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Benchmarking

SME Benchmarking Tool. Find out how your firm measures up to comparable small businesses within your industry.

Benchmarking your Farm.  Compare your farm operation against a profile of a farm with the same characteristics (region, size and commodity group). Use this information to help evaluate your farm's performance.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management Cost and Agility Assessment Tool. Determine and evaluate your total logistics and supply chain management costs by using this benchmarking tool.

Ratio Calculators - BDC. Ratio calculators are online calculators that measure your business performance, such as asset utilization, liquidity, leverage, inventory turnover, sales, net profits, and more.

Directory of Business Performance and Ownership Statistics. Find statistical and analytical information on a broad range of topics related to business performance and business demographics.


 

Protecting your interests

Legal Issues and insurance

Insurance Bureau of Canada – Business Insurance. The correct business insurance may be critical for the survival of your business. Find out what options are available to you.

Legal issues for small business. Do you really need a lawyer when you start your small business? Find out why legal counsel is essential for any business.

Ontario Office of the Employer Adviser. Applies to Ontario. Would you like free expert advice and representation on workplace safety and insurance issues?

Security and Fraud

FACT: Fraud Awareness for Commercial Targets.Find out the facts on how your business can avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

Identity Theft Kit for Business. Identity theft is a concern for businesses that collect and retain personal information. Does your company have a plan to keep this information safe? Find out more on how your business can protect personal information.

e-biz.enable - Security and legal issues. Find out more about security and protection from fraud by using this collection of factsheets.

Risk Management

Risk Management for Entrepreneurs. Learn about the risks that might impact your business and find out how different forms of business organization affect risk.

Controlling Costs with Risk Management. Find out how insurance can be a valuable risk financing tool for your company.

Getting Started Managing Your Risk. Find out how insurance can play a role in managing unforeseen risk for your company.

Business Continuity Planning. Is your business prepared to handle any situation? Ensure that you have an emergency preparedness plan in place.

H1N1 Flu Virus. Be proactive! Find out about H1N1 (swine flu), how to prevent its spread and what to do to protect your employees.

Pandemic Planning Toolkit from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Does your business have a pandemic plan? This toolkit will assist you in preparing for a potential influenza pandemic or other catastrophic event.


 

Operations planning

Time Management

11 Time Management Tips.  Are you working too much overtime? Find out how these time management tips can benefit you and your business.

Productivity

How Your Company Can Work Smarter. How innovative is your company? Find out how to work smarter and improve the efficiency of your company.

Production Planning

What Makes a Good Production Plan. An effective production plan is essential for all businesses before the actual production process takes place. Check out the following steps to ensure you have a good production plan in place.

Lease or Buy Calculator. The Lease or Buy Calculator helps you to compare both the cost of leasing and the cost of buying equipment.

Solutions for Advanced Manufacturing. Manufacturing practices and processes have come under increased pressure due to global competition. Find out how new manufacturing techniques and solutions can help your company be more competitive in today's markets.

Quality Assurance

ISO 9000 - Quality Management for SMEs. Find out how a quality management system can help you exceed the expectations of your clients.

Canadian Standards Association - Standards. Access standards related to business and quality management, occupational health and safety, and many industry specific standards.


 

Supply chain management

Transportation, distribution and logistics

Logistics and Supply Chain Management Cost and Agility Assessment Tool. Determine and evaluate your total logistics and supply chain management costs by using this benchmarking tool.

Green Supply Chain Management: Logistics and Transportation Services. Are you looking for new and innovative ways to stay competitive? Find out how green supply chain management can improve your business and environmental performance.

Finding and managing suppliers

Canadian Importers Database. Find out which companies are importing goods into Canada, by product, city and by country of origin.

Search for a Supplier on Canadian Company Capabilities. Find a local supplier for the products or services you need by searching the Canadian Company Capabilities database.

ThomasNet. Database of American manufacturing and service companies. Always research the business before placing an order.

 


 

Networking, coaching and business counseling services

Accredited Professionals. Do you need professional help for your business? Access this online database of accredited professionals. It includes accountants, legal professionals, business valuators and auditors. The entries are listed by province or territory.

Business Consultants. Access this online directory to find business development organizations and business consultants, including specialists in the areas of exporting, financial services, human resources management, marketing, and more.

BDC Consulting. Find out how BDC's customized consulting services can help your business at all stages of development.

Business Advisory Services (Ontario). Are you looking to grow a small to mid-sized business in Ontario? If so, these business advisors can help you steer your expansion and connect you to the resources you need.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). Find out about this association that promotes the interests of manufacturers and exporters by providing cost-saving services, enhancing the rights of the industry and offering learning opportunities.

Canadian Women in Communications. Are you a woman entrepreneur in the communications sector who is looking for mentorship or guidance? Find out how leadership development and mentoring services can help you achieve your business goals.

Community Futures Network of Canada. Are you starting a business in a rural or northern community? This site contains a link to the Community Futures Development Corporation in your area that can help you get started.

Consulting Engineers of Ontario.This organization represents engineering consultants in Ontario and provides services such as networking, professional development and education.

ePoly Centre. Learn about this organization specialized in leading-edge e-commerce solutions and its research and development, training and competitive intelligence activities.

Info entrepreneurs. Info entrepreneurs helps you find programs and services to succeed in your business project.

novaNAIT. Find the resources and services you could use to bring an invention, product or service to market, including coaching, business planning, business incubators, product development and laboratory services.

Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations. If you live in a rural region of Ontario and want to start or grow your business, you can get business counseling, financing and training from a Community Futures Development Corporation in your area.

PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise. This organization provides women entrepreneurs with business coaching, training and peer lending programs to help them start or grow their business.

Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing.The Queen's Centre for Business Venturing offers business training, in addition to financial resources for your innovative business.

Regional Access Program. Applies to Ontario. In-person assistance to help you start and grow your business. Search for smart practices, initiatives, public policies, programs, and research papers on innovation and local development in the RIN's database.

Small Business Enterprise Centres (Ontario). Applies to Ontario. Are you looking for in-person assistance to help you start or expand a small business in Ontario? If so, a Small Business Enterprise Centre can help you.

Tourism Intelligence Network. If you are looking for value-added information to enhance your competitiveness in the tourism sector, the Network's staff researchers can help you.

Women Presidents’ Organization. Find out how you can network and increase the visibility of your company as a woman president.