Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Canadian Small Business Resources

When we started our small business five years ago, we came across some excellent resources. From where to start your research to how to start your small business, we appreciated all the help we got from these amazing sites! Here are a few of my favourites:

Service Canada: This site works great because not only does it have tonnes of information on starting a small business, but it also has forms and applications you need to get started. It gives you information on how the government can help you with your small business as well.

Canada Business Network: Another useful government website that talks about how to get permits, licences, find grants and financing, service standards for  Canadian small business and more. It has checklists and guides for starting your own business as well as business planning tools. 

Canadian Bank Websites: One of the biggest tasks you will undertake when starting your own small business is writing the business plan. The Canadian bank websites have excellent tools that you could use:

            TD Canada Trust
            BMO Bank of Montreal
            Royal Bank of Canada

BDC: So much useful information on this site! You can go through it yourself to see how much they have in their article bank. However, my favourite is the Ask a Professional section. Every month they have a different consultant that answers questions on different topics. For example, this month’s topic is Tips on driving qualified traffic to your website. There is also an archive of previous questions that you could refer too. This is an excellent free resource for Canadian small business owners.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce: This is a good site to go to if you are looking for available loans for your small business. They help you seek financial help at different stages of your business cycle. The have local chambers who help you stay connected with others small business owners in your community. The site offers resources as well for planning and expanding your business.

There are so many more brilliant resources available online for your Canadian Small business. But these have been my favourite go-to ones. Check them out and and post your comments below! 

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