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A Resource Portal for Ottawa Service
Providers Working with Job Seekers

Entrepreneurship

If you are working with a client who is considering entrepreneurship, you can point them to some of the self-assessments below to help them to determine their suitability on the Considering Entrepreneurship page.

 

If a client decides that they want to pursue entrepreneurship, there is a wide variety of programs and support in Ottawa and online resources to which you can point them.   Some of these highlighted below under the following headings:

 

GENERAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES

 

City of Ottawa Business portal - Information on starting, running and expanding a business with a focus on municipal resources and requirements.

 

OttawaBusinessServices - Ottawa Public Library blog collecting information and resources for entrepreneurs.

 

Ottawa Public Library Directory of Business Services - List of local services for entrepreneurs and businesses.

 

Canada Business Ontario - 1.888.745.8888 - Free telephone research and information service with requests answered in five business days; multilingual Info-Guides and How to Guides that provide valuable information on many aspects of starting a business.

 

Public Library list of Government Services for Entrepreneurs - Links to different government programs for entrepreneurs.

 

Canada Business Network - Directory of services, financing information and licensing and permit requirements as well as contact information for Regional Business Centres.

 

Fresh Founders Ottawa - Source for connecting with local entrepreneurship resources. E

 

Aboriginal Business Canada - Helps Aboriginal entrepreneurs and organizations achieve their business goals.

 

FINANCING & GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS

 

Fresh Founders Ottawa - Financing - Comprehensive list of funding programs available to entrepreneurs. E

 

Business Development Bank of Canada - Financing for businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as advice and other resources.

 

Ottawa Community Loan Fund - Loans and other financing packages for entrepreneurs and small businesses

 

Aboriginal Capital Corporations - Network of Aboriginal Financial Institutions dedicated to supporting Aboriginal business development.

 

Ontario Self Employment Benefit Program (OSEB) - Support for job-seekers looking at starting their own business

 

ODSP Employment Support - Provides support to people with disabilities to start their own business.

 

NETWORKING, OFFICE SPACE & SUPPORT

 

Invest Ottawa Entrepreneurship Centre - Resources for aspiring entrepreneurs and information about seminars and events on entrepreneurship.

 

Ottawa Young Entrepreneurs - Collaborative project between the four Ottawa post-secondary institutions designed to provide resources, mentorship and other programs to help young entrepreneurs succeed.

 

Mercury Grove - Startup accelerator in Ottawa that helps build the entrepreneurial community. E

 

HUB Ottawa - Forum for networking and collaboration between entrepreneurs as well as a shared workspace. E

 

Startup Canada - Network for entrepreneurs to share information, resources, and engage in the entrepreneurial community. E

 

Exploriem- Office space and other resources for those looking to start their own business. E

 

Code Factory - Shared office space where entrepreneurs can work and connect. E

 

Ontario Works: Self Employment  - An Ontario Works employment activity that supports participants, who have a realistic business idea, to successfully develop their business (generally full-time but part-time may be approved).

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E = English only   F = French only