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Plan your business

No matter what your project, you need to plan effectively to succeed.

In this section, you’ll find examples and models of business plans and learn how to draft a market study, marketing plan or export plan.

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Info-Guide

Info-Guide – Starting your business

Want to be your own boss? This Info-Guide will help you plan for a successful start to your entrepreneurship journey.
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Info-Guide

Info-Guide – Write your business plan

Know what elements are considered essential in any business plan and the key points that should be included in each section of your plan.
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Directory

Business support – Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
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Business support – Bas-Saint-Laurent

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in Bas-Saint-Laurent.
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Business support – Capitale-Nationale

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in the Capitale-Nationale region.
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Business support – Centre-du-Québec

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in Centre-du-Québec.
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Business support – Chaudière-Appalaches

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in Chaudière-Appalaches.
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Business support – Côte-Nord

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in the Côte-Nord region.
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Business support – Estrie

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in Estrie.
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Business support – Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine.
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Business support – Lanaudière

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in Lanaudière.
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Business support – Laurentides

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in Laurentides.
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Business support – Laval

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in Laval.
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Business support – Mauricie

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in Mauricie.
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Business support – Montérégie

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in Montérégie.
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Business support – Montréal

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in Montréal.
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Business support – Nord-du-Québec

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in Nord-du-Québec.
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Business support – Outaouais

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in Outaouais.
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Business support – Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

Take advantage of the services offered by business support organizations in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.
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Directory – Accelerators and incubators

Incubators and accelerators offer various forms of support that can contribute to the success of your business start-up or growth project.
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Directory – Coworking spaces

Coworking spaces offer a variety of resources and services to rent by the hour, day or month: equipped offices, production spaces, boardrooms, etc.
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Directory – Support programs and services

You could benefit from non-financial resources to succeed in your business venture.
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Permits and licences (BizPal)

Use this tool to find federal, provincial/territorial and municipal permits and licences that you may need to start your business.
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Guide

3 essential steps for entering a foreign market

Find out how to prepare your export plan, line up financing for your venture, and get information on the countries to which you would like to export.
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Guide

Analyse comparative (Benchmarking) (in French only)

See the steps to follow and the tools available to perform a comparative analysis for your continuous improvement approach.
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Statistics

Asia-Pacific statistical reports

Find trade statistics between Canada and several Asian and South Pacific countries.
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Assess your options for growth

Learn how to choose the appropriate strategy for your business, when to implement it and which financial choices are suitable.
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BDC business plan templates

You can create your own professional business plan with the help of the BDC sample plan and business plan template.
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Guide

Branding – the basics

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

Developing good budgeting and forecasting skills can help your business succeed.
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Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs

Is your business prepared to handle any situation? Find out how to create and implement your emergency preparedness plan.
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Guide

Business Plan — CBDC

You can use this fillable business planning tool to prepare your business plan.
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Canadian Industry Statistics

Get industry data and analysis on a number of economic indicators such as employment, manufacturing and gross domestic product.
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CANSIM

Browse or search this key socio-economic database from Statistics Canada, and create custom data outputs.
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Census profiles

Get information from the 2016 Census of Population on the age, occupation, level of education and income of Canadians across the country.
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CIBC — Succession planning

The CIBC has articles, tools and services to help you build a succession plan that reflects your personal and business goals.
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Cluster Map

View and compare data for related industries across Canada using a range of economic indicators.
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Country information — Export Development Canada

Find profiles of foreign countries, as well as information on EDC resources available for each country.
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Country Insights

Get cultural, demographic, and political information on countries with whom you would like to conduct business.
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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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Data products : Your guide to statistical information from the census

Browse statistical information about the population, households, dwellings and families as measured in the latest census in Canada.
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Databank of official statistics on Quebec

Consult statistics compiled by a number of Quebec departments and agencies on the various facets of the society of Quebec.
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Designing a questionnaire

A well-designed survey questionnaire can help you gather market research data.
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Employees

Discover how to recruit, hire and effectively manage your employees.
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Factsheet

Expand, move or open a new location

Have you outgrown your current business location?
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Factsheet

Export market research

Find foreign countries with customers who need your products or services.
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Financial Performance Data

Find out how your business measures up to others in your industry with this benchmarking tool.
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Guide

Forecast and plan your sales

Learn how to develop sales forecasts and plans.
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