Starting & Growing
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Find online resources about starting your business expanding it and developing your business plan.
Accounting and Bookkeeping: Instructional books at Enterprise Toronto, Resource Centre, software & online resources, and relevant organizations.
Business Model Canvas: A strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model.
Business Plan Outline: A guide/outline to assist with business goals, reasons they are attainable, and plans for reaching them.
Canadian Importing Exporting: Government agencies, regulatory requirements, useful links, resources, and training.
Canadian Intellectual Property: Examples of Intellectual property and government contact information.
Commercial Kitchen Rental: List of commercial kitchen rentals in Toronto.
Contact Information for Small Business: Small business contact information for the Federal, Provincial and Municipal government, as well as associations and incubators.
Doing Business with the Government: Information and workshops on how to do business with the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments.
Environmental Responsibility and Your Small Business: Recommended resources and information.
Franchising: Types of franchises, advantages and disadvantages, as well as useful links.
Funding for Small Business: Government programs, and not-for-profit organizations offering small business funding.
Guide to Choosing a Business-Structure: Three main business structures — sole proprietor, partnership and corporation – advantages and disadvantages of each.
How to Make Money Online:Includes freelancing, affiliate marketing, selling arts and crafts, cost-per-action marketing, content revenue sharing, video marketing, blogging, email marketing, and pay-per-click marketing
Market Research: Resources, trends, suppliers and foreign market opportunities.
Marketing Plan: A guide to help identify who your target customers are, how to reach them, and how to retain them.
Networking and Business Etiquette Tips: Suggested networking organizations and online resources.
Privacy Protection: Information and resources on Federal and Provincial privacy legislations.
Privacy Protection and E-Business: Guidelines from the Provincial and Federal government.
Professional Construction Resources: Resources for contractors and the construction industry.
Provincial Not-for-Profit Corporation: Information on how to set up a Not-for-Profit with the Ministry of Government Services.
Regulatory Requirements: Licensing and regulatory requirements through all levels of government.
Self-Employment Support Services for Women Newcomers: Self-employment support services organizations for women newcomers.
Show Me the Money: A few questions to ask yourself so that you look for the right type of financing for your venture.
Social Media for Small Business: Key social media platforms to consider for your small business.
Taxation: Canada Revenue Agency is the office responsible for taxation issues for small business.
The Value Proposition Template: A template to identify your business’ value proposition statement, that is, what it is you are offering to your customers and what type of value or benefit is associated with your offering
Vendor Opportunities 2016: Includes festivals and events, farmer’s markets and seasonal markets in Toronto.
The following organizations will develop business plans for a fee:
IMPACT Consulting Group
Ryerson Consulting Group
York Consulting Group