Starting a new business can be a mixed bag of emotions.
Fun, challenging, exciting, scary all at the same time. But if you’re ready to take that first step, that’s awesome, Congratulations!

Although we’ve all been through unexpected changes in 2020, suffered loss whether that’s personally, professionally, loved ones, loss of freedom, perhaps it’s also been the year to truly get a clear vision for the future and given us time to reflect and learn in challenging times.
It’s amazing how adaptable and resourceful we can become when we need to.

As you begin here are a few shortcuts to help you get started and give you some ideas and resources as you navigate the wonderful world of business.
A great first step is be part of a business community like Connect Ottawa, surround yourself with like-minded people that support and get you and can guide you.


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 participate in a business community to meet local business people and entrepreneurs and ask questions.
Learn from them, see what they are doing, surround yourself with like-minded people that will support you in your vision and on your journey and can be the resources and team you need to get started.



Been thinking of starting something but not sure what that something is?
There are many opportunities to join companies that already have a plan in place, you can be your own boss, learn from great processes and marketing strategies and be part of the wonderful world of entrepreneurship?

What’s your next step? What do you need? Leave a comment!

Margaret-Ann Davis
hello@margaretanndavis.com
613.294.6263
Co-Founder Connect Ottawa
Business Connector
Expert Know, Like and Trust Guide
I teach people how to network and have real relationships, to build bigger and better businesses and grow their income. 
A business community is key. 

Margaret-Ann Davis
https://margaretanndavis.com/connect/

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