Taking the Entrepreneurship Route

If you are working with a client who is considering entrepreneurship, you can point them to some of the self-assessments below to help them to determine their suitability on the Considering Entrepreneurship page.

If a client decides that they want to pursue entrepreneurship, there is a wide variety of programs and support in Ottawa and online resources to which you can point them. Some of these are highlighted below under the following headings:

General information and resources

Aboriginal Business Canada – Helps Aboriginal entrepreneurs and organizations achieve their business goals.

Canada Business Ontario  1.888.745.8888 – Free telephone research and information service with requests answered in five business days; multilingual Info-Guides and How to Guides that provide valuable information on many aspects of starting a business.

City of Ottawa Business Portal – Information on starting, running and expanding a business with a focus on municipal resources and requirements.

Fresh Founders Ottawa – Source for connecting with local entrepreneurship resources.

Hope Ventures (Bethany Hope Centre) – A ten-week, 15 hours/week Entrepreneurship Training Program including: First Aid/CPR, Food Handlers Course, WHMIS, Leadership, Financial Literacy, Computer Technology, Customer Service and Business Development. Participants will have the opportunity to be placed with a business mentor and apply for a $1,500.00 START UP GRANT for their very own business idea!

Innovation Works – Part of the “Ready.Set.Work.” initiative, provides an opportunity for at-risk youth ages 16-29 to explore, replicate, start-up and receive supports to start businesses in Ottawa.

Invest Ottawa – Starting a Business Basics – Provides several resources for entrepreneurs looking to start their own business, ranging from FAQs, an accelerator program, business workshops and seminars, and one-on-one meetings with experienced mentors.

Launch! (Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre) – A 12-week program to inspire and prepare youth to start their own business.

Ottawa Public Library Business Service – Helps local businesses find the information they need to be successful and stay competitive. Clients include existing businesses, new start-ups, and business students. Online resourcesinclude a business directory and business plans handbooks.  Free business consultation.

Ottawa Public Library Directory of Business Services – List of local services for entrepreneurs and businesses.

Parent Enterprise Program (Bethany Hope Centre) – Teaches young parents how to choose, develop and market a hand-crafted item. Learn about managing funds, developing a budget and how to set competitive prices for your products and services. Coaching is provided throughout the process.

Public Library list of Government Services for Entrepreneurs – Links to different government programs for entrepreneurs.

Financing & government programming

Aboriginal Capital Corporations – Network of Aboriginal Financial Institutions dedicated to supporting Aboriginal business development.

Business Development Bank of Canada – Financing for businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as advice and other resources.

Capital Angel Network – Entrepreneurs can submit an application for consideration to the Capital Angel Network. The Capital Angel Network can also facilitate introductions to other potential investors.

ODSP Employment Support – Provides support to people with disabilities to start their own business.

Ottawa Community Loan Fund – Loans and other financing packages for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Ontario Self Employment Benefit Program (OSEB) – Support for job-seekers looking at starting their own business.

Networking, office space & support

Code Factory – Shared office space where entrepreneurs can work and connect.

Exploriem – Office space and other resources for those looking to start their own business.

HUB Ottawa – Forum for networking and collaboration between entrepreneurs as well as a shared workspace.

Invest Ottawa Entrepreneurship Centre – Resources for aspiring entrepreneurs and information about seminars and events on entrepreneurship.

Invest Ottawa Mentorship & Business Advice – Mentors work with a company from inception to the first rounds of investment and beyond. This includes a service plan for all portfolio clients.

Mercury Grove – Startup accelerator in Ottawa that helps build the entrepreneurial community.

Ontario Works: Self Employment – An Ontario Works employment activity that supports participants, who have a realistic business idea, to successfully develop their business (generally full-time but part-time may be approved).

Ottawa Young Entrepreneurs – Collaborative project between the four Ottawa post-secondary institutions designed to provide resources, mentorship and other programs to help young entrepreneurs succeed.

Startup Canada – Network for entrepreneurs to share information, resources, and engage in the entrepreneurial community.