Starting a Business

Starting a Business

OfficesThe Office of Economic Development in Bradford West Gwillimbury is here to help you with all of your business needs. Whether you are starting a new business, growing your existing organization or relocating to the town of Bradford West Gwillimbury we are here to help you along every step of the way. The goal of our office is to attain a sustainable economic future for our community through promoting investment in our town.


Bradford Board of Trade

Bradford Board of TradeThe Bradford Board of Trade is a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers who sustain and promote local businesses by: providing services that help local businesses run their organizations more effectively, providing networking opportunities for local businesses, and advocating on behalf of local businesses to government.

For more information visit the Bradford Board of Trade website.


Nottawasaga Futures

Nottawasaga FuturesNottawasaga Futures is a community economic development corporation serving the South Simcoe Area. Nottawasaga Futures supports the development of business plans and provides loans for start-ups and expansions. They are partnered with the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury providing on-going support with community projects and temporary staffing solutions.>

For more information visit the Nottawasaga Futures website.


Workforce Planning Board of York Region & Bradford West Gwillimbury

Workforce Planning Board of York Region & Bradford West GwillimburyThe Workforce Planning Board of York Region and Bradford West Gwillimbury is a not-for-profit organization that develops solutions to local labour market needs and issues. Their role is to respond to local needs in making job and skill training more accessible and effective.

For more information visit the Workforce Planning Board website.


Contact South Simcoe - Bradford Office

Contact South Simcoe - Bradford OfficeSouth Simcoe Community Information Centre is a non-profit registered charity that provides community-focused services to the residents of South Simcoe and develops projects that meet community needs.

These services include community information, employment services, housing support services and volunteer opportunities in South Simcoe. For more information visit the South Simcoe Community Information Centre website.


Simcoe County, Office of Economic Development

Simcoe County, Office of Economic DevelopmentThe Simcoe County Economic Development Office assists organizations with all of their business development and relocation needs. They also provide funding and resources to the municipal level economic development offices.

For more information visit the Simcoe County Economic Development Office website.


Small Business Centre (Barrie - Simcoe County - Orillia)

Small Business CentreThe Small Business Centre encourages and supports entrepreneurship in The City of Barrie, The City of Orillia, and all of Simcoe County, by being a one-stop source for all your small business needs. Our team can help you make the right decisions during your business start-up and assist you in developing your business as it grows.

For more information visit the Small Business Center website.


Provincial and Federal Business Services

The County of Simcoe is pleased to provide our regional business community with a list of funding and resources provided at the federal, provincial, and regional level designed to assist your business’ growth and development.  Please select from the list below to view programs available at each level, as well as a list of useful tax breaks and credits.

Federal Funding Opportunities Provincial Funding Opportunities Regional Resource Opportunities Municipal Funding Opportunities Tax Breaks and Credits

Before Starting your Business

You've got a brilliant idea for a new business, but have you done your homework? This section guides you through the process of fleshing out ideas, helps you to analyze the market that you're stepping into and answers any questions you might have about starting your business.

For more information visit the Canada Business Network website.

Checklists and guides for starting a business

You've done your homework, but where do you start? This section offers checklists for starting up a business as well as a checklist for starting up a restaurant. It also has two Ontario specific pieces, starting a food processing business; and business tools, strategies, reports and resources for the tourism industry.

For more information visit the Canada Business Network website.

Business Planning

This section will offer you tips, templates and sample business plans as well as market research information and statistics.

For more information visit the Canada Business Network website.

Financing your new business

Money doesn't grow on trees, so should you finance your new business with private sector or Government financing? This page offers information on both types as well as enumerating all of the future funding options.

For more information visit the Canada Business Network website.

Naming your business

Could you imagine performing an Internet search on BackRub, or guzzling down a cold Brad's Drink? You might be surprised to learn that these were the original names today's Google and Pepsi-Cola respectively. A name can say a lot about your business, it's important that you choose the right one.

For more information visit the Canada Business Network website.

Choosing and setting up a location

View an interactive map of business related properties using the Simcoe County EDO Mapping System to find the perfect location for your new or expanding business.

For more information visit our Maps & Real Estate page.