Mentor Works Ltd. http://www.mentorworks.ca The Canadian Government Grants and Loan for Business Experts Thu, 26 May 2016 13:57:30 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 Community Development Corporation Receives $1.6M to Support Startups http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/superior-east-cfdc-receives-funding-to-support-startups/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/superior-east-cfdc-receives-funding-to-support-startups/#respond Thu, 26 May 2016 13:10:41 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=24590 Startup Funding for Canadian Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) across Ontario play a key role in administering government funding programs to startups and small businesses. In total, there are 60 CFDCs located across Ontario (36 in eastern and southern Ontario, 24 in northern Ontario) who have helped over 120,000 entrepreneurs with a variety of funding and business planning services. […]

The post Community Development Corporation Receives $1.6M to Support Startups appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
Startup Funding for Canadian Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) across Ontario play a key role in administering government funding programs to startups and small businesses. In total, there are 60 CFDCs located across Ontario (36 in eastern and southern Ontario, 24 in northern Ontario) who have helped over 120,000 entrepreneurs with a variety of funding and business planning services.

One of these CFDCs was recently announced as recipients of over $1.6 million in funding to continue carrying out their business support and planning activities. The Superior East Community Development Corporation, representing northern Ontario communities such as Wawa, Dubreuilville, White River, and Chapleau, has received funds to support new and growing businesses in the region.

Businesses within the Superior East region of Ontario will be able to access the CFDC for a variety of programs and services. Keep reading this blog for more information about how CFDCs can boost your startup or small business’ success.

What do Community Futures Development Corporations Do?

The first few years of operation are the most critical years for any business. Startups and small businesses within Canada must build a sustainable, growth-oriented company in order to survive.

However limited cash flow is often weighing against entrepreneurs during the first few years of business. Small businesses are often capable in their ability to conceptualize and complete growth projects, but without funding these great ideas are often delayed or ignored entirely.

CFDCs solve this problem in two ways; provide repayable small business funding to extend cash flow, and provide support services (such as mentoring and coaching) to advise entrepreneurs on how to overcome obstacles to success.

In Ontario alone, businesses who engaged the help of a CFDC increased sales by an average of 10.8% per year (3.6% non-assisted firms), increased their survival rate to 84-88% through their first 5 years of business (64-66% non-assisted firms), grew faster, and hired a greater number of employees.

Business Support Services

Entrepreneurial spirit is high across Canada, however not all entrepreneurs have the same level of knowledge when it comes to developing a business. CFDCs provide a variety of business supports including:

  • Business plan preparation guidance;
  • Exporting resources;
  • Entrepreneur training;
  • Business counselling; and
  • Documentation tips.

Startup Funding Programs

As the title of this blog would suggest, CFDCs also receive funding from the government to administer local investment funds. Startups and small businesses may receive up to $150,000 in repayable funding (Canadian government loans) to complete strategic growth projects.

A local board of directors control the distribution of funds, which can be a beneficial alternative as compared to other Canadian government funding programs that are not as regionally-focused.

How Can my Small Business Access CFDC Funding and Resources?

To get started with a local Community Futures Development Corporation, entrepreneurs are advised to contact their local CFDC office and arrange a meeting.

Although startups and early-stage businesses have limited access to Canadian government grants and loans, Mentor Works can help prepare these companies to become funding-ready. The easiest way to make your business eligible for Canadian government funding is to download Mentor Works’ Startup Funding Checklist. This list provides actionable steps your company can take to prepare itself for future success.

Proactive startups and small businesses should also consider applying for a Government Funding Insider membership. As a Government Funding Insider, entrepreneurs will gain unparalleled access to webinars, email notifications about startup-eligible funding programs, and resources such as white papers on growing your small business within Canada.

Startup Funding for Canadian Startups and Small Business

Recent CFDC Government Programs for Small Business News:

The post Community Development Corporation Receives $1.6M to Support Startups appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/superior-east-cfdc-receives-funding-to-support-startups/feed/ 0
IRAP Funding Success: Rianta Solutions Receives up to $440,000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/irap-funding-success-rianta-solutions/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/irap-funding-success-rianta-solutions/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 12:04:53 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=24585 IRAP Funding Research and Development Success

Rianta Solutions is a Kanata, Ontario-based designer, developer, and manufacturer of datacom and telecom equipment solutions. Since the company’s creation in 2012, Rianta Solutions’ team of engineers have been developing customized high-speed, low energy consumption data centre technologies. With clients spanning across Canada and around the world, Rianta Solutions has embraced the definition of innovation […]

The post IRAP Funding Success: Rianta Solutions Receives up to $440,000 appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
IRAP Funding Research and Development Success

Rianta Solutions is a Kanata, Ontario-based designer, developer, and manufacturer of datacom and telecom equipment solutions. Since the company’s creation in 2012, Rianta Solutions’ team of engineers have been developing customized high-speed, low energy consumption data centre technologies. With clients spanning across Canada and around the world, Rianta Solutions has embraced the definition of innovation and continuously seeks to improve their technologies for sustained competitive advantages.

Rianta Solutions was recently announced as a recipient of up to $439,900 in Canadian government funding through the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). The program, which supports innovative internal R&D activities, enables companies such as Rianta to become more inventive and competitive in a global market.

Canadian small and mid-sized businesses can also access IRAP funding for innovations. Continue reading about Rianta’s company and project to consider if your business’ project would qualify for IRAP grants.

Rianta Solutions’ Commitment to Efficient Internet Communications

Like many other technology development companies, Rianta Solutions started as a small firm led with exceptional technical expertise, but limited cash flow. In 2012, the business began as a six-person team operating out of the basement of one of the company’s co-founders.

The team’s technical skill, in addition to market demand for their innovative solutions, led to steady growth within their organization and they were soon able to develop next-generation data centre networks. The team quickly defined their technology, then designed, verified, and produced their solutions for some of the world’s largest semiconductor vendors.

“NRC-IRAP’s support is enabling us to accelerate our hiring initiatives and the market delivery of our intellectual property.”
– Richard Deboer, CEO and Co-Founder of Rianta Solutions

In support of the company’s growth, Rianta was provided nearly $440,000 in Canadian government funding through IRAP. This small business funding contribution will enable the team to continue its growth in support of new domestic and international markets. In fact, their technologies are in such high demand that the company is adding an average of five employees per month and is committed to doubling the size of their team by the end of 2016. This funding will enable the company to keep up with growing demand and continue developing more innovative technologies.

About the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

The Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) assists Canadian companies with 500 or fewer employees to develop or implement innovative technologies. The program has two streams of funding including:

“We are committed to helping businesses become more productive, innovative, and export-oriented.”
– Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism

IRAP grants can be used to offset the labour costs associated with product development projects. For growing businesses, such as Rianta Solutions, using IRAP funding assists in the upscaling of teams to become more innovative and increase production. In most cases, this will aid the business to develop new technologies and clients, leading to sustained long-term growth.

Depending on the IRAP stream most applicable to a business and their research and development project, companies may access 50-85% of labour costs to a defined maximum. Rianta Solutions used the IRAP Mid-Sized Projects stream and was able to receive $439,900 of a maximum allowable $500,000 contribution.

Find Small Business Grants and Loans Canada

Recent Canadian Government Funding Success Stories:

The post IRAP Funding Success: Rianta Solutions Receives up to $440,000 appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/irap-funding-success-rianta-solutions/feed/ 0
The 2 Best Ways to Advance your Career with Continuous Learning http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/professional-development/career-advancement-with-continuous-learning/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/professional-development/career-advancement-with-continuous-learning/#respond Tue, 24 May 2016 13:22:41 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=24580 Training and Professional Development Tools

A key way to make yourself more employable, or to move up the corporate ladder, is to ensure that you’re always developing your skillsets through continuous learning. Regardless of the topic or your mastery of the subject, putting out the effort to learn new skills will help show your initiative and ultimately help you achieve […]

The post The 2 Best Ways to Advance your Career with Continuous Learning appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
Training and Professional Development Tools

A key way to make yourself more employable, or to move up the corporate ladder, is to ensure that you’re always developing your skillsets through continuous learning. Regardless of the topic or your mastery of the subject, putting out the effort to learn new skills will help show your initiative and ultimately help you achieve more in your career.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
– Henry Ford

When deciding how you can develop your knowledge and skill-base, here are a couple of considerations to keep in mind:

1. Develop Skills in an Area Valuable to your Employer

Focusing on an area of learning which is relevant to your field (or the field you intend to enter) will improve your value to employers and enhance job security.

Sure, learning how to juggle flaming torches while riding a unicycle may sound like a fun way to impress your friends, but if it doesn’t translate to providing value to your career, should you really invest all of the time necessary to become good at such a feat?

Personal Example: Project Management Education

As a Canadian government funding consultant, I assist small and mid-sized businesses to secure government grants and loans for their projects. In my role it’s critical that I understand how to conceptualize and communicate a project’s lifecycle to government review panels.

To enhance my writing skills, I have taken continuous learning courses focusing on Project Management. Not only was I able to learn more about a topic that I find to be personally interesting, but it continues to pay off every week that I work. I’m better able to conceptualize large-scale projects, and because of that, I’m able to deliver a better result for my company and clients.

Employer Tip: Many employee training programs can be funded through Canadian government grants. One of the most consistently popular training grants available to increase the skills of your employees is the Canada Job Grant. This program, including its provincial streams (such as the Canada-Ontario Job Grant) provides up to 66% of third-party training fees, such as course tuition, text books, and trainer costs. Businesses may be able to receive up to $10,000 per employee to continue their team’s skills development.

2. Develop Skills in an Area you are Passionate About

Although it’s important to continuously learn new skills and advance your career, actually enjoying the process of learning is equally important. It can often be difficult to successfully absorb information which doesn’t interest you, so finding that topic that ignites your passions is necessary if you want to adopt this learning mindset.

If possible, you should link your interests with your employer’s objectives to develop valuable skills that provide value to your employer and industry.

Personal Example: C++ Computer Coding Education

I recently started learning how to program with the C++ computer programming language. Although learning programming skills does not seem like a relevant area of development for a government funding consultant who writes funding program applications and business cases, there are substantial benefits that this knowledge could bring for myself and my employer.

Before I committed to learning C++, I took time to link the outcomes of this learning activity with the objectives of my employer.

Mentor Works helps software development firms gain access to government funding programs for hiring, training, and product development. Being able to accurately speak about the technical aspects of software development (while using correct industry terminology) adds value to the grant writing process for our software industry clients. Now I’m confident in my ability to provide this critical link for Canadian companies and consistently deliver greater value to them.

Take the Next Steps: Continuous Learning for Your Career

Remember that the first step in your professional development path is to understand how the new skills or training will lead to:

  • Career or field advancement;
  • Your business meeting its objectives; and
  • Your clients receiving unparalleled value.

Even if the connection between what you want to learn and your employer’s goals is not obvious, try to determine how learning that skill would make you a more valuable employee. The Canadian job market is highly competitive; solidify your position by adding value to make yourself an indispensable member of the team.

Online Learning Resources: Lynda.com

LinkedIn’s video-learning site, Lynda.com, is an excellent resource for on-demand University-quality courses. Memberships cost $25 per-month for a month-to-month account, however members have access to a nearly unlimited set of topics.

Lynda.com is like an extremely useful version of Netflix. I have personally found it to be a game-changing resource for my professional development. If the price is too steep for you, there are alternative platforms such as Lynda.com that provide free tutorials, but Lynda.com has high-quality courses taught by qualified professors. Ultimately there is less time spent finding useful resources and more time spent learning new skills. The service also allows you to learn at your own pace, so there’s no worrying about timed exams or homework deadlines.

Recent Professional Development News:

The post The 2 Best Ways to Advance your Career with Continuous Learning appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/professional-development/career-advancement-with-continuous-learning/feed/ 0
CME-FedNor Assessments: Northern Ontario Manufacturing Grants http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-05-cme-fednor-assessments-northern-ontario-manufacturing-grants-overview/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-05-cme-fednor-assessments-northern-ontario-manufacturing-grants-overview/#respond Fri, 20 May 2016 12:13:18 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=24576 CME-FedNor Assessments Ontario Government Funding for Manufacturers

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor) provides federally sourced funds to businesses, organizations, and communities within the province’s northern regions. The agency supports the development and competitiveness of businesses to ensure the north grows and contributes toward the country’s economy. Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) also provides support to growing businesses across […]

The post CME-FedNor Assessments: Northern Ontario Manufacturing Grants appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
CME-FedNor Assessments Ontario Government Funding for Manufacturers

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor) provides federally sourced funds to businesses, organizations, and communities within the province’s northern regions. The agency supports the development and competitiveness of businesses to ensure the north grows and contributes toward the country’s economy.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) also provides support to growing businesses across the country. One of the association’s primary functions is to administer business expansion funding programs, such as CME-FedNor Operational Assessment grants, to manufacturers who are upscaling their operations.

Northern Ontario manufacturers may access up to 50% of project costs to a maximum $15,000 to receive operational assessments from a CME Qualified Service Provider. Through this program, businesses can receive expert consultation on ways to expand their business while reducing total project costs.

Why Your Northern Ontario Business Should Apply

Manufacturers in northern Ontario regularly face barriers to growth, one of which is the ability to purchase and implement innovative technologies. This failure to keep pace with growing businesses across Canada and worldwide is a problem that poses a significant threat to the long-term sustainability of these manufacturers.

By receiving an operational assessment with CME, manufacturers could save up to 50% of costs to hire a business consultant who is highly trained at recognizing manufacturing opportunities. Up to $15,000 is available through these assessments, and upon completion, the manufacturer may become eligible for project implementation funding through the Northern Ontario Development Fund (NODP).

Manufacturers Eligible for CME-FedNor Assessments

To become eligible to CME-FedNor operational assessment grants, businesses should ensure that they:

  • Are based in a northern Ontario community (see map);
  • Have been incorporated for the last two years;
  • Are financially stable and can provide financial statements to prove their position;
  • Maintain fewer than 500 employees within northern Ontario; and
  • Are not receiving additional government funding support towards the assessment.

Projects Eligible for CME-FedNor Operational Assessments

All operational assessments funded through the CME-FedNor program must be completed by a CME Qualified Service Provider upon approval into the program. Companies who complete assessments prior to program approval will not be eligible to receive retroactive funding contributions.

Typical operational assessments will identify business expansion opportunities in areas such as:

  • Productivity;
  • Waste reduction;
  • Lean manufacturing/ Six Sigma/5D principles;
  • Management systems;
  • Market analysis;
  • Process flow;
  • Quality certification (such as ISO); and
  • Environmental impacts of projects.

How to Get Started with Business Expansion Funding

Businesses can get started on the application process by contacting a CME Qualified Service Provider (QSP) and informing them of your business’ project. Your QSP will prepare a proposal and quote for their assessment, at which point manufacturers will be directed to CME’s online portal where they can fill out a full application.

Full applications will allow your organization to receive up to 50% of eligible project costs during the assessment. It’s critical that these applications are filled out in a complete and detailed way that complements the program’s objectives.

Businesses will receive a final decision on their application within 45 days of application submission. Manufacturers should begin the application process soon to ensure that they can begin their projects on time.

Continue Reading about CME-FedNor Assessments for Northern Ontario Manufacturers

Eligibility Criteria     Contact Us

Recent CME Manufacturing Funding News:

The post CME-FedNor Assessments: Northern Ontario Manufacturing Grants appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-05-cme-fednor-assessments-northern-ontario-manufacturing-grants-overview/feed/ 0
Hiring New Employees: 4 Practical Tips to Ensuring a Good Fit http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/business-consulting/4-tips-to-ensure-a-sound-hiring-process/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/business-consulting/4-tips-to-ensure-a-sound-hiring-process/#respond Thu, 19 May 2016 12:40:09 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=24566 Recruitment and Hiring Tips for Business

While I am not a certified human resources professional, I have had several opportunities throughout my career to screen, interview, and hire employees. I hired my first employee in 1991 and have gone through the process of finding the ‘right’ candidate several times since then. Although my background is geared towards science, research and development, […]

The post Hiring New Employees: 4 Practical Tips to Ensuring a Good Fit appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
Recruitment and Hiring Tips for Business

While I am not a certified human resources professional, I have had several opportunities throughout my career to screen, interview, and hire employees. I hired my first employee in 1991 and have gone through the process of finding the ‘right’ candidate several times since then.

Although my background is geared towards science, research and development, and market development, my experiences of selecting qualified personnel has led me to become quite familiar in the process.

The following four suggestions will convey my observations about the hiring process and explain how you can ensure the quality of your next hire. Through sound hiring practices and implementing risk reduction systems, you will be able to confidently hire your next employee(s).

1. Quality: Develop Formalized Screening and Scoring Systems

The key here is that by writing down your candidate selection criteria, it helps you to identify the specific qualities you’re looking for.

My first hiring experience came as a manager working with the federal government. Of course, the government’s hiring process is very equitable. If you are or were a civil servant, you already know that one of the basic tenets of government is to demonstrate fairness and show no bias.

The standard process of hiring for government positions is to develop a screening/scoring system before looking for candidates. As a manager, your documentation must show that you stuck to this system throughout and considered all applicants. The decision to hire someone, therefore, is rarely based on personal judgement and more based on the candidate’s experience and aptitude for the position.

After using the government system several times, I can safely say it works quite well!

The key here is that by writing down your candidate selection criteria, it helps you to identify the specific qualities you’re looking for. I am not sure that this is the best system I have used over the years, but I will say that establishing a baseline scoring system for any candidate selection process is key to any hiring method.

2. Risk Reduction: Hire Candidates You’ve Already Seen Perform

From my experiences, I’ve found that hiring who you have already seen perform a task is the best way of acquiring an effective employee.

The benefit of this approach is fairly obvious. If you see some someone in action, you should have a good idea of how they will do as a new employee in your organization. As long as you are ethical, (no poaching talent!) this is one of the best ways to finding a quality employee.

Caution: While it is important to like the person you hire, make sure that they will be a good fit for the job and your organization. Think of how that employee’s personality will mesh in your organization and be sure they are among the most qualified people for the position. Hiring exclusively based on your relationship with that employee could:

  1. Blind you from choosing a more qualified employee that would ultimately provide greater benefits to your company;
  2. Cause performance evaluations to become skewed; and
  3. Cause personal and professional distress if the employee needs to be disciplined or terminated.

3. Quality: Use Psychological Testing to Develop a Better Understanding of Job Candidates

Personally, I have not used psychological testing for hiring, but I have been on the receiving end of such testing for a few of my recent job pursuits. My view is that psychological tests should not be the extent of an effective hiring process, but they may help improve your assessment of some of key aspects I mentioned earlier.

The most common testing methods currently being used by hiring managers include:

  • Personality Testing: There are simple and complex versions of these tests, however most seek to identify an applicant’s personality in the workplace. A common version of this test is the DISC assessment, which measures the emotional state of candidates through their (D)ominance, (I)nducement, (S)ubmission, and (C)ompliance.
  • Aptitude (Situational) Testing: These are considerable more straight-forward than personality tests and may yield different results. At the root of these tests, candidates are measured based on how they would react in certain situations. While easy to administer, the results of these tests will not be as accurate as personality testing.

Related Blog: The Factors Most Relevant to Predicting Performance – Rather than assessing a candidate’s intelligence quotient (IQ), business leaders should evaluate a candidate’s emotional quotient (EQ) to understand how they will fit and perform within your organization.

4. Risk Reduction: Look for Maturity Among Job Candidates

Heads Up: This is where I and others I know have made the biggest hiring mistakes.

Maturity is not necessarily a matter of age; maturity is something akin to the difference between being book smart and street (or life) smart. Being able to read and measure the maturity of a job candidate will help you, as a manager, avoid stress and reduce the time needed to manage that particular employee.

Think: Will the employee need constant supervision to ensure they’re doing the job correctly?

How can one detect maturity during the hiring process? Simply keep maturity at the top of your mind, especially during the interview. Use aptitude tests (see my previous point) and think of questions that might say something about a candidate’s capacity to use sound judgement. The key point in this strategy is to understand how a candidate will manage tasks on their own.

Choosing the Best Employee for Your Position

Hiring is not easy. As you continue to hire people over your career, you will likely find that someone you selected (who interviewed well) turned out to be a less effective employee than anticipated. Likewise, someone who might not have interviewed as well could have (in hindsight) been a better choice.

More important than a confidence and smooth talking during an interview, I look for someone who shows aptitude for the job, shows evidence of maturity, poise, and fits well with the rest of the organization.

Government grants to hire employees

The post Hiring New Employees: 4 Practical Tips to Ensuring a Good Fit appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/business-consulting/4-tips-to-ensure-a-sound-hiring-process/feed/ 0
Canadian International Innovation Program: Research Collaboration Fund http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-05-canadian-international-innovation-program-ciip-research-grants-overview/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-05-canadian-international-innovation-program-ciip-research-grants-overview/#respond Wed, 18 May 2016 17:16:42 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=24561 Canadian International Innovation Program Research and Development Business Grants Canada

The Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) supports collaborative research and development projects that lead to the commercialization of new products, processes, or services. As opposed to other collaborative research and development programs that businesses can receive funding support with, CIIP seeks to match Canadian businesses with international partners to achieve synergistic benefits. The program will […]

The post Canadian International Innovation Program: Research Collaboration Fund appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
Canadian International Innovation Program Research and Development Business Grants Canada

The Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) supports collaborative research and development projects that lead to the commercialization of new products, processes, or services. As opposed to other collaborative research and development programs that businesses can receive funding support with, CIIP seeks to match Canadian businesses with international partners to achieve synergistic benefits.

The program will provide companies increased access to Canadian government funding and innovative solutions by:

  1. Providing up to 50% of product development or commercialization costs to a maximum $600,000 per project;
  2. Stimulating networking/matchmaking activities to cultivate new partnerships between Canadian and international business partners; and
  3. Encouraging public and private sector participants to bring science and technology expertise and funds of their own to enhance the research partnership.

Canadian businesses should consider accessing this international research and development program to enhance their project and accelerate its completion. By working in collaboration with international partners, Canadian firms can ensure their solution is well developed, the technology has been verified, and can begin commercialization.

How the Canadian International Innovation Program Supports Businesses

CIIP is a Canadian-led initiative that supports growing demand for business innovation within Canada. Led by Global Affairs Canada in partnership with the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), this $5 million per-year funding program is available to businesses who are committed to researching, developing, and commercializing innovative technologies.

The program seeks to increase the knowledge and capabilities of Canadian businesses by partnering with international organizations. Partner countries (from which eligible partner businesses will be based in) currently include Brazil, China, India, Israel, and South Korea. Canadian businesses will work directly with individuals and organizations from these countries to enhance and complete their project. Both firms will receive government funding as a result of their coordinated efforts to develop new, innovative technologies.

Canadian businesses wishing to engage in international R&D partnerships will complete the following steps while participating in CIIP:

  1. Register online via IRAP’s online CIIP portal;
  2. Submit a project proposal using a standardized application form;
  3. Partner with an eligible international business or individual;
  4. Complete the research and development project
  5. Receive Canadian government grants based on project milestones achieved.

Please Note: This Canadian government funding program is still in development and at time of writing (May 2016) India is the only country that businesses may actually begin their CIIP project with.

Businesses Eligible to Participate in CIIP

To become eligible for participation in the Canadian International Innovation Program, businesses must ensure that they:

  • Are a for-profit organization;
  • Maintain fewer than 500 employees;
  • Are incorporated within Canada;
  • Are ready to collaborate with international partners on an industrial R&D project; and
  • Intend to grow their business through the development and commercialization of innovative products, services, or processes.

Project Eligibility: Canadian International Innovation Program

Industrial Research and Development Projects

Three types of research and development projects will be considered for acceptance into CIIP. These include:

  1. Technology Adaptation: Modifications or improvements to existing technologies to meet requirements either in Canada or the project partner’s market.
  2. Technology Validation: Validation of quality, usability, functionality, or overall performance, including product value validations.
  3. Technology Co-Development: Acquiring innovative technologies to fill a gap in the solution created by Canadian and international partners.

Focus Sectors

Although project eligibility will vary depending on the country/organization that a business chooses to partner with, the main focus of this program is centred on the following sectors:

  • Affordable healthcare;
  • Clean technology;
  • Water technologies
  • Information & Communication Technologies (ICT); and
  • Electronic system design & manufacturing technologies.

Get Started with the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP)

To get started with your technology development or validation project, businesses should contact an IRAP Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA).

For businesses who wish to get involved with the Canadian International Innovation Program immediately, please note that India is the only partner country currently accepting project requests. Companies wishing to engage Indian research partners must register for the program no later than August 31, 2016.

Research and Development Resources for Canadian Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

Technology research and development projects are a current priority for the Government of Canada. Several government grants and loans for small business exist to reduce project costs and accelerate project completion. The challenge is finding the right small business funding program for your unique project. By downloading Mentor Works’ free Project Funding Calculator, businesses can quickly and easily discover the value of government funding available to their project.

Find Small Business Grants and Loans Canada

The post Canadian International Innovation Program: Research Collaboration Fund appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-05-canadian-international-innovation-program-ciip-research-grants-overview/feed/ 0
Export Expansion Strategies: Funding and Market Development Services http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/news-and-events/06-08-2016-export-expansion-strategies-and-funding-event/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/news-and-events/06-08-2016-export-expansion-strategies-and-funding-event/#respond Mon, 16 May 2016 12:36:53 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=24528 Export Expansion Strategies Event for Canadian Small Business

Canadian businesses should evaluate the benefit of entering international markets to grow, as export expansion has been a key pillar to many businesses growth. Beginning to export, however, poses a number of challenges for small businesses within Canada. Often times, business leaders are successful within their industry however lack the expertise or connections needed to […]

The post Export Expansion Strategies: Funding and Market Development Services appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
Export Expansion Strategies Event for Canadian Small Business

Canadian businesses should evaluate the benefit of entering international markets to grow, as export expansion has been a key pillar to many businesses growth. Beginning to export, however, poses a number of challenges for small businesses within Canada. Often times, business leaders are successful within their industry however lack the expertise or connections needed to grow their business in other countries.

Some of the most common problems for businesses expanding internationally include:

  • Capacity limitations that restrict the amount of ‘new business’ that a company may commit to;
  • Lack of knowledge surrounding the process of exporting products or services;
  • Lack of financing needed to launch the company in foreign markets; and
  • Lack of market research to determine competition, culture, and market viability.

Small businesses can overcome these hurdles and become successful exporters by developing an export strategy that addresses all of these considerations. Business owners and executives can take the first step in creating a dynamic export market plan by discovering opportunities for export funding and support services.

Export Expansion Strategies Workshop: Government Grants, Support Services, and Web Presence Optimization

Event Takeaways

  • Government Grants: Expansion costs may be subsidized through an array of government funding initiatives for export marketing, equipment purchase, employee training, and more.
  • Export Support Services: Learn how Export Development Canada (EDC) can help your business enter and expand in international markets through a variety of support services.
  • Web Presence Research and Analytics: Discover strategies to leverage your website and social profiles for lead generation. Walk through the world of content marketing, social media, and search strategies designed to build brand awareness, reputation, and drive sales. You’ll also receive insight to the differences of search marketing in Canada, the United States, and worldwide.

Register Now

Featured Speakers

Alexandra (Alex) Barlow – Business Development Executive (Mentor Works)

Alex combines desire to strengthen Canadian businesses with experience in grants administration & economic development to provide strategic advice to growing companies.. Alex graduated in 2010 with a Master’s of Arts, Political Science, from the University of Guelph. Her interests were always in economic development and business development, which led her to work for a Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) and FedDev Ontario.

As an expert in Canadian government funding programs, Alex routinely helps businesses identify and secure the funding needed to become export-ready.

Chris Adams – Cofounder & Strategic Business Development (gShift)

Chris is gShift’s cofounder and is currently undertaking strategic business development. He is fully committed to building a world-class content marketing software platform. Chris loves when all aspects of great software design converge to produce an unparalleled user experience.

In the role of strategic business development, Chris identifies new business opportunities with digital agencies and brands around the world, new partnerships within content marketing stacks, evangelizes gShift’s Content Cloud Platform, and promotes new product features and service offerings to better meet the needs of existing brands and digital partners.

Chris Despond – Senior Account Manager (Export Development Canada)

Chris graduated from McMaster University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Commerce. Upon graduation, Chris worked at Siemens Electric Limited in Mississauga in an Administrative Capacity. Since 1992, he has held various sales and marketing positions in the leasing industry with numerous leasing companies.

Chris joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in 2001 as a Business Development Manager. EDC helps Canadian exporters compete in the world markets by providing a wide range of financial and risk management services.

Small Business Funding Event Agenda

  • 7:15-7:30am: Breakfast & Registration
  • 7:30-8:00am: Online Web Presence w/ Chris Adams (gShift)
  • 8:00-8:30am: Export Support Services w/ Chris Despond (Export Development Canada)
  • 8:30-9:00am: Government Grants w/ Alex Barlow (Mentor Works)

Register for this Business Strategy and Export Expansion Event

To access more information on this event, and to register, please see the Export Expansion Strategies event page.

When: Wednesday June 8, 2016 @ 7:30 – 9:00am
Where: Liberty North (Java Room): 100 Caplan Avenue, Barrie, ON
Cost: Free

Register Now

Interested, But Not Able to Attend? Register for an Export Funding Webinar

Although business owners and executives would benefit most by attending this exporting workshop, those who are not able to attend can still learn about Canadian government funding options by participating in a small business grants and loans webinar.

Businesses may choose between industry-specific or export expansion-specific webinars to better understand a range of funding opportunities. You can browse our current small business events and government funding webinars by accessing Mentor Works’ events page.

The post Export Expansion Strategies: Funding and Market Development Services appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/news-and-events/06-08-2016-export-expansion-strategies-and-funding-event/feed/ 0
Manufacturing in the Age of Consumer-Level 3D Printing http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/business-consulting/manufacturing-and-consumer-level-3d-printing/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/business-consulting/manufacturing-and-consumer-level-3d-printing/#respond Fri, 13 May 2016 13:12:22 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=24518 Manufacturing Revenue Loss from 3D Printing

Manufacturing has traditionally required a dedicated infrastructure, production team, and resource management system. These barriers to entry have given businesses near-exclusive control over the type of products available to consumers. However, with the recent advancements in additive manufacturing, such as affordable 3D printers, consumers are now given the freedom to design and create tangible items […]

The post Manufacturing in the Age of Consumer-Level 3D Printing appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
Manufacturing Revenue Loss from 3D Printing

Manufacturing has traditionally required a dedicated infrastructure, production team, and resource management system. These barriers to entry have given businesses near-exclusive control over the type of products available to consumers.

However, with the recent advancements in additive manufacturing, such as affordable 3D printers, consumers are now given the freedom to design and create tangible items from the comfort of their home. With open source Computer-Aided Design (CAD) drawings and cheap mapping software, consumers don’t require an engineering degree to recreate components, extensions, and full-fledged products.

If you don’t keep pace, you’ll be displaced.

Manufacturers can look to other industries as foreshadowing of the digital disruption that is 3D printing: Napster’s disruption of the music industry, Uber’s disruption of the taxi industry, and Netflix’s disruption of the film rental industry are all great examples. Music publishers, taxi companies, and movie rental stores all lacked the foresight to adapt to market advancements and leverage the digital opportunity gap.

The result? Significant losses in revenue and market share. Some businesses exited the market entirely. Don’t be the next Kodak, watching digital photography take over your industry.

It’s up to you to proactively revolutionize the way your manufacturing business functions by leveraging and embracing disruptive technologies. This can be done through creating freedom, loyalty, and trust around your offerings, offering platforms for their customers to invest in and improve with the business.

The Open Source Effect

Consumer 3D Printer Scanner for iOS3D scanning is becoming commonplace in the realm of 3D printing. The technology is able to use sensors, such as lasers, to map a physical object as a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) drawing to be used by 3D printers. In fact, crowd funding campaigns are already being fulfilled for smartphone-operated solutions, such as the eora 3D High-Precision 3D Scanner, which can laser-scan any object and create a 3D rendering of it on Android and iOS devices with impressive precision and resolution. This rendering can then be used by a 3D printer to recreate the object.

Manufacturers should take these advancements very seriously. With the proper CAD drawing and print resins, 3D printers are able to replicate a company’s products and components, tearing down long-standing production barriers and putting these capabilities directly in the hands of the end user. With continued advancements in this sector, manufacturers can expect more widespread sharing of their products and components.

Manufacturers need to find ways to combat this potential erosion of revenues. Although there will be inevitable legal battles over reverse-engineered intellectual property (IP), businesses should also spend resources trying to leverage this new technology as a source of revenue.

Building Brand Loyalty & Culture

Brand loyalty is about relationships and true power lies in strong relationships with your customers. From graphic designers who need a fruit symbol on their laptops to ketchup-lovers who only reach for one type of bottle to douse their fries, the strength of your relationships with customers translates to consistent and sustained revenue. It’s something that cannot, and never will be, replicated by technological advancement.

Thus, manufacturers should brand elements that 3D printing tries to mimic, such as the manufacturing process, 3D printing resins, quality assurance, and durability. Branding is an intangible yet highly valuable element that 3D printing cannot recreate. It’s an aspect that your business already has, so leverage it. If your customers trust and value your manufacturing process, they’ll have less confidence in the quality of replicas.

Embracing the Aftermarket Community

Once 3D scans are in the hands of consumers, aftermarket parts will become more prevalent than ever, particularly in mod-friendly industries such as the automotive industry. In these sectors, manufacturers offer a wide variety of components to upgrade and customize their products. Customized or premium parts with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) branding can stand out from open source parts and become another source of revenue.

This approach also opens up the possibility of offering a “Build & Price” product configurator where customers are able to customize the product with their preferred components, creating an elegant buyer’s journey. Embracing the customization of products opens a business to new revenue streams and creates brand loyalty in the process.

Although for many businesses, the highest revenue gains can be seen in selling the actual component or product, some businesses may find success in also selling official CAD drawings of their components as well (perhaps with digital right management (DRM) or usage limitations to avoid pirating and illegal distribution). This will be effective for simple components that can easily be 3D scanned by the consumer.

How Manufacturers Can Add Value

Manufacturers can also leverage their authenticity and encourage sales by offering added value that cannot be recreated by the community. Warranties, loyalty programs, and customer service are all element that should be invested in and promoted.

Warranties

For non-consumables, offering warranties for products instils confidence in a consumer’s buying decision and is clearly something that is lost when customers try open source 3D printing themselves. Businesses can even use extended service warranties as a new revenue model, as well as peace of mind to customers. Customers investing their time and money into new products put a value on warranties and reliability. Products that are guaranteed for a period of time or usage also imparts confidence in the quality of the product.

Loyalty Programs

In 2015, there were 3.3 billion active loyalty program memberships in the United States alone; that’s 29 memberships per household. It’s clear that there is a demand for these programs and a reason for businesses to offer them. Loyalty programs allow businesses to data mine customers, generate a buyer preference, encourage customer endorsements, and enable customers to feel more engaged in a brand. In fact, 34% of Millennials enrolled in a loyalty program best described their participation in the program as “fun”.

Continuous Feedback Loop & Product Advancements

Innovative businesses base their product development decisions on both internal and external forces. Businesses should create a continuous feedback loop through open forums, such as focus groups, customer surveys, and other creative methods.

Kickstarter isn’t just for startups. Crowdfunding can also be used by established SMEs to determine consumer demand; if a product idea is put on Kickstarter and successfully backed by end users, it’s a good indication of the market demand for that product. The business also receives promotional exposure as a bi-product of crowdfunding.

Likewise, social media is a pivotal communication channel for product feedback and recommendations. Track your brand names, product keywords, role models, and competitors to check the pulse of the market and its needs and start your own conversations through Twitter Chats, LinkedIn Groups, and Facebook Pages depending on your market segment.

Prepare for 3D Printing Now

Although 3D printing is still in its infancy, manufacturers need the foresight to anticipate its impact on their business and the industry as a whole. There will always be businesses that resist the trends and happen to succeed; Apple runs a closed system and does so based on the momentum of their brand. Most tech startups that try a similar model fail due to the overwhelming demand for product integration and accessibility.

With all of the technological advancement that is happening around us, the question that businesses should ask themselves is: can you afford to stay stationary in an evolving world? If you’re ready for change, consider taking advantage of funding for innovation, by registering for an Innovation Funding Webinar to learn more about government grants and loans to support your business’ next strategic initiatives and R&D activities.

Canadian Small Business Funding Events

The post Manufacturing in the Age of Consumer-Level 3D Printing appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/business-consulting/manufacturing-and-consumer-level-3d-printing/feed/ 0
Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) Small Business Grants http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-05-southwestern-ontario-development-fund-swodf-small-business-grants-overview/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-05-southwestern-ontario-development-fund-swodf-small-business-grants-overview/#respond Thu, 12 May 2016 13:21:30 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=24508 SWODF Ontario government funding for small business growth

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) was created to support the economic growth and development of Ontario businesses by providing cost-sharing support towards small businesses expansion projects. SWODF encourages business investment and job creation through grants and repayable funding contributions. Projects with eligible expenses valued at less than $10 million may receive up to 15% […]

The post Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) Small Business Grants appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
SWODF Ontario government funding for small business growth

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) was created to support the economic growth and development of Ontario businesses by providing cost-sharing support towards small businesses expansion projects. SWODF encourages business investment and job creation through grants and repayable funding contributions.

Projects with eligible expenses valued at less than $10 million may receive up to 15% in Ontario government grants to a maximum $1.5 million in business funding. Likewise, projects that surpass $10 million in investments may be eligible for additional repayable funding support worth 15% of project costs up to $3.5 million. Because of the cost-sharing nature of SWODF, businesses must support at least 50% of project costs through internal financing.

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund is comprised of two main streams; a Business Stream and a Regional Stream. This blog will feature the most important features of the SWODF program that businesses need to know prior to application.

Southwestern Ontario Development Fund: Program Objectives

Each of SWODF’s sub-streams support the following regional objectives:

  • Diversify the Southwestern Ontario economy by enabling high growth potential companies to become more competitive;
  • Encourage private sector investments within Southwestern Ontario;
  • Create and retain high-value jobs; and
  • Encourage businesses to create innovative products and processes that enhance competitive positioning.

SWODF Ontario Business Funding: Company Eligibility

Businesses must consider the following eligibility criteria when applying for the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund:

Business StreamSWODF Eligibility Map

Companies applying through the Business Stream must:

  • Maintain at least 10 employees at the time of application;
  • Be located within Southwestern Ontario (see map);
  • Be incorporated and have at least three years of financial statements;
  • Provide a minimum project investment of $500,000; and
  • Must create at least 10 new jobs upon project completion.

Small Community Pilot Stream

Those who wish to receive Ontario small business funding through the Small Community Pilot Stream must:

  • Employ 5-10 employees;
  • Be located in a small community (those with less than 20,000) in Southwestern Ontario;SWODF Streams for Small Business Funding
  • Provide a minimum $200,000 investment over 4 years or less; and
  • Increase employees by 50% by project completion.

Eligibility of Business Sectors

There are a variety of high-priority and low-priority sectors that SWODF will also use to determine an applicant’s eligibility. Consult the following sectors to determine if this program is a good fit for your business:

High Priority Sectors: Information and communications technology (ICT), advanced manufacturing, life sciences, primary resources processing, tourism, and cultural industries.

Ineligible (Low-Priority) Sectors: Restaurants, personal and professional services, consulting, retail, construction, primary resources production, golf courses, and recycling programs.

Projects Eligible for Southwestern Ontario Development Fund Grants and Loans

As administered by the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI), SWODF will support most projects that:

  • Provide investment into new, expanded operations in Southwestern Ontario;
  • Improve a business’ competitiveness, productivity, innovation, and exports; and
  • Create high-value, sustainable jobs.

Past Recipients of SWODF Ontario Government Funding

Businesses from across Ontario have been successful with the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund. The following articles provide greater insight to their SWODF-funded projects:

Apply for Southwestern Ontario Development Fund Small Business Funding

Is your business ready to expand and seeking SWODF cost-sharing support? The easiest way to begin the process is to develop a project budget that outlines your anticipated costs during the project. To speed up the process, we’ve created a functional project budget that you may use to track expenses.

The Project Funding Calculator will also help your company to discover the total value of government funding that can support the project. By using this free tool, you’ll discover how much funding your specific project may be eligible to receive from a variety of grants and loans, not just SWODF.

Find Small Business Grants and Loans Canada

Learn More about the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

To access more information about this Ontario small business funding opportunity, please select one of the following options:

Get Started      Eligibility Criteria     FAQ

Recent SWODF Ontario Business Grants News:

The post Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) Small Business Grants appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-05-southwestern-ontario-development-fund-swodf-small-business-grants-overview/feed/ 0
Canada Small Business Financing Program: How to Qualify http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-05-canada-small-business-financing-program-eligibility/ http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-05-canada-small-business-financing-program-eligibility/#respond Wed, 11 May 2016 14:07:09 +0000 http://www.mentorworks.ca/?p=24500 Canada Small Business Financing Program Funding

Startups and small businesses are critical to the success of Canada’s economy, however many of these companies are struggling to get started or grow their business. This is often the result of limited cash flow; early-stage businesses simply can’t afford to complete the same projects that large businesses can. These young companies also struggle to […]

The post Canada Small Business Financing Program: How to Qualify appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
Canada Small Business Financing Program Funding

Startups and small businesses are critical to the success of Canada’s economy, however many of these companies are struggling to get started or grow their business. This is often the result of limited cash flow; early-stage businesses simply can’t afford to complete the same projects that large businesses can. These young companies also struggle to access funding, either through their financial institution or through Canadian government funding.

The Government of Canada recognizes this disparity and created the Canada Small Business Financing Program to alleviate the growing pains experienced by businesses across the country. Through this program, the Government of Canada shares the financial risk of investments with lenders, increasing early-stage business’ ability to receive funding.

Startups and small businesses may be eligible to receive up to $1 million in repayable funding from financial institutions to carry out business expansion projects, such as purchasing new equipment or performing leasehold improvements. Since its inception in 1999, the program has contributed approximately $15 billion to nearly 150,000 businesses. Although the program has historically focused on startup funding, the program’s recent changes made it more accessible to established, growing small businesses.

How the Canada Small Business Financing Program Works

To access this program, all business owners must apply through a participating bank, credit union, or caisse populaire.

The Canada Small Business Financing Program provides competitive-rate loans up to $1 million in support of business expansion projects. Applicants of CSBFP are typically startups and early-stage businesses that would find difficulty being approved for loans that are provided directly by financial institutions. Because the risk of CSBFP investments are divided between financial institutions and the Government of Canada, traditional “high-risk” loans may be supported with greater ease.

Costs to Participate in the Canada Small Business Financing Program

Participating businesses should note the following cost associated with using CSBFP:

Registration Fees: To participate in the program, small businesses will be required to pay 2% of the loan’s total value. This can be financed as part of the loan.

Interest Rates: As determined by the financial institution, lenders may provide either a variable or fixed interest rate.

  • Variable: Lender’s prime rate +3%
  • Fixed: Lender’s single family residential mortgage rate +3%

Lender Fees: Depending on the lender you contact, they may have their own fees to establish the loan. These fees cannot be financed through the business’ loan.

Startup and Small Business Eligibility to Receive CSBFP Funding

To become eligible to receive Canada Small Business Financing Program funding, businesses should ensure that they:

  • Operate and hold assets within Canada;
  • Provide products or services to Canadian customers;
  • Are a for-profit company; and
  • Do not exceed $10 million in annual revenue.

Ineligible Businesses

Some businesses will not be considered for participation in the Canada Small Business Financing Program, including:

  • Agricultural producers;
  • Charitable or religious organizations; and
  • Not-for-profit organizations.

Is Your Project Eligible for CSBFP Small Business Funding?

Small business loans will support business expansion projects for startups and small businesses within Canada. These projects include the:

  • Purchase or improvement of commercial land or buildings;
  • Purchase or improvement of new or used equipment;
  • Leasehold improvements, such as renovations to property leased by a tenant.

Projects Not Eligible to Receive CSBFP Funding

Some projects are ineligible to receive Canadian government funding support through CCSBFP. These include:

  • Purchasing inventory;
  • Research and development projects;
  • Development of goodwill;
  • Extending working capital; and
  • Paying-off franchising fees.

Canada Small Business Financing Program – Eligible Expenses

Program applicants may incorporate the following expenses as part of their small business financing application:

  • Architecture, engineering, or design costs;
  • Display cases;
  • Fences;
  • Landscaping included in leasehold improvements;
  • Water and drainage systems;
  • Parking lot development and paving;
  • Sidewalks to access the business;
  • Development of moulds for production;
  • Dies and jig fees; and
  • Profits made by contractors (if shown separately on their invoice).

Please Note: This is not an exhaustive list; your business’ expenses may be eligible as long as they are not considered ineligible, as listed below.

Ineligible Expenses

The following costs will not be eligible for cash flow extension financing through the Canada Small Business Financing Program:

  • Labour provided by the borrower;
  • Expenses already financed through other instruments;
  • Purchase of shares in another company; and
  • Assets acquirers by exchanges or bartering.

Learn More About the Canada Small Business Financing Program

Continue learning about the Canada Small Business Financing Program by visiting one of the following pages:

Get Started     Program Overview     Program Update

Canadian Government Funding Resources for Startups and Early-Stage Businesses

Canadian startups may have limited access to government grant and loan funding programs, however taking steps to prepare their business will increase the likelihood of funding success in the coming years. To accelerate your startup or small business’ ability to receive government grants and loans in the future, entrepreneurs should download Mentor Works’ free Startup Funding Checklist and view our Startup Resources page to learn about other ways to become funding-ready.

Recent Canada Small Business Financing Program News:

The post Canada Small Business Financing Program: How to Qualify appeared first on Mentor Works Ltd..

]]>
http://www.mentorworks.ca/blog/government-funding/2016-05-canada-small-business-financing-program-eligibility/feed/ 0