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How to Incorporate in Manitoba

If you have been interested in incorporating in Manitoba, Ontario Business Central offers assistance through this process. The details below provide a general overview of what is required and common questions asked when incorporating. Incorporating in Manitoba offers the availability to submit the Name Reservation and Articles of Incorporation online, however upon completion; the documentation is sent out by mail.

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Natalie is in her 7th year with Ontario Business Central and has become a corporate specialist overseeing corporate filings for the western Provinces including British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta.

Natalie has written a number of blogs related to operating a business within these jurisdictions. She also provides extensive assistance to those bringing their existing foreign corporations into Ontario.

Natalie in a previous life was a business owner herself and has an understanding as to the commitment involved in operating a business.
Natalie is a dedicated individual who believes the client comes first.
Your can follow Natalie on LinkedIn and Twitter using the links below.

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How to Incorporate in Alberta

Have you been wondering if you should register your corporation in Alberta? If so, look no further! Ontario Business Central assists you through the process of registering the corporation and essential information to get started.

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natalie bio headshot

Natalie is in her 7th year with Ontario Business Central and has become a corporate specialist overseeing corporate filings for the western Provinces including British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta.

Natalie has written a number of blogs related to operating a business within these jurisdictions. She also provides extensive assistance to those bringing their existing foreign corporations into Ontario.

Natalie in a previous life was a business owner herself and has an understanding as to the commitment involved in operating a business.
Natalie is a dedicated individual who believes the client comes first.
Your can follow Natalie on LinkedIn and Twitter using the links below.

Fraude hypothécaire : courez-vous des risques?

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Du fait de la hausse des taux d’intérêt et des nouvelles simulations de crise imposées par le gouvernement fédéral, il est plus difficile pour les Canadiens et Canadiennes, par rapport à l’an dernier, d’économiser pour constituer un paiement initial ou d’être admissibles à un emprunt hypothécaire. Cela pourrait stimuler la fraude hypothécaire. Une récente étude d’Equifax Canada révèle que le nombre de fraudes hypothécaires a augmenté de 52 p. 100 depuis 2013, et que 67 p. 100 du total des demandes d’hypothèques frauduleuses au Canada provenaient de l’Ontario. De plus, les acheteurs ne sont pas les seuls à commettre des fraudes relatives aux hypothèques. Les professionnels qui interviennent dans le processus d’achat résidentiel peuvent profiter de l’anxiété des acheteurs.

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Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.

Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.

You can find Laura on Linkedin and Twitter using the links below.

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Does Your Small Business Need a Blog?

When you first start out as a business owner, there are a seemingly infinite number of things you need to take care of. Between registration paperwork, setting up your website, hiring people and, oh yeah, trying to make some money, things can pile up pretty quickly. So, if someone comes along and says you also need to have a blog, it’s easy to dismiss them as someone just trying to make your job harder.

Well, that’s not quite true. They’re actually trying to make your business better. The reality is that as a small business, a blog can be a very valuable tool to help you connect with customers and to grow. To give you a better idea as to why you need a blog, consider the following:

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Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.

Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.

You can find Laura on Linkedin and Twitter using the links below.

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Social Media and your Business

With the world becoming more involved in technology, social media is an essential tool to help you grow your business. Some platforms may be more useful depending on which industry you are in. This allows you to not only reach more people, it also lets you initiate the kind of audience you wish to directly market yourself to.

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Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.

Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.

You can find Laura on Linkedin and Twitter using the links below.

Sole Proprietorship Vs Partnerships Vs Incorporation

Understand The Difference Between Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, And Incorporation

The structure of your business is one of the first decisions you’ll need to make as a business owner. Different business structures offer unique benefits and limitations that you should be aware of.

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Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.

Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.

You can find Laura on Linkedin and Twitter using the links below.

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A Drunken Haze: The Problem with Mixing Booze and Pot

The Canadian government is trying to prepare the country for when it legalizes marijuana. While a regulatory framework is still in progress, the distribution of marijuana has been a highly discussed topic.

The most likely result is that the Federal government will be controlling the marijuana supply with provinces left to deal with distribution. Among the different possible distribution concepts, Ontario has been leaning heavily on the idea of distributing recreational marijuana through the LCBO.

Though it seems to be a  common choice as a distribution model for a controlled substance, there are a few  things to consider.

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Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.

Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.

You can find Laura on Linkedin and Twitter using the links below.

What To Ask Before Starting A Business

Questions To Ask The Experts Before Starting A Business

You’re business savvy. You work hard and you’ve made the decision to start your own business. You know you’ve got what it takes. Successful people who have gone before you would be able to give you some really good advice. Here are some questions you might want to pose to successful entrepreneurs prior to getting started.

Should I incorporate?

That depends on some questions you should honestly ask yourself:

  • What kind of personal tax incentives are there if I incorporate?
  • Am I thinking this will be what I want to do for the long haul?
  • Am I going to be the only owner or will I have investors and/or partners?
  • What are the business advantages of incorporating?
  • Are there any issues surrounding liabilities such as product or credit liability?
  • Incorporating costs money: Is it worth it in the long run?

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Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.

Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.

You can find Laura on Linkedin and Twitter using the links below.

Checklist For Your New Business

A Helpful Checklist For Starting A Business

You can feel the entrepreneurial spirit coursing through your veins. You want to be your own boss, set your own hours and play by your own rules. Here are some tips that may be a starting point for you when you’re mapping out your plan to become your own boss.

 

Come up with a business plan

Don’t try to fly by the seat of your pants when it comes to business ventures, especially your own. When sitting down to write a business plan, there are some things to take into consideration:

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Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.

Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.

You can find Laura on Linkedin and Twitter using the links below.

Starting A Business In Canada While On A Work Permit

Is It Possible To Start A Business In Canada While On Work Permit?

Canada is a great place to live, work and play. If you’re here on a work permit and have thought about staying in the country, starting your own venture might be in the cards. However, there are some things you should know before working towards that goal. You want to make sure you’re not moving in the wrong direction.

 

Work permits in Canada are issued for specific jobs with a specific employer for a set time. Starting your own business here while on a work permit would be breaking the law since you’d be violating the terms of your work permit.

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Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.

Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.

You can find Laura on Linkedin and Twitter using the links below.

Responsibilities To Your Former Company Partners

What Are My Responsibilities To My Former Partner(s) After Leaving My Company?

For whatever reason, you’re wanting to leave the company in which you were a partner. With that you’re wondering if you have any obligation to your former partner(s). The below information will help guide you through this process.

 

Obligations

If you’ve actually been a director in the company, there are some things you need to know. If you were a director, you’ll have to ensure company taxes have been appropriately filed until the dissolution of the company. You can’t just leave without doing it properly. A director has to make it publicly known at a meeting where happenings are documented that he is resigning as a director. Having it in the minutes of the meeting is important. This information should also be sent to the appropriate authorities like any lending institutions, government agencies and so on.

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Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.

Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.

You can find Laura on Linkedin and Twitter using the links below.

Registering A Marijuana Dispensary

How To Register A Marijuana Dispensary

Marijuana dispensaries are very prevalent all around Canada and particularly in Vancouver, British Columbia. They are generally for-profit businesses that sell marijuana and are distinct from both the federal government’s medical marijuana program, as well as compassion clubs, the latter of which are typically not for profit and are generally designed to meet health-based needs.

 

Although marijuana dispensaries are technically illegal, they are tolerated in many cities, operating in the gray area of the law. In fact, there has been a sharp rise in marijuana dispensaries in Ontario due to the discussion around legalization and the fact that some provinces appear to be moving in favour of marijuana decriminalization and even legalization.

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Laura Bio Headshot

Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.

Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.

You can find Laura on Linkedin and Twitter using the links below.