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Ottawa Public Library Online Resources

Free access to any resident of Ottawa, from the Ottawa Public Library’s website. All you need is an active Library Card. Click on Make a Booking on the OPL website and Book an Appointment for a business consultation to learn how to use these online resources.

  1. Market Research – Secondary Topic Guide prepared by Business Services at OPL.
  2. Reference Canada Searchable directory of 2.1 million Canadian businesses.  Locate existing competitors in any industry and potential customers to do business with from across the country. Choose > Custom Search; fill in the criteria, e.g., > Business Type (& Keyword) & > Geography; > View Results; > Download as Excel file.
  3. Gale eBooks Click on Business Plans Handbook and use Tool to search the series by a keyword for downloadable real business plans of actual companies from the multi-volume Business Plans Handbook. Also a sample “Business Plan Template” from Volume 20 of the Business Plans Handbook.

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