Business Management

Moving from ideation to actually starting your food business may feel overwhelming, but there are many resources that can help you through the process. In this stage, you will need to decide what type of business (sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation) best meets your needs. You will need to choose and register your business name, find out what permits and licences you need and apply for them, develop your business plan and research financing options.



How do I start a business in Manitoba?

Manitoba Economic Development, Investment and Trade can provide you with resources and guidance on starting a business in Manitoba. Visit for more information.

BizPaL can help you find out about the permits and licences you need. Visit for more information.

How do I register a business name?

Registering a business name is a two-step process.

First, submit a Request for Name Reservation, either online through or by calling 1-866-246-8353 (toll-free).

If your name is approved, you have 90 days to file a Business Name Registration form. Visit for more information.

How do I develop a business plan?

A business plan is the road map for your business. The plan will help guide you as you start, build and grow your business, and it will evolve as your business evolves.

You can use a template to develop your business plan. If you apply for financing, your lender might have a specific template they want you to use.

Visit the Resources section to see sample business plan resources, articles and templates.

How can I get financing for my business?

Getting financing is a critical step for starting your business.

There are many financing sources and programs to help you get started.

Visit the Programs section and talk to your financial institution about financing options