Becoming an entrepreneur

Realize your dreams

Starting a business

Are you launching a start-up? Looking to move out of your garage and into your own factory? Find out everything you need to start or grow your business.

"Thinking always ahead, thinking always of trying to do more, brings a state of mind in which nothing is impossible."

- Henry Ford, American automotive industry pioneer

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With our expert advice and solutions for SMEs, you’re in business now

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5 tips to build your business

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Draw up a plan and a business model

Want to find out if your vision would work in reality? Once you've drawn up a business plan, you can use our tool to help organize your ideas. The My Business Model canvas provides a simple, visual representation of the nine elements of an ironclad business model.

Draw up a business plan

Further reading

Business Start-Up Guide

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Determine the legal structure of your business

When you launch a new business, you'll need to figure out which legal structure is best for you. Do you want to start a general partnership, a corporation, a cooperative or an NPO? An accountant, lawyer or tax specialist can help you with certain decisions. For instance, is it a good idea for you to incorporate your business?

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65% of projects submitted to Ulule meet their funding targets1

Learn about your financing options

You will probably need financing to cover your start-up costs, such as buying equipment and hiring employees. You can apply for a grant from the Canada Business Network, use a crowdfunding platform such as Ulule, or apply for one of National Bank's business financing solutions.

Apply for financing

Further reading

Learn more about crowdfunding

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Get support

More than 250 start-up support and training programs are available to guide you through every stage of your project. You can also meet with an advisor, who will help you find banking solutions tailored to your situation.

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Further reading

Starting a business: finding the right training program


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Separate your personal and business banking

Is your small business growing? It's time to separate your personal and business finances. Open a business current account, then choose a package that meets your needs.

Our Internet Banking Solutions for Businesses make it easier to manage your finances. You can pay your employees by direct deposit, pay suppliers, make GST, HST and PST payments, access eStatements, view cheque images, and much more.

Explore our online solutions

Solutions to grow your business

Offer for Students

With our banking packages for students, you could enjoy great banking discounts depending on your field of study.

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Business Banking Packages

Find the best package for you and save on banking fees.

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Ready to take the leap?

Talk to one of our experts to get tailored advice.

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