FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Following is a listing of frequently asked questions by those who inquire at the Huron Business Centre. This listing will be updated on a regular basis - please be sure to check out the listing again. If there is a question that you have that is not on our list and you would like to submit it, please email us.

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What is the Huron Business Centre?
When is the Huron Business Centre open?
What is offered to small business at the Huron Business Centre offer?
What organizations are housed within the Huron Business Centre?
What organization would I speak with regarding business start-up?
Can library resources be taken out of the Small Business Enterprise Centre?
Where would I go to look for employment?
Where can I register a business in Huron County?
What types of government financial assistance are available for small business?
When do I need a GST registration number?
When do I need to charge PST?
When do I need to take off payroll deductions?
What business structure should I choose when starting a small business?
What are the basic components of a business plan?
What municipal considerations do I need to take into account when starting up a small business?

1. What is the Huron Business Centre?

The Huron Business Centre (HBC) is an enormous source of help for small business operators in Huron County. It is a co-operative of several community-based organizations sharing a common mandate - to assist Huron County entrepreneurs in developing viable and sustainable businesses.

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2. When is the Huron Business Centre open?

The Huron Business Centre is open from Monday - Friday from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm. If you wish to make an appointment with one of our staff please call 519-527-0305 and ask for them directly. For our "Who Should I Contact" list, please click here.

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3. What is offered to small business at the Huron Business Centre offer?

The Business Centre offers a well-stocked business library; periodic seminars, workshops and presentations; a computer room with workstations, business planning software and free Internet access for research and knowledgeable staff to assist you; one-to-one business management consulting services; and business loans for new and existing businesses.

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4. What organizations are housed within The Huron Business Centre?

Within the Huron Business Centre you will find The Huron Business Development Corporation, The Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre, and The Centre for Employment & Learning . As well, you will find such affiliates as Huron County Planning and Development, The Self Employment Benefit Program, to name a few.

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5. What organization would I speak with regarding business start-up?

Entrepreneurs looking to start a small business can contact Alison Lobb, Manager of the Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre. The HSBEC contains a multitude of information including hand-outs, videos and books which are related to starting your own small business.

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6. Can library resources be taken out of the Small Business Enterprise Centre?

Yes - up to three items (combination of books and videos) can be borrowed from the library for five full working days. Items can be signed out at the front desk of the Centre.

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7. Where would I go to look for employment?

The Centre for Employment & Learning is available to help you with all of your job search needs. It offers free photocopying and faxing of resumes, as well as job postings and internet access to perform your job search.

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8. Where can I register a business in Huron County?

A business can be registered at the Huron Perth Land Registry Office at 38 North Street, Goderich by using their self-serve terminal - credit card and cash are both accepted at this office. Their contact number is (519) 524-9562. You can also register your business on-line by clicking here. this on-line registration service is offered at The Huron Business Centre as well. The cost for a name search is $8, and a business registration is $60.

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9. What types of government financial assistance are available for small business?

There are varied sources of government financial assistance available for small business. These sources include The Huron Business Development Corporation, The Self-Employment Benefit Program, The Canadian Small Business Financing Act, The Business Development Bank of Canada, to name a few. For information on these sources, please contact The Huron Business Centre.

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10. When do I need a GST registration number?

If your business will be collecting $30,000 or more in gross revenues (products and services) each year, you are required to register, collect and remit G.S.T. For more information on how to proceed with registration please visit Revenue Canada at: www.rc.gc.ca

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11. When do I need to charge PST?

Businesses that sell taxable goods and some services are required to charge provincial sales tax on their sales. To inquire about about PST registration call 1-800-465-4021, or visit www.gov.on.ca/fin.

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12. When do I need to take off payroll deductions?

If you have employees you are responsible for calculating, deducting, and remitting of income tax, employment insurance, and Canada Pension Plan contributions. A free employer's kit can be obtained from the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.

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13. What business structure should I choose when starting a small business?

There are three basic structures to choose from: a sole proprietorship is a business that you are operating by yourself; a partnership is business wherein you are working with others and sharing profits and losses; if you get more formal you can create a corporation. The type of structure is totally up to your own choosing.

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14. What are the basic components of a business plan?

There are nine basic elements to any good business plan. They include: an executive summary, management and business organization (i.e. business name and registration), your product/service, proof of demand, your target customers, promotion and advertising, your competition, financial data and an appendix. For a breakdown of each area contact Alison Lobb at the Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre.

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15. What municipal considerations do I need to take into account when starting up a small business?

You may need to obtain a municipal licence to operate in your municipality - contact your local office for more information. You may also need to be aware of zoning issues - that your business location is zoned appropriately for the use you intend for it - for a complete listing of local municipal links, click here.

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