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Starting & Running a Business

If you're thinking about starting your own business, you probably already have a fairly good idea of what that business will be. Whatever business option you choose, do your homework. As any successful entrepreneur will tell you, the more thought and effort you put into your business in the planning stage, the more likely you are to be successful in the long run.

The Community Economic Development Commission website provides assistance in business relocation or expansion and helps you with other business decisions. Assistance is available from professional staff and consultants in areas such as business and marketing plans, networking and next steps.

Anyone interested in starting a business can obtain an information package which will answer the most common questions clients have at this stage. Our Small Business Development Officer will be pleased to meet with you and discuss any further questions you may have.

Our Funding and Resources page provides a list of resources and support for businesses and community groups.

BizPal  helps you generate a personalized list of the business documents you need for all levels of government - local, provincial/territorial, and federal - in order to grow or start up your business. And if you are already operating, BizPal can help you verify that you have all the correct permits and licences.

Realty Services is responsible for the majority of property-related transactions on behalf of the Corporation of the City of Thunder Bay. Property Listings and leasing opportunities are available for all City owned property.