Go forward faster, with WESK Business Advising.
WESK Business Advisors give you an unbiased source of expertise and experience to navigate, problem solve, and achieve your business goals. If you are starting, buying, or growing a business, we can help at every stage of the business cycle. Our business advisors work with you one-on-one, to help you gain a profound understanding of business development and management. WESK Business Advisors don’t just give you information – they help your business move to the next stage.
With your WESK membership, you receive unlimited, one-on-one appointments with a WESK Business Advisor. Your WESK Business Advisor works with you to:
- Guide you through the business development process
- Analyze your research
- Connect you to the right resources and the right people
- Provide the tools and templates to write your business plan
- Understand your business needs and provide you with options for improvement
The advising process allows you to make informed decisions and assists with growing your business. Our advisors are an incredibly valuable component to your membership!
Our advisory services are available to all members in Saskatchewan through WESK’s office locations in Saskatoon and Regina. To ensure we are accessible to every entrepreneur, our WESK business advisors are also accessible via phone, email, and Skype. If your business is Francophone-owned and located in Saskatchewan you may be able to benefit from specialized services to assist in the economic development of your new growing business. For more information visit la Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan.
Meet with a WESK Business Advisor
Want to meet with a WESK Business Advisor? It’s as easy as 1,2,3.
- Sign-up for a WESK membership, and create your new WESK account (remember to write down your username and password!)
- Click “Account” and login to our Member Dashboard with your WESK username and password
- Select “Business Advising” and complete the application form
*While you’re logged in, be sure to update your member profile to be listed in the “MyWESK Member Directory”
A WESK Business Advisor will get back to you within 5 business days to schedule an appointment. If you have any questions, contact the office nearest you or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Exceptional value for the money! I have come away with a concrete plan and the confidence to launch!” – Jess Paul, Blossom Communications
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a business plan?
A sound business plan is one of the most important steps an entrepreneur can take to improve their chance of business success. It is your chance to test your idea on paper to see if it is a viable opportunity.
- helps you to become a better decision maker;
- helps you anticipate problems so you can develop possible solutions before a crisis actually occurs;
- provides a timetable for accomplishing your stated objectives;
- expands business options;
- helps determine contingency plans;
- helps you explain why certain objectives have or haven’t been achieved;
- can be used as a selling tool to attract resources and support; and
- plots a long-term course and keeps you focused on the big picture
Can someone write my business plan?
Writing a business plan will take time, discipline and a lot of research. WESK will not write your plan for you and although you can hire someone to write your plan for you, it is vital you participate in the entire process – after all, this is your business. Knowledge is power and the more you know about your business, the greater your chance of success.
Should I incorporate?
The three most common business structures are: sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation. Corporations are closely regulated as separate legal entities. The advantages of incorporation include limited liability, possible tax advantages, ease of raising capital, and transferable ownership. These advantages are offset by higher start-up costs, possible charter restrictions, yearly reporting and extensive recordkeeping requirements. It is highly recommended you obtain legal and professional advice before you decide if incorporation is right for you.
Do I need a GST/PST number?
If your gross revenues over a 12 month period do not exceed $30,000, GST registration is optional. However, the decision to register for GST should not be based solely on revenues. Your customers may require you have a GST number to do business. Your local Revenue Canada office can help you determine if you should apply for a GST number.
If you sell tangible goods or operate as a contractor selling your services in Saskatchewan, you are required to obtain a PST number. Contact the Saskatchewan Ministry of Finance at 1-800-667-6102 for more information.