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Resources for entrepreneurs

Looking for resources to help you start and build your business? On this page, you’ll find links and downloadable resources on topics from business strategy, to marketing and accessibility hacks for blind entrepreneurs.

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Making a cashflow statement

Learn how to make a simple cashflow statement based on Futurpreneur's template. Futurpreneur gives loans to Canadian startups. Use the template to model your monthly finances over the next 12 to 24 months. 
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10 Tech Tools Every Entrepreneur Needs

You need a good set of tools to make your business run smoothly. From smartphone apps to digital devices, these 10 things can help you get organized and ready for success. 
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Check out these resources for Ontario entrepreneurs!

Check out these resources for entrepreneurs in Ontario.
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What is Entrepreneurship?

Ever wonder what all those "businessy" terms mean that people throw around? "Venture capital," "Target audience," "Private equity"... it can seem confusing. Check out this list of basic business terms to get started.
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Creating your social media presence

Social media is a popular tool for marketing and reaching customers.
Accessibility can be tricky with some sites, and you might wonder how to use them properly to gain customers. Learn how to use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for business.
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Your nine-step business plan

Use the business model canvas to create your business plan.

Learn more by downloading our “nine-step business plan” resource, originally from alexandercowan.com. 
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What is an entrepreneur?

Have you ever wanted to open your own business, but feel overwhelmed by all the business jargon?
We'll break down some basic business terms for you to get you started.
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Nailing the pitch: preparing

You've crunched the numbers and done the research, and now you need investors to help you grow your business. How will you get them on board? Pitching can be intimidating, but with these tips, you'll be ready for success.

Here, we break down the pitching process from planning to presenting.
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Nailing the pitch: presenting

If you've read how to prepare for your sales pitch, here are some tips on presenting it.