Where do I start?  A question often asked by many business people and entrepreneurs.  Here are some tips to help even if you haven’t quite found that something yet..it’s never too late to start!

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By ~MARGARET-ANN DAVIS

Starting a new business can be a mixed bag of emotions. It can be fun, challenging, exciting and scary all at the same time. But if you’re ready to take that first step, or maybe you have, there’s lots of valuable information that can guide you on your journey.
Here are few shortcuts to help you get started and give you some ideas as you navigate the wonderful world of entrepreneurship.

Did you know that BDC is theBusiness Development Bank” of Canada and is the only financial institution devoted entirely to entrepreneurs? They offer free advice and tools from creating a business plan, getting financing, marketing, technology and the list goes on – click here to learn more

Don’t miss checking the Government of Canada’s site as well, when you’re setting up your business it’s important to have all your bases covered, they provide a Business start-up checklist and lots of great information even tailored to specific businesses. Click on the links below to learn more.

Check out Invest Ottawa, as they provide seminars, resources, business advice and even contests for investments you can apply to participate in.

Have you heard of the Ottawa Community Loan Fund It is a non-profit organization providing microloans for business and professional development purposes, as well as creating awareness of the importance of a strong credit history.

Ottawa Public Library provide Online Resources, did you know that you can get lynda.com online course with a valid Library Card? The Library is a great place to go for free resources and tools for your business. THINK Books- Audio – Events – and more.

How about seeing if you qualify for a grant from Canadian Business Grants

As you begin your journey a great idea is to attend a business networking event, meet some local business people and entrepreneurs and ask questions, see what it takes, surround yourself with like-minded people that will support you in your vision and on your journey.

And last but not least if you’ve been thinking of starting something but you’re not sure what that something is. Did you know there are many opportunities to join companies that already have a plan in place, you can be your own boss, and yes have entered the wonderful world of entrepreneurship?

I’d be happy to share my journey and invite you to check out my new #sidehustle as Independant Direct Seacret Agent – I must confess I love the new title and the products, people, training, community are what really makes this experience so special.

What other ideas can you add to this list that I may have not mentioned?

Come join me at a meeting in Ottawa, love to welcome and introduce you the people I know,

Margaret-Ann Davis
Relationship Expert
GR Business Networking Ottawa Phone: 1.613.294.6263

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