Do you have aspirations to become Canada’s next “great start-up”? There’s a chance you have big ideas knocking around in the back of your head, and some of them are probably aching to come to life. You’re not the only ones: According to BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) as of 2014, there were over 1.1 million small businesses registered in Canada, and a recent survey found that even 46% of university students might start businesses after they graduate.
This week, we turned to one of FirstOntario’s Small Business Pro’s for some guidance. James Lefebvre is the Director, FirstOntario Business Services working out of the brand new FirstOntario Business Centre in downtown Hamilton. James brings years of experience in financial services with him from B.C. to right here in Hamilton, along with abundant enthusiasm. Named in Hamilton’s 2012 Top 40 Under Forty, he directs FirstOntario’s Business Centre where he and his staff deliver a full suite of banking products and services in a uniquely appealing environment.
James knows what it takes to start your next small business, and in turn has provided us 5 key steps to get started.