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Starting a business

Helping your business get off the ground

Have you ever considered being your own boss? There are many things to consider before taking such a big step. Drawing from our extensive experience with small businesses, we have developed resources to help you prepare and empower you as a small business owner.

Access start-up financing


Meridian’s Quick Start financing helps business start-ups get financing in their first two years of operating. Whether you need to purchase equipment or inventory, or just need to boost your working capital during the start-up phase of your business, we can help you.

Contact a Small Business Advisor

Business health check

Is your small business on track? If you have launched your small business in the past two years, take our online Start-Up Health Check and discover areas for improvement to keep your business moving forward.

Complete the business health check

Break even calculator


Calculating the feasibility of any idea is an important part of creating any business plan. Use this calculator to experiment with pricing, costs and time to work out if your idea is feasible.

Try the Break Even Calculator

Get a government backed loan

Get a guaranteed loan from Meridian and the Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP) to help make your business a success. It’s ideal for new businesses and start-ups that need financial support or want to grow.

  • Easier to get approved because it’s 85% guaranteed by the federal government

  • You can use the loan to pay off eligible purchases made in the previous 6 months

  • Flexible terms and repayment options

Learn more about CSBFP loans