Ottawa Business Assistance Program
The city of Ottawa has a Business Assistance Program that is intended to assist local businesses wishing to improve client services in
both official languages; English and French. The program is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and is the solution of a needs
assessment undertaken by the City of Ottawa. Small business owners communicated that they needed help with improving their services,
advertising their products and recruiting qualified bilingual staff. Business Assistance Program activitites are now being managed and
coordinated by the Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale nationale (RGA).
This program will allow many businesses and associations such as Shopping centres, associations related to the hotel industry, business
improvement areas and chambers of commerce will be provided with the practical tools necessary to help them provide services in both
English and French.
•Reduced cost translation service – the BAP can cover up to 60 per cent of the cost; it will cost you only 8 cents per word;
•Spoken French workshops, tailored for the service industry ($15 per person for a 3-hour-season in groups of 5);
•Help to recruit bilingual staff. No-cost service in partnership with the University of Ottawa Career Services and Université de Québec en Outaouais
•Useful tips and resources
More information can be found if you visit the Business Assistance website at www.business-assistance.ca.
If you’re looking to set up an Ottawa SEO business the Business Assistance Program my be useful to you as your business expands and
depending upon the direction in which you wish to go.
Chambers of Commerce
Within the Metropolitan Ottawa area there are several Chambers of Commerce organizations dedicated to bringing together businesses to
foster networking. There are Chambers of Commerce for Ottawa, Nepean, Kanata and Orleans.
Ottawa Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber is the “voice of business” for the business community; building the economic strength of the Ottawa region by bringing
together a wide variety of businesses in a wide variety of industries for networking opportunities.
Nepean Chamber of Commerce
The following is a great description of the role of the Nepean Chamber of Commerce found on the City of Ottawa website. The article
states “The mission of the Nepean Chamber of Commerce is: “to promote, to develop and to protect the business and free enterprise
environment. The chamber helps small businesses and corporations grow and save money! Its’ staff handles hundreds of phone calls, mail
requests, e-mail messages and business meetings. The Chamber has formed alliances with business leaders, trade associations, sister
chambers, government agencies, and civic officials to accomplish its goals of business and community service. The Chamber also promotes
networking, educational forums and trade events. The Chamber is contacted daily by individuals looking for a particular product or service
and promotes its members through a direct referral program.”.
Kanata Chamber of Commerce
The Kanata Chamber of Commerce helps create positive business environments that will eventually contribute to the success of the Kanata,
Goulbourn and West Carleton business communities. This is done by providing leadership, representation, information and networking
Orléans Chamber of Commerce
The Orleans Chamber of Commerce was founded to promote the economic development of the Orleans community and to deliver benefits to its
members in an effort to help them achieve success. The chamber intends to bring business people together to create a strong and vibrant
economy and improve the quality of life of our community. The Chamber provides leadership to enhance the economy by focusing activities on
three areas: providing tangible benefits focused on increasing a businesses’ bottom line, connecting businesses with otherbusinesses and
influencing change by lobbying all levels of government.
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