Resources

Here are some helpful resources for all types of businesses

 

Business Planning Sites

Chinook Entrepreneurial Challenge Business Plan Template The following business plan templates are for informational purposes only.

 

Business Link – Business Plans and Checklists, Taxation Information, Home Based Businesses, Licensing, Interactive Business Planner, etc.

http://www.businesslink.ca/

 

Interactive Business Planner – Prepare a 3 year business plan by using a question and answer format.

http://www.cybf.ca/cybf_resources/getting-started/business-plan-writer/

 

Strategis – Guides to Starting a Business, Financing, Exporting, Researching Markets, etc.

http://strategis.ic.gc.ca

 

 

Government of Alberta

 

Alberta Agriculture Food and Rural Development (AAFRD) – Everything agriculture from business planning to finance/tax and science

http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/app21/rtw/index.jsp

 

Alberta Economic Development (AED) – Economic development, business start-up and advice

http://www.alberta-canada.com/index.cfm/

 

Alberta Government – Alberta government home page with links to all government business sites
http://www.gov.ab.ca

 

Alberta First – Premiere web site for statistical data about Alberta communities and marketplaces.

http://www.albertafirst.com

 

Small Business Alberta – Alberta Small Business Resources is a directory of business resources for new and established entrepreneurs.

http://smallbusiness.alberta.ca/

 

 

Government of Canada

 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) – Everything agriculture at the federal level.

http://www.agr.ca

 

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) – Canadian financier.

http://www.bdc.ca/

 

Canada’s International Business Strategy (CIBS) – Government of Canada site for international business opportunities

http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/

 

Canadian Trade Commissioner Service – Export market studies and business opportunities

http://www.infoexport.gc.ca/

 

Government of Canada – Financing, Taxation, Human Resources

http://canada.gc.ca/main_e.html

 

Human Resources Development Canada – Grant/Contribution Programs

http://www.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/

 

Canada Customs & Revenue Agency – Extensive information on tax rights and regulations

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/menu-eng.html

 

Regulations for Small Business – Links to relevant government regulations from a variety of sources governing small business startup and operation in Canada

http://www.servicealberta.ca/bizpal.cfm

 

Statistics Canada – Demographics statistics

http://www.StatCan.ca

 

Western Economic Diversification – Small business financing and information

http://www.wd.gc.ca

 

Employabilities – Finance

http://www.employabilities.ab.ca/

 

 

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

 

 

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) – Alberta government supported financing information

http://www.afsc.ca/

 

Business Development Bank of Canada – Canadian financier.

http://www.bdc.ca

 

Canadian Commercial Corporation – Canadian commercial finance agency

http://www.ccc.ca/

 

Credit Reporting Agencies – Online credit reporting services

http://www.creditworthy.com

 

NorthStar Trade Finance – BC-based export financing company

http://www.northstar.ca/

 

Tax and Accounting Sites Directory – Global tax information.

http://www.taxsites.com/international.html

 

 

International Financial Institutions

 

United Nations (UN)

http://www.un.org

 

World Bank (WB)

http://www.worldbank.org

 

 

Business Franchises

 

Canadian Franchise Association – The CFA is a national trade association of franchisors committed to achieving excellence in franchising.

http://www.cfa.ca/

 

Franchise Opportunities: Directory of franchise businesses for sale – Largest Canadian franchise directory on the web that specifically license in Canada.

http://canada.franchiseopportunities.com/

 

Business Tips – Franchising checklist

http://www.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/

 

 

Canada 411 Telephone Directory – Directory for business or personal phone numbers and addresses

http://canada411.sympatico.ca/

 

Dun and Bradstreet Information Services – Database for credit marketing, management decisions, purchasing and receivables

http://www.dnb.com

 

FreightWorld – Worldwide freight transportation and logistics.

http://www.freightworld.com

 

YVR Cargo Online – Vancouver International Airport cargo tracking and information.

http://www.yvrcargo.com/

 

 

Export/Manufacturers

 

 

Manitoba Trade and Investment Corporation – Manitoba trade promotion agency

http://www.gov.mb.ca/itt/trade/index.html

 

Export Source – Comprehensive Canadian export information

http://www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/page/2839

 

Manufacturers’ Agents of North America (MANA) – Resource for manufacturing companies to find sales rep’s.

http://www.manaonline.org

 

Saskatchewan Trade Export Partnership – Saskatchewan trade export directory

http://www.sasktrade.sk.ca

 

 

Trade Shows

 

Trade Show News Network – Search for world-wide trade shows including Canada

www.tsnn.com

 

 

U.S. Government

 

International Trade Administration – Customized state export data

http://www.ita.doc.gov

 

National Trade Data Bank – U.S. Federal economic and trade information

http://www.usa.gov/Business/Business-Data.shtml

 

TradePort – U.S. trade information, leads and company data bases

http://tradeport.org

 

 

 

Business Plan Samples

 

Bplans.com – This site is dedicated to selling business planning software but it does have 60 free sample business plans

http://www.bplans.com/

 

British Columbia Services Society – 5 sample plans for retail, manufacturing, service, primary, and publishing company’s.

http://www.smallbusinessbc.ca/

 

MIT $100k Entrepreneurship Competition – Resource page for another business planning competition

http://www.mit100k.org/

 

Moot Corp Competition – Examples of business plans presented at the Moot Corp competition at the University of Texas

http://www.businessplans.org/

 

 

Miscellaneous Business Sites

 

Checklist for going into Business – Provides checklist for going into business, provides a quick list of important areas to consider when looking at starting a business

http://www.sbinfocanada.about.com/

 

 

US Small Business Administration Business Plans – Business plan templates and resources

http://www.sba.gov/

 

Wall Street Executive Library – Provides multiple resource links to valuable business planning tools

http://www.executivelibrary.com/

 

Securities & Exchange Commission – EDGAR public company filings (US)

http://www.sec.gov/

 

SEDAR – Public company filings (CANADA)

http://www.sedar.com/

 

 

Other Resources

 

Deal Generator – Deal generator is a regional initiative to develop high quality deal flow for early stage enterprises

http://www.dealgenerator.com/

 

Inno-centre Alberta – The inno centre model brings enhanced access to capitla and mentoring for start up ventures

http://www.innocentrealberta.com/

 

Nua Surveys – Site has many surveys relating to internet demographics and buying patterns in certain industries

http://www.nua.com/

 

Recombinant Capital – Biotechnology industry analysis

http://www.recap.com/

 

Red Herring– Venture Capital and technology magazine

http://www.herring.com/

 

U.S Census Bureau – American demographic and business information

http://www.census.gov/