Free small business resources

There is so much awesome, FREE information online that can help you with your little biz. I’ve done some leg work for you and compiled some of my favs. All the resources below are specifically geared towards small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Websites that specialize in small business advice

Official Canadian Federal Government site for business with services for entrepreneurs. This is where you can find the official info about grants, taxes and other small business concerns.

Small Business Canada has all kinds of resources and information for Canadian small businesses, from how to navigate tax breaks for small business to dealing with the new HST.

Small Business BC is based in downtown Vancouver and offers a range of resources and online articles on how to start and grow your small business. They also offer small business advisory services and host various seminars and events.

SOHO is a Canadian small business community website with lots of resources, networking events and special savings on business related stuff.

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation helps young, aspiring entrepreneurs (18 – 34yrs) with financing and resources to help start successful small businesses.

IttyBiz is an in your face, no holds barred source of small business tips, commentary and opinions. Naomi Dunford will make you laugh out loud, shed a few tears and feel inspired along the way. Not to be missed!

Small biz trends is an American site, so not all the information is relevant to Canadian businesses, however  lots of good resources and ideas.

Biz Sugar is chock full of user generated content just for small business owners. It’s updated almost constantly, so there’s always all kinds of great stuff to poke through.

Build a little biz, by the lovely Karen Gunton, helps moms that want to start their own home based business. Her insights into branding, marketing and all things small business apply to any entrepreneur, mom or not!

The Mogul Mom is another site geared towards mommies, but you certainly don’t need to be one to benefit from the terrific tips and articles that are written with the small business owner in mind. Topics range from marketing to productivity to design and everything business related in between.

Internet Marketing Resources


  • Thinking about getting started with Twitter (but don’t have a clue what you’re doing)? Check out Twitter 101 for business for tips, best practices, lingo explained and some case studies to give you inspiration.
  • If you want to stay up to date with the latest in social media, Mashable is the place to be.
  • Social Media Examiner is another hub for social media news as well as great how-to guides for a variety of social media tools.
  • Social Mouths is my fav social media blog, with all kinds of useful insights and excellent how-to posts.
  • A good introduction to social media, with a small business focus. From a webinar hosted by TD Bank, featuring some local Vancouver social media gurus.


SEM (Search Engine Marketing) and SEO (Search Engine Optimization):


  • If you want to dig deeper into the whole world of video, check out You Tube guru Josh Rimer. He offers tons of free info, and a free video marketing e-book if you sign up for his email list.


  • Big Brand System is by Pamela Wilson, an expert graphic designer. She offers all kinds of valuable information about branding and design for small business owners. Her Design 101 e-course is not to be missed, especially if you handle visual/graphic stuff yourself.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Dan June 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Thanks fornthis list Martina, looks good. I’m keen to check out the video marketing link. Google reader and RSS in general is also something that’s free that I couldn’t live without.
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Martina June 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Appreciate you sharing your 2 cents Dan!


Steven September 4, 2012 at 3:55 am

Excellent list, particularly interested in the video marketing blog you pointed to as that is something I am keen on improving this year.


Martina September 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

Thanks Steven! Video can be a very effective marketing tool and its popularity just continues to rise.


Elise Forsyth Mort May 29, 2016 at 11:10 pm

Business owners are always on the lookout for great resources to help them grow, but they don’t always have time to research, read, and sort the wheat from the chaff.

I’m actually the co-founder of a web security startup, and we developed the safest way to browse the internet. I agree with you that security is often an after thought for many small businesses. And it’s only considered after it’s too late – after all their company’s private information has been stolen. I think that security is much too important to a small business, and I would never recommend a small business rely entirely on free security software. Quality security software costs money, but it is well worth it.


Martina Iring June 8, 2016 at 8:56 am

Thanks for sharing your insight and knowledge with us Elise! Security is definitely something easily overlooked, but as you say so important. Appreciate you stopping by!


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