Once you launch your business and are caught up in the day-to-day details of running it, it often feels as if you are in perpetual fast-forward. Difficult though it may seem, it is important to make time to assess how you are doing and to get into the habit of doing it on a regular basis.
We have compiled a unique selection of online business support tools and services which help new and existing businesses to start, grow and succeed.
The following list of resources—while by no means complete—is a solid starting point for entrepreneurs.
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Hootsuite Pro lets small/medium businesses and agencies manage their social media presence across all social networks. You can build and engage audiences, execute multiple campaigns, collaborate with team members, and measure the performance of your social media. You can also add more features as you need them.
BizPaL is an innovative online service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information about business permits, licences and other requirements needed to start, operate and grow your business from the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments.
Is a regional network of 90 centres across Ontario that provide in-person and online advice, referrals, programs, funds, resource materials, training and connections for people who want to start and grow successful businesses.www.onebusiness.ca/
A joint service of the federal and provincial governments, this site contains information on federal and provincial government programs, services and regulations, as well as hundreds of categorized links to both government and non-government sites. There are also a number of helpful Internet-based tools for business, including an Interactive Business Planner and Small Business Workshop.www.cbo-eco.ca/en/
This website provides a wide range of government information relevant to business and links to business resources and support including business registration and renewal.www.serviceontario.ca/
This is an Industry Canada site and it is huge. It contains information on a wide range of businesses organized by sector and provides links to major trade associations, relevant government regulations and standards organizations and trade shows. There is an excellent section on e-business, which includes a diagnostic tool to help you determine your business’s e-readiness. There is also a Guide to Government of Canada Services and Support for Small Business.www.strategis.ic.gc.ca/
Statistics Canada, a member of the Industry Portfolio, produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country—its population, resources, economy, society and culture. In addition to conducting a Census every five years, there are over 350 active surveys on virtually all aspects of Canadian life.www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html
Provides a checklist to understand each stage of your business' lifecycle. Although the checklist may not show everything you need to know, you may find it a great place to start. You can find more information from the links supplied. Our video series are also a great source of information.www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/sm/chcklst-eng.html
BDC has been in the business of helping entrepreneurs for more than 50 years. BDC’s website contains a wealth of information for entrepreneurs at every stage of business development and provides referrals to experienced account managers and business consultants who provide customized one-on-one service.www.bdc.ca
This site is rich with information for entrepreneurs at every stage. For those in start-up mode, there’s a complete start-up guide that includes an analysis of the best businesses to go into and tips on developing business plans and accessing money. For those already running a business, there’s information on topics like sales and marketing, technology, human resources and exporting. And for would-be and actual entrepreneurs, there are lots of quizzes to test your abilities.http://www.canadaone.com/index.html
If exporting is part of your business plan, you’ll want to visit this site. There’s lots of good information on how to get export ready, including an Export Able? questionnaire. The site also includes information on Export Development Canada’s many services.www.edc.ca
The Mentor Works team have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Canadian government funding. Our team works directly with clients to discover solutions customized to their industry and current business challenges. We work with hundreds of Canadian small businesses to help them optimize their cash flow planning and leverage small business grants and incentives available to them.www.mentorworks.ca/