Resources for Small Businesses


Internet Resources

Listed below are web sites that will help small business owners, and prospective owners, be more successful.

General Information for Small Business

Canada Business Network
Provides information related to running a business in Canada and has links to government websites providing additional information for businesses. The site also offers information on federal and provincial government services for businesses in Ontario, and provides links for the Service Centres in each province.

ServiceOntario - Your Business From Start to Finish
Find hundreds of resources to help you define, develop and grow your business.

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Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infastructure
Information on how the Ontario Government can help you start and grow your small business.

Small Business Access
An Ontario government site with support, information and advice to run your small business.

Export Market Access
A Global Expansion Program (EMA) is designed to assist small to medium size organizations (SMEs) to access and expand their growth in new foreign markets that are beyond the U.S

Ontario Exporters Fund
The Ontario Exporters Fund has been established to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become export ready and help them gain/increase access to international export markets.

Thanks to funding provided by the Government of Ontario, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has created the SMART Program to help small and medium-sized manufacturers in Ontario improve their productivity so they can compete more effectively in the global economy

Industry Canada
A site from Industry Canada on topics such as how to start a business and explore new markets, research trade and investment data by product or industry, keep up with technological innovation, access a library of consumer information, use the interactive power of Strategis to manage growth, find benchmarking tools to compete in the global marketplace, take advantage of Strategis' leadership in electronic commerce, learn how to use the tools of electronic commerce in a secure environment, and many others.

Starting a Business in Canada
The steps you need to consider before operating a business in Canada.

Innovation in Canada
"With more than 1,700 links available, our Innovation Resources put knowledge into the hands of businesses. Browse by region or by subject to find links to the information you need to help you protect your ideas, find partners and financing, build that prototype, market your idea and, if all goes just right... improve your bottom line!"

Niagara Economic Development 
The Economic Development page of the Regional government containing links that businesses should find useful.

Town of Lincoln
Contains information about locating a business in the Town of Lincoln.


Human Resources

Human Resources Management - for small to medium sized business
A one-stop information source for your human resources management needs. Go here for resources about hiring, pay and benefits, labour law, layoffs and terminations, training and development, employee and labour relations, health and safety and HR Planning.


Canada Revenue Agency
Information from Revenue Canada, providing specific information for small businesses.

Business Start-up and Registration - Corporations Tax
Ontario Corporation Number, Ontario Corporations Tax Number, Federal Business Number (BN), Ontario Business Number

Business Development Bank of Canada
This Crown Corporation is Canada's business development bank, devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs.

Non-Government Sites

General Information

Canadian Industry Directory - Frasers
Whether you're looking for a wholesale industrial or electronics directory, wholesale industry suppliers, or any kind of industrial goods & services in Canada, you can find it at FRASERS.