Before starting a small business, it is good practice to research the marketplace, your competition, your customers and the products or services you intend to sell. Learn how to conduct a formal market research campaign to save your business time and money and improve your decision-making process.
The Halton Region Small Business Centre resource area is an excellent starting point you’re your market research activities. Open to the public Monday to Friday, our resource area offers a diverse selection of market, socio-economic and demographic information. Available resources include:
- Work stations with Internet access, Microsoft Office, statistical directories and business planning software.
- An up-to-date reference and lending library with books, access to Halton Data Centre, market research databases and government publications on a variety of business topics.
- Access to friendly and knowledgeable small business staff who can help you find the information you need.
- Online access to business permits and licenses through BizPaL & Service Ontario (external link), a collaboration between the federal, provincial and municipal governments.