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Starting 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, it's important to approach it with your eyes wide open. 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. We hope the information below will help lead you in the right direction to finding the information to assist you and help make your business a success.



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The Community Economic Development Commission website is designed to support you in business relocation or expansion and to help 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 and Running a Business in Thunder Bay can obtain an information package which will answer the most common questions at this stage. Our Small Business Development Officer will be pleased to meet with you and discuss any further questions you may have.

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. If you are already operating, BizPaL can help you verify that you have all the correct permits and licenses.

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 City-owned property.




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