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Thinking of going into business? If so, you’re probably asking yourself many questions. Should I start from scratch or buy an existing business? What are the legal steps involved? How can I protect my company’s name and logo? How do commercial leases work? How can I prevent disputes with my partners, suppliers, and customers?

In this Web Guide, we bring together information and resources to guide you through your entrepreneurial journey.

For more assistance, you can contact the business specialists mentioned in Section 6.

Launching Your Project

There are many ways of going into business. Some people choose to become self-employed, happy to finally “be their own boss”. Some people prefer to work with others to start a new business. Some want to take over an existing business.

A group adventure or a solo pursuit?

Sole proprietorship, general partnership, corporation… navigating the various legal forms can be a challenge! We shed some light on the various possibilities, whether you intend to start out on your or with a team.

Buying or taking over an existing business

You’re thinking of buying or taking over an existing business. What do you need to check? What happens to any existing contracts?

Protecting Your Company’s Name, Logo, and Creations

In the business world, competition can be fierce. How can I choose a distinct name? How do I protect this name and my company’s creations? What are the rules for using content created by other people?

Your Company’s Location

The rules for commercial leases are not the same as those for residential leases. For example, unlike residential leases, commercial leases are not renewed automatically. The rules for renovating and repairing commercial spaces are also different.

Useful resources for artists

For specific information about commercial leases for artists’ studios, visit the Conseil des arts de Montréal website for videos and a legal guide on the subject. These tools were developed collaboratively by the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the City of Montreal, and Éducaloi.

The Work Environment

Interactions with employees, customers, suppliers, and freelancers can have a major impact on the success of a business. This section looks at those relationships.


These articles were created to provide information for employees. They provide an overview of the rights and obligations that apply to you and your staff. We have also included some useful resources on workplace health and safety, deductions at source, and employees’ rights at the time of hiring.

Managing Your Clientele

Your strategies for attracting and retaining customers must respect certain rules. Here are some tips for avoiding legal problems in this area.

Suppliers and freelancers

At times, your business will likely need services from other companies or individuals, including service providers and freelancers. In this section, Éducaloi presents the rights and obligations of clients who hire a service provider, as well as certain clauses that you may encounter in your contracts with freelancers.

The Evolution of Your Business

Your plans may change over time. To ensure everything is in order, review your company’s legal documents regularly. For example, did you complete all the mandatory formalities this year? Do you have a solid agreement with the other owners of your business? Are you planning to change the name or structure of your company?

Professional Assistance

At times, you may wish to seek the expert advice of specialized business professionals. This section explains the roles of such specialists.

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