Starting a new business

Starting a new business can be a mixed bag of emotions. Fun, challenging, exciting, scary all at the same time. But if you’re ready to take that first step, or maybe you have, there’s lots of valuable information that can guide you on that journey.
Here’s a few shortcuts to help you get started and give you some ideas as you navigate the wonderful world of entrepreneurship.

Did you know that bdc is theBusiness Development Bank” of Canada and is the only financial institution devoted entirely to entrepreneurs? They offer free advice and tools from creating a business plan, getting financing, marketing, technology and the list goes on – click here to learn more

Don’t miss checking the Government of Canada’s site as well, when you’re setting up your business it’s important to have all your bases covered, they provide a Business start-up checklist and lots of great information even tailored to specific businesses. Click on the links below to learn more.

Check out Invest Ottawa, as they provide seminars, resources, business advice and even contests for investments you can apply to participate in.

Have you heard of the Ottawa Community Loan Fund It is a non-profit organization providing microloans for business and professional development purposes, as well as creating awareness of the importance of a strong credit history.

Ottawa Public Library provide Online Resources, did you know that you can get online course with a valid Library Card? The Library is a great place to go for free resources and tools for your business. THINK Books- Audio – Events – and more.

How about seeing if you qualify for a grant from Canadian Business Grants

As you begin your journey a great idea is to attend a business connecting event , meet local business people and entrepreneurs and ask questions. Learn from them, see what they are doing, surround yourself with like-minded people that will support you in your vision and on your journey and can be the resources and team you need to get started.

Been thinking of starting something but not sure what that something is? There are many opportunities to join companies that already have a plan in place, you can be your own boss, learn from great processes and marketing strategies and be part of the wonderful world of entrepreneurship?

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