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The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre provides a variety of resources to individuals preparing to start a new business venture in Waterloo Region. These resources include access to:

  • free one hour consultations; (by appointment)

  • business name registration; (by credit card only)

  • search business permits and licenses

  • workshops and seminars for new and existing businesses;

  • library reference materials and databases;

  • research assistance;

  • publications for sale;

  • fee-based office services; fax, room rental

  •  an opportunity to join a networking group.


For more information on the following please click the link below:
Business Consulting 

Business Registration
Business Club


Business Consulting

The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre's small business advisors are available to meet with you to confidentially discuss your business idea or plan. This meeting can be used to help you through any roadblocks in the planning process, to develop specific areas of your plan, or as a review prior to talking to lenders or investors.

This service is confidential and free of charge. Appointments are preferred, and consultations typically last for one hour and can be made in advance by phone, fax or e-mail. Choose the advisor at the location most convenient to you to set up a consultation.

Our business consultations are meant solely as a form of advice and direction with the concept of self-help present throughout all discussions. However, the Waterloo Region SBC encourages you to seek professional advice on legal, tax and accounting matters where necessary.

Contact a Business Advisor at any of our 3 locations.


Business Registrations

If you've incorporated your business, you've already registered your business name. If you've chosen not to incorporate, you'll need to register your business name with the province of Ontario, unless you're operating a sole proprietorship under your legal name. (Adding even one word to your legal name, e.g., Enterprises or And Company, requires registration.)


For more information on sole proprietor and incorporation contact us.


How to Register

Business registrations cost $60, and a name search costs $8. Registrations must be completed online through Service Ontario.  You may register online using your home computer OR by using the self-help public access workstations available in the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre.  The procedure is the same regardless of the method you chose, however the Centre has staff here to assist you.


1.  Registering online at home through Service Ontario:


Available - Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Payment -  accepts credit card only.

You can print out your Master Business License directly from your home computer.


2. Registering online at the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre using self-help computers.


Kitchener: 519 741-2604
Available - Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Payment - accepts credit card only.


Cambridge 519.740.4615 & Waterloo 519.747.6265
Available - Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Payment - accepts credit card only.


To find out if you require other licenses or permits for your business contact the City's Municipal licensing or zoning department.  


Go to BizPal 


BizPal is an Online Business Permits and Licenses Service is the result of collaboration between the federal, provincial/territorial, regional, and local participating governments.


All of the information you provide is anonymous.  Simply answer a short series of questions about your current or proposed business to create a customized list of the permits and licenses you may need from all levels of government.


Business Club

Already running your own business? Stay current and connected! Navigate your way to success!  Small Business Club services include access to an extensive resource centre and comprehensive business information, free business plan consultations, free access to computer services and on-line software, affordable networking, newsletter; an promotional opportunities.


Once you join the Small Business Club, you will be able to take advantage of the great savings and added bonuses that come with your membership.
You will receive:

    * Free monthly e-newsletter
    * Free networking sessions - every other month and you will also have access to the Small Business Community Networking Events every month
    * Business card displayed at all 3 locations
    * Eligible to submit your success story for our website and social media channels

    * Access to our Mentorship Program
    * Discounted rates on Events and Seminars


All this for only a $100 (tax includes) annual fee!


For more Information:

Go to the e-calendar for event schedules, and networking opportunities and seminars.



The WRSBC’s interacts with over 1000 local entrepreneurs and small business owners every year. Facilitating connections among entrepreneurs contributes to the success of these enterprises and fosters a strong business community. The Centre will hold monthly events to encourage networking and mentorship among members.


As a member of the Small Business Club, you can also access the Small Business Community Networking Events!

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Kitchener City Hall
200 King St W, P.O. Box 1118
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 4G7
T: 519.741.2604   F: 519.745.1522
The Gaslight District
96 Grand Ave S, Suite 103
Cambridge, Ontario N1R 5W8
T: 519.740.4615   F: 519.623.0441

Waterloo City Hall
100 Regina St S, Suite 170
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 4A8
T: 519.747.6265   F: 519.747.6266