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  • START Program - Canada Business Network
    and financial assistance Loans and cash advances Loan guarantees Tax refunds and credits Wage subsidies Equity investments Private sector financing Sources of private sector financing Accessing equity financing Personal assets Financing from non government organizations Business Planning Social enterprises and non profits Financing More Managing Day to day operations Managing your finances Operations planning Protecting your business Benchmarking Supply chain management Management leadership Organizational design Environment and business Exiting your business Employees Hiring employees Keeping employee records Teleworkers Managing employees during tough times Implementing tools for human resources administration Training E business security privacy and legal requirements Marketing and sales Marketing basics Promoting and advertising your business Sales and customer relationship management Selling to governments Marketing advertising and sales regulations Developing your website Using technology in your daily operations Social enterprises and non profits Managing More Growing Planning for business growth Things to consider before expanding your business Identify opportunities arising from your current business Ways to grow your business Business activities to achieve growth Business planning Organizations and resources for growth R D and innovation Improving your productivity with technology Research and development Commercialization Licensing and technology transfer opportunities Financing for innovation Innovative business activities Innovation resources Exporting and importing Exporting Importing Investing abroad Business support organizations Social enterprises and non profits Growing More Government Taxes GST HST Federal tax information Provincial and territorial tax information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government Selling to provincial territorial and municipal governments Selling to

    Original URL path: http://www.entreprisescanada.ca/eng/program/4068/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Skills Link - Canada Business Network
    financing Government grants and financing Grants contributions and financial assistance Loans and cash advances Loan guarantees Tax refunds and credits Wage subsidies Equity investments Private sector financing Sources of private sector financing Accessing equity financing Personal assets Financing from non government organizations Business Planning Social enterprises and non profits Financing More Managing Day to day operations Managing your finances Operations planning Protecting your business Benchmarking Supply chain management Management leadership Organizational design Environment and business Exiting your business Employees Hiring employees Keeping employee records Teleworkers Managing employees during tough times Implementing tools for human resources administration Training E business security privacy and legal requirements Marketing and sales Marketing basics Promoting and advertising your business Sales and customer relationship management Selling to governments Marketing advertising and sales regulations Developing your website Using technology in your daily operations Social enterprises and non profits Managing More Growing Planning for business growth Things to consider before expanding your business Identify opportunities arising from your current business Ways to grow your business Business activities to achieve growth Business planning Organizations and resources for growth R D and innovation Improving your productivity with technology Research and development Commercialization Licensing and technology transfer opportunities Financing for innovation Innovative business activities Innovation resources Exporting and importing Exporting Importing Investing abroad Business support organizations Social enterprises and non profits Growing More Government Taxes GST HST Federal tax information Provincial and territorial tax information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government Selling to

    Original URL path: http://www.entreprisescanada.ca/eng/program/2512/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Support for Translation and Interpretation Program - Canada Business Network
    Financing Find financing Government grants and financing Grants contributions and financial assistance Loans and cash advances Loan guarantees Tax refunds and credits Wage subsidies Equity investments Private sector financing Sources of private sector financing Accessing equity financing Personal assets Financing from non government organizations Business Planning Social enterprises and non profits Financing More Managing Day to day operations Managing your finances Operations planning Protecting your business Benchmarking Supply chain management Management leadership Organizational design Environment and business Exiting your business Employees Hiring employees Keeping employee records Teleworkers Managing employees during tough times Implementing tools for human resources administration Training E business security privacy and legal requirements Marketing and sales Marketing basics Promoting and advertising your business Sales and customer relationship management Selling to governments Marketing advertising and sales regulations Developing your website Using technology in your daily operations Social enterprises and non profits Managing More Growing Planning for business growth Things to consider before expanding your business Identify opportunities arising from your current business Ways to grow your business Business activities to achieve growth Business planning Organizations and resources for growth R D and innovation Improving your productivity with technology Research and development Commercialization Licensing and technology transfer opportunities Financing for innovation Innovative business activities Innovation resources Exporting and importing Exporting Importing Investing abroad Business support organizations Social enterprises and non profits Growing More Government Taxes GST HST Federal tax information Provincial and territorial tax information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government

    Original URL path: http://www.entreprisescanada.ca/eng/program/5066/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Western Diversification Program - Canada Business Network
    and financing Grants contributions and financial assistance Loans and cash advances Loan guarantees Tax refunds and credits Wage subsidies Equity investments Private sector financing Sources of private sector financing Accessing equity financing Personal assets Financing from non government organizations Business Planning Social enterprises and non profits Financing More Managing Day to day operations Managing your finances Operations planning Protecting your business Benchmarking Supply chain management Management leadership Organizational design Environment and business Exiting your business Employees Hiring employees Keeping employee records Teleworkers Managing employees during tough times Implementing tools for human resources administration Training E business security privacy and legal requirements Marketing and sales Marketing basics Promoting and advertising your business Sales and customer relationship management Selling to governments Marketing advertising and sales regulations Developing your website Using technology in your daily operations Social enterprises and non profits Managing More Growing Planning for business growth Things to consider before expanding your business Identify opportunities arising from your current business Ways to grow your business Business activities to achieve growth Business planning Organizations and resources for growth R D and innovation Improving your productivity with technology Research and development Commercialization Licensing and technology transfer opportunities Financing for innovation Innovative business activities Innovation resources Exporting and importing Exporting Importing Investing abroad Business support organizations Social enterprises and non profits Growing More Government Taxes GST HST Federal tax information Provincial and territorial tax information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government Selling to provincial territorial and

    Original URL path: http://www.entreprisescanada.ca/eng/program/4126/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Crowdfunding - Canada Business Network
    Exiting your business Employees Hiring employees Keeping employee records Teleworkers Managing employees during tough times Implementing tools for human resources administration Training E business security privacy and legal requirements Marketing and sales Marketing basics Promoting and advertising your business Sales and customer relationship management Selling to governments Marketing advertising and sales regulations Developing your website Using technology in your daily operations Social enterprises and non profits Managing More Growing Planning for business growth Things to consider before expanding your business Identify opportunities arising from your current business Ways to grow your business Business activities to achieve growth Business planning Organizations and resources for growth R D and innovation Improving your productivity with technology Research and development Commercialization Licensing and technology transfer opportunities Financing for innovation Innovative business activities Innovation resources Exporting and importing Exporting Importing Investing abroad Business support organizations Social enterprises and non profits Growing More Government Taxes GST HST Federal tax information Provincial and territorial tax information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government Selling to provincial territorial and municipal governments Selling to foreign governments Government procurement glossary of terms Considering bankruptcy Government grants and financing Social enterprises and non profits Government More You are here Home Financing Crowdfunding Crowdfunding Filter by Region Region Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon and or Business type Raising funds for your business can be a challenge Crowdfunding collecting financial contributions from many strangers not usually connected to the financial sector represents an alternative to traditional forms of financing your business dream Crowdfunding is usually done over the Internet for a fee through crowdfunding platforms and funding portals Participating in online communities dedicated to this type of fundraising can help you collect donations offer rewards and take pre orders Equity crowdfunding is being considered by some provincial and territorial securities regulators and could become an option in some regions Stay informed about what you can and can t do Keep in mind that by exposing your business idea to the public you run the risk of having your ideas copied Do your research to find out how to protect your intellectual property Many factors contribute to a successful campaign including the number of people who see your campaign and whether they buy into your idea Telling a compelling story and raising awareness about your campaign are vital so tools such as social media have an important role in promoting your campaign Be sure to do some research to find the right crowdfunding platform to showcase your idea While crowdfunding will not work for every venture it can be a way

    Original URL path: http://www.entreprisescanada.ca/eng/page/4311/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Guide to market research and analysis - Canada Business Network
    Business plans and market research are not solely for new businesses Accurate assessment of the market and development of an effective plan is critical to the success of both new and existing businesses Businesses contemplating significant changes such as business expansion and relocation are also wise to use market research to support their decisions Examples of situations that might call for market research include New advertising campaigns Opening a new location or changing business locations Increasing production levels Introducing new lines of products or services The kind of information gathered through marketing research during the planning and growth stages of your business can also be very useful in its day to day operation A regular flow of market research information can help you to maximize the potential of your current business activities and help you to create a roadmap for future growth How to conduct market research First it is important to establish clear goals for the market research activity you will undertake You need to make sure you have defined what you need to know and why Once you have established your goals it is important develop a strategy and select techniques you will use to gather data The two broad types of research you can use are primary and secondary research Primary research Primary research is original information gathered through your own efforts or on your behalf by a hired research firm to respond to a specific question or set of questions This information is normally gathered through surveys observation or experimentation The following are examples of questions that can be addressed through primary research Who are my customers and how can I reach them Customer profiles Prospective business locations Marketing strategies Which products and services do buyers need or want What factors influence the buying decisions of my customers Price service convenience branding etc What prices should I set for my products and services Customer expectations Who are my competitors how do they operate and what are their strengths and weaknesses Some drawbacks of primary research are that it can be time consuming and expensive if not performed yourself and the results are not available immediately The benefits of this type of research are that you can specifically target desired groups such as your customers or the geographic market for your business and can tailor your research instrument to answer specific questions In addition to keeping the costs down an added benefit of doing the research on your own is that you will get to know the market for your business better Surveys are the most common way to gather primary research Surveys can be conducted Through direct mail Hand out at the place of business or mail out with survey returned in person or via mail Questionable effectiveness follow up reminders necessary Over the telephone Cost effective Can be difficult to reach participants Little appetite in the public for telephone interruptions On the web or via email Allows participants to complete the survey on their own

    Original URL path: http://www.entreprisescanada.ca/eng/page/2691/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Assessing the health of your business - Canada Business Network
    skills to better manage your business Your employees Employees are the lifeblood of your business Make sure that you recruit and manage your employees with a focus on organizational vitality Do you employ the right employees each of whom contributes to making your business run smoothly or are you forced to rely on a small percentage of key employees to get the job done Does your business suffer from a high employee turnover rate Do you feel the pinch when a few employees are absent from work Do your employees know what is expected of them Your management team Ideally your management team works well as a unit towards fulfilling your vision for success Great management teams boast members with diverse skills that complement one another Analyze your team and determine its value to your business Who are the members and what do they bring to your team Do their strengths and weaknesses create a strong balance What training can you offer them internal or external to complement their skills Your market A viable market makes your business profitable Review your sales patterns and recognize the areas in which you ve flourished and floundered Examine new possibilities for growth What are the demographics of your market who are your customers What portions of your customer base are most and least profitable Do you anticipate entering new markets Do you have a large customer base or are you dependant on one or very few customers Your accounts receivable Offering credit to your customers can act as an incentive for them to make larger purchases It can also attract new customers but extending it does not come without risk If you do offer credit to your customers ensure that you take every measure to minimize your personal risk Do you offer credit to your customers Do you conduct thorough credit checks before extending credit to customers Do you keep detailed records of accounts receivable Do you have outstanding debts that have been owed to you for an unreasonable period of time Your competitors If you run a successful business you will always have competitors who want a share of your market Rather than fret over competing businesses examine them and use your knowledge to determine where you can make improvements Do you know who they are and what their strengths are How do your customers perceive your competition Have you used benchmarking tools to see how you measure up to your competition How would your customers compare you with your competitors Your products and services You are what you sell Take the time to analyze how each of your products and services perform in the marketplace Remember each product and service that you sell is only an asset if it brings value back into your business Which of your products and services are the most and least profitable Which of your products and services do your customers favour and why Do any particular products or services cause frequent customer complaints regarding their

    Original URL path: http://www.entreprisescanada.ca/eng/page/3432/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Corporate social responsibility - Canada Business Network
    from your current business Ways to grow your business Business activities to achieve growth Business planning Organizations and resources for growth R D and innovation Improving your productivity with technology Research and development Commercialization Licensing and technology transfer opportunities Financing for innovation Innovative business activities Innovation resources Exporting and importing Exporting Importing Investing abroad Business support organizations Social enterprises and non profits Growing More Government Taxes GST HST Federal tax information Provincial and territorial tax information Tax refunds and credits Registering your business Regulations Regulated business activities Regulated industries Regulatory change Standards Permits and licences Copyright and intellectual property What is intellectual property Copyright Trade marks Patents Industrial designs Integrated circuit topographies Protecting your intellectual property in export markets Product licensing Selling to governments Why sell to the government Preparing to sell to the government Selling to the federal government Selling to provincial territorial and municipal governments Selling to foreign governments Government procurement glossary of terms Considering bankruptcy Government grants and financing Social enterprises and non profits Government More You are here Home Managing Day to day operations Management leadership Corporate social responsibility Corporate social responsibility Filter by Region Region Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Newfoundland and Labrador New Brunswick Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon and or Business type In order to stay competitive in today s market you might want to consider where corporate social responsibility fits into your operations What is corporate social responsibility A growing number of businesses have recognized an increasing consumer demand for products and services from organizations that take responsibility for their impact on the environment the communities where they operate their employees their stakeholders and the general public As a good corporate citizen your business decisions will be aligned with an ongoing effort to make every impact of your business positive For example you may consider implementing innovative environmental measures into your operations or developing a community outreach program that provides a needed service to less fortunate members of the community Corporate social responsibility comes in many forms Your active attention to it will affect your business conscience as well as your bottom line For more information on corporate social responsibility check out the following resources CSR toolkit Learn how your business can integrate corporate social responsibility principles and practices that help promote innovation and sustainability Corporate Responsibility Find out more about corporate responsibility including its potential impact on consumers and investors Corporate Social Responsibility International Trade Learn about Canada s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and anti corruption and bribery efforts before doing business abroad Corporate Social Responsibility An Implementation Guide for Canadian Business Get practical advice on corporate social responsibility including developing a business case implementing a strategy and measuring outcomes Environment and business Find environmental programs and resources that could help improve your business ISO 26000 Social Responsibility If you would like your business to be recognized for its social responsibility you should follow the ISO SR26000 standard SME Sustainability Roadmap Learn how this tool

    Original URL path: http://www.entreprisescanada.ca/eng/page/2658/ (2016-02-14)
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