A Library of Links for
The following links are of
interest to both new and established Canadian business owners. The sites
and documents listed provide information on establishing and operating a
successful small business. Some provide information of interest to a
specific geographic location while others are more generic. We recommend
browsing all the links. Where appropriate, some links have been repeated
in the various subsections of the Canadian list.
"I am thinking of going into business."
Focuses on sources of information of interest to Aboriginal entrepreneurs
such as Aboriginal business directories, professional and industry
association listings, information on financing, business start-up, maps
locating the reserves in Canada, etc.
Guide to Small Business: Canada
Susan Ward, The About Network
This is an amazing resource of
information and links. If you're a Canadian running your own small
business or thinking of starting one, Small Business: Canada will give you
all the business resources, contacts, financial sources, and tools that
you need to be a successful entrepreneur.
Business Guide, The
This company produces a guide to all levels Canadian government financial
assistance programs available to new and expanding businesses. They also
offer proposal development and application assistance.
This information is provided on a
paid subscription basis only. Their web site does however have a few free
features of interest to new entrepreneurs. These include a free
newsletter, "Steps to Starting a Business", a Business Plan template you
can download, a partial list of up-coming business events.
Business Plan Plus
This site provides advice of writing a business plan.
Make sure you click on "test your business" to take two quick tests to
determine the viability of your business and of yourself (as an
Businesses for Sale
Search for profitable businesses for sale in USA and Canada. Buyers and
sellers can access business resources, franchise opportunities, business
brokers and advisors.
Search the web’s largest franchise database for available franchises for
sale in Canada and worldwide
CanadaOne is an online publication for Canadian businesses with articles,
resources, promotional tools, a free directory for Canadian companies,
links, reviews, and more.
Especially look at the News Release
Builder, Search Engine Submitter. as well as the Magazine.
The Knowledge Portal for Small
Business. A collection of QUALITY sources of information on small
business, finance, international trade, entrepreneurship, enterprise
development and the economy.
a new tool to help better measure your
entrepreneurial potential. This questionnaire includes 90 statements, and
will take about 20 minutes to complete.
Getting Started in Small Business
Produced by the Canadian Bankers Association. It will give you
an idea of what’s involved in the planning and preparation stage of
starting a small business.
Advice, advocacy, information,
inspiration, news, discussion, free directory listings, marketing support,
networking opportunities, and goods and services for home-based and micro
The nVision website has collected together a series of articles,
references and tools of interest to Canadian entrepreneurs. Resources
include: Canadian Business Start-Up Guide, Q&A: Business to Internet,
General Business Resources etc. Well worth a visit!
Small Business Workshop
BC Canada Small Business Centre
[Includes sections on evaluating you business idea, cash flow forecasting,
business plans, marketing basics, financing your business and more!]
Includes article, links and quizzes
of interest to Canadian entrepreneurs
Royal Bank: Small Business &
Topics covered include Start ups, Sales & Marketing, Finance, Managing
People, Developing Networks, & Customer Service, Business Plans etc.
Self-assessment - Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
Find out with this entrepreneurial quiz. But remember that this is simply
a tool. It is fun to take and fun to interpret, but you should keep it in
Small Business Opportunity
A business opportunity
and franchising information website, providing free resources to
entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a small business or
franchise. Includes a directory of franchises. U.S. site.
Free software to help you analyze your idea and write
your business plan. Research your idea, analyze the feasibility of
your project and write your complete business plan online.
Your Guide to
Government of Canada Services and Support for Small Business