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Business expansion usually requires time, money, strategy, willingness to takes risks and a host of other factors: Is the timing right? Is the business well positioned for growth? Can the business sustain an expansion in the long term? Do you have the right people in place to execute the growth plan? The Halton Region Small Business Centre can provide you with the resources and tools to help you grow your business.

Consultation services
Human Resources
Financing
Exporting
Importing
Intellectual Property (IP)
Innovation

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.

Human Resources

The individuals who make up your workforce are vital to the growth and success of your small business. To learn about your responsibilities to the people you employ, view the following:

Financing

Several financing opportunities are available to small business owners and entrepreneurs who are looking to expand a small business. Here are just a few of the options:

  • Visit RBC Royal Bank’s Starting a Business Resource Centre. RBC works with more small business owners than any other financial institution in Canada and their small business advisors will work with you to help you achieve success as you grow your business.
  • The Canada Small Business Financing Program has been helping small businesses with their financing needs for over 50 years. Under the program, the Government of Canada makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.
  • The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) plays a leadership role in delivering financial, investment and consulting services to Canadian small and medium-sized businesses. These services complement those of private sector financial institutions.

Exporting

Exporting is the sale of goods or services from Canada to any other country. Learn how selling your products and services internationally can help you to expand your business:

Importing

A highly regulated process in Canada, importing—the purchasing of commercial products from another country—can be a lucrative way to grow your business. The Canada Border Services Agency is the main government organization that enforces import and border regulations.

Intellectual Property (IP)

Intellectual Property (IP) is the legal right to an idea, invention or creation. Some common types of IP include patents, trademarks and copyright. To learn more:

Innovation

Innovation in business can be what separates you from the competition! Some entrepreneurs have an innovative management style; others sell innovative products and services. These resources and services may be helpful for those looking to get an innovative idea from the drawing board into development:

  • Canada Business Ontario (CBO): Resources and financial support for technology and innovation businesses in Ontario
  • HalTech: The leading source of support and personal service for technology focused entrepreneurs in Halton.
  • Milton Education Village Innovation Centre: An initiative dedicated to enabling an entrepreneurial culture for business growth, start-up, incubation, intersection for innovation, education and training.