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Happy 2017! This 2017, Canada will be celebrating its 150th anniversary since Confederation. With this theme in mind, we wanted to gift you 150 business startup ideas to help inspire you and get you thinking outside the box.

Do Some Soul-Searching Before Business Planning

Now, finding a cool and innovative business idea is definitely an exciting part of the startup process. You get the opportunity to flex your creative muscles and do something that is truly original. However, the business idea is only part of the overall process to consider before launching any new venture. There are a lot of other factors to consider before selecting a particular business idea. Here are a few additional questions you should ask yourself:

  • Is this idea something you can actually see yourself doing?
  • What are your motivations for starting the business?
  • Have you researched the industry, market, competition, target market and trends?
  • Do you have enough money to get started?
  • Do you have the education/experience needed?
  • Do you have the required resources to get things going?
  • Are you willing to put in the necessary time and energy?

If you’ve determined that starting a business is right for you, give some thought as to what will make your startup stand-out and what will make it unique. You may not be able to protect a business idea per say, but you might be able to protect parts of the idea. Check out the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for more information on patents, trademarks, copyrights, etc.

Get ready to kickstart the new year with your own business! Take a look at these creative 150 business ideas!

Feel free to check out Trend Hunter and Springwise for more business ideas and inspiration. 

Ready to take your next step towards starting your business?

If you are looking for one-on-one support for your small business, give the Business Link Business Advisors a call at 1-800-272-9675 or email You can also visit the events page for upcoming activities!

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David Bayda

David Bayda is one of Business Link's Senior Business Advisors. David provides exceptional client service leadership, collaborates with an amazing team, and offers one-on-one guidance and advice to entrepreneurs. He has extensive business knowledge covering areas like startup planning, trend research, Business Model Canvas, marketing, crowdfunding, event planning, and strategic growth. David also loves innovation and has experience in product design, intellectual property and tech. If you need creative ideas, he can brainstorm with you!

David's past startup experience includes running his own handyman business. He is also actively involved in various community initiatives, social causes, and always has an invention on the go!
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