Small Business ToolBOX

The Small Business ToolBOX

Canadian Small Businesses have been on a rollercoaster ride over the past few years. As if owning your own business isn’t challenging enough, our business leaders have had to deal with supply chain delays, staffing challenges, incredible price increases and even more… (notice we didn’t even mention the word COVID?”  Shh…)

To assist small business owners, we’ve decided to build The Small Business ToolBOX.

 

This collection of info, packaged in manageable bites will help you, the business owner, answer some of your most pressing questions, tackle challenging issues and hopefully help your organization thrive. The best part about the ToolBOX is that the info will be useful, practical and realistically applicable to our local market.

 

We’re working hard to create a collection of resources, while saving you time and thus, money. Every moment you need to spend gathering or searching for info can cut into your profitability. So… we’re going to do some of that research for you.

We are working on things like:

 

  • Cost Effective Marketing Techniques
  • Staff Onboarding Ideas
  • Financial Grant and Assistance opportunities
  • Things to Consider When Completing a Commercial Lease
  • Storefront Ideas
  • IT Tips and Tricks
  • 411-List of Key Local Contacts
  • …and more!

The Heart of Orléans BIA works with local businesses to boost their success. We do this by promoting the areas as a district, advocating on behalf of our members, and making improvements to the streetscape.

If you have suggestions about specific tools you’d like developed, please contact [email protected]. We’ll consider your request and see if we can incorporate your recommendations into The Small Business ToolBOX. 

The Small Business ToolBOX

Table of Contents

Finance

Human Resources

Law

Marketing

Streetscape and Beautification

Finance

Despite being at the end of the pandemic, there are still a few financial grant and assistance  opportunities available for Small Businesses in Ottawa.

Human Resources

There’s been a lot of chatter about employee retention and employee engagement lately, especially over the past few months. Showing your employees that you appreciate them and care about their well-being on an ongoing, year-round basis is key to both keeping good employees and keeping them invested in your small business.

Law

As a commercial tenant, when you sign a commercial lease, you are entering into a complex legal contract – usually for a significant period of time. The negotiated terms of the lease may have far-reaching effects, some of which may not be evident at the outset but may become relevant during the lease term.

Marketing

What to include in your newsletter that readers will WANT to read. Email Marketing has a bit of a bad rap. But it is actually an underrated marketing technique with several benefits. 

For small businesses who want to spread the word about all the wonderful things they have to offer, a limited marketing budget can present a challenge. Thankfully, there are plenty of cost effective techniques for small businesses to use to expand their reach.

Streetscape and Beautification

We all know that first impressions are important – and hard to change after that initial encounter. That’s true not only of people, but of businesses. The aesthetic of your storefront plays a crucial role in how people perceive both your business your brand.