Business Resources

Here you will find links to various publications, videos and resources related to entrepreneurship, business, and economic development. 

The information is provided for informational purposes only.


Aboriginal Business

If you’re an Aboriginal person thinking about starting or expanding a business, this toolkit has been developed with you in mind.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) quick reference of tax benefits and exemptions that apply to Aboriginal Canadians under the Canadian Indian Act.


Business Permits & Licensing

The step-by-step process to generate a customized list of permits and licences you may need to operate or open your business is now simplified and more user-friendly, guaranteeing access to results faster.

Find details about your businesses obligations.

Offers knowledge, resources, and programs to both Aboriginal-owned member companies and Canadian businesses that foster economic opportunities for Aboriginal peoples and businesses across Canada.

A resource on how new or existing small businesses can access advice, support and information on government regulations.


Business Planning

BDC business plan templates let you prepare a professional business plan - a necessity when seeking financing for your project.

Find out how to write a business plan, and access templates, sample business plans, market research information and statistics.


Community Planning

Comprehensive Community Planning (CCP) is a priority for many First Nations who see it as an effective tool to build healthy and sustainable communities that improve the quality of life for their members. Download CCP Handbook.


Entrepreneurship

Essential information for emerging entrepreneurs. Based on the Entrepreneurship 101 business training course, these lecture videos and related resources provide startup business training online to help you start and grow your company.

A short test to assess your entrepreneurship personality.  

Self-assessment for Entrepreneurs.


Finance Calculators

Features a variety of free financial calculators, imperial to metric converters and other useful calculation tools for general use.


Marketing

This guide outlines the key areas to look at and what to include in an effective marketing plan.

The changing climate and how you can harness the power for your business.


Market Research

Use these tools to research small business trends in Canada.

Ontario demographics.

 The Canadian Business Magazine provides up-to-date information for market news, investing, technology, economy and Canadian Industry.

Produces statistics to assist in understanding Canada’s demographics.

CCAB offers unique programs and services that help facilitate sustainable relations between First Nation, Inuit, and Métis people and the Canadian business sector.

CCAB conducts and publishes a number of reports and surveys to fulfill their mandate.  Recent publications include:

NSWPB Mission Statement: “Connecting community partners to improve the quality of life in our communities through workforce development”  Visit their website for more reports specific to northwestern Ontario.


Personal Finance

Get your credit report and know your score.

Along with the credit histories of millions of other people, your credit history is recorded in files maintained by at least one of Canada's major credit-reporting agencies: Equifax Canada and TransUnion Canada.

Expense calculator and tracker for personal budgeting.  If this is your first time tracking your expenses, or if you're getting back to it because your situation has changed, this site offers tips and tools to help you get started.


Business Financing

    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) is committed to providing greater opportunities for Aboriginal entrepreneurs and to helping Aboriginal business owners to succeed in their business goals.

Futurpreneur Canada (formerly CYBF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing the economy one entrepreneur at a time.  They provide financing, mentoring and support tools to business owners aged 18-39.

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC) is working to build strong, prosperous northern communities and offers unique programs that invests in northern businesses through conditional contributions, forgivable performance loans, incentive term loans and loan guarantees.

Getting started in small business? This website provides tools, definitions of terms and information about financing a small business.


Small Business

Are you looking to improve your business? The Small Business Check-up is designed to assist business managers and owners develop an action plan to improve their business operations.  


Starting a Business


Taxes

CRA's information page on Business, GST/HST and Payroll.

Tax planning guide and tax tables.

Ontario Business Program Guide, the Ontario government’s free, online directory of tax incentives, tax credits and government support programs for business.

Learn about tax credits available to businesses and how to receive them.


Crowdfunding

Raising funds for your business can be a challenge. Crowdfunding is collecting financial contributions from many strangers not usually connected to the financial sector, this represents an alternative to traditional forms of financing your business dream.

Your Local Economic Development Corporation & Small Business Enterprise Centre  (First Nations Operated and Municipal Government Operated)

Please check your local listings.