You've come to the right place to start, restart or expand your business. The Town of Ajax offers the programs, connections, useful tips and tools that can help your company start, grow, and thrive in Ajax.

Registering Your Business

Step 1 – Choose a Name for Your Business

You want to make sure that you choose a name for your business that sounds good but keep in mind that certain words or expressions are prohibited. Be sure to check the details about which words or expressions can't be part of your name.

Step 2 – Conduct a Search for Your Chosen Business Name to see if Any Other Business is Using the Name You've Chosen

The ‘Enhanced Business Name Search' function allows you to search for a business name registered with the Ontario Ministry of Government Services. Searches can be done on exact business names, words in a business name or by the Ontario Business Identification Number.

Keep in mind the Business name registration is no guarantee of exclusivity. Business name protection is provided by a trademark only.

Step 3 – Register Your Business Name

Online through The cost to register your name online is $60

By mail to (costs more and is slower):
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Central Production and Verification Services Branch
393 University Avenue, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M5G 2M2

In person at 375 University Avenue, 2nd floor, Toronto. The cost to register your name in person is $80

Step 4 – Register for the Other Licenses, Registrations, or Certifications
You may be required to have other documents in order to legally operate your business, or you may need additional licenses depending on your type of business. Use our BizPal to show you exactly what you may require.

Step 5 – Register for the Ajax Business Network

Hosted by the Ajax Economic Development Office, the Ajax Business Network provides free networking events, newsletters, and connections to help you launch and grow your business. Simply send an email to: with your contact information.

Preparing Your Business Plan

What is a Business Plan?

A business plan is a written summary outlining the overall activities and strategy of a business, including the marketing plan, financials, labour and supplier requirements and general information relating to the business.

Why do You Need a Business Plan?

A business plan is a tool for understanding how your business is put together. You can use it to monitor your progress hold yourself accountable and of course a recruiting tool for courting employees and future investors.

Where Can I go for Help?

The Canada Business Network has a number if resources on the basics of business planning for starting a business in Ontario. The information includes “How to” guides and web based tools to help you develop an effective and detailed business plan. Also see: 'Local Business Services and Organizations' for local resources.

Local Business Services and Organizations

Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade

The mission if the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade is to encourage and foster free enterprise and economic development. The Board of Trade hosts various networking events and annual activities, advocate to various levels of government on behalf of business and offer membership benefits such as insurance and retail discounts.

Business Advisory Centre of Durham (BACD)

The Business Advisory Centre of Durham is a regionally focused organization that serves start-ups, new businesses as well as existing businesses seeking services to assist in growth initiatives.

Spark Centre

The Spark Centre serves technology and innovation entrepreneurs who require knowledge and support to launch, develop, and grow. We are dedicated to economic growth and sustainability in Durham Region and Northumberland County. Through Collaboration with funders and stakeholders we are building a world-class innovation centre.

Community Development Centre Durham (CDCD) is an independent, not-for-profit social planning organization that has been working to enhance the quality of life for individuals, families and communities in Durham for more than 40 years.

Durham Immigration Portal is a one-stop, community-based immigration web portal, designed to welcome, support, attract and retain skilled newcomers, newcomer entrepreneurs, and new residents.

Startup Durham

Funding Sources

Most entrepreneurs and small business start-ups will at some point have to consider the need for financial assistance. There are a number of resources in available to Ajax businesses that are ready to assist.

Business Research and Resources

Small and medium businesses are a vital part of our economy. They have a major impact on local jobs, investment, trade, innovation, and prosperity. If you are thinking about starting a business, your research can start here. Please browse the information below or contact us for more information.

Local Business Success Videos

Local Business Virtual Tours