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Government services and other resources

Consult these resources to fully control all aspects of launching, managing and growing your business.
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4 steps to unlock the power of online marketing

Learn how to make the most of your online marketing efforts.
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7 low-cost marketing strategies to implement now

Learn how to get the most impact from your marketing dollars and how to promote your business on a small budget.
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Advertising tips

Consult this list of helpful tips to keep in mind when you are developing an advertising campaign for your business.
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Bookkeeping and accounting

Learn how keeping good records can benefit your business.
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Bringing personal assets into your business

If you want to transfer personal assets to your business, find out the rules and requirements for each type of business structure.
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Budgeting and forecasting

Developing good budgeting and forecasting skills can help your business succeed.
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Business structure: which one is right for you?

Examine the four types of business structures in order to choose the one that best suits your needs.
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Buy a business or start your own

Compare the benefits and challenges related to starting a business and buying an existing business.
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Buying a business

Find out how to buy the right type of business and pay a fair price for it.
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Buying a business — CRA

If you are buying a business along with its inventory and assets, learn about some of the requirements, changing ownership and GST/HST considerations.
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Checklist for profit watching

Use these questions and comments to analyze your profits, their sufficiency and trend, and determine how each product or service is profitable.
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Child care start-up checklist

Find resources that can help you start a child care business.
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Choosing and setting up a location

Learn about the many things to consider before choosing the location of your business and organizing your office, store or facility.
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Cleaning business start-up checklist

Learn how this cleaning business checklist can help you implement all the necessary steps you need to take to make your business successful.
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Collection of tip sheets — Desjardins

Get expert advice on a variety of topics such as business startup, marketing, sales, international trade, finance, non-profits, etc.
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Commercial leases (in French only)

Find out about the legal requirements governing the signature of commercial leases in Quebec.
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Constitute a Quebec business corporation

Learn the steps to constitute your business corporation in Quebec, especially the forms to be filled out and the application process.
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Critical assessment factors for new products

You have invented or are considering developing a new product? See what critical factors you should consider first.
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Crowdfunding

Could crowdfunding help you raise funds for your business?
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Dealing with your banker and other lenders

Learn what bankers are looking for in a loan application, and secure private financing for your business.
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Designing a questionnaire

A well-designed survey questionnaire can help you gather market research data.
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Developing a company brochure

Learn how to work with printing or graphic design suppliers.
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Developing your ideas

Find out how to evaluate your business idea and implement your project.
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Developing your website

Consider creating a business website so you can attract more customers to your business.
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Domain names

Are you creating a website for your business? Learn how to choose a good domain name and to register it.
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Email marketing

Discover the advantages of marketing your business with email.
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Event and conference planning start-up checklist

Learn about these necessary steps to get your event-planning business started.
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Federal tax information

Get information about federal taxes and how they affect your business. Learn about GST, HST, payroll deductions, income tax and more.
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Food truck start-up checklist

Find resources to help you get your food truck business on the right track.
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Foreign Trade Zone

These officially designated areas offer tariff and tax exemptions on the purchase or importation of raw materials, components or finished goods.
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Franchises (in French only)

Find publications that provide information about the current franchising situation.
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Franchising

Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of this type of business.
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GST/HST rates

Use this chart to see which provinces and territories use the GST or HST and find both current and previous rates.
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Home-based business

Consider the many factors involved to be sure that working from home is the best choice for you.
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How to evaluate a proposed business acquisition

What is a fair price to pay for a business? Read this article to learn how to estimate the value of a business.
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How to forecast new product sales

Discover how you can estimate the sales of your new product.
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Introduction to market research

Learn how to get accurate and specific information about your customers and competitors.
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Landscaping and snow removal start-up checklist

Are you an experienced landscaper or just starting out? Find resources to help you proceed with your landscaping and snow removal business.
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Le financement participatif – Législation (in French only)

There are two types of crowdfunding. Find out about the legislation governing each of them.
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Market research and statistics

Learn more about market research, how to conduct it, and where to find free information and statistics to support your market research project.
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Marketing plan outline

Learn what to include in your marketing plan.
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Mobile pet care start-up checklist

Access the necessary steps to get your mobile pet business on the road.
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Naming your business

Consider these important factors before choosing the name of your company.
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Naming your business

Choose the right name for your business. Your business name should be unique and easy to remember, and should describe the products and services you provide.
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National Bank — My Business Model

If you are starting or growing a business, use this business model tool to help with your planning process.
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NEQ — Quebec Enterprise Number

Simplify and speed up your dealings with the various Quebec government departments and organizations by registering with the Registraire des entreprises [Quebec enterprise registrar].
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Online marketing

Online marketing techniques like social networking, emailing and blogging are useful and involve little to no direct costs.
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Online sales

Learn how to set up a secure payment system for your online sales.
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Personal care services start-up checklist

Thinking of setting up a hair salon or esthetic services business? Find out what you need to start this type of business.
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