Start and grow a social enterprise

As a person in charge of a non-profit organization, are you thinking about starting or operating a business with the aim of furthering your mission or generating income to support your sustainability?

This page will help direct you to information that could help you manage and grow. There are links to general business information that applies to any entrepreneur, small or medium business, or social enterprise. Within these lists you’ll also find programs and services that are specific to organizations like yours.

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Learn about key concepts related to earned income and social enterprise to determine if these forms of revenue generation are a good fit for your organization.

Business planning

A business plan for your social enterprise will contain many of the same elements as those developed for for-profit businesses. It should also include components focused on your social objectives. 


Find resources that can help you start your non-profit business.


Managing the daily operations of your social enterprise can include a wide range of activities, such as managing employees, marketing, and protecting your business.

Marketing and promotion

Find resources that can help you promote your social enterprise.

Regulations and taxation

Learn about taxation and other federal and provincial/territorial regulations that can apply to social enterprises.


Did you know that you could qualify for a number of government financing programs? Learn about the different programs available to your social enterprise.

Support organizations for social enterprise

Seeking the advice of peers, professional business counsellors and coaches can help you transition from new business owner to experienced entrepreneur.

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