The Small Business Centre, established in 2002, is an on-going economic development partnership between the Province of Ontario, the City of Woodstock and Oxford County. It is a part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs that serve Ontario’s small business community by providing training and support to entrepreneurs in Oxford County looking to start or grow their business.  From concept, through start-up and early growth stages, the Centre is a one-stop source for information, guidance and professional advice on starting and running a successful business.

Accounting, Tax & Bookkeeping

Accounting, Tax & Bookkeeping Resources


Business Education

Business Education Resources


Business Planning Tools

Business Financing & Incentives


Business Planning Resources


Youth Financing & Incentives


Community & Social Services

Community & Social Services Resources


Community Employment Services

Community Employment Service Resources


Downtown BIA

Downtown BIA Resources


Food Safety

Food Safety Resources


Health & Safety Program

Health & Safety Program Resources


Human Resource Programs

Human Resources


Location & Expansion

Location & Expansion Resources





Media Resources


Municipal Permits, Licenses and Zoning for Business

Municipal Resources


Networking & Advocacy

Networking & Advocacy Resources


Provincial And Federal Government Contacts


Quick Links

Statistics And Data


Youth Clubs

Youth Club Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the response links to some of the most common questions people ask when starting and growing a business. If you have additional questions, or would like to talk to an advisor in person, please contact the Centre to make an appointment.

  • How do I start a business?

  • What are the different types of business structures?

  • What are the different types of business registrations and how do I register?

  • What types of permits/licenses do I need for my business?

  • What is a business plan and why do I need one?

  • What types of taxes do I need to pay or collect for my business?

  • What types of insurance do I need for my business?

  • Are there any grants/government funding available for my business?

  • Where do I get professional advice for my business?

  • Should a NEW HIRE be an employee or contractor?