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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?
453 Dundas Street, Woodstock - right across from the Museum and Fountain.

Is there a fee for services?
There is no fee for our core Advisory services. Nominal cost-recovery fees are charged for some seminars and workshops.

What services are offered?
Business counselling, business planning guidance, mentor-matching, networking events, workshops and seminars.

Do I need a licence or permit to operate my business?
Depending on the business, your municipality may require you obtain a permit or a licence.  Your Business Advisor will help you determine whether or not you need permits or a licence to operate.  Book your appointment today

How do I legally register a business or trade name?
Registering a business often refers to registering a business or trade name. In Ontario, you are legally required to register your business or trade name every five years.  If you are operating a sole proprietorship or partnership, under a business or trade name other than your exact legal name, you must register.  The Woodstock & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre has a workstation set up and friendly staff to guide you through the Business Registration terminal process or you can register online at  Be sure to have your credit card and a printer ready, the Master Business Licence is generated and ready to print at time of registration.

What is a Business Plan?
A business plan is a road map for your business ideas. It provides you guiding framework as you start or grow your business. If completed in detail, the business plan is a document that you can hand to a lender to explain what your business does, how it will operate, how it will market the business and how much money you need to achieve your business activities and cash flow projections. 




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