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Art and Handicrafts Retail Guide

Arts, crafts and handicrafts retailers are establishments that sell unique artistic creations. These sellers often specialize in a particular art form such as aboriginal, glass, stone, wood or other local artwork. Retailers often buy their products directly from local artists or art wholesalers, create their own products, or build inventory through a combination of sources.

Confectionery Guide

Confectionery can include sweets, candy and chocolate among other items to satisfy one's sweet tooth. Business owners within this industry can work with a single product like chocolate or offer a wide variety of products. Businesses can work with retailers to offer their products, sell online or through a shop or work with event planners catering to specific events.

Cosmetics Manufacturing Guide

Cosmetics are products that are applied to enhance the appearance of skin, hair, nails, lips and eyes. Cosmetic businesses typically manufacture a line of cosmetic products, and sell these products through distribution to retail outlets, or directly to consumers.

Fashion Design Guide

Fashion design is the applied art of creating clothing and lifestyle accessories. Apparel manufacturing includes businesses that are engaged in manufacturing clothing using a variety of different techniques and styles. Fashion designers also work with clients to help them create a wardrobe or a particular look for an event.

Furniture Making Guide

Furniture making businesses encompass many activities, including design, manufacturing, and woodworking. Furniture makers often specialize in one form of furniture, such as household, office, or institutional.

Jewellery Design Guide

Jewellery designers create, craft or fabricate items of jewellery. Jewellery designers are often goldsmiths, silversmiths, or metalworkers, but can also work with a variety of other materials. Jewellery designers often work with distributors and retail store owners to get their jewellery to consumers. 

Pet Products Guide

The pet industry is one of the fastest growing businesses, with Canadians spending nearly $3 billion annually on pet expenses including food, veterinary care, and supplies. The pet products industry includes businesses that manufacture pet food and treats, pet clothing, pet housing, and pet toys and training accessories.

Toy Manufacturing Guide

Toys come in all sizes and shapes and are sold to children of all ages. Small business owners can specialize in a certain category such as stuffed toys or board games or they can work with particular materials such as recycled plastic or wood. Manufacturers can sell through retailers or directly at a shop or online.