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Resources to support entrepreneurs and business owners in running a business

Going above and beyond to support your business ambitions

From starting your business, to managing day-to-day operations and expanding your brand’s footprint, we’re here to support you through your business milestones. Go dream big, knowing that you have our support every step of the way.

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Guides and resources for every stage
Choosing the right business structure

Deciding on the right structure is important to help put your business on a sound footing and prepare it for growth.

Learn more about the different business structures 
Acquiring licenses and permits to run your business

Get useful information on the licenses and permits that you may need before your business can operate.

Find out which licenses and permits you will need 
OCBC online accounting platform

Collection, analysis and reporting of financial information can be overwhelming for first-time business owners. Consider hiring an accountant when your first tax filing is due.

Connect your business account to XERO 
Setting up business premises

Choosing the right location is critical so be sure to find out the URA usage restrictions and whether you can successfully apply for a change of use before signing a tenancy agreement. You should also check if your renovation works require fire safety certification (FSC).

See all URA usage restrictions 
Guides and resources for every stage
Strategies to optimise processes and grow your business

Processes are the key to increasing both scale and productivity. Do more while spending less time and money with these optimisation strategies.

Check out these strategies for SMEs 
Get clarity in your cash flow management

Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business. Give yourself both clarity and confidence with an up-to-date, 360-degree view of your business cash flow and current available funds.

Learn to track your cash flow 
Coping with business disruption

Enable your business to react faster and better to unforeseen circumstances. Allow business operations to continue by adopting ways to make it resilient from the get-go.

Build resilience for your business 
Making your first sale

After setting up your new business, you’re ready to receive customers. However, no two businesses are the same and with so many ways to establish your online presence, learn how to best reach your target audience.

Boost sales with our handy insights 
Guides and resources for every stage
How to maintain a healthy cash flow

It’s important to manage your expenses strategically. Keep the lid on increasing business costs with tips and advices from business leaders.

Forecast your cash flow and plan ahead 
Learn to leverage government programmes

There are many forms of support to help SMEs grow and go global, whether you'd like to embark on your first venture or deepen your overseas market presence.

Discover available financing options 
It’s time to digitise your business

Going digital is imperative for the future of business. We’re here to help your business kickstart its digital transformation.

Get started with e-commerce 
Understand your filing obligations

Obtain your tailored IRAS and ACRA filing timelines with the New Company Start-Up Kit. Plus, use our IRAS calculator to find out your filing due dates.

Find out your filing due dates 
Guides and resources for every stage
How to further business growth with overseas expansion

Considering taking your business to the international stage? Here’s some best practices and pitfalls to avoid as you plan to take your business global.

Get insights on international expansion 
How to employ and pay your employees

Many businesses engage freelance service providers like Fiverr and Upwork because it is an affordable way to get help without the commitment of hiring full-time staff.

However, if you are hiring staff, you must comply with MOM's payslip and employment contract requirements. Get expert tips on employment contract in our handy guide before you start.

Learn what is needed when hiring for your business 
How to increase sales

As a business owner, your sales are your bread and butter but how do you sell more to your current customers, and how do you win over new ones?

Discover how to improve your sales cycle 
How to strengthen your marketing strategy

Grow your business with marketing tools and techniques that can widen your reach and drive quality traffic. This will help your business engage and convert more customers.

Ensure your marketing strategy stays relevant 
Guides and resources for every stage
Ways to trade overseas

When buying from overseas suppliers, go in with eyes wide open because it can be difficult to resolve problems when you are thousands of miles away.

Buy with assurance from overseas suppliers 
Funds to take your business global

After starting your company in Singapore and achieving a certain measure of success, you might be considering overseas expansion. Tap into grants, toolkits and services to support your business ventures. 

Discover government grants for overseas expansion 
Give your working capital a boost

Get the extra funds to take on a big order, stock up ahead of seasonal demand or expand your business quickly. Whether you’re looking for government-backed loans, financing a new property purchase, refinancing or repricing your existing property, we’ve got a financing package catered to your needs.

Customised financing solutions to grow your business quickly 
Making the most of sales through social

Apart from keeping up to date with news, views as well as opinions, social media also provides savvy entrepreneurs a channel in which they can find leads, build an audience, market a product and make money.

Boost your business with live streaming 
Featured loan: SME sustainable financing
Tips and insights for your business

From smart ways to streamline day-to-day processes, to the development of your business ideas, keep your business growing and going with OCBC.

Industry-specific solutions

Whether it’s traditional credit facilities or sophisticated fund raising, our team will work with you to develop the most appropriate financing solution for your business.

Running a healthcare business 
Running a F&B business 
Running a business in the education sector 
Secure a spot at our exclusive events

Receive business advice, insights and exclusive networking opportunities that are suited for SME owners. Learn from experts on how to sharpen your competitive edge and keep your business ahead in our free, interactive webinar sessions.

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