Starting Your Business in Minto

Where Your Business Belongs

Interested in starting a business in Minto? The Town of Minto and the Minto Chamber of Commerce are here to support you as you begin your entrepreneurial journey. 

Business Grants

Community Improvement Programs

  • Façade & Signage Improvement Grant Program encourages businesses to make façade and signage improvements on privately owned commercial buildings in the Community Improvement Areas within the Town of Minto. Learn More…
  • Structural Grant Program offers incentives to landowners, businesses and developers that propose significant commercial, industrial, residential or institutional projects that substantially renovate, restore, improve and update a prominent building or structure. Learn More…

Digital Main Street & Canada Digital Adoption Program Grant

The Digital Transformation Grant (DTG) program is focused on assisting small businesses with their adoption of technologies. The program provides training, advisory support and grants to brick-and-mortar small businesses looking to increase their capacity through digital transformation. Learn More…

As part of the Canada Digital Adoption Program, the Government of Canada has partnered with Digital Main Street and their Shop HERE powered by Google program to deliver the Grow Your Business Online grant to small businesses across the country. Learn More…

Eligible businesses will receive a micro-grant of up to $2,400 to help with the costs related to adopting e-commerce and supported by a network of e-commerce advisors.

Business Loans

The Saugeen Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and Community Futures program supports your small business by offering loans of up to $300,000 to start, expand, or diversify. Real Estate acquisitions, leasehold improvements, equipment, inventory, and working capital can all be financed with support from SEDC.

“Whether you’re starting a new enterprise or expanding an existing one, if you feel that you have a strong concept and business plan, we recommend that you contact us. Our staff will work with you to determine the plan’s feasibility and explore all possible alternatives available.” ~ SEDC

For more information, contact Jamie Doherty at


Support & Training

Launch It Business Exploration Centre is a community hub that connects entrepreneurs and business owners with information, space, and people they need to explore bold ideas and spark action in their business.  

Services provided: 

  • Business training
  • Coaching
  • Mentorship program
  • Networking opportunities
  • Office space rental on permanent or occasional basis


Minto Chamber of Commerce

The Minto Chamber of Commerce welcomes new businesses by providing a free 6-month trial membership that comes with a wealth of benefits including inclusion in their Business Directory (print and online) and many other networking, promotion and education benefits. 

Opportunity for New Brick & Mortar Businesses

  • Together with the Town of Minto the Chamber would like to welcome your NEW bricks and mortar business with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony.  Members of Council, the Chamber Board of Directors and the local press attend to meet and greet you, give you a welcome gift, cut the ribbon while the press covers the event on social media and in the Wellington Advertiser.  It’s a great way to spread the word in the community.


Starting a Food Business in Minto

If you are interested in starting a food business (retail store, commercial kitchen, home based kitchen, food market, renting a commercial kitchen to make, handle or package any type of food etc.) in Minto you will need to contact WDG Public Health Unit

WDG Public Health is here to support and assist businesses while ensuring public safety. They will guide you through the following steps:

  1. Contact your local municipality for information on zoning, construction, septic system and business license requirements.
  2. Talk with Public Health before starting construction or renovation. Our Smart Start Package outlines the steps you need to follow to obtain Public Health approval for your proposed food premises.
  3. Complete and submit the Notice of Intent to Operate a Food Premises Form.

WDG Public Health - Opening a Food Business

Smart Start Package

Notice of Intent to Operate a Food Premises Form

Learn More: So You Want to Start a Food Business

Starting a Personal Service Business in Minto

A Personal Service Business includes the following:

  • Barbering
  • Body Modification
  • Body Piercing
  • Ear Piercing 
  • Electrolysis 
  • Eyelash Services
  • Facials 
  • Hair Cutting
  • Laser Hair Removal 
  • Make-up 
  • Manicure/Pedicure
  • Microblading 
  • Microneedling 
  • Tanning
  • Tattooing 
  • Waxing
  • Fibroblast Treatment (Plasma Skin Tightening) 

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health must be notified before opening a Personal Service Business, adding services to existing businesses, or beginning renovations to existing businesses.

WDG Public Health - Personal Service - Learn More

Starting a Vape or Tobacco Store in Minto

To register a business as a Specialty Vape Store in Minto (under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017, in the province of Ontario), or renew an existing registration, the following forms must be completed and submitted to the board of public health at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health:

Ontario Guidelines for Registration

Application for Registration as a Specialty Vape StoreDownload PDF


To register a business as a Tobacco Specialty Store in Minto (under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017, in the province of Ontario), or renew an existing registration, the following forms must be completed and submitted to the board of public health at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health:

Ontario Guidelines for Registration as a Tobacconist

Application for registration as a TobacconistDownload PDF

Hosting a Public Event?

In Minto, we LOVE events! They're a great way to bring people downtown and talking about your business! 

If you are interested in hosting a public event at your location, ensure you connect with Wellington-Dufferin Public Health to ensure all guidelines are met.

WDG Public Health - Hosting Events

Special Event Organizer Application Form

Special Event Vendor Application Form

Non-Regulated Health Professional Personal Service Vendor Application Form


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