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Human Resources



Leading Organizational Change
(article provided by member: Excellent Business Solutions)


Employers Take Note: Even Departing Employees may be Entitled to a Hefty Bonus
(article provided by member:  Mona D'Souza, Williams HR Law)


Richard Branson on Keeping Your Most Valued Employees Happy


7 Essential HR Resources For Your Small Businesses

Guidelines for Social Media background checks



Handling Human Resources in a Small Business


Tips for networking success

Pay Equity in Ontario
(article provided by member Carolyn Kay, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie)




How to Take Advantage of an Economic Upswing


How to Streamline Your Company's Purchasing


Tax Saving  Strategies For the Business Owner


5 Financial Secrets for Savvy Entrepreneurs
(article provided by member Gretchen Casey, Mortgage Alliance, The Durham Mortgage Team)

Investment R.E. Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
(article provided by member - Chris Tyrovolas, Royal LePage Frank Real Estate)

Corporate Estate Freezes
(article provided by member - Miles Goacher, The Goacher Wealth Management Group)





Small Marketing Changes With a Big Impact

7 Ways to Make Your Business Card Your Best Marketing Tool


The Future of Mobile Marketing: Smartphones and Augmented Reality


Speak to Me: 4 Online Personalization Strategies for Your Business



10 No-cost Marketing Tools

Why you should invest in an Internet Marketing Company vs Student or DIY

(article provided by member Benito Suppa, ReachLocal)

How Green Is Your Marketing Plan
(article provided by member Susan Scott, Full Circle Communications)


4 Essential Role Players You Want On Your Team


A Guide To Training Resources For You and Your Team


Healthier Worksite = Healthier Bottom Line


Protecting Customer Privacy



How to turn a good customer into a customer for life


Business Succession Planning - new thinking for today's economy
(article provided by member - Miles Goacher, The Goacher Wealth Management Group)

Commercial Leasing Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
(article provided by member - Chris Tyrovolas, Royal LePage Frank Real Estate)

Office Space Part 1
Part 2
(article provided by member Chris Tyrovolas, Royal LePage Frank Real Estate)

Miscellaneous Links



Entrepreneurs Who Turned Hobbies into Million-Dollar Businesses

4 Ways to Manage the Perils of 'Friend-ployees'

3 Teambuilding Exercises Tailored to Unique Business Challenges

Spotlight: Deborah Shane Has Insights for Small Business Owners









How Businesses Can Get Involved in Green Living

Helping the Environment with Business Upgrades

Environmental Issues That Affect Business

Finding the right sustainability initiatives for your business




Beyond Smartphones: Mobile Innovation That Could Change the Way You Do Business

6 Tablet Apps for Small Businesses


Why Website Analytics Are Vital For Your Business


Business Apps



7 Hot Apps for Small Business

15 Super Useful Apps for Busy Entrepreneurs

Fuze Meeting: Application that allows team members to have online video meetings on their phone as well as real-time screen sharing.
Available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry platforms

Dropbox: Allows users to sync files between computers and upload photos from a mobile phone. Available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry platforms

Turboscan: Allows you to scan documents, receipts, notes, etc.. and save them or email them as JPEGs and PDF files. Available for Apple devices.

Evernote: Evernote is an extremely useful productivity app. It allows users to document their ideas the moment they strike with audio recordings, text documents, or photos. It also allows all saved data to be searchable, meaning if you're out researching new computers, you can take a photo of the spec sheet and then bring it up later by searching since the app can read text inside images. Available for Apple, Android, Blackberry, and Windows platforms

CamCard: This app by allows users to take a photo and submit their business card. Their contact information is stored on the app. A user can take a photo of a company's business card and that business' contact information will be transferred onto the users' phone. There is a lite and pro version. Available for Apple, Android, Blackberry, and Windows devices

Vlingo: A virtual assistant app like Siri for those who don't have an iPhone 4S. Vlingo is a free app that allows users to dictate texts and emails, browse the web, look up contacts, and more. Contains Facebook and Twitter integration. Available for Apple, Android, Blackberry, and Windows devices.

WorldMate: A great free app for business travelers – Worldmate manages your flights, hotels, car rentals, and meetings – and automatically syncs the information to your mobile device. Even contains a tip calculator and currency converter Available for Apple, Android, Blackberry, and Windows devices.

Documents to Go: An app that allows users to view and edit Office documents on their phones. Allows users to view, create, and edit Word and Excel documents, while users can view Powerpoint documents with the basic version. Available for Android, Blackberry, and Windows devices. An Apple version is called Documents to Go – Office Suite

LogMeIn: This app allows users to remotely control their PC or Mac using their iPhone or iPad. This app is great for travelers or users who need to pull up files on their computers from remote areas. Available for Apple devices

Dragon Dictation: Allows users to record audio into the app, which will transform the audio into text. It boasts a 99% accuracy. Great for creating long emails or short texts using your voice only. Available for Apple, Blackberry, and select Windows devices


Free Online Learning Resources


Khan Academy

Yale Open Courses

Harvard Open Courses for Free

Stanford Online

MIT OpenCourseWare Free Online Course Materials

Important Government Links



Business Gateway: Single access point to all Federal Gov't services needed to start, run and grow your business:

Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (Revenue Canada): Helps with forms and essential business
Business Enquiries: 1-800-959-5525
Forms and Publications:1-800-959-2221

Canada One: Your source for Canadian business news articles and information


Competition Bureau of Canada: Ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.


E-Laws Website: Government of Ontario Bill and Statutes

Economic Development & Trade: Ontario Partners With Companies to Strengthen The Economy

Gov't of Ontario:


Environmental Spill Reporting: 1-800-268-6060

Foreign Affairs and International Trade: The mandate of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada is to manage Canada's diplomatic and consular relations and to encourage the country's international trade.

Gov't of Canada:


Human Resources Development Canada: Develop policies that make Canada a society in which all can use their talents, skills and resources to participate in learning, work and their community


Incorporation Information-Ottawa: 1-866-333-5556

Information and Privacy Commission/Ontario: 416-326-3333 / 1-800-387-0073

Intellectual Property Information Registration: A Special Operating Agency (SOA) associated with Industry Canada, is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada (copyrights/trademarks)


Ministry of Labour - Employment Standards:

Gov't of Ontario:


Ministry of Small Business & Consumer Services:


Land Registry Office - Whitby: 905-665-4007

Ontario Building Code: Welcome to the Ontario Building Code's website, which has information on qualification and registration, available training, dispute resolution, news on recent code developments and more.

Ontario Exports: The Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation is committed to providing services that are knowledgeable, responsive and timely, professional, helpful, accessible and accountable.


Retail Council of Canada: RCC is a strong advocate for retailing in Canada and works with all levels of government and other stakeholders to support employment growth.


Statistics Canada: produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country—its population, resources, economy, society and culture.


Ontario Region (Toronto): 416-973-6586

Technical Standards & Safety Authority: Regulated safety services, Public safety and consumer information, Specialized safety services, Alternate service delivery


Town of Whitby Marketing & Economic Development:


Workplace Safety & Insurance Board: We administer Ontario's no-fault workplace insurance for employers and their workers. As part of this system, we provide disability benefits, monitor the quality of health care and assist in early, safe return to work for workers injured on the job or who contract an occupational disease. The WSIB works for you. Whether you're a worker, a large employer or small business owner, we're here to help

Funding Links



Business Development Bank of Canada: BDC promotes entrepreneurship by providing highly tailored financing, venture capital and consulting services to entrepreneurs.

905-430-5329 or 1-800-563-7922

Centre for National Business Development: We are committed to helping you get the most funding possible from the various programs you qualify for


Community Small Business Investment Funds Program: The government provides services such as training programs, consulting and information services for small businesses


National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program: The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada's premier organization for research and development


Venture Capital Corporations Program: Ministry of small business, technology and economic development


General Links

Durham Region Online Manufacturing Portal

Business Advisory Centre Durham: We help entrepreneurs and help small business start successful and stay successful.


Canada Post Corporation:

Postal Code look up:


General Information:


Canadian Chamber of Commerce: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the primary and vital connection between business and the federal government. It continually demonstrates impact on public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada.

President - Hon. Perrin Beatty:


Junior Achievement Central Ontario: Junior Achievement (JA) is the world's largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. With over 120 charters world wide, JA brings a global view of business to local communities


Ontario Chamber of Commerce: As the most diverse and representational business group in the province, the OCC works closely with governments, labour, academia, other business associations and various groups to create a stronger and more vibrant economy in Ontario.

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