Business Resources

Interesting articles

https://www.toronto.com/news-story/9622697-east-scarborough-gets-amazon-other-projects-with-city-of-toronto-help/

https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2019/09/26/toronto-will-move-staff-to-etobicoke-and-scarborough-civic-centres.html

 

Non-profit and government business resources

Enterprise Toronto

“An array of helpful tools and resources to help you start and grow your business.”

https://enterprisetoronto.desk.com/

  • Enterprise Toronto business resource library
  • List of guides and resources available for small businesses

Business Development Bank of Canada

“The Business Development Bank of Canada is a
federal Crown corporation wholly owned by the Government of Canada. Its mandate is to help create and develop Canadian businesses through financing, growth and transition capital venture capital and advisory services, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.”

https://www.bdc.ca/en/articles-tools/pages/default.aspx

  • Articles and advice
  • Entrepreneurial Toolkit – free digital maturity assessment, productivity benchmarking tool, Entrepreneurial self-assessment, website assessment, etc
    https://www.bdc.ca/en/articles-tools/entrepreneur-toolkit/pages/default.aspx

Toronto Business Development Centre

“In collaboration with MaRS Discovery District, Toronto Business Development Centre is here to provide you with all of the necessary tools and resources you need to grow your business. You will find a wealth of information about many subjects that will support your business, from planning, financing to marketing and insurance. We’re here to help your business succeed.”

Toolkit

  • Resource Library: Online articles, workbooks, videos, reports and templates covering every business topic
  • Market Research: Online resources to help businesses answer common market research questions
  • Open Online Courses: Free online courses including articles, templates, and videos all grouped by curated topics for easier access
  • Customer Development Immersive: In this 6-week paid course, entrepreneurs will be able to clearly identify their core target audiences and ways to effectively communicate with them.

FedDev Ontario Small Business Services (Canada Business Ontario)

“FedDev Ontario delivers programs and services to support innovation and economic growth in southern Ontario—Canada’s most populous region. We are a federal institution that is part of the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio.”

https://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/home

  • Planning, starting, managing, growing, financing, tools and services
  • Secondary Market Research: free secondary market research service
    http://www.cbo-eco.ca/en/index.cfm/tools-and-wizards/secondary-market-
    research-service-request/
  • Business Guides: information on federal and provincial government programs, services and regulations

Toronto Public Library

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/smallbusiness/

  • Spaces to meet and work
  • Programs and seminars: free or low-cost programs, seminars, and workshops on social media, taxes, the law, networking, digital design, franchising, and more
  • Computer and Library Training: classes in basic computer skills, digital design, business software, etc
  • Recommended reading list, market research books, etc

Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

“Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada’s innovation performance, increase Canada’s share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive
marketplace. We are the federal institution that leads the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio.”

https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/icgc.nsf/eng/home

  • Information and services on business grants and financing, insolvency, incorporate your business, international trade, intellectual property, etc

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