Business Advising

Whether you’re just starting up or thinking about expanding your business, our expert advisors can offer you practical advice and mentorship in a variety of key areas at no cost.

We accept walk-in appointments on a first-come first served basis on Monday’s from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday’s from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at our Saskatoon location.

Alternatively, you can book an appointment with one of our advisors. 

Read on to see which areas we can assist you with, or if you already know what you need, simply book below.

Business Planning & Direction

Business planning is an on-going process that will continue long after the start-up phase. However, we can help you get started and set you up for success by providing you with valuable resources and expert guidance. 

Building a strong business plan involves: 

  1. Conducting research 
  2. Developing 2-3 specific and measurable long-term goals 
  3. Developing strategies 
  4. Customizing your plan 

Typical business plans and proposals include the following sections:

  • Executive Summary
  • Business Introduction & Description
  • Market Analysis
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Human Resources Strategy
  • Operations Strategy
  • Financial Projections
  • Exit or Succession Plan

Your business plan should have key document elements such as a cover page that reflects your company’s brand, a table of contents, page numbers, and an appendix for images or diagrams. Your plan could also include a statement of confidentiality or a non-disclosure agreement.

Need help with your business plan?

Book an appointment with one of our advisors to learn how we can help, or visit our guides section.

Business Setup Assistance

Setting up your business can be time-consuming and challenging, especially if this is your first time. We’re here to help. 

SK Startup Institute provides customized, one-on-one support for business registration, licensing processes, tax account registration, and employer obligations. 

You can receive guidance in-person, over the phone, or by email.

To get started, see below for basic steps on setting up a business in Saskatchewan. These steps should be completed after or during fulfilling all industry laws, standards, and expectations pertaining to your business idea.

2. Register your name under your chosen structure

Information Services Corporation’s Corporate Registry maintains information for all legal entities, businesses and non-profit organizations registered with the province of Saskatchewan.

This is a two-step process and requires two payments: 1) submit and reserve a name, 2) register or incorporate the name.

See the general instruction from the Corporate Registry or book an appointment with us for step-by-step guidance.

3. Open other business administration accounts

Once you complete the registration process above, you will be able to open sales tax, bank and insurance accounts, as well as conduct most business activities.

Learn more through our guides: What to know about taxes, Small business insurance

4. Acquire a business license

Submit a completed application and pay the appropriate fee to your municipality. See some links for popular cities below or simply visit your municipality’s website to search for information for businesses. FNIM operating on reserve should contact their Band Office or Tribal Council.

Need help with setting up your business?

Book an appointment with one of our advisors to learn how we can help.

Funding Guidance

Funding is one of the most important aspects when it comes to starting a new business. 

Our expert advisors can offer funding guidance that will put you in the right direction. Whether you need questions answered or don’t know where to look, our advisors are here to help you find your way. 

Book an appointment today to learn how we can help.

Areas of Expertise

General Startup

Don’t know where to start? Our general startup advisors will help you answer general business questions, walk you through startup steps, and give you an overview of all SK Startup Institute services.

Ashley Dean

Manager | Client Services, Advisor

Stephane O’Reilly

Manager | Programs & Partnerships, Advisor

Business Setup

Our business startup advisors provide one-on-one assistance with ISC registration, municipal business license applications, and PST/GST registrations. Basically, everything you need to get your business set up.

Ashley Dean

Manager | Client Services, Advisor

Stephane O’Reilly

Manager | Programs & Partnerships, Advisor

Business Planning

Our business planning advisors will walk you through your business plan, section by section. Get answers to all of your business planning questions.

Stephane O’Reilly

Manager | Programs & Partnerships, Advisor

Market Research

Our market research advisors will answer your questions about market research and analysis, as well as guide you through market research requests and understanding reports.

Ashley Dean

Manager | Client Services, Advisor

Stephane O’Reilly

Manager | Programs & Partnerships, Advisor

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