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BUSINESS GRANTS & FINANCING
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GENERAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES

Canada Business Network logo

The goal of Canada Business Network is to provide your business with the resources it needs to grow and prosper, including a wide range of information on government services, programs and regulations.

Canada Business Network promotes entrepreneurship and innovation, and provides assistance through an organized network of service centres across Canada. There is a centre in each province and territory working with partners in many communities across their region, providing you with numerous service access points.   canadabusiness.ca


Canadian Franchise Association logo CFA Canada

The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) is the recognized authority on franchising in Canada. With almost 600 corporate members nation-wide, representing many of Canada’s best-known brands, CFA is the indispensable resource for the franchise community and advocates on behalf of franchisors and franchisees in Canada to enhance and protect the franchise business model. CFA promotes excellence in franchising and educates Canadians about franchising, specific franchise opportunities and proper due diligence through its many events, programs, publications, and websites.   cfa.ca


Concierge Innovation Government of CanadaAre you creating a new innovative product, process or service to grow your business or start a new one? Maybe you are adapting technology or finding a new way to grow your business, increase revenues, find new markets, increase market share or add more employees. Maybe you’ve heard about different Government of Canada programs but don’t have the time to work out all the details. Concierge is a single access point to funding, expertise, facilities, and global opportunities for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seeking to grow through innovation. The only service of its kind in Canada, it offers free, one-on-one assistance from expert advisors who provide customized guidance in selecting the most relevant programs and services to help you grow your business.   concierge.innovation.gc.ca


Direct Sellers Association logo - DSA Canada

Since 1954 the Direct Sellers Association of Canada has established and upheld rigorous standards, ethics and good business practices as the recognized voice of our industry. DSA Canada is a family of competitors using combined strengths to ensure fairness in regulations and gain credibility & respect within government. As an industry that connects close to 800,000 Canadians to entrepreneurial opportunity and enrichment, DSA Canada provides assurance of member company integrity and a foundation of trust for independent sales contractors (ISCs) and consumers. Their mission is to promote, serve and protect the interests of member companies and independent direct sellers marketing their products, and ensure the highest level of business ethics and service to consumers.

For a Direct Selling Company looking to expand, Canada offers the ideal market: a stable economy, positive consumer acceptance of channel, entrenched direct selling market and a strong well-established DSA.   dsa.ca


District Ventures logo

District Ventures connects early-stage entrepreneurs in the food & beverage and health & wellness sectors with a network of peers, investors and business support. Their six-month accelerator program is designed to take companies to the next level, with areas of expertise offered in mentorship, retail & distribution, access to capital, sales & marketing, product-market fit, business finances, government resources, and pitch refinement.   districtventures.ca


WEOC logo women's enterprise organizations of canada

The National Association of Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC) consists of member organizations who provide resources, programs and services directly to women business owners coast to coast. Our member organizations work together to create linkages and foster alliances among organizations that promote and enhance women’s entrepreneurial skills throughout Canada.  weoc.ca



ATLANTIC CANADA



REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive, by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada. Together, with Atlantic Canadians, we are building a stronger economy.  acoa-apeca.gc.ca


Centre for Women in Business logo

The Centre for Women in Business is Canada’s only university-based business development centre for women. Located on the campus of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, their team is dedicated to offering skills training and resources to women entrepreneurs across mainland Nova Scotia. Business management training, trade missions, one-to-one business advice, networking and a membership program are among the opportunities the Centre offers to develop and support women-owned enterprises.   centreforwomeninbusiness.ca


The Enterprise Network is designed to create prosperity in communities throughout the province of New Brunswick, through its network of 15 regional Enterprise agencies. By building stronger communities, the Enterprise Network is helping build a stronger province.  enterprise-entreprise.ca


NLOWE logo Newfoundland and Labrador Women Entrepreneurs

Newfoundland & Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) has been supporting and encouraging women entrepreneurs for almost two decades. Women entrepreneurs face unique challenges and opportunities; NLOWE provides the support you need to overcome challenges and take advantage of exciting opportunities as you start your venture or grow your existing business.
You can access their services free of charge, no matter where you live, because NLOWE Business Advisors are located in every region of the province and will travel to you, offering training opportunities to help you take advantage of changes in the economy.   nlowe.org



PEI BUSINESS WOMENS Association logo

Prince Edward Island Business women’s Association (PEIBWA) exists to support and promote women in business located across the Island, including business professionals and entrepreneurs. We provide training and resources to help you start, grow, connect and succeed. Members benefit from workshops, networking, and information sessions, as well as social media and communications support. peibwa.org



EASTERN CANADA



REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
(CED) provides to businesses, non-profit organizations and communities easy-to-access services based on quality service standards. our enterprise or organization could be eligible for one of the following programs if your project is part of the action priorities established by the Agency and its business offices.   dec-ced.gc.ca


REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is part of the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio and one of six regional development agencies in Canada, each of which helps to address key economic challenges by providing regionally-tailored programs, services, knowledge and expertise.  feddevontario.gc.ca


REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
Through its flagship Northern Ontario Development Program, FedNor invests in projects that support community economic development, business growth and competitiveness, and innovation. Their goal is to encourage economic growth, diversification, job creation and self-reliant communities in Northern Ontario. To achieve these objectives, FedNor provides financial support to viable projects led by businesses, municipalities, First Nations, and other organizations and institutions. We also support youth internships, providing project partners with bright young minds while giving post-secondary graduates valuable work experience in Northern Ontario. Since 2011, through the Northern Ontario Development Program, FedNor has invested $208 million in support of more than 766 projects.  fednor.gc.ca


Ontario Work Info logo

OnWIN is a web-based resource and service  dedicated to connecting the people of Ontario to quality information and resources in the areas of jobs; work and recruiting; learning; education and training; occupations and careers; labour market information and outlook; self-employment; workplace issues and supports; and financial help and issues.  onwin.ca


Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs) and community-based providers offer entrepreneurs all the tools they need to start and grow their businesses. This link will take you to contact information and locations of all Small Business Enterprise Centres in Ontario.  ontario.ca


Toronto Business Development Centre logo TBDC

Toronto Business Development Centre is a not-for-profit organization that offers access to key resources such as business advisory support, a professional environment to establish your business and the opportunity to be part of a dynamic entrepreneurial community.  tbdc.com


Youth Employment Services YES logo

Youth Employment Services (YES) believes that employment is empowerment and the cornerstone of safe and healthy communities. YES leads the Canadian youth sector with innovative programs that empower disadvantaged and vulnerable youth to become self-sufficient contributing members of society.  yes.on.ca



PRAIRIES



Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc logo

As a non-profit, membership-based organization, Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc. (W.E.) provides business advisory and support services, start-up, purchase and expansion lending, mentoring and networking, and many learning opportunities from seminars and webinars to events. Since 1995, women have received over $30 million in loans through W.E. along with professional advice. Together, women entrepreneurs and W.E. have shaped and enhanced the Saskatchewan economy.  womenentrepreneurs.sk.ca


Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba logo

The Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba is a resource for women looking to start or expand their businesses. They work on an individual basis with women throughout the province to answer their questions and help them determine the steps to make their businesses successful. In addition to their three core services: business advising, training and financing, the team at the Centre has developed innovative programs to assist women at all business stages, delivering a variety of events, networking and mentorship opportunities to help women develop their business knowledge and expand their networks.   wecm.ca



WESTERN CANADA



Alberta Women Entrepreneurs logo (AWE)

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enabling women to build successful businesses. AWE provides unique programs and services to women at all stages of business through advising, financing, mentoring, and skills and network development. awebusiness.com


REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
For more than 25 years, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has been working to diversify the western economy while improving the quality of life of western Canadians. We aim to be a leader in building a strong, competitive West by focusing on business development, innovation and community development.  wd-deo.gc.ca


Women's Enterprise Centre BC logo

Women’s Enterprise Centre was established in 1995 by Western Economic Diversification Canada to assist women in starting and growing businesses in BC. Since then, we’ve grown to become the leading business resource for BC women who own a business or are thinking of starting a business. We provide essential business services and resources, as well as referrals to many resources and other business service providers throughout the province.   womensenterprise.ca



NORTHERN CANADA



REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
The
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) has a dedicated team of professional staff across the three territories, and works alongside its partners and stakeholders to foster northern economic development. The Agency is committed to delivering on the Government of Canada’s priority to create a strong, diversified and sustainable economy that creates jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for the benefit of Northerners and all Canadians.  cannor.gc.ca


Articles, Blogs, and Interesting Info…



There is a lot of information out there to help you as an entrepreneur and a Mompreneur, if you’re so inclined to use it! We’ve collected a few of our favourite articles to help guide you towards success with your ventures, and to give you an informed view of how Mompreneurs are being perceived (and researched!) in the marketplace!

If you come across an article that you would love to see posted on our site, please Contact Us and let us know!

“Mompreneur: A Day in the Life”, by Sandy Abrams (The Huffington Post)

“Exploring the Motivations of ‘Mompreneurs'”, by Paul Mayne (University of Western Ontario)

“Female Founders: Overcoming the Cupcake Challenge and ‘Mompreneur’ Stigma”, by Meghan Casserly (Forbes Magazine)

“Mompreneur Momentum: BMO Says Moms in Business a Growing Force” (Marketwire Canada)