Starting Your Business

Whatever the size of your new venture, whether you're just contemplating starting your own business or have recently launched a new company, CIBC Small Business has the financial services to help get you off to a strong start. Take advantage of the following resources, providing information and guidance to help get you up and running with confidence.
 

Strategy


CIBC Small Business Start Strong Guide

Ideas, insights and hands-on planning tools to help launch your new business.
 

Tips from Successful Business Owners(PDF, 160 KB)

What does it take to ensure your great business idea becomes a successful, thriving business? According to successful businesses, there are a number of key factors that can contribute to the success of a new business.
 

Lessons from a Successful Small Business: An Interview

Co-Founder/CEO of Wave, Kirk Simpson is always looking for new ways to make tools work for small business owners. He discusses how he took his company from startup to growth.
 

National Franchising

Franchising combines the expertise and marketing sophistication of a franchiser with the entrepreneurial motivation and investment capital of a franchisee.
 

Smart investing leads to sweet success for Modern Jelly Doughnuts(PDF, 110 KB)

Whether you're starting a new business or growing an established one, it's important to set up your infrastructure early in the game. Read more about the key ingredients to a successful business plan.
 

Yellow Dog Brewing: Strategic Location and Family- Friendly Atmosphere Brew Results (PDF, 110 KB)

Where you choose to base your business can often have a direct impact on your growth and profitability. Read more on how one company’s choice of location contributed to their success.
 

Entrepreneur Grants Give Intellijoint Surgical a Leg Up(PDF, 100 KB)

Small business start-ups often find it hard to access capital since they typically lack credit history and collateral. This article shows how one company started strong by securing financing from governments and other investors.


Finance
 

A conversation with Jeff Mitelman: Cash flow management for Start-ups

For many small businesses, cash flow is one of the most critical components of success. Jeff Mitelman, CEO of Thinking Capital, discusses strategies for new businesses to maintain a positive cash flow and engage in sound cash management practices to stay on top of cash flow.

Featured Speakers:

Mike Marshall, Senior Director, CIBC Small Business Banking

Jeff Mitelman, CEO, Thinking Capital


Financing solutions for new businesses (PDF, 135 KB)

As a new business, securing financing is crucial to properly managing cash flow. This tip sheet provides an overview of financing options that may be available to your new business
 

Alternative Sources of Financing

CIBC is committed to providing a wide range of financing options to our Small Business customers. To complement our line of products, we have compiled a selection of alternative financing solutions.
 

Cash Management Solutions for New Businesses(PDF, 130 KB)

We have identified a selection of cash management solutions that can offer you payment and reporting services and flexible administration capabilities, giving you more time to focus on what matters to your business.
 

Operations
 

Tips when choosing a location for your new business(PDF, 250 KB)

If you are thinking of starting a new business, one of the most crucial decisions you will make is where to sell your products or services. This tip sheet explores the pros and cons of different locations.
 

Start with your Marketing Planning(PDF, 260 KB)

Simple steps for completing a marketing plan and understanding the internal and external forces that will contribute to the success of your business.


Know how to Start Strong

Kick-start your new business with planning ideas and expert guidence from the CIBC Small Business Start Strong program.

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