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FAQ of PME MTL Centre-Ville

AREA COVERED AND SERVICES

Where does my business have to be located or operated in order to use the services of PME MTL Centre-Ville?
  • To call on all the services offered by PME MTL Centre-Ville, your business or a branch of it must be located in the area bounded by the boroughs of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Plateau-Mont-Royal, Outremont, Ville-Marie and Westmount or be about to locate there.
What can PME MTL Centre-Ville do for me?
  • PME MTL Centre-Ville is the main service outlet for all entrepreneurs or groups of entrepreneurs (community-based enterprises), whether you are just starting out, consolidating, expanding or transferring your business to the next generation.
  • PME MTL Centre-Ville offers support, advice and financing in the form of loans or subsidies, as well as recruitment, mentorship and training services, etc.
  • PME MTL Centre-Ville can tell you all about the Centre-Ville area and its development opportunities, in addition to helping you adapt to local and regional economic development conditions.
Do the six PME MTL network hubs all offer the same services?
  • The six PME MTL hubs all have the same structure and the same local economic development mission, so they do offer the same support services for entrepreneurs. However, the services are organized differently to suit each area, and may reflect different priorities and criteria.
  • Some hubs have developed specific agreements with various partners. See your hub’s “Services” page for complete details.
Are there costs associated with the services offered by PME MTL Centre-Ville?

Nearly all the services offered for entrepreneurs and businesses are free.

How and when can I meet with an advisor?
  • You have a business idea and you’d like to launch a business? Here is some useful information.
  • Your business plans are already well advanced or you already have a business plan prepared? Then you’re ready to meet with an advisor. Make an appointment by calling us at 514 845-2332
How and when can I apply for financing?
  • You can submit an application for financing at any time. Contact an advisor to find out how to proceed and what supporting documents you will need.
What are the advantages of locating my business in the Centre-Ville area?

LAUNCHING YOUR BUSINESS

Entrepreneurial profile

Would I make a good entrepreneur?
  • Every entrepreneur is different, but there are certain common motivations, aptitudes and skills shared by people who successfully build their own businesses.

See our Launching your business page.

Your business plan

What is a business plan?
  • A business plan is a planning tool that lets entrepreneurs structure their ideas. It identifies the mission of the business, the vision and values of the entrepreneur(s), and the services/products to be offered. It also analyzes the market (segmentation) and the competition and lays out the marketing strategy, financial forecasts, etc.
  • Your business plan will be used as a management tool and a way of presenting your organization when seeking financing or partnerships.

Visit our Business plan and financial tools section.

Can a PME MTL Centre-Ville advisor help me draw up my business plan?
  • PME MTL advisors can support you in drawing up your business plan. In particular, based on the materials you have prepared, they can:
    • Comment on certain elements and suggest improvements;
    • Identify any elements to be improved or changed to make sure your business qualifies for possible sources of financing;
    • Give an opinion on the feasibility of your project;
    • Help you integrate your planned business into the local and regional economic development context (relevance, complementarity, networking); and
    • Depending on how far along you are in planning your business and your experience, support you through the following steps.

 

  • Needless to say, a PME MTL advisor can never guarantee that your business will be a success – there are too many unpredictable factors along the way. But our advisors will give you the most objective possible opinion on the measurable elements of your plan.

Visit our Business plan and financial tools section.

I already have a business plan and I’d like an opinion
  • Of course, PME MTL Centre-Ville advisors will be happy to give you their opinion. Make an appointment by calling 514 845-2332 during our business hours, or write us at info.centre@pmemtl.com.

Financial forecasts

Can PME MTL advisors help me prepare my financial forecasts?
  • Yes, at this stage PME MTL Centre-Ville advisors can meet with you. Make an appointment by calling 514 845-2332 during our business hours, or write us at info.centre@pmemtl.com.

Market study

Can PME MTL advisors help me prepare a market study?
  • Yes, PME MTL Centre-Ville advisors can guide you and give you some ideas. A market study is a very important part of planning a business, to make sure that your goods or services are suited to the target market. A detailed market study will help your business understand the market it is entering, better face the competition and take advantage of opportunities. Make an appointment by calling 514 845-2332 during our business hours, or write us at info.centre@pmemtl.com

Visit our Business plan and financial tools section.

Social economy and social entrepreneurship

What is a social economy enterprise?
  • A social economy enterprise:
    • serves members of the community rather than simply generating profits;
    • includes a democratic decision-making process, allowing users and workers to participate;
    • places greater emphasis on individuals and jobs than on capital when distributing surpluses and income.
What is the difference between a co-operative and a non-profit organization (NPO)?
  • Generally speaking, a co-operative serves its members, while an NPO serves the community. The members of a co-operative usually make regular use of its goods or services. They may be users or customers of the goods or services offered, or work in the co-operative. There are different kinds of co-operatives: workers, producers, consumers, solidarity or worker-shareholders. NPOs are more flexible and tend to have a less formal structure.

See our Social economy enterprise tools.

How can I create an NPO?
  • Form a group of promoters/founders (at least 3 people)
  • Register the NPO with the Registraire des entreprises
  • Draw up its statutes and by-laws
  • Hold a general assembly to found the organization, elect a board and adopt the statutes and by-laws

See our Social economy enterprise tools.

What is social entrepreneurship?
  • The term “social entrepreneurship” doesn’t refer to the legal status of an organization but rather describes a business with a strong mission, regardless of its legal form (it may be either a social economy enterprise or a for-profit business). The concept of social entrepreneurship places the emphasis on the entrepreneur, his or her values, mission and approach and the social impact of the business, rather than being concerned (as in the case of a social economy enterprise) with the social and community distribution of profits. 

See our Social economy enterprise tools.

Location and set-up

How can I find premises that meet my needs in the Montréal Centre-Ville area?
What are the zoning by-laws in Montréal Centre-Ville? Do I need a certificate of occupancy?
Do I need any other permits before starting my business?

Legal form and constitution of your business

Do I have to register my business?
  • In Quebec, most businesses have to register with the Registraire des entreprises as soon as they are created, and declare their legal form.

Visit our Legal considerations section.

How do I choose a legal form for my business?
  • The legal form you choose will depend on what your business will be doing, the number of people involved, risk management, financial and social objectives, etc.
  • Each form has its advantages and disadvantages.

Visit our Legal considerations section.

How do I draw up a shareholders’ agreement?
  • You are best to consult a lawyer or notary, to make sure you fully understand the clauses of this kind of agreement.

Visit our Legal considerations section.

How do I register a social economy enterprise?
Can I change the legal form of my business once it is up and running?
  • Yes. You can make the change by contacting Revenu Québec, Revenue Canada and the Quebec Registraire des entreprises. This may have tax consequences, however. Revenu Québec and Revenue Canada recommend that you meet with an accountant first, to minimize the tax consequences and make sure that the change is done properly.
How do the GST and QST work?
  • All businesses carrying on commercial operations in Canada must register for GST and, in Quebec, QST, the only exceptions being small suppliers with annual sales of less than $30,000. These small suppliers are not required to collect sales taxes, but if they choose this option they cannot be reimbursed for any sales taxes they have paid.

See our Launching your business page.

FINANCING YOUR BUSINESS

Are there subsidies available to finance my business?
  • If you and your business meet certain criteria, you may be eligible for the subsidies offered by PME MTL Centre-Ville.

Visit our Financing section.

What financial resources are available?
  • PME MTL Centre-Ville offers different financing programs and measures, for social economy enterprises and for-profit businesses alike. See our Financing section.
  • PME MTL Centre-Ville funds are often useful as levers in putting your financing together. Our advisers can help you do so with the different partners that might contribute to your business:
    • For-profit business: Investissement Québec, BDC, Desjardins, Futurpreneur, other financial institutions.
    • Social economy enterprise: RISQ, Filaction, ACEM, charitable foundations, Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins, Fiducie du Chantier de l’économie sociale, government programs (depending on your industry)
Are all entrepreneurial ventures eligible for financing?
  • Some industries are excluded:
    • any business that is sexual, religious, or political in nature, and any business whose activities are degrading, discriminatory or controversial (war games, tarot card reading, astrology, pawn shops, etc.);
    • seasonal projects, unless the developer can show that the business provides him or her with full-time employment.
I’m planning to expand my business. Is it eligible for financial support?
  • Yes, if the planned expansion qualifies.

See our page on Financing.

GROWING YOUR BUSINESS – EXPANDING

Can PME MTL Centre-Ville help me if my business is in difficulty?
  • You can make an appointment with a management advisor at PME MTL Centre-Ville, who will help you come up with a plan or refer you to someone who can.
Can PME MTL Centre-Ville help me recruit staff?
  • The PME MTL Centre-Ville job placement service can help you define your needs, prepare job offers and recommend pre-screened candidates. Our advisors will also be able to tell you about the different programs or measures designed to help you. 

TRANSFERRING YOUR BUSINESS – ACQUIRING AN EXISTING BUSINESS

Can PME MTL Centre-Ville advisors help me transfer my business?
  • PME MTL Centre-Ville offers advisory and support services in this regard.

Our advisors will be happy to talk with you. Make an appointment by calling 514 845-2332 during our business hours, or write us at info.centre@pmemtl.com

Can PME MTL Centre-Ville advisors help me acquire an existing business?

PME MTL Centre-Ville can help you with advisory and support services and, if your plan qualifies, offer financing through its investment funds.

Our advisors will be happy to talk with you. Make an appointment by calling 514 845-2332 during our business hours, or write us at info.centre@pmemtl.com

PME MTL
Centre-Ville

630, Sherbrooke Ouest

Suite 700

Montreal, QC H3A 1E4

514 879-0555

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