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You don't become an expert business manager overnight. Seeking the advice of peers, professional business counsellors and coaches can help you transition from new business owner to experienced entrepreneur.

Some financing organizations offer networking, coaching, and other business support services. Visit our Grants and financing section for more information.

  • Grants and financing

    Find out how to access money for your business.

  • Contact the Canada Business Network

    The Canada Business Network has centres across the country that offer guidance, information and resources to help make your journey in business a successful one.

  • Accredited Professionals

    Do you need professional help for your business? Access this national, online database of accountants, legal professionals, valuators and auditors.

  • Business consultants

    Find business consultants, development organizations and specialists in the areas of exporting, financial services, human resources, marketing, and more.

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Start-up and business development

Access a wide range of business support services that can help you start or grow your business.

Networking and chambers of commerce

Take advantage of business opportunities and specific networking forums to make the right connections.

  • Alberta Chambers of Commerce
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Discover the business benefits of joining a chamber of commerce in your community and learn about your local Alberta chamber.

  • Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Commerce
    Applies only to: Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick

    Network, learn, and grow when you join your local Atlantic Provinces chamber of commerce.

  • British Columbia Chambers of Commerce
    Applies only to: British Columbia

    Visit your local B.C. Chamber of Commerce to access information on membership benefits, partnerships and networking opportunities in your community.

  • Canadian chamber of commerce

    A strong community business network can benefit your company. Access your local chamber of commerce.

  • Centre for Women in Business
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    As a Nova Scotia woman entrepreneur, you can access support and resources at any business stage through this business development centre.

  • Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    As a young entrepreneur in Montreal, you can develop your personal and professional network and find a mentor.

  • Lambda Business and Professional Association of Manitoba
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    If your business caters to gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender customers, you could benefit from these business services.

  • Manitoba Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    As an Aboriginal entrepreneur, you have access to networking opportunities, seminars, events, membership discounts, a chamber directory and a business centre.

  • Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Find out how the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce can help grow your business.

  • OpportunitiesBC
    Applies only to: British Columbia

    Use this database to promote your existing business for sale or lease, or to attract investment from foreign investors.

  • Purchasing Management Association of Canada

    Learn how to better manage your supply chain by signing up for seminars, webinars, introductory training or a full-scale accreditation program.

  • Rural Opportunities Network

    Explore business ideas, promote yourself, and connect with other Canadians engaged in the sustainable use of natural resources.

  • WEConnect Canada Certification

    Find out how your company can be certified as a Women Business Enterprise to increase your access to contract opportunities in Canada and abroad.

  • YouInc

    Join this business information and networking site to help enrich your entrepreneurial experience. Share, learn and collaborate with other entrepreneurs.

Coaching, mentoring and training

Connect with experienced business advisors who can help you develop your skills and achieve your business goals. 

  • Lancement d'une entreprise (Starting a business) in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    You can obtain highly qualified professional support to start up your business and training tailored to your business project.

  • Aboriginal Business Mentorship Program

    As an Aboriginal business owner and a member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, you could get a mentor to help you develop your skills.

  • Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
    Applies only to: Alberta

    As a woman in Alberta, you can take advantage of this network and its tools to gain business skills and help your business succeed.

  • Atlantic Trades Business Seal
    Applies only to: Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick

    Learn business and leadership skills that can help you and your employees run an efficient trades-related business.

  • Best business practices in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    Improve your knowledge of business practices with custom-made practical courses, workshops and seminars offered by this program.

  • Black Business Initiative — Business support and training
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    As an existing or aspiring African Nova Scotian entrepreneur, you can access specialized business training, support and counseling.

  • Business Advisory Services (Ontario)
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Access expert help in Southern Ontario to grow your small to medium-sized business locally or in new markets.

  • Business Advisory Services for Métis
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    Are you of Métis ancestry and thinking of starting a business? The SaskMetis Economic Development Corporation provides general business information, consulting services and business development workshops.

  • Business Services — Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Access a wide range of services to business in French. Tap into expertise to create or grow your business.

  • Business advisory centres
    Applies only to: British Columbia

    If you are an Aboriginal entrepreneur, you can access free business advice and other services for business start-up, expansion, partnerships, and planning.

  • Canadian Executive Service Organization — Aboriginal services

    You can get help from volunteers to develop and grow your aboriginal business.

  • Canadian Women in Communications

    Are you a woman entrepreneur in the communications sector who is looking for mentorship or guidance? Find out how leadership development and mentoring services can help you achieve your business goals.

  • Centre d'entreprises et d'innovation de Montréal
    Applies only to: Québec

    Get specialized advice to start up and develop your information technology, industrial technology, multimedia or life sciences business.

  • Centre for Management Development — UR Business
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    If you need professional consulting services to meet your business goals, this centre may be able to help you.

  • Centre for Women in Business
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    As a Nova Scotia woman entrepreneur, you can access support and resources at any business stage through this business development centre.

  • Commerce International Québec in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    Are you thinking of exporting? Get expert advice and access to international contacts through this network.

  • Community Futures Development Corporations — Western Canada
    Applies only to: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan

    If you live in a rural region of Western Canada and want to start or grow your business, you can get business counseling and training in your area.

  • Community partners — service location finder
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Find in-person assistance to help you start and grow your business.

  • Conseil de développement économique de l’Alberta
    Applies only to: Alberta, Québec

    If you are francophone and live in Alberta, you can get counselling and training to help you start or grow a business.

  • Détail formation in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    Take advantage of training services for your retail, service, food, restaurant or tourism business.

  • Economic Development Officers
    Applies only to: Northwest Territories

    Obtain business support services for entrepreneurs operating in the Northwest Territories.

  • Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network — Business support
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    If you are a Nova Scotia entrepreneur with a disability, you can access business support, training, and opportunities for networking.

  • Entrepreneurs' Forum advisory services
    Applies only to: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

    You could get free, confidential business advice from a select network of successful business leaders.

  • Eskasoni business support
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    As an Eskasoni Band member, you can get free business support for entrepreneurial ventures.

  • Fondation de l'entrepreneurship in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    Find a mentor or join the network. Learn about entrepreneurial culture in Quebec.

  • Grant — Fondation Montréal Inc
    Applies only to: Québec

    If you are a young Montreal entrepreneur, you could receive a grant of between $5,000 and $30,000 to start up your business as well as advice or training.

  • Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    As a young entrepreneur in Montreal, you can develop your personal and professional network and find a mentor.

  • Métis Youth Program
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    Are you between the ages of 18 and 35 and a Saskatchewan resident of Métis ancestry? You could get advice and financing to start your own business.

  • Manitoba Marketing Network Business Mentoring Program
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Find out how this valuable business-to-business mentorship program can help you evolve your business.

  • Marketing Booster Program

    Find out how to market your small business and get up to 40 hours of individual business coaching when you participate in these interactive marketing workshops.

  • Nova Scotia's University Business Development Centres
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    Access training, guidance and expert advice to start or grow your business at one of six University Business Development Centres located across Nova Scotia.

  • Online training for small businesses
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Are you looking for ways to improve your business? Save time and money by attending webinars to gain knowledge and generate ideas.

  • PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise
    Applies only to: Ontario

    If you are a woman entrepreneur in Northern Ontario, you can find coaching, training and peer lending programs to help you start or grow a business.

  • Prince Edward Island Business Women's Association
    Applies only to: Prince Edward Island

    If you are a woman entrepreneur on Prince Edward Island, you can access services and support to foster the growth of your business.

  • Queen's Centre for Business Venturing
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Take advantage of business benchmarking tools and find financial resources for your innovative business.

  • Réseau des SADC et CAE (Network of CFDCs and CBDCs)
    Applies only to: Québec

    If you live in a rural region of Quebec, you could access business counseling, financing and training to start or grow your business.

  • SEED Winnipeg Inc.
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Are you looking to grow your economic vitality? Get business management training, individual consultations, access to small business loans, and more.

  • Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation Inc. business services office
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    As an Aboriginal entrepreneur, you can take advantage of learning opportunities and advisory services offered in many areas such as accounting, management, financing, business planning.

  • Small Business Enterprise Centres
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Get help to start or grow your small business in Ontario.

  • TEC Edmonton
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Find the resources and services you need to bring an invention or business to market, including mentoring, business planning, market analysis, and much more.

  • Ulnooweg Business Services Program
    Applies only to: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

    If you are an Aboriginal business owner, you can get free business advice during any development stage of your product or service.

  • Volunteer Manitoba
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Does your small business work with volunteers, or operate in the voluntary or non-profit sector? Access training, information and other resources that can help.

  • Women's Enterprise Centre
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Are you a woman entrepreneur looking to start, expand or purchase a business? Get help to improve your business skills and acquire financing.

  • Women's Entrepreneurial Center of Québec in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    Are you a woman entrepreneur starting or expanding a business? You could maximize your entrepreneurial potential and attain financial independence.

Industry sector resources

Learn about organizations that offer support services to businesses in your industry.

  • Alliance numérique
    Applies only to: Québec

    Enhance the prosperity of your video game, e-learning, mobility or Web application enterprise thanks to a wide range of services and activities.

  • Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba Inc.
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Are you an artist entrepreneur or is your business in the creative sector? Find out how this association can help you.

  • Bioenterprise
    Applies only to: Ontario

    If you are introducing innovative agricultural technologies to the market, you may be eligible for support to help grow your business.

  • Business tools, strategies, reports and resources for the tourism industry
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Access tools, publications and industry resources to help start and run your tourism business in Ontario.

  • Innovate Calgary
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Access programs, services, and other resources to help start and grow your innovative technology-focused business.

  • Canadian Women in Communications

    Are you a woman entrepreneur in the communications sector who is looking for mentorship or guidance? Find out how leadership development and mentoring services can help you achieve your business goals.

  • Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec
    Applies only to: Québec

    Benefit from the help of experts to certify a product, test a concept, verify a manufacturing procedure or implement a business intelligence service.

  • Centre francophone d'informatisation des organisations in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    Consult the CEFRIO to obtain survey results, reports on major recurring studies as well as information on the state-of-the-art information technologies.

  • Consulting Engineers of Ontario
    Applies only to: Ontario

    If you are an engineering consultant, this organization can help you access networking, professional development, education and more.

  • FrontCounter BC
    Applies only to: British Columbia

    If you have a business in mining, forestry, agriculture or land and water, you can get help with applications, licenses and permits.

  • Music Nova Scotia
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    Join this organization to find out about industry funding programs, development opportunities, workshops and more, to help grow your music business.

  • Northern Film and Video Industry Association
    Applies only to: Yukon

    If you want to produce a film or video in the Yukon, become a member to access equipment rental, get information on production crews and more.

  • Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association
    Applies only to: Nunavut

    If you are a visual artist in Nunavut, you can get help to promote your work.

  • Quebec research, liaison and transfer centres
    Applies only to: Québec

    Get liaison officers to help you enter into strategic alliances with Quebec universities and finance your research and development projects.

  • Tourism Intelligence Network
    Applies only to: Québec

    Are you looking for value-added information to enhance your competitiveness in the tourism sector? The Network's researchers can help you.

  • York Technology Alliance
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Find help to grow your technology business and connect with other technology leaders in the Greater Toronto Area.

  • Industry Consulting Services
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Would your established manufacturing or processing business benefit from one-on-one consulting?

  • Perennia: New ideas in food & agriculture
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    If you are in the agri-food or bio-economy business, this single point of contact can address your production, food safety, incubation and development needs.