The City of Oshawa recognizes the fact that small businesses are significant drivers of the local economy. In 2011, Oshawa was named one of Canada's Top 100 Entrepreneurial Cities and further ranked 3rd in the Big City Entrepreneurial Policy sub-category by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. This reflection of strong government support for entrepreneurs has been a long-standing practice in Oshawa as the Economic Development Services Team continues to work with community and regional partners to foster and grow small businesses in our community.
There are a number of national and provincial funding and resource programs available to assist the start-up and growth of small businesses in Oshawa and Durham Region. A number of these programs include:
An interactive, free business tool that identifies the permits and licences your business requires from all levels of government.
|Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD)
Offers one-on-one consultations, workshops, market research, business resources & innovation alliances for existing business and start ups.
Business Registration- Starting a Business
Canada Business Ontario - Services for Entrepreneurs - Starting a Business
|Canada Business - Services for Entrepreneurs - Starting a Business
Provides information from the federal and provincial governments for business start ups.
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
|City of Oshawa, Economic Development Services
Services include – land and building site selection, statistical market data, promotional programs, liaison with provincial and federal governments, consultation and networking with local business, industry and educators.
Export Development Canada (EDC)
Online source of Industry and Business Information.
Industry Canada - SME Benchmarking Tool http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/pp-pp.nsf/eng/Home
|Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF)
CYBF provides entrepreneurs aged 18-39 with start-up financing assistance, mentorship connections, business growth assistance and networking opportunities.
|Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Helps to create and develop Canadian business through financing, venture capital and consulting services with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. The BDC also offers a number of online resources geared toward innovative small business practices.
Economic Development Services
Downtown Development Officer
|Location:||Economic Development Services
2nd Floor, Rundle Tower, City Hall
50 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 3Z7
|Toll Free:||1-800-6-OSHAWA (1-800-667-4292)|