Starting a Small Business in Canada
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The Business, Science and Technology Department of the Toronto Reference Library and the Business Department of the North York Central Library have many resources related to starting a small business in Canada. For additional information please ask at their Information Desks.
Searching the Library Catalogue
Suggested Subjects or Keywords:
Checking the Shelves
Relevant call numbers
General Small Business
Using Online Sources
Toronto Public Library provides access to a wide range of online resources, such as downloads and eBooks, as well as articles and online research. Most of these resources can be accessed outside the library from the Library's website with a valid Toronto library card.
Find Your Way…Downloads & eBooks
Click on Downloads & eBooks from the FIND YOUR WAY section of the Library's homepage. Click on Downloads: Start Here to find Getting Started with Library eBooks and Help for new users. From the Downloads & eBooks page, select OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks. Our largest eBook collection, OverDrive includes current non-fiction, videos and audiobooks. Click on Business & Careers under eBook Nonfiction to browse all titles in this category.
Find Your Way…Articles & Online Research
Click on Articles & Online Research from the FIND YOUR WAY section of the library’s homepage. Select Databases & Research Tools by Topic and then Business & Careers. (Or, just enter the title of the database in the main search box of the homepage, or browse using the A – Z List of All Databases).
Find Your Way…Small Business
Click on Small Business from the FIND YOUR WAY section of the library’s homepage to find Spaces to Meet and Work, Expert Staff Assistance, Specialized Business Resources, and business–related Programs and Seminars.
To find websites on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, click on Books, Video, Research and More from the library’s homepage, select Recommended Websites, and then Business, Finance and Economics.
Business/Industry Performance/Company Information
Vertical Files – Industry Files
Located behind the Business, Science and Technology Department Information Desk at the Toronto Reference Library, they include recent printouts and clippings from various sources for Canadian industries. Press releases, pamphlets and other sources of information about industries may also be included.