December 05, 2013

About the Author

I found over the years that many of my clients, whether start-ups or more mature businesses looking to expand their products or markets, were seeking information on available sources of financial assistance or other business supports. So a number of years ago I developed my own version of this Guide to respond to this demand, and to be better positioned to serve the needs of my clients.

Federal and provincial governments have been very supportive of business development over the years. They have designed numerous programs to meet the immediate and emerging needs of new and expanding businesses. All of the information found in this Guide can be obtained from government websites. There is just so much information on the websites that it sometimes is difficult for businesses to identify easily which programs or supports might best suit their needs. I have tried to categorize the various programs with a useful index, and have emphasized the programs that my clients have found most beneficial. And, of course, my task was made easier by the fact that I have not attempted to include every available program.

If you find the Guide useful, please feel free to let me know. I also welcome information on which programs you find most effective for your particular business, and why. Constructive feedback on the Guide, the functionality of its layout, and regarding programs that may have been omitted, also is welcomed. I can be reached at using the contact information below.

This publication was written by Jan Lederman, former Partner of TDS. 

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