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Expand A Business

Expansion Tips and Advice

Be sure to seek guidance from Business to Bruce for expansion tips, business planning advice and support for your ideas.

Let us help you:
  • Take your business online
  • Reach new markets
  • Retain and attract staff
  • Find an alternative location
  • Apply for government funding

So your business has reached the plateau, but if you are ready to head for the pinnacle, then our business guides can help you forge new paths. This section has some first steps…

Incorporation

Incorporating your business means creating a new legal entity. Understanding the reasons why businesses go down this path may help you reach a decision on whether it is right for you.

Ready to add staff?

Whether it’s your first employee or you are looking to expand your team, here are some must-do’s

On the road to business growth there are many stops along the way;
here is a comprehensive guide to help you reach new heights.

Bicyclette Rouge

The Bicyclette Rouge Children’s Boutique shares how they were able to expand beyond the borders of Bruce.

After having a new baby, I was looking for a career outside of teaching that would allow me greater flexibility and increased time with my new 7lb sidekick so I decided to open the Bicyclette Rouge Children’s Boutique. What started as a career opportunity with some flexibility, quickly became a passion. My mission was to provide stylish, quality clothing and necessities for the little people in our lives with a focus on eco-friendly, North American products.

I am extremely passionate about what I do, and I thrive on relationships with my customers and their satisfaction. Staying connected to customers through social media and community events keeps business strong and helps to remind people that we’re still here. Recently, going online and creating www.bicycletterouge.com has helped to expand our customer base from Bruce County to beyond Canadian borders.

Bruce Anchor

The Bruce Anchor shows us how a small business can expand their offerings and fill niche demands.

I was born and raised on the Bruce Peninsula. From the age of 15, I dreamed of owning my own motel. When I was 30, my dream came true with the construction and opening of the Bruce Anchor Motel. In 2011, I found myself looking to expand my business and opened Bruce Anchor Cruises, which provides glass bottom boat tours over the Tobermory shipwrecks and to Flowerpot Island (part of Fathom Five National Marine Park).

I believe that part of my success is due in part to the fact that this is a family business with the involvement and support of my partner and sons. Just because you are small doesn’t mean you have to dream small. It takes a lot of hard work, ambition and determination to build and expand a business.

Helena

Helena of Nine Waves discusses how her business has expanded from one to three locations.

In 2005 we established Nine Waves in the small Bruce County town of Lucknow. In 2008, ready to expand, we chose Kincardine because of its proximity to the beach, the number tourists, and the large surrounding industries in the area.

We have always felt welcome in Kincardine and the willingness of the Municipal office and the helpful BIA and Chamber of Commerce sure made it easy to expand our business. Today we have three locations throughout Midwestern Ontario and are consistently reassured that choosing to expand in Kincardine, with its beautiful location on the shores of Lake Huron, was the right choice.

Todd

Todd discusses how he has built and expanded a successful candy business in Bruce County.

In 2006 I found myself 46 years old and unemployed. I had recently worked as a candy maker so thought I would look into starting my own business. With the help of the Self Employment Benefit program, I was able to build a business plan and launch Northern Confections in downtown Wiarton.

In addition to our retail offerings, we’re now expanding our wholesale operations to help with year-round sustainability. There’s a supportive business community here and with the BIA, Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization Board, we’ve got the help we need to be successful throughout the year.

Bruce County is located in southwestern Ontario, Canada.