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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:




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.




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.




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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