The Canadian Business Network (CBN), created and maintained by the Canadian Federal Government, offers a wide array of support to start-up businesses.
Recognizing the unique needs of social enterprise, they have created a dedicated portal for entrepreneurs using businesses to address a social need. This social enterprise portal offers links to resources available across Canada from community based support organizations and from various levels of government. The links and resources include technical support on everything from how to do market research or write a business plan, to funding support for start-up costs or human resource needs.
The Federal Government, in trying to make the CBN accessible to non-profits, co-operatives and solo social entrepreneurs, sought the input from many of us in the social enterprise community. This portal is a concrete step to acknowledge social enterprise and to ensure that programs run by the government (and others) are available for those of us wishing to use business to bring about social change.
Social Delta is of course willing to help you and your social enterprise understand, access and apply any of the resources made available on the CBN site.
Just contact us to see how we can help.