Business Counseling and Resources

South Lake CFDC provide a variety of business advising services and resources to the local business community.  Unless otherwise noted all of our counselling and education services are free of charge.



We provide regular small business start-up seminars.  These are about 2.5 hours in length and should provide you with all of the information you need to develop a business plan and launch your new venture.  This would be an appropriate place for a would-be new business owner to start gathering the information they will need to start their business.  These seminars are free of charge.  Space is limited so interested clients need to contact our office to book a seminar.

Business Planning Facilitation

Clients working on their business plan are welcome to make appointments to meet with one of our staff to have their draft plan reviewed.  Also, if there are aspects of developing the plan that a client is having problems with, they may meet with one of our staff for assistance.  Contact our office if you would like to book an appointment.

One on One Counselling

Existing, or would be, local business owners can make an appointment to meet with one of our staff for business advice on a variety of business issues including business start-up, business planning, purchasing or expanding an existing business and business financing.  Contact our office if you would like to book an appointment.

Other Business Education

We can also facilitate access to other specific on-line business education programs.  There are typically some costs associated with these courses.  Full details can be obtained by contacting our office directly.
From time to time, we offer other specialized training and seminars.  Details of any upcoming events can typically be obtained by contacting our office or checking the calendar of events on this website.

Business Resources

Our Business Resource Room has a variety of printed resources on business planning, marketing, home based businesses, e-commerce as well as detailed community demographic information.  We are a designated Canada-Ontario Business Service Centre, Regional Access Partner, and are continually being provided additional resources.  You do not need an appointment to access resource materials.
We provide a public access internet computer that can be used for both the interactive training but also independent business research.

Business Registration

We can also facilitate the registration of proprietorships, general partnerships or operating names for existing corporations through the government of Ontario’s on-line business registration system.   There is a $60 fee for this registration which is paid entirely to the Government of Ontario.  This fee can only be paid by credit card.  For clients who do not have access to a credit card we will accept the $60 payment in cash and facilitate their registration through the use of our company credit card.  This service is available from 9:00 – 4:45 pm Monday to Friday.  You do not need an appointment for this service.