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Ottawa Public Library resources, services and programs help to ensure that local businesses have the information they need to be successful and stay competitive.

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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:

Explore resource lists of books and websites on business topics

Online resources

Homepage for Business Writing
Helps learners develop their written business communication skills in the context of emails, SMS, letters and reports. Topics include the writing process, linking ideas and writing clearly.
Homepage for Gale OneFile: Business
Analyze industry events and trends, company performance and activity, as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Publications include broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings, investment reports, market overviews, country snapshots, and industry...
Full text remote access for Globe & Mail is available here:
 Login to Gale OneFile: Business by using your library account
 Click on Advanced Search and under SEARCH OPTIONS, click Publication Search
 Type Globe and Mail in the search box
 Click on the search results for The Globe and Mail
 Select different year and browse specific issues
Homepage for Grant Connect
Up-to-date information on hundreds of Canadian grant-making foundations and corporations, as well as more than 150 American foundations that have a history of philanthropy in Canada. Choose your terms carefully when you set up your search. A range of options...
This remote access will be valid temporarily until July 31,2020. Previously Grant Connect was only available for in-library use.
Homepage for Lynda.com
With over 4,000 video courses from top experts, Lynda.com is the place to go for learning technology, creative and business skills you can use today.
Homepage for ReferenceCanada
A directory of 2.1 million Canadian company profiles compiled from telephone directories, annual reports, government data, chamber of commerce information, business magazines, newspapers, specialty directories, and postal services information. Enables entrepreneurs, job-hunters, and consumers to find businesses in any industry...
Homepage for Value Line
The Value Line Investment Survey and Small & Midcap Survey offers access to over 3,500 stocks across 100 industries. This includes analysts’ reports, statistics and forecasts of stock performance.
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Blogs

29/10/2018
Rubina Ahmed-Haq, personal finance journalist explains the major roadblocks to saving and outlines what you can do today to start being better with your money.
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03/03/2020
A three-part series of professional workshops to help you advance your career. Each workshop...
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19/08/2019
Are you starting a business? There are so many things to consider: marketing, accounting,...
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08/05/2019
Are you a local business, organization, or service? Beaverbrook branch is hosting a business...
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