FedDev Ontario -
Small Business Services
Small Business Services (SBS) is part of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). We help Ontario entrepreneurs access government business information and services.
Business guide collection
View the list of guides on key business topics, such as starting a business, hiring employees, importing and exporting and more.
Explore a selection of business articles that are available in multiple languages, in addition to English and French.
Browse our collection of industry-specific how-to guides, such as How-to start a restaurant and How-to start a daycare.
Starting a business
Get an overview of the steps needed to start a business in Ontario.
Financing a business
Browse the most common financing programs that are available to Ontario business owners.
Find out what tax requirements your business might have.
Marketing plan outline
Browse our resources for information on developing a marketing and advertising strategy for your business.
Business plan guide
Find out what key elements your business plan should include.
Find out what the regulations are for common business types and activities.
Learn about the rules and regulations for hiring employees.
Get in touch
Call us toll-free from anywhere in Ontario to speak with one of our information officers for help finding information for your business.
Local business centres
Search for an in-person location in your area to access additional resources and support for your business idea.