Are you ready for your own business space?

An employee of Red Door Provisions, located in Quartier Vanier.

Ottawa is one of the top cities in Canada to launch, expand and grow a business. A stable economy, well-educated population and network of supportive BIAs and economic development teams make the nation’s capital an ideal city for retailers, restaurateurs, consultants and startups.

Many entrepreneurs start developing business plans, prototyping a product or selling services from a home office or even a coffee shop. As they grow by gaining traction in the marketplace or preparing for a commercial launch, leasing commercial office space or a storefront is the next step on the road to success.

Is your business ready to take this step?

Entrepreneur Magazine has identified several milestones that indicate a business is ready for its own commercial space:

  1. Does the company have the right team of employees in place for its next growth phase?

  2. Are you hitting your established goals? Are you reaching milestones on (or ahead of) schedule?

  3. Are customers calling you? Have you gained traction in the marketplace that will be a foundation for growth?

  4. Do you have the cash? Can you afford office or retail space? What are your forecasted revenues?

The Quartier Vanier BIA has prepared several tools to help entrepreneurs across the city find the right home for their businesses. These include a step-by-step guide to finding a location in Ottawa as well as a commercial space directory.

Visit to access these resources and learn more.