The Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) provides guidance and support to start-ups and existing small businesses in the early years of operation. Whether you're thinking about starting a business, developing your business plan or growing or changing your established business, we can provide business information and support.

Business registration

Need help to register your business with the Province of Ontario? Business registration assistance is available through the SBEC office, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Our services are offered both in-person or virtually and appointments are encouraged. Contact us to book a meeting or to obtain general information about starting or growing your business.

Registering a sole proprietorship, general partnership, or “operating as” name

To operate a business in Ontario using anything but your own legal name, you must register with the Province of Ontario. You can register your business online through the Ontario Business Registry.

Our staff are available to assist you through the process. Contact us if you need assistance.

Information required for registration includes:

  • the proprietor's (and/or all partners) name(s) and home address(es)
  • type of business and major activity
  • business address 

Existing corporations registering an “operating as” name will require an incorporation number.

Registering an incorporation

Businesses wishing to incorporate in Ontario can register on the Ontario Business Registry.

We recommend that you consult a lawyer, accountant and an incorporation specialist firm due to the complexities of the process. This also assures that you are familiar with all of the legal and reporting requirements of a corporation, and your personal responsibilities.

Business permits and licences

Depending on your business activity, you may require a business licence or permit to operate in the Town of Orangeville.

Sign permits

A sign permit is required to install a sign on your business in the Town of Orangeville. Review the requirements and application to get a sign permit.

Zoning requirements

Review our Zoning By-law and maps to confirm where your business can be located in the Town of Orangeville.