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How to Value Shares in a Startup Canada

Valuing Startup Shares Canada

When you create your startup company, it is often with the expectation that your business will grow both financially and in size, eventually being able to issue shares as a private company

For that to happen, you may need investors and partners to help you at the start of your business. Investors, partners, and individuals who all contribute either skills, capital, ideas or assets can effectively boost the growth and development of your company. 

In return for their added value, it is often a common and appealing option to give these individuals shares in your Canadian startup instead of paying them in cash.

To do so, you will need to consider the value of your shares before you even incorporate your business as you will need to state your authorized shares at the time of incorporation.

The main question is: how do you put a value on your shares? We provide you with answers with this overview on the basics: what to consider, what you should know, and some general methods on how to determine that price value.  

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How To Start An Online Business In Ontario [Legal Guide]

Start Online Business

It is not uncommon these days for employed workers, students, and even small business owners to have other side jobs or other business projects. This is especially true during times of economic uncertainty when people need another source of income and start asking questions on how to start an online business in Ontario.

You, yourself, may be considering the idea, and with good reason. Online businesses are likely to continue earning income when your physical business or job is threatened. In addition, there are unlimited types of businesses you can start online.  

The only obstacle that may be stopping you is the business aspect. How do you start your business online? What paperwork do you need to file? How do you manage online revenue? How do you pay yourself?

In this article, we cover some general and legal guidelines on how to start a business online. 

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How To Prepare For The Impact Of COVID-19 [Tips]

Covid19 Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact countries across the globe, and Canada is no exception. Canadian borders were closed and then the province of Ontario ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces as of Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m.  

In Ontario alone, there are currently more than 4,700 confirmed coronavirus cases, and Ford has extended the state of emergency for two more weeks as of March, 30th, 2020. 

As everyday life gets disrupted, Ontarians are trying to figure out what this means for not only their everyday routine in the months to come, but what it could mean for the long term – finances, education, and essential needs. 

In this article, we cover a few tips on what there is to know about COVID-19 Ontario programs and policies in place to help you.  

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What You Should Know About Cannabis Edibles Legalization In Canada

weed law edibles

In Canada, marijuana legalization has been happening in stages. Since recreational marijuana was legalized in 2018 with the Cannabis Act and Cannabis Regulations (which outlines, controls and regulates production, distribution, promotion and the sale of cannabis), there was a lot of anticipation for edibles in Canada to follow suit and become legalized. The Canadian government … Read more »

Commercial Agreements

commercial agreements

A commercial agreement is a legally binding agreement between the parties, which outlines what each party can or cannot do while in a contractual relationship. The agreement lays out and sets up the terms under which each party is to carry out agreed-upon tasks, activities or transactions.   Business relationships often start out as a mutual … Read more »

Non Circumvention Agreement Ontario

non circumvention agreement

What is it? A Non Circumvention Agreement is a legal agreement between parties that want to prevent the misuse of confidential information that they have shared with each other.  A common scenario involves a disclosing party (“Disclosing Party”) providing their confidential customer or supplier list to the receiving party (“Receiving Party”).  This kind of agreement … Read more »

Business Transaction Disputes

It is common sense that your initial business strategy as a startup will be vastly different than when your company is established and trying to grow further. As your company starts expanding, you may be looking towards bigger opportunities and partnerships to increase your reach or diversify your services. Transactions and business deals are an … Read more »

Non-compete agreements with mergers & acquisitions

non compete agreement

Many companies have a policy that all employees, even seasoned ones need to sign a non-compete agreement. The reason for this is that companies want to protect the resources and time they invested in employees. In other words, companies that ask their employees to sign a non-compete agreement, can be sure that their staff won’t … Read more »

Asset Purchase Agreement Ontario

asset purchase agreement ontario

Any business looking to expand or make a strategic move by taking over another complementary business, will have to look into how they will acquire the business. One way of doing so is through a business acquisition. In a business acquisition, an asset purchase is one method that one company can take over another, essentially … Read more »