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Community Resources

Centre for Business and Economic Development

The Centre for Business and Economic Development is a not-for-profit Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) sponsored by Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. The Centre is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and are one of 61 CFDCs in Ontario.  The mandate of the Centre for Business and Economic Development is to develop and diversify the local economy.  Services include:

  • business loans up to $250,000
  • business mentoring program
  • business counseling
  • business resource library
  • on-line learning through To Learn Online
  • support for community economic development

Contact the Centre for Business and Economic Development at
or 705-445-8410

Other Resources

Canada Revenue Agency

Provides free webinars to business owners and individuals on taxation, HST, Payroll.

Phone: 705-727-4109 or toll free at 1-866-277-4611

Network of Angel Organizations – Ontario (NAO-Ontario)

 NAO-Ontario, a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, is the Administrator of Ontario’s Angel Network Program, on behalf of the Government of Ontario. Since 2007 its mission has been to create and grow non-profit Angel investor groups for all the regions of Ontario. Building the membership and best practices of these groups builds a more potent combination of mentorship and capital for innovative start-up companies in the province. NAO-Ontario also administers the Investing in Business Innovation Outreach Program, on behalf of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). NAO also provides tools to help attract Angel Capital

Phone: 416-628-1458 ext 204

Simcoe County Economic Development Office

Resources, data and publications. Recently launched a free business listing service


Facebook video guides for Small Business

Twitter guide for small business owners

Mashable Guidebooks on Twitter and Facebook.  The Guidebooks include sections for Small Business.

Ontario Business Program Guide: The Ontario government’s free, online directory of tax incentives, tax credits and government support programs for business.

E-Business Resources (E-Business Toolkit): Free downloadable resources and guides on e-business, social media, e-exporting, SEO, on-line display advertising, etc.

Canada Business Network provides 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. Also provides a free market research service. Can be reached at 1-888-576-4444 or 1-888-745-8888.

Service Ontario and ONE-Source provides online business registration.  The ONE-Source for Business portal will help guide you to the government services, forms and information you need to start, operate and grow your business. You can search for information that pertains to your business and locate resources from many levels of government.  

Industry Canada information and resources for businesses.

Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment

SmallbizXpress – Toronto Public Library’s Small Business Portal

Info Guides from Canada Business Ontario

Square Business Management Blog provides businesses with helpful articles about accounting, payroll, tax tips, and employee scheduling best practices.

OMQ Law – what to consider when buying or selling a business – from a legal perspective