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What is Included in the Articles of Incorporation

Posted by Jana Lambert on Oct 25, 2018 3:10:02 PM


 

When you want to form a corporation in Ontario, you will need to prepare and file articles of incorporation. The articles of incorporation is the document that brings your corporation into existence, and sets out certain features of the corporation, for example, any restriction on the business that may be carried on, the classes of shares that can be issued and any share transfer restrictions. As such, proper preparation of your articles of incorporation is vital to your business.

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Topics: business startup, incorporate in Ontario, articles of incorporation

Top 10 Reasons to Incorporate in Ontario

Posted by Matthew Ordower on Oct 25, 2018 12:53:24 PM

The prospect of incorporating a business in Ontario may seem exciting or overwhelming, perhaps both, but there’s a reason you’re thinking about incorporation, right? For example, it gives your business several layers of protection that sole proprietorships don't get. Here’s a look at that advantage and others.

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Business Startup - The First Year: What’s in a Brand: A Primer on How to Successfully Create and Promote Your Brand

Posted by Matthew Ordower on Oct 4, 2018 4:34:30 PM

 

Part 1: Creating a Brand

Thanks to the advances of the digital age, becoming a global brand is no longer the domain of big, multinational corporations with formidable starting capital. Today, with the help of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other popular social media platforms, and a bit of search engine optimization (SEO) know-how, even small brands can quickly go from obscurity to international fame. On the other hand, popularity created and based solely on social media buzz can be a two-edged sword. The attention span of Internet users is short, and Web 2.0 fads fade quickly. So, if you’re trying to create a brand with lasting appeal and an allure that will endure decades rather than months or years, you need to look up to companies that have managed to achieve this extraordinary feat.

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Topics: first year of business, business startup, branding

Business Startup – The First Year: Why Choosing a Name is Important and How to Do It

Posted by Matthew Ordower on Oct 2, 2018 1:32:11 PM

Some people dread it. Some obsess about it. Some simply want to be through with it. If you’ve ever done it yourself, you’d probably agree that the process of choosing a name for your company or brand tends to stir extreme emotions. But is a name really that important? After all, your clients and investors will surely appreciate your business for its products and services rather than its name. Right?

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Topics: incorporate in Ontario, business startup, first year of business, how to name your business

Are You Compliant? What Your Business Needs to Know

Posted by Jana Lambert on Sep 28, 2018 4:27:27 PM

 

Meeting business compliance requirements in Ontario can seem overwhelming. In addition to requirements related to your specific business and operations, there are ongoing business compliance requirements related to your corporation to keep it in good standing.

Compliance issues range from preparing annual resolutions, ensuring the government has the most up-to-date information related to your corporation, filing your corporate and other tax returns, employee remittances and making sure you have the necessary permits and licenses to operate your business.

That’s a lot to think about, so we’re going to try and give you some ideas and resources to help manage this. Understanding your obligations and where to go for information will make things a little bit easier.

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Topics: business compliance, compliance requirements Ontario

Deciding whether to Incorporate in Ontario? Here are some things you may not know.

Posted by Matthew Ordower on Sep 19, 2018 4:53:46 PM

To incorporate or not to incorporate in Ontario, that is the question. It’s an important one indeed, and what you do is likely to have a significant impact on your business and even your personal life. As far as the benefits of incorporation go, running a simple internet search brings up a tantalizing array of advantages such as the ability to raise capital, access to government grants, protecting your personal assets with limited liability, tax benefits, perpetual existence and the ability to bring on multiple owners.

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5 Steps to Choosing the Right Accountant for Your Business

Posted by Jana Lambert on Sep 19, 2018 2:51:03 PM

Accounting can seem like a black-and-white profession. Numbers are numbers. Ten accountants should be able to assess the same financial records and come up with duplicate figures for cash flow, net income, profit and loss, sales and so on. Ditto for dealing with tax returns. Not so fast. There are “right accountants” and “wrong accountants” for your business. Here are some ideas for finding the “right” accountant for your business.

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Why Incorporate in Ontario with a Lawyer (and Not Incorporate in Ontario by Yourself)

Posted by Matthew Ordower on Sep 11, 2018 1:19:28 PM

 

The business that may have started as a germ of an idea has grown by leaps and bounds, and you’re ready to incorporate in Ontario. There are two main paths to incorporation that you can take. One is to go it yourself, maybe with help from a do-it-yourself online service. The other path is to enlist a lawyer to help. All things considered, the second path is better. Here’s a look at why.

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Topics: incorporate in Ontario