Ongoing Support

Whether you're just starting out or have an operational business, there are many free online tools available to guide on your entrepreneurial journey. The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)Futurpreneur Canada, TD Bank and Canada Business Network websites have webinars, articles, templates and more designed to educate, inform and inspire entrepreneurs.

The online tools below are great places to start. The next step is connecting in-person (or over the phone) with local resources in your community.  Start building your entrepreneurial support network today!

What challenges are you facing?

1. Blog: Thinking about entrepreneurship? 

2. BDC: Should I start or buy a business?

3. Do I have a good idea? (video)

4. Help with business strategy and planning

5.Tips on money and finance

6. Creating a successful marketing strategy

7. Developing a sales strategy

8. Operations

9. Sample Business Plan Templates

10. Webinars

11. Books

Connecting with free resources in your community

Canada has a wealth of free in-person support resources waiting to assist aspiring entrepreneurs. You can find traditional “bricks and mortar” government funded offices in all major cities and most rural centres across Canada. They all go by different names (Small Business Development Centre, Community Futures, KEDCO) making them sometimes difficult to find. Whatever the name, they all are staffed by experts ready to assist or point you in the right direction. Contact one of them and start building your support network today! 

In the regional compilations below, the organization listed after POE is the best place to start. They either spoke at a POE one-day workshop or at boot camp and will always make time to talk and answer questions.

National and Online Resources (PDF) 

Provincial and Community-Based Resources (PDF):


Corporate Legal Advice and Services

The number one legal mistake made by entrepreneurs is thinking legal issues can be addressed later. Through a partnership with Pro Bono Ontario and Bennett Jones LLP. POE is offering program participants a continuum of corporate law services such as: general legal information on business structure (incorporation, partnership, sole proprietorship) corporate tax, employment and contract law, real estate leases, licensing, intellectual property, and other business, commercial and regulatory matters related to their businesses.

This is offered free of charge to all participants across Canada. All legal advice given is specific to the province in question.   

Download information English 
Download information French 

To book an an appointment with a lawyer CLICK HERE.  

About the Canadian Veteran Business Directory

On November 1st 2016 POE officially launched Canada's first online business directory dedicated to promoting veteran-owned business. This provides a tangible way for patriotic Canadians to recognize and support veterans and their families beyond Remembrance Day. The Directory is searchable by province and industry sector making it easy to find what you're looking for. Whether it's an artisan bakery in Squamish or a web designer specializing in online optimization check out the Directory first.

Do you know a military entrepreneur?

Listing businesses in the Canadian Veteran Business Directory is free and open to all current or former members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families. It takes 10 minutes and requires only a short business description and logo or image. To list: navigate to Veteran Login on the top right corner of our home page and follow the instructions. Listings are live within 24 hours.

Are you a military entrepreneur?

Other than promoting businesses, the Directory exists to help you grow your personal and professional networks. Starting a small business can be isolating with few opportunities to recharge. Use the Directory to connect with local military entrepreneurs for coffee or those in the same industry for ideas and advice. While you're at it, why not think creatively and find a way to promote each other?

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