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Many government and Industry resources and tools exist for small
businesses looking to start, build or grow. The following are some
resources and tools
suggested by the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC)

General Resources for Business:
Canada Business Services for Entrepreneurs
www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/
Canadian Business
CB ONLINE numerous resources for business people and
entrepreneurs including News, Analysis, Business Tips and Tools,
Blogs and more. www.canadianbusiness.com/
Entrepreneur magazine - Source for Business articles
http://www.entrepreneur.com/
Read what others are saying about business or publish your own
article at: http://www.ezinearticles.com/

How to Sell To Government:
BuyandSell
Learn the ins and outs of the federal government procurement
process? How it works, what the government buys, how you can
register for standing offers or become a
pre-qualified supplier.
www.BuyandSell.gc.ca
Doing Business with the Ontario Government:
http://www.doingbusiness.mgs.gov.on.ca
MERX and Biddingo
Canadian Public Tenders is an easy, fast and efficient prospecting
tool to help your business grow. New opportunities are listed daily
from all levels of government including the Federal and Provincial
Governments as well as the MASH sector (Municipal, Academic,
School Boards and Hospitals) from across Canada are posted on
www.merx.com and www.biddingo.com

E-Business: 
Programs and resources to help sell products and serviceson-line.
www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/page/2768
Also visit our Business Tools section for additional E-Business
resources.

Financing:
Financing is not always readily available, but you can increase your
chances of accessing financing by preparing. Browse through this
information to determine what type of financing
is best for your business.
www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/program/search/
Federal Programs: www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/
Provincial programs: www.ontario.ca/en/business_program/index.htm

Networking Events:
The following are sources of networking events being held in the city
and across Canada:
Business Partnerships Canada
www.businesspartnerships.ca/canadian_business_networking_groups.phtml
The Business Connection Exchange www.business-connection-exchange.ca/
Biz Network News www.biznetworknews.com/

Export/Import/International Trade:  
Export Development Canada (EDC)
This government agency assists exporters with programs including
insurance solutions,
financing solutions, bonding solutions and more. http://www.edc.ca/
Canada Business
Discover the basics of doing business in other countries. Whether
exporting, importing or
investing abroad, learn how to take part in these international trade
activities. www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/page/3428
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Information on foreign affairs, foreign policy, economies abroad and
more. http://www.international.gc.ca/international/index.aspx
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
Doing Business Abroad Services provided include: Preparing for
International Markets, Assessing Market Potential, Finding Qualified
Contacts and Resolving Problems
www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/eng/home.jsp
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
Detailed information on trade compliance for businesses importing
and/or exporting http://www.cbsa.gc.ca|
Forum for International Trade Training
FITT equips individuals and businesses with the practical skills they
need to succeed in today’s competitive global marketplace.
A non-profit organization established by industry and government,
FITT develops international business programs, sets competency
standards, and designs the certification and accreditation programs
for the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation.
www.fitt.ca/

Innovation/Commercialization:
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Information on Patents, Trade-marks, Industrial Designs, Copyrights
and much more. http://www.cipo.ic.gc.ca
RIC Centre
The RIC Centre is your innovation partner as you take your technical
innovation from a concept to the marketplace. RIC helps you navigate
the business and government worlds so you can determine the best
channel to advance your innovation.
www.riccentre.com
Ontario Centres of Excellence The pre-eminent research-to-commercialization
vehicle in Ontario. OCE’s facilitate economic growth through support
for industrially relevant R&D, the opening of new market opportunities
and the commercialization of leading edge discovery. www.oce-ontario.org
MaRS
MaRS helps entrepreneurs bring new and innovative ideas to the marketplace.
MaRS works with entrepreneurs in a range of sectors, including advanced
materials and engineering, Cleantech, Information and communication
technology, Life sciences and healthcare and Social innovation www.marsdd.com/

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