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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.

There are many networking forums that can help you make the right connections to help expand and grow your business.

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 funding 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 success.

  • 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.

    • BDC Consulting

      Find out how BDC's customized consulting services can help your business at all stages of development.

    • Atlantic Association of Community Business Development Corporations
      Applies only to: New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island

      If you live in a rural region of Atlantic Canada, you can access business counselling, financing and training to help start or grow your business.

    • CoopZone

      Find resources and consultants to help you start and run a co-operative in Canada.

    • Prince Edward Island Rural Action Centres
      Applies only to: Prince Edward Island

      As an entrepreneur in rural Prince Edward Island, you can contact an information officer to get help with developing your business.

    • Women's Business Associations

      As a woman entrepreneur, you can get help from specialized organizations to start and expand your business or register your business association.

    Networking and chambers of commerce

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

    • Atlantic 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 chamber of commerce.

    • Rural Opportunities Network

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

    • Supply Chain Management Association

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

    • WBE 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. 

    • BDC Business Coaching

      BDC's Business Coaching can help you improve your skills, facilitate your decision-making process and allow you to focus on growing your business.

    • BDC certification consulting services

      BDC's experts can help you achieve internationally recognized certifications that give your company a competitive edge.

    • PEI Connectors
      Applies only to: Prince Edward Island

      If you are an immigrant to Prince Edward Island, you can access services that can help you start or purchase a business.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Canadian Executive Service Organization — Aboriginal services

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

    • Entrepreneurs 3.0
      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.

    • Excellence Canada

      Learn more about training programs and awards for healthy workplaces, leadership, organizational quality and more.

    • Marketing Booster: marketing workshops for entrepreneurs

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Women in Communications and Technology

      Are you a woman entrepreneur in the communications sector? Find out how leadership development and mentoring services can help you achieve your goals.

    • Women's business networks and associations

      Find support for growing your business from women’s business organizations across Canada and the world.

    • moMENTum

      Get advice and guidance from an experienced business mentor for 6 months. Benefit from personalized support to keep on track.

    Industry sector resources

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

    • Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

      If you are in the business of manufacturing or exporting, this group can promote your interests by providing cost-saving services and by enhancing your rights.

    • Women in Communications and Technology

      Are you a woman entrepreneur in the communications sector? Find out how leadership development and mentoring services can help you achieve your goals.

    • Directory of Business and Trade Associations / Organizations

      Find associations and organizations that offer sector-specific business resources and services.

    • Volta Labs
      Applies only to: Nova Scotia New Brunswick Prince Edward Island Newfoundland and Labrador

      You could be eligible for free services, such as mentorship and access to capital to help kick-start your new Atlantic technology company.

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