Application Resources

Why Consider Entrepreneurship
This page includes a list of advantages and benefits to being your own boss. It discusses topics such as having your own freedom to work less and putting your own ideas to work.

Obtaining Your Credit Score and Report

Equifax Trial
Free credit score: Take advantage of a 30-day trial to get your credit report and score instantly on-line.

How To Request A Copy Of Your Credit Report
Here are various methods presented by the Industry Canada to request your credit report and score. Please note that while credit report can be obtained for free, some fees will apply to obtain the credit score. 

Business Start-Up Resources

BDC Self-Assessment
This confidential self-assessment tool measures your entrepreneurial potential. The assessment includes 50 statements. It only takes 15 minutes and once completed you will receive a criteria compared to other entrepreneurs.

Starting a Business
Canadian Business Network supplies a list of information that can help entrepreneurs start their business. The list will help plan for a successful start with guidance towards topics such as registration processes, creating a business plan and setting up a location.

Business Plan Resources

Futurpreneur Canada Interactive Business Planner
Login into Futurpreneur to complete a business planner. The site will ask you a list of questions for each section of your business plan to create and overall outline. This planner makes the process of writing a plan easy and breaks down each part of the plan into simple questions.

Free Business Plan Consultation at Enterprise Toronto
Enterprise Toronto Advisory Services provide free personal one-on-one consultation to help you start your business. Experienced advisors can answer specific questions you may have related to business planning. A complete business plan is required to book an appointment.

Business Plan Samples
This page includes a collection of free sample business plans. These business plans contain realistic sample content for several types of businesses.

Free Business Start-up Seminars
Enterprise Toronto host’s free seminars for entrepreneurs, discussing various topics. Each seminar is a series that allows for several topics to be discussed on weekly basis for a month span.

Market Research – General Overview and Guidelines

Researching Your Market
Entrepreneur Magazine supplies a list of market research tools to find up-to-date information and the best methods for finding data about the business and market you are entering.

Market Research Guideline
Toronto Enterprise fund supplies a page that describes what market research is, why it is important and tips on the best methods to conduct it.

Conducting Market Research
Canada Business Network offers a page to learn more about market research, how it can improve your business decisions and how to conduct a market research campaign.

Guide to Market Research and Analysis
Canada Business Network supplies a guide to market research and analysis. The guide helps business owners understand market research and its importance. It includes information on how to conduct proper market research and several options regardless of their market research budget.

Market Research Tools and Sources

Survey Monkey
An online site that allows you to create and publish online surveys in minutes, and view results graphically and in real time. SurveyMonkey provides free online questionnaire and surveys. Additional plans are available to upgrade too.

Sample Size Calculator
This Sample Size Calculator is presented as a public service of Creative Research Systems survey software. You can use it to determine how many people you need to interview in order to get results that reflect the target population as precisely as needed. You can also find the level of precision you have in an existing sample.

Associations Canada
Canadian and International associations that represent industry, commercial and professional groups, registered charities and special interest groups. Available anywhere.

Reliable current and historical census data from Statistics Canada about Canada and its people.
Available anywhere.

Business and Company Resource Center
Company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies.
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Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA)
Full-text business and general interest articles from popular, academic and business periodicals.
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Canadian Newsstand
Full text articles from major Canadian newspapers and television news transcripts.
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Full-text articles from International and Canadian newspapers.
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Canadian Periodical Index (CPI.Q)
Articles from general, academic and business magazines. Index from 1988, full text from 1995.
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Expert, independent, nonprofit product testing and current issues of the magazine. Includes "Extra Canada" with Canadian pricing and availability.
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Archive of important scholarly journals, not current editions for arts,science and the humanities.
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Scott's Business Directories Online
Canadian company information by product, type, location, exports, demographics, contact information.
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Others Resources for Small Businesses

Online service that simplifies the business permit and license process for entrepreneurs, governments, and third party business service providers.

Enterprise Toronto Online Resources
Looking for assistance on a specific business topic? What to know if there are upcoming events relating to that topic? This section is your guide to receiving a wealth of resources from over 120 business categories.

Government Grants 
Canada Business Network supplies a checklist that will help entrepreneurs find appropriate financing for their business.Loans and Financing