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3 essential steps for entering a foreign market

Find out how to prepare your export plan, line up financing for your venture, and get information on the countries to which you would like to export.
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Accessing equity financing

Learn how to plan for and negotiate a deal with potential investors in order to obtain equity financing for your business.
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Analyse comparative (Benchmarking) (in French only)

See the steps to follow and the tools available to perform a comparative analysis for your continuous improvement approach.
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Assess your options for growth

Learn how to choose the appropriate strategy for your business, when to implement it and which financial choices are suitable.
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Assessing the health of your business

A periodic business health assessment should be a staple of your ongoing business planning cycle.
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Becoming a registered charity for community economic development

Your social enterprise may be eligible for charitable status, making your earned income tax exempt. See how your social enterprise may qualify.
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Best practice

Learn how best practice techniques can be introduced into your business to give you a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
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Bid on opportunities: The bidding process

Find out about contract bidding opportunities and the bidding process used by Public Works and Government Services Canada.
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Branding – the basics

Find out how to create and manage a brand, and set a budget to promote it.
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Budgeting and business planning

Learn how establishing a budget can help you manage your financial position more efficiently and ensure the feasibility of your projects.
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Business Plan — CBDC

You can use this fillable business planning tool to prepare your business plan.
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CE product mark for European Conformity

Exporting to Europe? Find out how to ensure and prove your product meets applicable health, safety, and environmental requirements.
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Choosing a name

Find out what you need to know before choosing a name for your federal corporation, and see how to reserve that name.
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Close and follow up the sale

Find out about all the steps involved in closing and following up on a sale.
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Comptabilité de gestion (in French only)

Learn what management accounting is and how it can help you make strategic decisions.
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Contrôle interne - guide de procédures (in French only)

Discover the benefits of internal control as a management tool and get examples of procedures to follow to achieve your goals.
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Create your marketing strategy

Identify clients to concentrate on and your key objectives for reaching them, and learn what to include in your marketing strategy.
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Creating a non-profit corporation or organization

Learn the major steps for establishing a non-profit corporation or organization in Quebec.
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Crisis management and business continuity planning

Identify potential risks, prepare for emergencies and test your business' disaster readiness.
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Customer relationship management

Find out about the pros and potential cons of customer relationship management and how to implement it in your business.
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Develop new products and services

Learn to recognize key phases in the lifecycle of products and services, as well as the ideal time to start the development process in your business.
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Develop your management team

Find out the processes and methods you will need to set up your management team.
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Doing Business in Mexico

Learn about the Mexican marketplace and how to do business there.
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Doing business with NASA

Learn how to find opportunities and understand the procurement process of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
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Doing Business with the Ontario Government

Learn about Ontario's purchasing policies and how to sell your products and services to the government.
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Embauche d'un directeur des ventes (in French only)

Read this guide that describes an easy to follow process and includes examples to help choose the best possible candidate.
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Employer responsibilities — The payroll steps

As an employer, you must follow a number of steps for managing your employees' payroll. Understand your obligations.
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Exemple d'entente avec un agent manufacturier (in French only)

Use this model to prepare an agreement with a manufacturer's representative.

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Exemple d'entente avec un distributeur à l'exportation (in French only)

Use this model to prepare an agreement with a distributor for exports.
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Exemple d'entente avec un distributeur au détail (in French only)

Use this model to prepare an agreement with a retail distributor.

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Exporting goods from Canada: A handy guide

Get a detailed overview of the process of exporting commercial goods from Canada.
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Exporting to the EU — A Guide for Canadian Business

Exporting to the European Union? Learn about the legislation affecting your exports to Europe, including CE marking, duties and regulations.
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Exporting to the United States

Learn how to export to the U.S. Find information on the American market, NAFTA, customs procedures, and border security.
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Fastforward: An Innovation Guide for Small and Medium Enterprises

Read about the innovation process and learn how to effectively bring a new product to market.
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Federal Contractors Program

Your business has 100 employees or more and works on federal government contracts of $1 million or more? You must meet employment equity requirements.
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Federal cooperatives

Find out how to incorporate and maintain a federal cooperative in Canada.
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Forecast and plan your sales

Learn how to develop sales forecasts and plans.
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Get the right advisors for growth

Learn how to find suitable advisors and manage your relationships with them.
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Group your customers into market segments

Learn how to group your customers into market segments to better understand what they really want, and how to gain valuable customers.
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Guide de planification d'une campagne de communication (in French only)

See how to identify growth niches for your product or service and ensure that your communication investments are successful.
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Guide for employers: Source deductions and contributions

Obtain information on the source deductions that you must make when you have paid employees.
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Guide to market research and analysis

Discover how market research can help your business succeed and learn how to conduct a variety of market research activities.
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Guides de liquidation d'une coopérative (in French only)

Learn how to wind-up your cooperative.
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Hiring employees

Know your obligations and opportunities when it comes to hiring employees.
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How to get a business loan

Get tips on applying for a loan — what to include in your proposal, what bankers look for, common terms, and more.
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How to prepare a bid

Use this guide to help you bid on government opportunities so that you can sell your goods or services to the government.
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How to write an environmental policy

Discover the benefits of having an environmental policy. Find out how to select the right format and content.
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Identify and sell more to your most valuable customers

Identify your most valuable customers and get tips on selling more and attracting new higher-value ones.
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Importance of knowledge to a growing business

Discover available information sources, the best way to use the information, and learn how to create a knowledge strategy for your business.
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Innovate in products and services

Follow the 10 essential steps in the innovation process to design and implement a clear plan to successfully launch your products on the market.
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