Business Start-Up

Congratulations! You're ready to start your own business. Whether you'd like to talk over your ideas or look into financing options, we're here for you at every step of the way.

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What do you need to launch a successful business?  

We break it down into 3 steps: Visualize what you want to do, register your business and get financing so you can make your dream a reality.

Easy as 1-2-3!

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1. Decide on a business model  

Carry out research to identify your target market. Download our business model canvas to help you with the brainstorming phase.

You're now ready to draw up your business plan.

Transform your idea into a concrete, feasible business strategy. Be creative! Carve out a niche for yourself.

  • Value proposition
  • Business partners
  • Market and opportunities
  • Distribution channels

Create your annual budget and present your financial forecasts with Budgeto.

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2. Incorporate your business

Which option is best for you? Will you be a sole proprietor, run a company or opt for a coop? Get affordable legal solutions. Discover Lex Start.

Businesses that make $30,000 or more per year must get a tax number. Visit the federal or provincial tax site for more information.

Open a business account online to manage your banking needs.

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3. Apply for financing

Need financing? Use your business plan to present your products and/or services in a compelling way.

Your options include government grants and financing, crowdfunding with Ulule,and National Bank's business financing solutions1.

You can also tap into our network to grow your business.


Banking solutions for businesses

Grow your business with our banking solutions and expert advice for SMEs from National Bank Business Central

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Going further

You have a project in mind. Do you have support? Our network can help power your ideas.

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Need an extra boost?

Do you know what incubators can do for you? Take advantage of our Guide to Incubators.

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Need advice?

Speak to an advisor about your business start-up.

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