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.
Co-operatives offer an alterative business model, where control and ownership of the business is in the hands of members. Members can be employees, customers or residents, but in each case the members have a share in decision making and profits. Rooted in democratic values and self-responsibility, co-operatives are becoming increasingly popular. In Canada four out of ten people are members of some form of co-operative. If you’re thinking of starting a co-operative the Co-operative Business Accelerator Guide is a great place to start your research.
Cosmetics are products that are applied externally, 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. This Guide will focus primarily on resources related to the cosmetics manufacturing industry, but will also include some information on cosmetics marketing and selling.
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. The Fashion Design / Apparel Manufacturing Business Accelerator Guide is a collection of the best fashion and apparel industry-related resources, in one convenient location. The Accelerator Guide will provide you with information to help you start your fashion design or apparel manufacturing business.
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 and this guide will include some information on all of these areas.
Dream of starting your own business from home? For many aspiring entrepreneurs, opening up a separate 'store' does not fit well within personal, financial and time commitments, instead operating a business from a home office is preferred. Many business models work well from a home office: accounting - bookkeeping, daycare services, freelance writing, online retailing or many other businesses can easily be transitioned from bricks and mortar to your own personal living/working space. Depending on your business / industry, you will likely want to review this guide in addition to another industry-specific guide that meets your needs.
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.
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. The Pet Products Accelerator Guide will give you an overview of the industry, but focuses on product manufacturing and pet food specifically.
Portrait photography involves capturing the likeness of a person or persons using various photographic equipment, in either a photographic studio or at a specific location. In order to operate a successful portrait photography business, photographers need solid business management skills, along with experience behind the lens.
Toys come in all sizes and shapes and are sold to children and adults of all ages. This guide will help aspiring toy makers & manufactures who are looking to turn a brilliant idea into the next 'must have' toy. Resources related to the toy retail industry are also included to give a well-rounded scope of the industry.