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From Idea to Innovation

September 19, 2016 | Alessya | Comments (0)

Sima Gandhi, EIR
       Sima Gandhi

Sima Gandhi, TPL's Entrepreneur in Residence and founder of riince, will be showing us how she took an idea in her mind and transformed it into an innovative physical item. She discusses her new product and the process of: problem solving, solution conceptualization, validation, manufacturing and distribution.

This talk will be occurring at three locations across the city:

1. Tuesday, September 27         

6:30 - 8:00 pm 

Fairview Branch - Room 3

and

2. Wednesday, September 28    

6:30 - 8:00pm 

Toronto Reference Library - Hinton Theatre

Guest speaker: Lee Cadesky, C-fu FOODS

and

3. Thursday, October 6              

6:30 - 8:00pm

Albion Branch - Auditorium

These events are free and all are welcome.

If unable to attend, visit the Business & Personal Finance blog for advice written directly by Sima!

Remember to check out the available resources for entrepreneurs and/or small businesses in relation to raising money for your small business at Toronto Public Library. And if you're interested in more workshops across the city, take a look at our small business programming.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                      

 

Disruption Diary 1 - The Idea

August 8, 2016 | Entrepreneur in Residence | Comments (0)

Hi everyone, it's Sima, TPL's 2016 Entrepreneur in Residence. I am excited to blog about my personal experience with the evolution of riince from concept to prototype to ... ??? Follow along...we are in the middle of an amazing journey!

RiinceThe idea for riince was ‘cooked up’ in the kitchen with the help of my teenage daughter and a little entrepreneurial spirit. My daughter loves cooking and she follows many food channels, bloggers and feeds, and is always trying new ideas and recipes. I’m her sous-chef in the kitchen, and when she became vegan, she started experimenting with grains and seeds.

One day, she texted me and asked me to prepare some quinoa for her, for when she got home from school because she had a couple of new recipes to try out. As I was pouring the quinoa out of the bag into a measuring cup, I asked myself how she washes it before she cooks it? When I checked online, I read about saponins and how this natural detergent coats the seed. I thought it was pretty cool that it’s harvested for use in natural soaps, but I also realized it was a contaminant that needed to be rinsed off prior to cooking.

Preparing quinoa needed more attention and care than rice, which was our previous go-to. I realized there was no single utensil to do the job of measuring and cleaning while making sure that none of the washed seeds were lost down the drain. We looked at the tools in our kitchen drawer, and started imagining "this" scoop with "that" handle ... "this" size versus "that" size ... how to make it mechanical without making it complicated. Over the next few weeks, we continued to brainstorm the concept and our excitement grew. We realized we had conceived something unique, useful and easy to understand! Riince was our solution to combine the "Measure. Rinse. Dispense" steps and make the prep of grains, seeds and lentils fast and easy!

Disruption Take-Away #1:  If you are experiencing a problem, others probably are too. The solution might be a viable product or business idea.

 

Great story, Sima! TPL Librarian, Alessya, here. For anyone else with a budding idea or a general interest in entrepreneurship, check out some great resources available at Toronto Public Library such as:

Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future The Idea in You Beyond the Business Plan Entrepreneurship for the Rest of Us

 

Next Step:  Develop a Value Proposition.

Canadian Business Lists Online

August 1, 2016 | Christina | Comments (0)

Paper Pen and Laptop                                              Photo Credit:  Pete O'Shea

Lists, lists and more lists. Today, there is a bounty of lists on numerous topics. Online searches can help you find lists but the task can be daunting. Many of the results might be irrelevant.  

If searching for Canadian business lists online, here are a few web sites that may be useful:

BC Business: Hot Lists
- BCBusiness Top 100 Winners and Losers
- B.C.'s Top 100 Companies
- B.C.'s 35 Most Influential Women
- B.C.'s 65 Most Influential Brands
- and more

Canadian Business: Rankings 
(links are located at the bottom of the landing page)
- Canada's Richest People
- Canada's Best Jobs
- Canada's Best MBA Programs
- Canada's Most Powerful Business People
- Canada's Richest Neighbourhoods 

Flipster

 
To read online issues of Canadian Business, visit Flipster eMagazines. An active Toronto Public Library card is required. 

 

Entrepreneur Magazine: Top 50
- Top 20 Fastest-Growing Franchises of the Year
- also, check out specifc issues under Entrepreneur: Magazine such as:
  August 2016 issue: 50 Best Cities for Your Startup
  June 2016 issue:100 Brilliant Companies to Watch 
  January 2016 issue: 2016's Women to Watch

Zinio

To read online issues of Entrepreneur Magazine, visit Zinio eMagazines. An active Toronto Public Library card is required.

 

August 01, 2016 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine  July 01, 2016 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine  June 01, 2016 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine

Financial Post
- Financial Post Magazine: FP 500 The Premier Ranking for Corporate Canada

ProfitGuide.com: Rankings
- Profit 500: Canada's Fastest Growing Companies
- W100: Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs

   Gold Trophy                                       Photo Credit: Wikirishiaacharya

In addition to online newspapers and magazines, award sites may help you find top Canadian entrepreneurs:

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business:  Awards
- Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations
- Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame (ABHF): National Youth Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award
- Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame (ABHF): Lifetime Achievement Award
- Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation Award

Canadian Immigrant: Immigrant Stories: Top 25 Immigrants
- RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award Winners
- under the Immigrant Stories menu, click on Money & Business for additional stories on entrepreneurs

EY (Ernst & Young): Entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneur of the Year:  Canada's top entrepreneurs are arranged by region - Pacific, Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic
- Entrepreneurial Winning Women

RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

TPL's 2016 Entrepreneur in Residence: Sima Gandhi, Founder of Riince

July 27, 2016 | Alessya | Comments (2)

itter share icon Sima Gandhi: Leader, Entrepreneur, Manager, Investor is this year's Entrepreneur in Residence at the Toronto Public Library.

Sima Gandhi, Entrepreneur in Residence

Sima Gandhi was raised in an entrepreneurial family and started her career in the family business of manufacturing commercial lighting at Solera Corp. She has a varied background in private sector startups, spanning several industries including manufacturing, education and construction. The Skylar Project was a social purpose business that Sima was involved in, with the objective of building sustainable housing solutions in emerging economies.

As part of the business acceleration team of MaRS’ Entrepreneurship Programs, Sima facilitated and managed relationships with Regional Innovation Centres and Campus Linked Accelerators to make MaRS educational content and experiential workshops accessible.

Most recently, Sima founded riince: designing and manufacturing an innovative kitchen utensil addressing the changes in social norms towards eating environmentally-friendly proteins and super seeds.

For the first time ever, this year's Entrepreneur in Residence will provide a behind-the-scenes view of taking a product to launch, as Sima will personally blog and take us through her journey from concept to launch of riince

Sima will also be hosting eight entrepreneurial programs across four library branches, and meet one-on-one with current and aspiring entrepreneurs. Visit the Entrepreneur in Residence web page to find out how to apply for free one-on-one advice regarding your small business idea or plan with Sima Gandhi.

Come and meet Sima Gandhi at the 2016 Entrepreneur in Residence Launch on:

Date:  Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
Place:  Atrium, 1st Floor, Toronto Reference Library
Time:  6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

All are welcome! 

Grow Your Business Using Social Media

April 15, 2016 | Christina | Comments (0)

Social Media                      (Photo Credit: Ibrahim.ID)                                 

By Elle

My dad and his business partner owned a small import/retail business in the city’s core. They imported and sold Chinese artifacts, furniture, paintings, fabric and traditional Chinese dresses (Cheongsams). Their client base grew from a few people in the community and tourists who were passing by, to clients who would make a regular trek from the U.S. How did they grow their roster of clients? There was no Internet, no tv or radio ads (too expensive!), no flyers sent far and wide. The answer: word-of-mouth.

Now word-of-mouth is done electronically through social media. Sure, we can create a website profiling our products/services; but, with a website, you are talking to your customers (one way) whereas with social media, you are talking with your customers and they in turn are talking to each other about you and your business. Plus, with social media you can see how your customers are feeling instantly and address any concerns right away.

Use social media as a way to promote and brand your company and connect with new clients.

I recently came across a report by Michael Stelzner, Founder, Social Media Examiner, whose group surveyed 3,700 marketers with the goal of understanding how they're using social media to grow and promote their businesses. The largest group that took the survey works for small businesses of 2-10 employees (37%), followed by the self-employed (23%). Seventeen percent of people taking the survey work for businesses with 100 or more employees. Most participants (52%) were based in the United States, followed by United Kingdom (9%), Canada (6%) and Australia (5%). Most survey participants (69%) were between the ages of 30 and 59. The median age was 40 to 49. Females edged out males, representing 58% of all participants.

Guess what were the findings?

Facebook & LinkedIn are the two most important social networks for marketers, with 93% of marketers using Facebook.

For Twitter, YouTube & LinkedIn, 62% plan on increasing their use of these tools.

A significant 64% of marketers were using social media for six hours or more and 41% for 11 or more hours weekly. For people just beginning with social media (less than 12 months of experience), 49% spent five or fewer hours per week. However, of the folks who have been doing this for two years or longer, at least 68% spend six hours or more per week on social media activities.

The top two benefits of social media marketing are increasing exposure and increasing traffic. A significant 90% of all marketers indicated that their social media efforts generated more exposure for their businesses. Increased traffic was the second major benefit, with 77% reporting positive results. Most marketers are using social media to develop loyal fans (69%) and gain marketplace intelligence (68%).  

Other identified benefits to using social media:

  • Built new business partnerships by investing an average of six hours per week in social media marketing: 62% of businesses reported.
  • Generated new leads: 66% of businesses reported.
  • Reduced marketing expenses: 52% of businesses reported.
  • Improved search rankings: 62% of businesses saw an improvement in search engine rankings.
  • Increased traffic: 81% of businesses reported increased traffic.
  • Provided marketplace insight:  63% of businesses reported.

Time invested made a difference. Of those spending at least six hours a week, 72% found benefit, with B2C (Business to Consumers) marketers (73%) much more likely to develop a loyal fan base through social media than B2B (Business to Business) marketers (63%).

B2B marketers were more likely (64%) to use social media to gain thought leadership than B2C marketers (50%).

Commonly used social media platforms:

Facebook (93%), Twitter (79%), LinkedIn (71%), Google+(56%), YouTube (55%), Pinterest (45%) and Instagram (36%) were the top seven platforms used by marketers, with Facebook leading the pack by a long shot.

The overwhelming majority of marketers used Facebook ads (84%), followed by Google ads (41%) and LinkedIn ads (18%) with B2C marketers using Facebook ads more (89%) than B2B marketers (75%).

A large percentage (71%) used visual assets in their social media marketing. Close behind was blogging (70%). Podcasting was only used by 10% of marketers so this represents an opportunity. B2B marketers are much more likely to use blogging (77%) when compared to B2C marketers (64%). Podcasting was also more common among B2B (12%) than B2C (9%). The self-employed were more likely to use blogging (79%)

And did you know that Canada has the highest social media network penetration in the world, with 82% of Canadians using a social network? (We Are Social: Social, Digital & Mobile Worldwide in 2014)

(Source:  Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association)

This begs another question: is it possible to measure ROI (return on investment) for social media activities? Only 42% agreed they are able to measure their social activities. The ROI issue has plagued marketers for years. In 2014, 37% indicated they could measure ROI and in 2013, it was 26%.

So what’s the next step? Check out these select sources on social media and small businesses.

Social Media Advantage Online Marketing for Small Businesses Social Media Analytics
Social Media Advantage Online Marketing
for Small Businesses
Social Media Analytics
Build in Social Social Media MBA Media Guide to ROI Zero to 100,000

Built in Social
eBook Available

Social Media MBA
Guide to ROI 
eBook Available


Zero to 100,000
eBook Available
                                         Socialnomics  
  Socialnomics
eBook available
 


LyndaWatch video tutorials on Facebook advertising fundamentals or social media marketing with Twitter or Facebook, on Lynda.com, Toronto Public Library’s exciting new electronic resource, free with your library card. Lynda.com gives you access to more than 3,500 video tutorial courses led by experts on web design, software development, photography, business skills, home and small office, project management, 3D + animation, graphic design audio, music, video editing and more. It requires the creation of a personal account which will allow you to track your progress through your tutorials. Available anywhere you have Internet access, you are just required to sign in with your valid TPL card.


All the best with growing your business!

 

Starting a Business?

February 11, 2016 | Thanusa | Comments (0)

A new year, a new you!

Was starting a business this year one of your goals?

Join the eight-week business program this spring at North York Central Library or Oakwood Village Branch and reap the benefits of getting expert assistance with your business plan, access to a business advisor, and networking with other like-minded entrepreneurs.

Upon completion of the program, you will be awarded with a Business Seminar Series Certificate from Toronto Business Development Centre and be eligible to apply for a small business loan ranging from $5,000 to $30,000.

Have more questions? Visit the Business Inc. page, or attend an orientation session at either of these locations to learn more before applying:

 

Orientation Dates: 

Oakwood Village Branch- Monday, March 7 at 6:30pm

North York Central Library- Tuesday, March 8, at 6:30pm

 

Check out these new titles to help you get started:

Starting a business dummies   Fail fast or win big   Your Guide to Starting and Self Financing    Content Inc.






 

 

Market Research with Library Resources

February 1, 2016 | Christina | Comments (0)

Market Research with Library Resources 

Toronto Public Library provides information in a variety of formats. These include downloads and ebooks, DVDs, articles and online research. Additional help is available by consulting a librarian in the branch, calling Answerline (416-393-7131), or by using our email or online chat service, Ask a Librarian. You can also Book a Librarian (a 30-to-60 minute personal appointment with a librarian).

Getting Started 

The Business, Science and Technology Department of the Toronto Reference Library (3rd floor) has many resources related to market research. For additional information please ask at the Information Desk.


Searching the Library Catalogue Using Suggested Subjects or Keywords

Subjects:

Associations – Canada – directories

Business enterprises – Canada - statistics

Canada – economic conditions – statistics

Consumers – research

Consumer behaviour - research

Economic indicators – Canada

Industries - Ontario - Toronto region - directories

Internet marketing

Marketing research

Marketing research – Canada

Marketing research - methodology

Marketing – Canada - periodicals

Market surveys – Canada

Market surveys – Canada – statistics

New products – management

Questionnaires - methodology

Small business - Canada - finance - statistics


Keywords
      

Market surveys                              

Market research

Marketing management   

Marketing plans

Marketing strategy

 

Checking the Shelves

Relevant call numbers:

330.971

338.09

338.439

337.74097

380.109

658.800

658.83

658.83028 

RMA  Annual Statement Studies


Company Information 

Contact Toronto

Ontario Business-to-Business Sales & Marketing Directory. 4 vols. 

Regional Directory.  Ontario [Dun & Bradstreet]

Scott’s Directories:  Ontario Business. 4 vols.


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 eBooks & Digital Content: Start Here to find Getting Started with Library eBooks. 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).

Suggested Databases:

Marketline (available at TRL and NYCL branches only)

Scott’s Business Directories Online

Safari Tech & Business Books Online


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.


Recommended Websites 

Click on Books, Video, Research and More from the library’s homepage, select Recommended Websites, and then Business, Finance and Economics. To find websites on doing market research click on Small Business and Entrepreneurship/Research Tools.           

 

Demographic Information

Census Profile, 2011 Census

NHS Profile [National Household Survey], 2011 Census

Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada, 2008 to 2012  
 

Business/Industry Performance/Company Information

Canadian Companies Capabilities

Financial Performance Data

Key Small Business Statistics

SEDAR Issuer Profiles

SME Research and Statistics

Toronto Industry Profiles


Additional Sources

Associations

Various associations and organizations produce newsletters and websites. They may contain very specific and specialized information and are useful sources of information regarding news, developments, new products and suppliers in an industry. For example, in Canada the Restaurants Canada and the Retail Council of Canada have websites with statistics on their industries and major trends.
 

Magazines/Newspapers

Trade Publications and Directories 

Trade publications often contain information on competitors and new products. They may also have information about industry developments, issues, forecasts and market surveys. Trade, professional or business associations (e.g. local Chamber of Commerce) can be another good source for market information. These associations may have market research available pertaining to their industry. These reports can sometimes be purchased. In some cases, this material will be sold only to members.
 

Vertical Files – Industry Files 

Located behind the Business, Science and Technology Department Information Desk, 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.


See Also

Business Directories : City of Toronto and Area
Researching a Canadian Company
Researching a Canadian Industry
Starting a Small Business in Canada

Reading Recommendations from Mike Brcic, 2015 TPL Entrepreneur in Residence

January 2, 2016 | Christina | Comments (0)

Mike Brcic, 2015 TPL Entrepreneur in Residence, has completed his residency at the Toronto Public Library.  
  

Mike Brcic, 2015 TPL Entrepreneur in Residence
Mike Brcic, 2015 TPL Entrepreneur in Residence

                                                 
Before leaving, Mike recommended a list of books for aspiring entrepreneurs. The titles are:

Entrepreneur Roller Coaster Scaling Up Delivering Happiness
Entrepreneur
Roller Coaster
Scaling Up Delivering Happiness
To Sell is Human Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid Start with Why
To Sell is Human Fortune at the Bottom
of the Pyramid
Start with Why

 

Looptail Automatic Customer Getting to Maybe
Looptail Automatic Customer Getting to Maybe
                          Business Model Generation                                
  Business Model Generation  

For more titles, search the Toronto Public Library catalogue with the recommended subjects:

Top 6 Qualities of Great Leaders

December 11, 2015 | Elsa W | Comments (0)


Image from Flickr's Creative Commons (Steve Depolo). This file is licensed under the Creative Commons, 2.0 Generic.

Consider some of the leaders you have admired, in the past and present, and you will likely see some common traits among them.

Here are some top traits that leaders have:

Integrity - Great leaders not only set the rules, but they live by them. People want to work with a leader they can trust, a leader with morals, values, and honesty. Ultimately, if a leader lacks integrity, they will not be respected, trusted or followed.

Compassion - Great leaders not only have great ambition but great humility. Instead of using their ambitions to inflate their ego, they use them for the greater good. These leaders, like the Dalai Lama, are very effective and inspiring.

Confidence - Having the confidence to make decisions is paramount. Confidence is also reassuring to the rest of the team and will help them feel confident in their leaders.

Creativity - Creative thinking allows leaders to think past the status quo. Also, creative leaders can potentially make the most of too little time, and too much to do with their out-of-the-box thinking.

Intuition - This trait requires a combination of great pattern recognition, wisdom, trend anticipation, personnel insight and confidence. These attributes ultimately lead to successful decision-making, a key skill for leaders.

Visionary - Inspiring the team to see the vision of the successes to come is vital. Visionary leaders are always charging ahead to where they want to be tomorrow.

Although some people just seem to be natural leaders, everyone can learn what it takes to be an effective leader. You can learn how to be a leader through the Library’s subscription to Lynda.com (available for free to TPL customers). Lynda.com offers over 3,500 video tutorial courses led by industry experts on topics including a leadership course. Log into Lynda.com through the library website with your library card to learn how to transform your leadership potential.

Also, check out your local Small Business Network. No two businesses and industries are alike, but successful leadership principles are largely universal. So, learn by emulating what successful business owners and leaders have done to succeed.

What are some other important leadership traits you think should have made this list?

Starting a Small Business in Canada

December 1, 2015 | Christina | Comments (0)

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Starting a Small Business in Canada 

Toronto Public Library provides information in a variety of formats. These include downloads and ebooks, DVDs, articles and online research.  Additional help is available by consulting a librarian in the branch, calling Answerline (416-393-7131), using our email or online chat service, Ask a Librarian. You can also Book a Librarian (a 30 to 60 minute personal appointment with a librarian).

 
Getting Started  
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:

Subjects

New business enterprises -- Canada -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Small business -- Canada -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Entrepreneurship -- Canada -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Keywords  

Small Business
           

Checking the Shelves

Relevant call numbers

658.022
658.041
658.11
658.15224
658.4012
658.8
 

Suggested Titles:

General Small Business 

The eventual millionaire: how anyone can be an entrepreneur and successfully grow their startup

Grow:  hot to take your DIY project & passion to the next level and quit your job

Grow regardless:  of your business's size, your industry or the economy--and despite the government!

Run your business, don't let it run you: learning and living professional management

Sell local, think global: 50 innovative ways to make a chunk of change and grow your business

The young entrepreneur's guide to starting and running a business: turn your ideas into money!
 

Business Plans

Business Plans Handbook: a compilation of actual business plans developed by small business throughout North America 

The one-hour business plan: the simple and practical way to start anything new 

Preparing effective business plans: an entrepreneurial approach 

Write your business plan: get your plan in place and your business off the ground

Writing a convincing business plan 


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).

Suggested Title:

Safari Tech and Business Books Online 


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.


Recommended Websites 

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. 

Suggested Websites:


Demographic Information

Census Profile, 2011 Census

NHS Profile [National Household Survey], 2011 Census

Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada  


Business/Industry Performance/Company Information

Canadian Companies Capabilities

Financial Performance Data

Key Small Business Statistics

SEDAR Company Profiles

SME Research and Statistics

Toronto Industry Profiles


Additional Sources


Magazines/Newspapers

Canadian Business


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.


See Also

Business Directories : City of Toronto and Area
Market Research with Library Resources  (to be published in the near future)
Researching a Canadian Company
Researching a Canadian Industry

 

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