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From online services and links to software to help manage your new business, these resources will help you get wired in.


  • Canada Business - Government Services for Canadian Entrepreneurs: This site has numerous resources related to starting a new business, for all provinces. www.canadabusiness.ca
  • Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC): ITAC is the voice of the Canadian information and communications technologies industry in all sectors including telecommunications and Internet services, hardware, microelectronics, software and electronic content. www.itac.ca
  • Electronic Commerce Info-Guide: A document designed to help small businesses navigate government programs, services and regulations that deal with e-commerce. There are separate guides for each province. http://www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/145/148/
  • Industry Canada - Electronic Commerce: A federal government source for all the information you need to help your business get started on the Internet. http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ic1.nsf/eng/h_05229.html
  • Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance: The largest high-tech association in Canada, CATAAlliance matches businesses with opportunities across almost every sector. www.cata.ca
  • Canadian Technology Human Resources Board: The CTHRB represents industry, educational and individual stakeholders in the engineering applied science technology sector. www.cthrb.ca
  • Information and Communications Technologies (ICT): Links to Canadian company directories, distribution channels, supply sources and partnerships related to the ICT sector. http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ic1.nsf/eng/h_00160.html
  • Direct Sellers Association of Canada: This national trade association represents firms that manufacture and sell goods and services through independent sales contractors. Sales are made in the home, workplace, via the phone or Internet (but not by direct mail), rather than through a fixed retail location. www.dsa.ca
  • Wired Woman: A non-profit Canadian society and advocate group for women seeking education, networking and mentoring opportunities in the broadly defined technology sector. www.wiredwoman.com
  • National Research Council: NRC takes an aggressive entrepreneurial approach to stimulate the innovation Canadian firms need to succeed in the global knowledge economy. www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

British Columbia:

  • eBC (eBusiness Connection): This B.C.-based not-for-profit e-business resource centre was created in response to the entrepreneurial community's demand for more and better e-business and e-commerce resources. www.e-bc.ca
  • Small Business B.C.: A quasi-government and private-sector not-for-profit service to help e-business ventures succeed. Includes a seminar series, information guides and case studies. www.smallbusinessbc.ca
  • Vancouver Enterprise Forum: Is a not-for-profit B.C. society created to advance technology entrepreneurship through networking forums that educate and motivate. www.vef.org
  • OneStop Business Registry: OneStop is an online program that provides resources on registering and licensing your business, including setting up a company website and registering a proprietorship or partnership. www.bcbusinessregistry.ca
  • Front Counter B.C.: A service for natural resource clients of provincial natural-resource ministries and agencies to obtain information and authorizations they need to start or expand a business. www.frontcounterbc.gov.bc.ca


  • Industrial Research Assistance Program - Alberta and NWT: NRC's Industrial Research Assistance Program helps small and medium-sized Canadian firms build their capability in technology and innovation. Industrial Technology Advisors (ITAs) work with you onsite to assess your company's needs and design solutions. irap-pari.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
  • Alberta Business Information Resources: Business Link is a joint federal and provincial government initiative designed to provide information about new technologies, resources and training to entrepreneurs and small business owners. www.alberta-canada.com/


  • Canadian Federation of Independent Business: "The majority of Saskatchewan's businesses are very small. About 76 per cent employ fewer than five people, and 94 per cent of all businesses have fewer than 50 employees.". This business resource helps new small businesses succeed by providing programs and online resources. www.cfib.ca


  • Industrial Technology Centre: ITC provides a range of technical services in support of technology-based economic development in Manitoba. ITC customers include industry, entrepreneurs and government departments and agencies. www.itc.mb.ca


  • Technology and Innovation Info-Guide: This guide has been prepared by the Canada-Ontario Business Service Centre (COBSC), which provides access to information on federal and provincial government programs, services and regulations. www.canadabusiness.ca
  • Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED): A federal tax incentive program to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development in Canada that will lead to new, improved or technologically advanced products or processes. http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/sred/

New Brunswick:

  • Research Innovation Fund (RIF): The RIF supports eligible organizations that wish to transform ideas into new products, services, technologies or processes. www.nbif.ca
  • Business New Brunswick: "Whether your business is large or small, rural or urban, we can help you make smart business decisions." Services, resources and programs are offered to help push the aspiring entrepreneur in the right direction. www.gnb.ca

Nova Scotia:

  • Nova Scotia Association of CBDCs: A network of autonomous, not-for-profit companies working to meet the needs of small business in the Maritimes. www.cbdc.ca
  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency: A resource to encourage and assist SMEs to become more innovative in the development of new products, services and technologies. www.acoa.ca

Prince Edward Island:

  • Atlantic Technology Centre: Provides an ideal setting for growing IT and media companies to expand their businesses and foster new partnerships. www.atlantictechnologycentre.ca

Newfoundland & Labrador:

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