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    Posted: Jan/18/2015 at 10:41pm

Quick guide to entrepreneurship

FEBRUARY 21, 2014 9:03 PM

By Athena Vethanayagam, 
Masters candidate, Gender Studies and Feminist Research program, McMaster University

If you’re thinking of starting your own business, there are many resources and organizations to refer to. Take a look at the list of resources below to help you get started in your own business.

Have more than one skill you want to work on? Or not sure which skills you need to be a successful entrepreneur? Attend the free Immigrant Women’s Small Business Expo. This expo takes place in Toronto and offers a variety of beneficial workshops. In 2013, workshop topics included: social media marketing, networking, website maintenance and the legal considerations for starting a business along with many others. The 2013 Expo has past, but start preparing and getting excited for 2014.

Want to improve your networking skills? Networking is an important skill in today’s business world, and the best way to do it is to get out and meet and talk to people. There are also many programs that can help you build your networking community:

Women Who Excel is a women’s networking community based in the Hamilton area. This is a great opportunity to form networks in your local community with other business women like yourself. Women Who Excel requires membership for an annual fee of $110, but it has many benefits. If you are intrigued and want to know more about this group, visit the website.

Brilliant Women Empowering Women Immigrants is a blog that is useful for networking. Brilliant Women encourages and celebrates the entrepreneurship of immigrant women, and it appears to have a lot to offer them. On their website, you can read inspiring stories, or write your own. It provides an opportunity for you to show-off or practice your writing skills, plus you can communicate and advertise your message at the same time. The website also has many useful tips and resources for your business. There is a business directory that can be used for finding networking connections, and if you write an article for the website you can list your business in the directory for FREE.

What can the government offer you as an immigrant woman entrepreneur? There are government programs and grants available. Visit to view and find the Ontario grant that best suits you. One grant that may be of interest is Microlending for Women in Ontario which provides small loans to entrepreneurs.

The Government of Ontario also funds ONE (Ontario’s Network of Entrepreneurs) which provides tips for starting and growing your business. Also supported by the Ontario government, Ontario Centres of Excellence offers programs and services to help entrepreneurs.

The federal government also has grants available. For a list of federal grants available, visit the Canadian Business Network website.

As an entrepreneur it is important to ensure your business follows provincial and federal regulations. There are many regulations that may be relevant to your business, so make sure to visit the following sites for information about Ontario Regulations and Federal Legislation.

Featured image taken from: Eastern Prince Edward Island Chamber of Commerce

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