An Ocean Of Resources

Aspiring entrepreneurs have a lot of questions and concerns. Fortunately, there are resources available. Here are eight that might help you grow or start your business.

1) Business in the Streets (BITS)

We provide entrepreneurship training and ongoing support for alumni. Our coworking space is a perfect spot to work, hold a meeting or network. Open office hours are Monday to Friday, 10:30 to 5:30. Alternatively, you can rent a desk by contacting kyle@businessinthestreets.com

2) Government of Ontario Entrepreneurship Funds

The provincial government offers a range of programs and funds for entrepreneurs under the age of 30. Programs include training, women’s specific programs and funding opportunities. To learn more, click here.

3) Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)

ONE operates 14 centres in Ontario, providing specialized business support. In house business analysts and specialists are available to review your goals and determine a plan to grow your business. To find the nearest centre, click here.

4) Stanford University eCorner

Listen to talks from Silicon Valley’s top entrepreneurs. This site offers a wide range of speakers giving talks on every aspect of entrepreneurship. Best of all, it’s free to access.

5) Enterprise Toronto

Enterprise Toronto works with entrepreneurs across the city to solve business problems. Learn how to build a business plan, find funding sources and get yourself up to date on the laws and regulations that impact your business. In person help can be found at the North York Civic Centre, or access online.

6) edX

edX offers hundreds of free courses from some of the top universities in the world. Topics include business management, marketing, financing and growing a startup. Check them out!

7) Toronto Entrepreneurs Meetup Group

Meetup is a free service that allows groups to arrange meetings. Toronto Entrepreneurs boasts over 16,000 members, and holds regular networking events. One of the best ways to learn is through the experience of others. Find a meeting near you.

8) Canada Business Ontario (CBO)

CBO provides comprehensive guides to starting a business in Ontario. Guides are broken down into industries so all relevant information is present. Guides include relevant legal and regulatory information, as well as curate required documents for starting your business. Find a guide for your business!