Business Services & Funding
Are you an entrepreneur? Are you thinking about starting up or buying a business? Are you looking for more information about running or managing your business? North Dundas, in collaboration with various partners, has several tools to assist entrepreneurs.
Starting Your Own Business
Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Click here to access the Entrepreneurial Self-Assessment Tool which will help you determine if your experience, attitude, goals and lifestyle are compatible with owning your own business.
Considering Entrepreneurship as a Career
Click here to read about the benefits of being your own boss and why individuals consider owning and operating their own businesses.
Writing a Business Plan
Although business plans vary in terms of length and scope, all successful business plans contain common elements. The plan should take into consideration your particular business and its environment. Click here for more information on how to write a Business Plan.
Sample business plans and templates can help you to develop a professional document that will serve as a tool to convince others of your venture’s potential for success. Click here to view sample Business Plans.
Business Immigration Program
Interested in moving to Canada to start a business? Find out if you qualify for immigration as an entrepreneur. The Business Immigration Program is a federal program and is applicable across Canada. Click here to access information on the Business Immigration Program.
Conduct market research to find out if your idea is original. Click here to access the information that will assist you with your market research.
Small Business Enterprise Centre
The Township Economic Development Office can also connect you with the Small Business Enterprise Centre to help you develop your business plan and/or provide you with one on one business consulting services.
Click here to contact the Township’s Economic Development Officer via email.
Marketing Your Business
Click here to brush up on key marketing concepts, learn how to develop a marketing plan, and assess strategic marketing options for your company.
Promoting and Advertising Your Business
Click here to learn how to use advertising and other promotional techniques effectively.
Sales and Customer Relations Management
Are you looking to increase your sales and manage relationships with your customers and the public? Click here to access useful resources on this subject.
Funding Opportunities and Incentives
The Municipal, Federal and Provincial governments, as well as the private sector, have in place several tools to support local businesses in the form of grants, loans, interest-free loans, mentoring or other types of support.
North Dundas Community Improvement Plan
Community Improvement Plans (CIP) help residents, investors and business owners improve and enhance through revitalization and redevelopment, specific areas and locations within a municipality. CIP’s are often given through Council direction and typically offer financial incentives for facade improvements, improved signage, interior improvements, interest forgiveness and conversion in Downtown’s. If funding is available, applications for the Township’s CIP will be accepted on a continuous basis and evaluated monthly.
Click here to access the Township’s Community Improvement Plan webpage.
SDG’s Regional Incentives Program Intake dates for SDG’s Regional Incentives Program: Applications are due by noon on the first day of the month. 2018 intake deadlines will be: Monday, October 1st, Thursday, November 1st, and Monday, December 3rd. Any applications received after the first of the month will be reviewed at the subsequent meeting.
The Counties SDG Regional Tourism Programs
SDG Regional Tourism Grant is financial grant program designed to help existing businesses and organizations increase visitation to Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry tourism initiatives and attractions.
SDG Tourism Information Signs are the recognizable blue signs on SDG County roads that make it easier for tourists to find local attractions and services.
Here are some examples of the large and small SDG Tourism Information Signs that are available.
Federal & Provincial Funding and Support Programs
The North Dundas Economic Development Office maintains a large inventory of approximately different government and support organization funding programs. Click here to access the inventory of funding and support programs.
It is also recommended to Click here to access the Government of Canada’s website from time to time for additional information on short term Federal programs for Ontario businesses.
Funding for Not-for-profits
Not for profit organizations can also access funding and support through targeted Corporate Funding Programs. Click here to access the Charity Village website which contains a listing of various funding opportunities.