Business Basics

In this section you'll find curated resources that will help you with all aspects of starting and running a small business - from writing your business plan, finding funding, or free tools for creating your own website. The resources here are aimed at helping businesses from all industries. Make sure to explore the Industry Guides for information on industry-specific small business ideas. We have over 100 guides that will help you find detailed information to help you research your unique industry, competitors, and target markets.

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Business Research Basics

Follow a step-by-step process for secondary market research or watch a series of explainer style videos to learn the basics of researching industries. 

Business Plans

Tools to help you create your business planning


Four pages of free or low-cost tools to assist with all aspects of running a business

Funding & Financing 

Overview of grant, funding, and financing opportunities for Canadian businesses

Legal Assistance

A list of resources to help you work with a Lawyer

Management & HR

Resources to help you overcome the challenges of being the boss 


Selection of tools and templates yo help you to create a marketing plan