Information & Resources for Small Business

Below are a number of resources to help with your business development.

You can also visit the Small Business Centre library in person to access our comprehensive collection of books and publications on topics such as market research, business planning, marketing, financing, government regulations, and more.

 

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Answers to some of the most common questions we receive regarding business start-up and growth.
  • Market Research

    Market research is the process of gathering and analyzing as much information as possible about your customers, the industry, and your competitors. Before starting your business, or when launching a new a product or service, conducting market research will help you make critical decisions for your business success.
  • Financial Performance Data

    This online tool created by Industry Canada, provides access to more than 1000 industries across Canada, including more than 30 performance benchmarks to help small businesses determine how they measure up to their competitors.
  • Business Planning

    A business plan is a valuable tool for every business owner, whether you are starting up, have been in business for years, or are ready to grow. It should convey your enthusiasm, dedication and confidence in your idea and your research should convince readers that your venture has the potential to be successful.
  • Funding for Small Business

    While many financial institutions provide financing for new businesses based on a sound business plan and strong personal credit history, business owners often find it beneficial to seek out other funding options for their new and growing ventures.
  • Hiring

    Thinking about hiring? There are a number of programs that can help with training and wages for new employees.
  • Labour Market Information

    Understanding labour market information can help small business owners to: expand into new markets, take advantage of industry trends and predicted changes to the economy, find new customers and partners, as well as find and set wages for high quality workers.
  • The Tax Side of Starting Your Business

    A downloadable e-book to help you understand some of the tax requirements for your business.
  • Selling to the Government

    The Federal and Provincial Governments buy just about every kind of product and service, from aircraft to paper clips, from training services to scientific research. Find information, tools and help completing the tasks related to selling to the Government of Canada, such as understanding how to sell to the government and registering your business.
  • Spotlight on Entrepreneurship

    The Small Business Centre's Study on Entrepreneurship in Southwestern Ontario: Over 1500 people were surveyed to gauge the local entrepreneurial environment.
  • Downloads

    Downloadable files for Small Business Centre programs, services and events.
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