You've probably determined that not only do you have the right stuff to be a business owner or partner you are also ready to get started! Now what?

At this stage of the game, you will need to know about business structure and registration, how to register your business name, what licenses and regulations apply to you, what taxes you'll have to pay and of course, how the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre can help you to get started on your business and get on the right track

Do you feel ready to further research your idea, prepare a marketing plan, business plan, or estimate your projected revenue and expenses; you've come to the right place!

Set up a free one-hour consultation with one of our advisors. Once we have assessed your needs, we will find the best methods to help you, and that includes providing you with referrals to qualified business professionals such as financial experts, lawyers, accountants, HR professionals, web developers, and marketing and media experts.

For information on these programs or any of our resources or business services, please contact the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre at 519 741-2604 or email

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 Company, requires registration.)

For more information on sole proprietorship and incorporation please contact us.

How to Register

Registrations must be completed online through Service Ontario. Business registrations cost $60.00, and a name search costs $8.00. 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.

Waterloo 519.747.6265
Available - Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Payment - accepts credit card only.

Cambridge: 519.740.4615
Available - Monday, Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Payment - accepts credit card only.

3. Register online at Service Ontario (Kitchener location only)

30 Duke St., 2nd floor, Kitchener, ON
Available: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Payment - accepts Cash, cheque, debit or credit card

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 a 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.