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06/04/11


The Right Business for You

WHAT KIND OF BUSINESS DO YOU WANT TO START?
• Sole proprietorship
• Partnership
• Corporation, or
• Cooperative?

Learn more:
Forms of Business Organization – Canada Business
Forms of Business Organization – Enterprise Saskatchewan

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ARE YOU STARTING YOUR BUSINESS FROM SCRATCH?
This is a risky option but it allows the most freedom in terms of how the company will develop. Taking the time to develop a sound business idea is essential. Here are some things you should consider:

• Is your idea original?
• Will people pay for your product or service?
• How do you promote and distribute the product or service?
• What are the benefits & challenges?

Learn more:
Developing Your Ideas

Library books:

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DO YOU WANT TO BUY AN EXISTING BUSINESS?
This option may offer an existing client base and venue, but before proceeding, you must ask yourself a number of questions:
• Why is the business for sale?
• What is the business worth?

Learn more:
Buying a Business – Canada Business
Buying a Business – Enterprise Saskatchewan

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WHAT ABOUT A FRANCHISE?
A franchiser can supply a product or service as well as training and other support to a franchisee. Other questions to consider:
• How do I find a franchise to own?
• What are the terms of the franchise contract?
• How do I franchise my existing business?

Learn more:
Canadian Franchise Association
Checklists for Franchisees
Franchising

Library magazine:

Library books:

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STARTING A HOME-BASED BUSINESS?
Is working from home an option for you? Here are some things to consider:
• Do you have a designated work area in your home?
• Do you have all of the necessary permits and licenses?

Learn more:
City of Regina Home-Based Business Zoning Approvals & License Application
Expansion of Your Home-Based Business
Home-Based Business
Home-Based Business in Saskatchewan

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Are You an Entrepreneur?

Being an entrepreneur can be exciting but unpredictable. Is this the lifestyle for you?

Learn more:
Feasibility Checklist for Starting a Small Business
Is Entrepreneurship for You?
Points to Consider When Starting Your Own Business

Library magazine:

Library books:



How Do I Start a Business in Regina?

Your first step is research!

The Canada Business, Enterprise Saskatchewan, and Information Services Corporation websites, along with the numbered subheadings to the left can help you get started!


06/03/11


Books, Newspapers & More

You can borrow books, magazines & DVDs on a wide variety of business topics free of charge. Just bring two pieces of ID to any Regina Public Library location for your free Library card!

Books:
Accounting
Career Development
Consumer Behaviour
Customer Service
Franchising
Fundraising
Home-based Businesses

Investments
Leadership
Management
Marketing
Starting Your Own Business
Resumes and Employment

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Magazines:
Business Week
Canadian Business
The Economist
Entrepreneur
Forbes
Fortune
Franchise Canada
Harvard Business Review

Investor's Digest of Canada
Marketing
Money Sense
Report on Business
Saskatchewan Business
Sask Trends Monitor
The Taxpayer
Trade and Commerce

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Directories
AV Market Place
Brands & Their Companies
Canadian & American Mines Handbook
Canadian Oil Register


Canadian Trade Index
Guide to Canadian Manufacturers
Sales & Marketing Directories
World Chamber of Commerce Directory

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DVDs:
Breakthrough Listening
Criticism: Giving and Taking
Hiring Success

Managing People - Key Skills
Motivating Your Employees
Successful Termination

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Want to read business information online? No problem!

With your Library card, get free access to a wide variety of electronic databases with information from Canadian, U.S., and international sources including:

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Canadian Directory to Foundations and Corporations
This database contains information on over 2,200 Canadian grant-making foundations and over 150 American foundations with a history of granting in Canada.
Note: In-Library use only.

Consumer Reports Online
ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice across several franchises. Each product includes an overview and a ratings report card, as well as tester reviews & recommendations.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Access the Encyclopedia of Business and Finance and the Business Plans Handbook through the Gale Virtual Reference Library. The Business Plans Handbook contains actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses.

OverDrive
Read eBooks or listen to audiobooks on your computer or mobile device! Titles include: 78 Tax Tips for Canadians for Dummies, 101 Secrets to Building a Winning Business, and The First-Time Manager.
Check out this information to help you get started with eBooks and audiobooks!

PressDisplay
Read today's newspapers in full-color, full-page format! PressDisplay has more than 400 newspapers from over 65 countries in over 35 languages. Up to a 60 day archive is available.
Note: Only a limited number of concurrent users are allowed on at one time so please log off when you are finished.

Click here to view our other business databases.



Categories: Meeting Room Rental

Meeting Room Rental

Meeting rooms are available for rent at most Regina Public Library locations. Rooms can be booked during the Library's hours of operation. Rooms are booked on a first come, first served basis. For general inquiries, call 306-777-6000 or send us an email message.



Categories: Computer Services

Internet, Computer & Scanning Services

At the Regina Public Library, use of computers is FREE with your library card! Many workstations are equipped with internet access and a range of software including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Each Regina Public Library location also offers scanning services in JPG or PDF format.

Click here to make a reservation to use a computer.

Before using the computers, please read our Library Internet Access Policy.



Business Agencies in Saskatchewan


05/09/11


Categories: Funding

Small Business Internship Program

Are you taking advantage of the possibilities offered by e-business? Industry Canada's Small Business Internship Program seeks to improve the competitiveness of small or medium-sized businesses by supporting them to actively market on-line and improve their competitiveness with e-business practices and technologies.

For more information and to apply, click here!


04/06/11


Categories: Funding

Spin Master Innovation Fund

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation, (CYBF) has teamed up with one of Canada’s most innovative companies, Spin Master Ltd., to launch a new program, aimed at young entrepreneurs with big ideas.

The Spin Master Innovation Fund is offering 10 valuable start-up packages that provide up to $50,000 in seed capital and the customized support needed to transform an innovative idea into a booming business. The official program launch is April 27th.

To learn more, visit: www.cybf.ca/innovation


03/30/11


Categories: Web Resources

Canada Get Your Business Online!

If you’re a business owner without a website, you probably have a good reason for it. Maybe you thought it was too expensive or took too much time? Maybe you were overwhelmed by the technology and didn’t know where to start?

Canada Get Your Business Online is a new program that provides businesses a fast, free, and easy way to get online.

Here’s what you get:
* Free, easy to build website
* Free web address
* Free advice and resources

Click here to get started!


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