page.
  3. Select Search, register, renew your business and get a Master Business Licence from the list of Featured Online Services.

To access business permits and licenses online, visit BizPaL & ONe-Source for Business, a collaborative effort between the federal, provincial and municipal governments.

Halton Region’s Starting a New Business Checklist provides additional access to business licenses or permits.

Business support and networking

There are several opportunities for local entrepreneurs to network with other businesses or receive valuable business support. Download our list of Halton Business Networking Groups (also add to toolbox section) for details on local BIAs, Chambers of Commerce and other organizations offering support or networking opportunities.

Accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities

Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act came into force in 2005 and sets out a clear goal and timeframe to make Ontario accessible by 2025.

Every organization with one or more employees is required to comply with the Act and all of its applicable standards. The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario is committed to the implementation of the Act and helping organizations comply with the standards by providing free tools and resources and offering support through a dedicated help desk.

Privacy legislation in Canada

Since January 1, 2004, businesses have been subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada offers useful information to help businesses learn how the can comply with the Act.