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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.

Library Catalogue

  • I am thinking of going into business
  • I am currently starting up my own business
  • I am already in business

“I am thinking of going into business.”

Aboriginal Business Map
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.

About 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 entrepreneur)

Businesses for Sale NEW!
Search for profitable businesses for sale in USA and Canada. Buyers and sellers can access business resources, franchise opportunities, business brokers and advisors.

Canadian Franchises 
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.

Entrepreneurial self-assessment
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 business people.

nVision Online
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!

On-line 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!]

Profit Magazine

Includes article, links and quizzes of interest to Canadian entrepreneurs

Royal Bank: Small Business & Entrepreneurs
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 perspective.

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