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):

 

Upcoming Webinars

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Past Webinars

Taking a Design Thinking approach to Marketing Strategy

Date: 24-Oct-2017, 12:00PM | Presenter: Roger Barrett
Design Thinking is the equalizing edge small businesses need in a competitive landscape. Every entrepreneur knows their product or service inside and out, but have they considered their customers’ journey? Read More

Understanding Small Business Insurance

Date: 11-Apr-2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Presenter: Tony O'Brien, TruShield Insurance
Listen in for an introductory crash course on small business insurance. What is small business insurance? What do policies cover? Why is it necessary? How much coverage is typically necessary for different types of businesses? Read More

How to hire the best candidate with the right skill set for your small business

Date: 07-Mar-2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Presenter: Mary McAuliffe, Talent Acquisition & Selection Consultant
Hiring the right person can move your business forward. Hiring the wrong person can cost you significant amounts of time and money. Read More

How Using Public Relations Can Grow Your Business

Date: 10-Nov-2016, 11:00am | Presenter: Katherine Holmes, President, Holmes PR
Katherine presents an overview of public relations and explains how and when it can be used to effectively promote your business. included are TV interview prep tips, a sample press release and a sample media pitch.
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Essential Sales Skills

Date: 05-Oct-2016, 12:00pm | Presenter: Scott Armstrong, POE's Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Do you hate selling? Would your business benefit from an increase in sales? Scott will convince you that sales skills can be taught and mastered and you can overcome your fears! He also shares key techniques to find and grow value-based relationships that keeps clients coming back. Read More

Canadian Veteran Business Directory

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?




Login to list your business Go to Directory

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. 


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On Demand Entrepreneurship Learning Modules

Refresh your knowledge and expand your skills with Accenture’s Skills to Succeed!

Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur has collaborated with Accenture and Futurpreneur Canada to provide access to a series of six online learning modules focusing on key entrepreneurial concepts to help new entrepreneurs move their businesses forward. These modules can be viewed in any order, at any time, and a certificate earned upon completion.

To access 

1. Email poe@princescharities.ca with REQUEST FOR LOGIN in the subject line. 
2. Once received use your new login information to access the modules  Skills to Succeed Learning Modules   ( http://skillstosucceedlearning.accenture.com )

Module summaries

Becoming an Entrepreneur

Learn the skills to succeed when you’re thinking about becoming an entrepreneur! This module includes the different types of businesses that exist, what you need to start your own business, as well as the benefits and risks associated with entrepreneurship. 
Business Financial Planning
Financial planning can be an intimidating and time-consuming undertaking - this module will help you to define terms and understand things like: What is a sales forecast? What is a break even analysis? What is cash flow? How do I read an income statement?
Marketing Channels and Pricing
Can’t decide if you’re charging too much or too little for your product or service? Trying to decide the best way to market and promote your business? Whether you need help with creating a website, or you’re unsure of how to navigate the ever-changing world of social media, this module will present you with tools to be successful when trying to engage with your customers. 
Marketing Your Business
Are you having a difficult time trying to determine what your unique business market is? This module will provide insightful information about the different types of marketing activities as they relate to your business and explain the impact of supply and demand on market prices. 
Price, Profit and Cost
Arguably one of the biggest challenges that entrepreneurs face is determining the value of and calculating the price of their product or service. This module will help you to define direct and indirect costs associated with your business, including labour costs, profits and profit margins, as well as start-up costs that you may encounter. 
Creating Your Business Plan
Every business needs a business plan. Whether you are still in the “idea stage,” or if your business has been operational for some time, you need to know how to best prepare for the future by mapping out the opportunities and challenges that you may face along your entrepreneurial journey.  A business plan will provide you with a path for the future and can help minimize risks associated with decision-making. 
Protecting Your Business
Taking the right steps to protect your business starts with learning the different types of Intellectual Property that exist, in order to choose the right one that best fits your unique product and/or service. This module will explore the appropriate steps to take when pursuing your options, whether you plan to copyright, trademark, and/or patent an idea or product. 
Running Your Business
Ready to start operating your business? Already operational? This module will provide information about how to choose the best type of workspace for you, as well as provide insight into the types of operational challenges that come with owning your own business such as location, legal issues, insurance, human resources, and production flow.