Starting a Business

Working In Nl6If you are an entrepreneur, interested in local markets or international opportunities, there are many resources available to get you started. 

Many newcomers to the province have started successful businesses in a wide variety of industries. The provincial department of Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development (BTCRD)  will provide counseling and assistance in business development. If you are planning to start a small business, or are already in business but need some counseling, the staff at BTCRD can help.

The Steps to Starting a Small Business handbook provides guidance on the basic steps necessary to start or own a business.

For information and assistance, contact the BTCRD office nearest you.

The links below include a list of some of the organizations which support rural, economic and small business development in our province. We have also provided a select list of useful resources for strategic sectors.

Business Support Organizations and Agencies

Economy and Statistics

Industry Resources: Export

Industry Resources: Manufacturing


Rural and Regional Economic Development

The Business Development Bank of Canada also provides a book for newcomers interested in working for themselves, called Starting a Business in Canada: A Guide for New Canadians. They also offer management training, counseling and planning services for entrepreneurs. Call their toll-free number for more information (1-888-463-6232) or visit their website.

Key Phone Numbers

  • Department of Labour: 709-729-2664
  • Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission: 1-800-563-9000 (St. John's)
  • Department of Finance: (709) 729-3166
  • Registry of Companies: 709-729-3317
  • Retail Sales Tax: (709) 729-3831
  • Harmonized Sales Tax: 1-800-959-5525

Other useful links include the following: