How to start a business in the Town of Georgina
It’s an exciting time to do business in the Town of Georgina. It has some of the most affordable opportunities in Ontario’s fastest-growing economy and one of the largest business park developments within 30-40 minutes from urban centres in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The Town's Economic Development and Tourism office assists new and existing businesses in reaching their entrepreneurship goals with incentives, development support, site selection, marketing, training and more. Connect to see how Georgina can help your business thrive.
Registering your business
Register your business
Access in-person, one-to-one support for business registrations, name searches and incorporation at the York Small Business Enterprise Centre or South Lake Community Futures Development Corporation, or visit Service Ontario online for a step-by-step guide. Once registered, consider using a trademark to protect your business name. Depending on the nature of your business, you may have to register at the Town of Georgina.
The Town provides licensing to the following categories of businesses. BizPal will help streamline your business permit and licensing experience. If you require further assistance, contact us at 905-476-4301.
- Adult entertainment facility
- Adult entertainment parlour
- Bed and breakfast
- Body rub parlour
- Exhibition and festivals
- Hawker and pedlar
- Horse riding establishment
- Refreshment vehicle
- Salvage yard
- Second-hand goods
- Special sales
- Taxis, limos, and other
Restaurants or catering businesses
The Town of Georgina does not license restaurants. Based on the nature of your business, you may need to contact the York Region Health Department at 1-800-361-5653 or by email at Health.Inspectors@york.ca.
Developing a business plan
Before starting your business plan
Here are some resources to help you decide if entrepreneurship is for you. The Canada Business Network and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) offer online tool guides to the research and planning you should do before taking the plunge, including an Entrepreneurial potential self-assessment tool.
Develop your business plan
A business plan is an outline for the development, execution and control of a new or existing business. Visit the York Small Business Enterprise Centre or South Lake Community Futures Development Corporation for a one-to-one consultation on business plan development or access Canada Business Network's online guide to writing a business plan.
Operating a home-based business
Home-based businesses constitute a growing trend, and local residents need to gain an understanding of the municipal requirements for starting such a business. They are permitted within a variety of residential zone categories subject to compliance with certain criteria. Learn more about operating businesses from residential properties. If you are looking to expand your business to a commercial or industrial location, contact our office.