Business Resources

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Starting a New Food Business

Haliburton County is a great place to launch a food business.  There is enormous support for local entrepreneurs, and there are plenty of local resources to help you get your business started.  The links on this page will guide you through the process from idea to thriving food business

Business Counselling

HCDC offers no cost business counselling. We offer guidance about planning a business start-up, developing a business plan with financial projections, expansion projects and sources of financing. We can also direct you to available federal, provincial and local expertise that can assist you in translating your ideas into reality. Call us at 705-457-3555 to make an appointment.

Starting a Business

We've got a whole lot of infomation about starting a business located in our business services section of the website.

The Five C's of Lending

These five factors are considered when evaluating loan applications, be sure to incorporate the information that addresses these items when making loan applications or writing your business plan

Resources for Young Entrepreneurs

We have collected a number of resources that are specifically targeted to young people starting out or looking for support in their entrepreneurial endevours

Why Businesses Fail

.. and how you can avoid the pitfalls

Registering your Business

Do you need to register your business? Where can I register a business? How much does it cost? Do I need a lawyer? Read more for information on where to begin the registration process and what you options are.

Payroll Basics

Getting your payroll set up properly from the start will save you from many complications as your business grows. Payroll doesn't have to be complicated so we've gathered some resources to help you.


Registering and submitting HST are important parts of doing business in Ontario. We have some resources, tips and tricks to help you keep HST reporting from becoming a headache.

Business Associations

The Haliburton Highlands are home to a number of passionate and hard working business associations. These associations bring local business owners together as they strive to create greater economic and social wealth within the county. To learn more about Haliburton Highlands' business associations, click "read more"