Local Organizations with Advice for Small Business

Bill 148; What it means for Employers

Big Changes to Employment Laws Came into Effect On  January 1, 2018 -Are you Ready? Ontario Employers need to keep informed about the significant changes coming into effect in the New Year to  The Employment Standards Act, 2000  to ensure they remain compliant in the wake of Bill 148, also known as The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. Employers are expected to comply with many of these changes as of January 1, 2018. Read more...

Richmond Hill SBEC

The Richmond Hill Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) is an innovative public-private sector alliance, belonging to a network of nearly fifty small business enterprise centres across the Province.

SBEC provides a one-stop source of services and programs for Richmond Hill’s entrepreneurs and small businesses. Entrepreneurs have access to a wealth of services that include: 

- Consultations with knowledgeable business consultants. 
- Free small business start-up kits. 
- Seminars, workshops and networking events. 
- Access to an extensive, centralized collection of current business related resources. 
- Direct assistance with business plan preparation and market research. 
- Access to various business professionals. 
- Referrals to other business programs, services and associations. 

Please browse their site to find answers to common small business related questions on registering and starting a new business, preparing a business plan, taxes, available government programs and so much more.

The Richmond Hill Small Business Enterprise Centre is committed to helping small businesses on their road to success!

Know Your Power

The Know Your Power initiative is a one-stop-shop for businesses to learn about energy saving programs and energy efficiency opportunities. We want to help you find energy saving programs that suit your business needs, to improve energy efficiency and save money.

This initiative is a collaboration between the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Ministry of Energy.



Relevant to the size of your business and the sector you belong to, there is a range of energy saving programs that can help you improve your organization’s energy efficiency and reduce your energy costs.  Learn more about electricity and natural gas incentive programs here.



Join the Know Your Power initiative across Ontario as we visit a community near you to share information on energy saving programs and how you can participate.

Learn more about upcoming events here.



Local businesses across Ontario are participating in electricity and natural gas programs to reduce their energy costs and improve their energy efficiency.

Learn more from local business stories here.



  • Energy Programs Brochure

  • Retrofit Program

  • Business Refrigeration Incentives

  • Small Business Lighting



Visit the Know Your Power website.

Richmond Hill Central Library

Located on the 3rd floor of the Central Library, Business Services addresses the information needs of the local businesses, small business owners and entrepreneurs, market researchers, job-seekers, students, and the general public. The Library offers the following business resources:

  • Free public Internet workstations with Open Office software suite

  • Tables with power outlets for your laptop

  • Customized business tours

  • Local small business resources

  • Business notice board for local business events and networking

  • Full text business articles from electronic magazine and newspaper databases

  • Census information at the local community level

  • Ontario telephone yellow pages

  • Trade journals (through the CBCA database)

  • Major daily newspapers

  • Business Directories

  • Government legislation and regulations, statistics and budget information

  • Local government meeting minutes and agendas, staff reports

  • Meeting rooms are also available to rent for business events, networking seminars and meetings.

Start Up York

Start-up York is a non-profit community of entrepreneurs in York Region.  They host no-pitch events for entrepreneurs to meet and share.  They also connect businesses with organizations who can help them grow.  If you own a small to mid-size business, a tech start up, a solopreneur, or are thinking about starting a business, they'd love to meet you!

Newcomers to Canada

Thinking of a growing or starting a Business in Ontario? This portal will provide you with programs available in Canada regarding topics on training and information, funding, networking & mentoring advice, research and innovation and getting talent. This website is user friendly and provides great resources.




If you’re new to Canada and don’t have a credit history, Futurpreneur Canada wants to help you launch your business. They provide tailored support and eligibility criteria to reflect your new status in Canada.


This tool helps settlement workers provide money-related information to their newcomer clients. The tool generates customized information packages based on the needs and priorities of newcomers, and is specific to life in Canada.  Development of the tool was funded by Immigrant, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

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