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Business Resources

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Welcome to our "Business Resources" page.  Here you will find links to various websites that offers publications, videos and resources related to entrepreneurship, business, and economic development. 

The information is provided for informational purposes only. 

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Aboriginal Business

Aboriginal Business Development Toolkit: If you’re an Aboriginal person thinking about starting or expanding a business, this toolkit has been developed with you in mind.

Canada Revenue Agency: CRA's quick reference of tax benefits and exemptions that apply to Aboriginal Canadians under the Canadian Indian Act.

Business Permits & Licensing

BizPal:  The step-by-step process to generate a customized list of permits and licences you may need to operate or open your business is now simplified and more user-friendly, guaranteeing access to results faster.

Canada Business Network: Find details about your businesses obligations.

Business Planning

Business Development Canada (BDC): BDC business plan templates let you prepare a professional business plan - a necessity when seeking financing for your project.

Canada Business Network: Find out how to write a business plan, and access templates, sample business plans, market research information and statistics.

Community Chambers & Economic Development Organizations

Indigeneous Services Canada:  Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) works collaboratively with partners to improve access to high quality services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Our vision is to support and empower Indigenous peoples to independently deliver services and address the socio-economic conditions in their communities.

Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC):  CEDC receives formal proposals on projects that will contribute to economic development. It responds quickly to new opportunities and initiatives to attract direct financial involvement from government and private sectors.

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce (TBCC):  Our Chamber is a voluntary, Member-driven organization of individuals and businesses working together to advance the commercial, financial, and civic interests of our community. 

Timmins Economic Development Corporation (TEDC):  TEDC is an arm’s length agency of the City of Timmins. Funded by the municipality, it works on projects that improve both the economy and local quality of life. Staff members also work on various regional projects that benefit Timmins and the area at large.

Community Planning

Indigeneous and Northern Affairs Canada: Comprehensive Community Planning (CCP) is a priority for many First Nations who see it as an effective tool to build healthy and sustainable communities that improve the quality of life for their members.  Download CCP Handbook.  


Entrepreneurship 101: Essential information for emerging entrepreneurs. Based on the Entrepreneurship 101 business training course, these lecture videos and related resources provide startup business training online to help you start and grow your company.

Entrepreneurial Potenetial Self-Assessment:  Developed by Business Development Canada, this questionnaire includes 50 statements, and will take about 10 minutes to complete. There are no right or wrong answers. Your honest opinion is what counts. 

Thunder Bay District Entrepreneur Center: We help you determine what you need to do before, during and after launching your business.

Youth Entrepreneurship Guide: This guide will introduce you to the basics of starting a business, and the government programs avaiable to young entrepreneurs in Ontario.

Women Entrepreneurs:  Canada Business Netwrok provides information and links to programs and business support organizations specifically for women entrepreneurs. 

Finance Calculators

The Calculator Site: Features a variety of free financial calculators, imperial to metric converters and other useful calculation tools for general use.

 Marketing & Market Research

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB):  CCAB offers unique programs and services that help facilitate sustainable relations between First Nation, Inuit, and Métis people and the Canadian business sector.   CCAB conducts and publishes a number of reports and surveys to fulfill their mandate.

Info Entrepreneurs: This guide outlines the key areas to look at and what to include in an effective marketing plan.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada: Use these tools to research small business trends in Canada.

Ministry of Finance:  The Ontario Population Projections section features the latest Ministry of Finance 30-year demographic projections for Ontario and its 49 Census Divisions. A detailed report and statistical tables are available to download.

North Superior Workforce Planning Board: NSWPB Mission Statement: “Connecting community partners to improve the quality of life in our communities through workforce development”  Visit their website for more reports specific to northwestern Ontario.

Social Marketing Starter Guide: The changing climate and how you can harness the power for your business.

Personal Finance

Equifax: Get your credit report and know your score.

Industry Canada/Office of Consumer Affairs: Along with the credit histories of millions of other people, your credit history is recorded in files maintained by at least one of Canada's major credit-reporting agencies: Equifax Canada and TransUnion Canada. Expense calculator and tracker for personal budgeting.  If this is your first time tracking your expenses, or if you're getting back to it because your situation has changed, this site offers tips and tools to help you get started.

Small Business

Small Business Checkup: Are you looking to improve your business? The Small Business Check-up is designed to assist business managers and owners develop an action plan to improve their business operations.  

Starting a Business

Business Development Center: Starting and registering a business in Ontario.


Canada Revenue Agency: CRA's information page on Business, GST/HST and Payroll.

Grant Thornton: Tax planning guide and tax tables.

Ministry of Economic Development & Innovation: Ontario Business Program Guide, the Ontario government’s free, online directory of tax incentives, tax credits and government support programs for business.

Ministry of Finance: Learn about tax credits available to businesses and how to receive them.


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