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Accessing equity financing

Learn how to plan for and negotiate a deal with potential investors in order to obtain equity financing for your business.
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Becoming a registered charity for community economic development

Your social enterprise may be eligible for charitable status, making your earned income tax exempt. See how your social enterprise may qualify.
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Branding – the basics

Find out how to create and manage a brand, and set a budget to promote it.
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Budgeting and business planning

Learn how establishing a budget can help you manage your financial position more efficiently and ensure the feasibility of your projects.
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Business Plan — CBDC

You can use this fillable business planning tool to prepare your business plan.
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Choosing a name

Find out what you need to know before choosing a name for your federal corporation, and see how to reserve that name.
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Close and follow up the sale

Find out about all the steps involved in closing and following up on a sale.
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Create your marketing strategy

Identify clients to concentrate on and your key objectives for reaching them, and learn what to include in your marketing strategy.
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Creating a non-profit corporation or organization

Learn the major steps for establishing a non-profit corporation or organization in Quebec.
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Develop your management team

Find out the processes and methods you will need to set up your management team.
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Exemple d'entente avec un agent manufacturier (in French only)

Use this model to prepare an agreement with a manufacturer's representative.

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Exemple d'entente avec un distributeur au détail (in French only)

Use this model to prepare an agreement with a retail distributor.

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Federal cooperatives

Find out how to incorporate and maintain a federal cooperative in Canada.
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Forecast and plan your sales

Learn how to develop sales forecasts and plans.
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Group your customers into market segments

Learn how to group your customers into market segments to better understand what they really want, and how to gain valuable customers.
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Guide de planification d'une campagne de communication (in French only)

See how to identify growth niches for your product or service and ensure that your communication investments are successful.
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Guide for employers: Source deductions and contributions

Obtain information on the source deductions that you must make when you have paid employees.
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Guide to market research and analysis

Discover how market research can help your business succeed and learn how to conduct a variety of market research activities.
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How to get a business loan

Get tips on applying for a loan — what to include in your proposal, what bankers look for, common terms, and more.
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How to prepare a bid

Use this guide to help you bid on government opportunities so that you can sell your goods or services to the government.
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ImmigrAffaires

You are an immigrant and you wish to set up a business in Quebec? Get information and references and learn about the realities of the job market and the Quebec business world.
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ImmigrAffaires - Spanish version

You are an immigrant and you wish to set up a business in Quebec? Get information and references and learn about the realities of the job market and the Quebec business world.
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Innovate in products and services

Follow the 10 essential steps in the innovation process to design and implement a clear plan to successfully launch your products on the market.
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Joint ventures and partnering

Get an overview of the key ways to set up a joint venture, the pros and cons of joint ventures, and learn how to manage this type of company.
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Key considerations when buying an existing business

You may find it more beneficial to buy an existing business than to create one from scratch.
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Know your customers' needs

Learn what you need to know about your clients and how to use the information to sell to them more effectively.
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Le Petit guide de la franchise (in French only)

Discover the fundamental concepts, advantages and terminology used in this field, as well as the steps needed to carry out your franchise project.
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Legal issues for small business

Do you really need a lawyer when you start your small business? Find out how legal counsel could benefit your business.
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Manage your customer care

Find out how to use feedback and loyalty plans to retain existing customers, get new ones and increase your sales.
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Manage your suppliers

Learn how to establish a solid relationship with your suppliers through good negotiation, collaboration and management.
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Market research methods

Find out how to use popular research methods to do market research for your business.
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Modèle de proposition commerciale d'une PME aux grandes chaînes (in French only)

See what steps will help your small business sell to a large chain.
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Negotiate the right deal with suppliers

Learn how to negotiate a contract, including setting objectives, understanding your supplier's position and employing suitable tactics.
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Operating Expenses

Learn what expenses you can deduct from your taxes and what benefits are taxable.
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Plan comptable et états financiers (in French only)

Learn the basics of accounting and consult examples of financial statements.
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Plan to sell

Learn how to set up your sales processes and get tips on generating sales leads and turning them into meetings.
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Planning Your Business — RBC Royal Bank

Learn about the 7 key sections of a business plan and find examples to help you prepare your plan.
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Price lists, estimates, quotations and tenders

Learn how to draw up a price list, prepare proposals and estimates, price a contract bid and present your prices to your customers.
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Price your product or service

Find out how to set a pricing strategy and how to study your costs and pricing to ensure that your business is profitable.
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Registering your business

Learn about the requirements for registering your business with different levels of government.
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Registration with the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (in French only)

You are required to register with the CNESST if you have paid employees and your business is located in Quebec.
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Skills and training for directors and owners

Identify the necessary skills you require for the smooth functioning of your business.
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Steps to incorporating

Follow these step-by-step guidelines to help you incorporate your business federally and set up an appropriate structure.
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Succession planning and business transfer

Know your options when it comes to succession and identify the best path for you and your company to follow.
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Supplier selection process

Follow this step-by-step approach to help you identify the type and potential suppliers you need, so you can make the best choices.
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Target the right people in an organisation

Learn how to identify and contact key decision makers who may buy your products or services.
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Ten Things To Consider Before Buying A Franchise

Thinking about investing in a franchise? First, check these important points to ensure the success of your business.
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Transportation, distribution and logistics

The way you distribute and transport your products can affect your costs. Find out how logistics planning can help.
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Understand your competitors

Learn how to identify your competitors, research what they do and act on the information you obtain.
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Write a marketing plan

Find out what key areas you should consider and what to include in an effective marketing plan.
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