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Starting a Business?

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The following information provides you with a starting point if planning to start a small business. Also, links are provided to various sites providing additional information. This is not a complete list and is only intended to get you started.

If you know of other sites or information that would be a valuable source of information for starting a business please Contact Us.

Counselling Services & Related Information


The Town of Harbour Breton's Development Officer is available to meet with any individuals interested in starting a small business to discuss the idea and assist in developing a business plan.

The Town of Harbour Breton has developed a Strategic Development Plan outlining the industries currently being explored. To Download a PDF Copy please click on the report.


The South Coast Community Development Corporation is the regional Community Business Development Corporation offering financing and business counseling services to entrepreneurs. Located in St. Alban's at the Regional Resource Centre on Cromier Ave. For assistance contact Jamie Leroux (Executive Director) at (709) 538-3846 / Fax (709) 538-3439 or email .


Department of Innovation Trade and Rural Development A variety of programs and services offered including assistance with developing business plans. The Dept. has an Economic Development Officers located in the region. They are located in St. Alban's at the Regional Resource Centre Cormier Avenue, P.O. Box 430, St. Alban's NL, A0H 2E0

Canadian Business Services Centre provides a variety of services to assist in the development of business plans and where to find the information required. Also included is a variety of reports on various industries.

Other Links
Strategis - Canada's Business Information Website (Starting a Small Business
Canadian Intellectual Property Office - Information regarding trademarks, copyrights, patents, etc...



Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency - Business Development Program

Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) - SEED Funding / Youth Ventures / Small Loans (up to $125,000.00) / Self Employment Benefits contact the Regional Branch South Coast Community Development Corporation (SCCDC) office in St. Alban's.

Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) - Job Creation Programs / Targeted Wage Subsidies

Department of Innovation Trade and Rural Development (DITRD) - For more information Contact the Field Office and speak with one of the Economic Development Officers.

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) - Business Development Bank of Canada

Commercial Banks

  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

  • Bank of Montreal

  • Royal Bank

  • Scotiabank

  • TD Canada Trust




Before starting any small business a visit to the Town Hall is advisable. A variety of application forms required by the Department of Government Services and Lands are available at the office.

A business tax is required of any business being established in the Town of Harbour Breton.

You will need to contact the Town Office (709-885-2354) to enquire about zoning guidelines


Department of Government Services and Lands: Depending on the type of business certain criteria will need to be met, this may involve permits and licensing issues, accessibility, fire regulations, crown lands, environmental requirements, incorporating a business etc... The Department of Government Services and Lands will be able to provide you with many of the application forms that you will required (depending on the good or service you will be providing) in order to properly set up your business.

Department of Finance Provincial Business Taxation Requirements


Canada Customs and Revenue Agency Revenue Canada tax information for Small businesses and Self-employed individuals.



The following statistics may assist you as you prepare a business plan.

  • Community Profile Statistics Canada 2001 Census Information

  • Coast of Bays Regional Profile (Coast of Bays Corporation)

  • Community Accounts

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency

  • Provincial Tourism Statistics

  • Provincial Fisheries/Aquaculture Statistics

  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Statistics

  • Canadian Business Services Centre - Statistics For Business Planning

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