If you are a new business, or are looking to start a business in the Westport, Rideau Lakes and Merrickville area, take advantage of the resources at the Small Business Advisory Centre of Smiths Falls/Lanark.
"We're the first stop for small business owners to be equipped with the right information to move in the right direction for their business, " says Centre manager Cindy James.
"We provide in-person and online consultation," Cindy says of their services, including helping businesses register. "Surprisingly, a number of business owners use third-party online sites where they pay unnecessary fees. Registering your business should only cost $60," Cindy says.
The office provides business plan help. Cindy and Youth and Client Services Co-ordinator Kim Angell-McCormick can help you with the steps toward writing a good business plan and will review it once it is complete. The Centre hosts ongoing seminars on finances, marketing, government program regulations and social media.
Youth entrepreneur Starter Company and Summer Company programs help launch new enterprises. "We've had big successes in Elgin and Merrickville, to name a few," Cindy says. Applications are currently being accepted with more information available by contacting their office at 613-283-7002, ext. 109, or online.
Learn more about the Small Business Advisory Centre by visiting their website or their Facebook page. You can also find them on Twitter and Instagram.
This is the fifth in a series featuring local employment service providers for employers and jobseekers in Leeds Grenville. Visit our eNewsletter Archive page to read previous articles.