Small Business Resources

Business Basics – 10 essential sessions covering all the basics

This series of 10 free online learning sessions from Small Business Centres Ontario will help you decide if starting your own business is the right path for you, then guide you through the steps involved in getting started.

  1. Are You Ready To Be In Business?
  2. Researching Your Idea
  3. Business Structure
  4. What Are Government Regulations?
  5. What Is A Business Plan?
  6. How Do You Finance A Small Business?
  7. Why Do Market Research?
  8. Sales and Marketing
  9. Do You Need Insurance?
  10. How To Register Your Business

Employment Workshop Series

Free Courses for Entrepreneurs

Social Media Digital Marketing 101 for Beginners

E-Learning Sessions for All Stages of Your Business Journey

Local Business Accelerator Program – Stratford and St Mary’s

With a local investment of more than $300,000 from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), downtown business and main street communities in both Stratford and St. Marys were supported in 2022 with a dedicated Main Street Ambassador, customized market research, data analysis and non-repayable funding contributions for new and existing small businesses. Please see here for details on the 10 Downtown Stratford businesses that benefited from this great program!



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