There are many resources and services to help you start or grow a small business in Waterloo Region. You can get help with:

  • Registering, incorporating and licensing your business
  • Financing your business
  • Getting incentives
  • Business law
  • Taxes
  • Importing and exporting

BizPal provides easy access to business permit and license requirement information.


The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre helps entrepreneurs get started. They can answer questions about:

  • Registering and starting a new business
  • Preparing a business plan
  • Available government programs

Municipal government economic development departments can also help you start and grow a new business. Contact the following departments directly for more information about starting a business in these areas:

Business owners can join the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce or the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce. Each Chamber hosts networking events and offers information for businesses.

You can also join a number of business associations in the Region: