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To learn how to start a business and how to do market research for your business, explore the two guides below:

Guide to Market Research

Guide to Starting a Business in Ontario

To get support in starting a business, consult the following directory of services in Ottawa

Directory of Business Services in Ottawa

For general business research, consult these hand-picked resources:

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  • This collection of reference eBooks -- the kind of reliable, in-depth material once in a printed reference collection -- gives full-text access to more about Gale Ebooks

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  • Ideal for business schools and entrepreneurs, Gale OneFile: Entrepreneurship is updated daily and provides insights, tips, strategies, and success more about Gale OneFile: Entrepreneurship

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  • Grant Connect is a fundraising platform that connects charities with funders who share their more about Grant Connect

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  • LinkedIn Learning for Library is an upgrade to the previous Lynda Library product, providing continued lifelong learning opportunities for all of you. more about LinkedIn Learning for Library (Formerly
    • From March 31st, 2022, any customers who have not yet logged into LinkedIn Learning for Library will not have their Lynda history migrated over.  
    • LinkedIn Learning mobile app is now available. Please activate/access LinkedIn Learning via the desktop first, then move to the mobile app for an easier sign in experience on mobile.
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  • A directory of 2.1 million Canadian company profiles compiled from telephone directories, annual reports, government data, chamber of commerce information, more about ReferenceCanada

  • The Value Line Investment Survey and Small & Midcap Survey offers access to over 3,500 stocks across 100 industries.  This includes analysts’ reports, more about Value Line

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