Here are some of my favorite business resources:
Shopify – I have used Shopify since 2011 for the www.easydaysies.com online store. I used two other providers before that, and let me tell you, Shopify is the absolute best out there! And just like Easy Daysies, they are a Canadian company!
Legal Zoom – Legal Zoom is an excellent online company that performs every-day legal tasks for your business, including incorporation, trademarks, copyrights, patents, etc. I used them to get a low-cost provisional patent for Easy Daysies while deciding whether to go the patent route.
Weebly – Building your first website? With Weebly, you can build it yourself! That’s how we built www.easydaysies.com. It uses a very simple drag-and-drop interface that will have you building multiple websites in no time.
LeadPages – Do you want an easy way to create all those cool website forms that help you sign people up for emails, webinars, video series, etc? This is how we do it at Elaine’s Kitchen Table – it’s so simple and effective it’s ridiculous!
Square – If you have an iPhone or iPad, you have a cash register! I use Square at trade shows and launch events and it simply works great! Sign up for free through the link on this page and receive free processing on up to $1,000 in credit card transactions to get you going!
Local “Mompreneur” Resources for Vancouver and British Columbia
Vancouver Mompreneurs – THE place to be for female entrepreneurs in BC who want to have success in business and family life
Export Development Canada (EDC) – looking to sell outside of Canada? You must stop here first.
Women’s Enterprise Centre – a non-profit organization with excellent resources and information including funding up to $150,000 and mentorship for women entrepreneurs at all stages
Forum for Women Entrepreneurs – a charitable organization dedicated to helping to educate, mentor and energize women entrepreneurs
Futurpreneur Canada – great business plan templates and cash flow & budget examples including funding up to $45,000 for start-up entrepreneurs 18 – 39 years of age, plus mentorship
Small Business BC – various seminars and resources
WEB Alliance – a collective of over 25 women’s business networks in the lower mainland
Registering a Business in British Columbia – sole proprietorship, partnership or incorporation, plus trademark, copyright and business name searches and registration
FrontFundr – revolutionary access to capital for Canadian small businesses