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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.

Networking and chambers of commerce

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

  • NWT Chamber of Commerce
    Applies only to: Northwest Territories

    Take advantage of group benefits, partnerships and networking opportunities by becoming part of the largest business advocate organization north of the 60th parallel.

  • 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 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.

  • Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
    Applies only to: Québec

    Build your network and benefit from a wide range of events and programs to help start and grow your business in the Greater Montreal area.

  • British Columbia Chamber 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.

  • 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.

  • Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec
    Applies only to: Québec

    Learn about the services and benefits offered by the chambers of commerce in your area.

  • 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.

  • Manitoba Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Access business networking opportunities, seminars, events, membership discounts and a chamber directory.

  • Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Find out how the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce can help grow your business through networking events, business information and programs.

  • Manitoba LGBT* Chamber of Commerce
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    LGBT*-owned and allied businesses in Manitoba could benefit from services offered by this organization.

  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Take advantage of the business network, programs, services and resources of your provincial chamber of commerce, which could help grow your business.

  • Opportunities in British Columbia
    Applies only to: British Columbia

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

  • Rural Opportunities Network

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

  • Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

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

  • 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. 

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.

  • Apparel Innovation Centre

    If you want to create innovative apparel, you can access product development services, advanced R&D equipment, and technologies at this centre.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Directory of Business and Trade Associations / Organizations

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

  • 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.

  • Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador
    Applies only to: Newfoundland and Labrador

    Is your business part of the tourism industry? Find training, business tools, and resources to help your business grow.

  • 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.

  • Screen Production Yukon
    Applies only to: Yukon

    If you want to produce a film or video in the Yukon, become a member to access equipment rental, 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 in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

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

  • SimplyAg Solutions Inc.
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    Access learning opportunities, participate in research projects and network with individuals and businesses that can support your agriculture business.

  • 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.

  • TechConnex
    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.

  • 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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