Tools & Guides

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Available Services

Our team of small business advisors helps small business owners and entrepreneurs like you make the right decisions at business start-up and help you to develop the skills and access to networks you need to grow and succeed. Please see What We Do.


Find Government Grants, Loans, and Financing
Financing Wizard
Sources of Private Sector Financing
Financing From Non-Government Organizations
Grants, Contributions, and Financial Assistance
Tax Refunds and Credits
Loans and Cash Advances
Loan Guarantees
Accessing Equity Financing
Equity Investments
Financing For Innovation
Southwestern Ontario Fund For Investment in Innovation (SOFII)
Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (Business expansion)
Employer Matrix 2016 (Business Development Support Programs)
Windsor-Essex Entrepreneur Support Network
Employment Service Deliver Network  (Employment Centres)

Business Planning

Why Do You Need A Business Plan?
Writing Your Business Plan
Sample Business Plans and Templates
Business Planning FAQs
Market Research Methods
Guide to Market Research and Analysis
Market Research and Statistics
Secondary Market Research Service Request
Windsor-Essex Region Data
Statistics Canada
International Market Research
Essex County Rural Guide 2016 (Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs)
Multilingual Business Planning Documents


Managing Your Finances
Protecting Your Business
Organizational Design
Tips for a Greener Business
Selling To Governments
Productivity Benchmarking Tool

Importing and Exporting

Canada Border Services Agency
International Trade Training Programs
Importing Guide
Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting
Points To Consider Before Exporting
Exporting To the United States
Exporting To World Markets
Importing and Exporting Trade Data


Guide to Food and Beverage Manufacturing in Ontario