6- I want to work for myself
Does the idea of working for yourself excite you? Business "smarts" can be learned. Before going into business, explore the following sites. You will find information about working independently, starting up a business and preparing yourself effectively for the adventure of entrepreneurship.
Where to Begin
70- Canada Business Service Centres (CBSC)
The CBSC's mission is to provide start-up assistance to new entrepreneurs, help small businesses and encourage entrepreneurial growth. No matter what field you are interested in, this Web site provides vital information on government assistance programs. Browse the directory or use the search engine to quickly find the information you need. On the home page, you will find a link to your province's CBSC Web site, where you can find even more information specific to where you live.
Possibly the most exhaustive of all information sources on entrepreneurship! This Web site is jammed with articles, tools and advice on everything related to setting up your own business. Start-up difficulties, balancing business and family life, planning for growth these issues and more are addressed here.
Human Resources Management is a one-stop resource for small- to medium-sized employers. This site will help them find qualified employees and make informed decisions on hiring. It also addresses a number of day-to-day human resource management issues, such as employment standards, worker compensation, occupational safety, benefits and much more. This site also contains sector-specific information which has proven to be a great resource.
73- Business Development Bank of Canada
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is Canada's small business bank. Its various financing programs are described on this Web site, including the Micro Business Program, the Young Entrepreneur Financing Program, Seed and Venture Capital, and others (click on "Products and Solutions", then "Financial Products"). The BDC also offers management and business consulting services. Use the "Branch Locator" to find the BDC office in your area.
Canada One is a Canadian small business magazine, full of articles and resources on a variety of topics. Subjects include starting up, writing a business plan, sales, public relations and more. This site also features a Canadian directory of businesses, a "tool kit" full of practical guides and financial tools, and a calendar of business events. You'll probably be back to visit this one often!