Starting a business is exciting!

As you think about starting a business, you will have so many questions. The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre is here to guide you every step of the way. We offer free workshops and resources to help you navigate through the essential steps required to turn your start up idea into a profitable business. Getting an understanding of the basic fundamentals will help you make decisions and take actions ultimately saving you time in running your business, help you make more money and give you confidence to build a successful business.


We have work­shops & events on relevant business topics. Kick off your journey by checking out our curated list of Events.


There are several funded programs for new business­es. Select what is right for you.


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The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre can help you take those first steps to starting a business.

Our advisory services are free if you live and own a business in Waterloo Region. If you are from outside the region, you can connect with your local small business centre (find your locations:


Attend Our Startup Business Basics Workshop

Run weekly and free to attend. This 90 minute session covers the essential steps to starting a small business including researching your idea, registering a business name, licenses & permits, HST, business banking, insurance, hiring employees, next steps and considerations. This is your opportunity to ask all your questions!

Register for a Startup Business Basics workshop


Plan your Business

Our Business Planning Workshop. The business plan helps you consider what you need to move your business forward, which decisions to consider and what to take action on. A good business plan is a solid foundation for a successful business. It is your roadmap and guides you to reach the milestones you have set.

Register for a Business Planning Workshop or book a meeting with our business advisors to get your template.


Free online small business courses for Ontario entrepreneurs!

Our E-Learning Sessions are mini-courses developed by SBC Ontario Expert Business Advisors — available to you anytime, anywhere 24/7.

Small business success is all about learning and adapting. Taking a business from Business Basics to Start-up to Growth stage is no small feat! SBC E-Learning Sessions will set you up with essential skills, and prepare you to speak to business professionals and advisors. With this knowledge you can move forward, minimize common mistakes and risk throughout your small business journey.

Sign up here and start E-Learning

Book a meeting with one of our experienced business advisors