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National & Provincial Business Development Resources

There are a number of National and Provincial resources and funds which can provide aid to entrepreneurs.  Whether you are a young student with a business idea, a veteran who is looking to create a business start-up or a female business owner with expansion plans, these resources may be of interest to you.

General Resources

Government of Canada Business Benefit Finder is a website resource with many listed grant opportunities. 

Province of Ontario Small Business Access is a website resource with many listed grant opportunities.

The Business Development Bank of Canada is the only exclusive bank devoted to entrepreneurs.  This resource and its team of representatives can assist entrepreneurs with the creation of a business plan to finance terms to mentoring services.

The Canada Small Business Financing Program is a Government of Canada program, administered through Industry Canada, that can provide entrepreneurs with capital to purchase or expand a business.

Youth/Young Entrepreneur Resources

Summer Company is a Government of Ontario program, eligible for young Ontario entrepreneurs aged 15 – 29 who wish to start a new independent business and are attending school.  This program provides non-refundable financing in allotments to first-time eligible applicants who spend a pre-determined amount of time on their business depending on their school status.    

Futurpreneur Canada offers financing, mentoring, and expertise to get your start-up off the ground.  If you’re 18-39 and ready to launch a business, Futurpreneur Canada can help.

Service Personnel Resources

Prince's Operation Entrepreneur is a national program that offers various levels of business workshops and support services for military members who are transitioning, veterans, or spouses of military personnel.

Veteran's Guide to Starting a Business is a great resource full of insight and connective links that specifically cite support for veterans seeking to go into business for themselves.  This resource has been created by Best Accounting Software.

Women's Resources

Women Entrepreneurship Fund is a Government of Canada program that seeks to ensure full and equal participation from women in business development.  The empowerment initiatives focus on supporting women entrepreneurs who are pursuing international market opportunities or considering business expansion and growth.