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Local business support organizations

Ottawa Film Office

The Ottawa Film Office focuses on the continued development, retention, competitiveness and enhancement of the city’s film, television and digital media industry. In addition, it facilitates the issuance of various filming permits and other municipal requirements as well as promotes the region as a preferred destination for film, television and digital media production. 

To learn more, visit the Ottawa Film Office website at:

Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF)

The Ottawa Community Loan Fund turns investments and donations into accessible financing to fuel innovation, expand opportunities and improve lives.

Ottawa-Gatineau Hotel Association (OGHA)

Made up of members from all of the region’s hotels, the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association (OGHA) is the leading voice for the local hotel industry and an advocate for tourism in the region.

Hosting an event in Ottawa

Ottawa is one of the world's greatest capital cities and the perfect place to hold your next event! The city has a broad range of facilities and venues to accommodate every event size. Ottawa boasts an impressive event hosting resume that includes many international events, such as the 2009 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, 2008 HomeSense Skate Canada Internationals, and the successful FIFA U20 World Cup Canada.

Contact Ottawa Tourism for event planning assistance.

Ottawa Public Library - business services

Are you a small business owner, thinking of starting a business or expanding an existing one? Then the Ottawa Public Library can help. The Library is your one-stop resource for market information, business how-to's and the whole gamut of information you need to make your business a success.

Explore the website, sign up for our newsletter, attend our workshops, arrange for a one-on-one consultation with a Business Librarian or e-mail to ask a question of our librarians.

ONe-Source for business

The ONe-Source for Business portal will help guide you to the government services, forms and information you need to start, operate and grow your business. You can search for information that pertains to your business and locate resources from many levels of government.

Invest Ottawa

See why Ottawa is a great place to invest or set up your business.

Why Ottawa?

Invest Ottawa delivers economic development programs and initiatives that generate and accelerate entrepreneurial momentum, business investment and job creation in the City of Ottawa.

Its goal is to make Ottawa the best place in Canada to start and grow a knowledge-based business.

Invest Ottawa services include start-up seminars and consulting, business incubation/acceleration and mentorship, global business investment attraction and local business retention/expansion, targeted sector development, commercialization of research and innovation, and marketing Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life. 

Chambers of Commerce

Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce supports the economic strength of the Ottawa region by bringing together businesses from a wide variety of industries for networking opportunities. The Chamber acts in an advocacy role as the "voice of business" for the business community.

West Ottawa Board of Trade

The West Ottawa Board of Trade is the chamber of commerce for the communities of Nepean, Kanata, Goulbourn & West Carleton. As one of the largest business organizations in the city, the West Ottawa Board of Trade works to help create a positive business environment and contribute to the success of the Nepean, Kanata, Goulbourn and West Carleton business community by providing leadership, representation, information and networking opportunities.

Orléans Chamber of Commerce

The Orléans Chamber of Commerce is here to promote the economic development of our community and to deliver benefits to our members that will help them achieve even greater success. It is a catalyst for business people to work together to create a strong and vibrant economy and improve the quality of life of our community. The Chamber strives to provide leadership to enhance the economy by focusing our activities on three key areas: providing value through tangible benefits focused on increasing your bottom line, connecting business to business and influencing change by lobbying all levels of government.

Rural Business Organizations

The city of Ottawa is distinct in that it features a large agricultural base with an agricultural economy larger than any major city in Canada, with rural land comprising over 90 per cent of its land area. Agriculture is clearly a key element of Ottawa’s economy, representing 10,021 jobs (2.5 per cent of the city’s labour force). There are a variety of key organizations and associations that assist rural businesses in the marketing and promotion of the larger agricultural and tourism sectors. They include:

Ottawa’s Countryside

Ottawa’s Countryside is a grassroots organization whose goal is to effectively market and promote one of Ottawa’s fastest-growing industries — the rural tourism industry. Some of the benefits of being part of a larger network of tourism operators include the ability to cost-effectively market the tourism industry as a whole, as well as develop projects and initiatives, such as a webpage devoted specifically to rural tourism in Ottawa, a rural tourism signage program and a rural tourism day drive map.

Rural Women’s Business Network

The Rural Women’s Business Network (RWBN) is a resource network for potential entrepreneurial women whose mandate is to help women promote their businesses through networking and the sharing of ideas and resources. RWBN holds quarterly dinner meetings in various locations throughout their coverage areas of Russell, Metcalfe, Greely, Edwards, North Gower, Kemptville, Merrickville, Oxford Mills and Burritts Rapids. The network dinners typically attract about 50 to 60 women, some of whom are involved in running farm operations or rural small businesses.

Rural Ontario Institute

The Rural Ontario Institute was created through an amalgamation of the Centre for Rural Leadership and the Ontario Rural Council in April 2010. Its mission is to be “a catalyst for dialogue, collaboration and action on issues facing rural Ontario and deliver leadership training and development to ensure that rural contributes to a healthy vibrant Ontario.”

Rideau Chamber of Commerce

The Rideau Chamber of Commerce is a member organization for businesses in the Rideau area, fostering and supporting private enterprise, economic vitality and stability and providing a forum for idea exchange. The Rideau Chamber of Commerce offers benefits for businesses of all sizes and works to assist community development.

Vars and Area Women’s Business Network

The Vars and Area Women's Business Network (VAWBN) founded in 1998, represents a wide variety of businesses that network and support each other. Members are from Vars and surrounding rural areas, as well as Orleans and Ottawa. Members meet the last Wednesday of the month and can also attend breakfast meetings the second Tuesday of the month. The group shares information on new products, services, tradeshow opportunities, seminars, new businesses in the area as well as other rural networking organizations. There are also frequent guest speakers presenting various topics.

Greely Business Association

The Greely Business Association, established in 2012, provides a strong, positive voice for businesspeople, effective leadership in matters of concern of the Greely community, and a common platform from which to pursue ongoing development of the Greely area as an increasingly relevant and sustainable business and shopping district.

Business Improvement Areas

Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) come into existence when local business and property owners join together to improve, promote and undertake projects that will result in a stronger and more competitive commercial main street or business district. With the City’s support, they organize, finance and complete local improvements and promotional events from their common location within a defined commercial area. Business Improvement Areas in rural Ottawa include the Manotick BIACarp BIA and Carp Road Corridor BIA.

Entrepreneurship Centre

The Entrepreneurship Centre is dedicated to helping Ottawa entrepreneurs make educated decisions about starting and growing their businesses. The Centre aims to promote Ottawa's economy through the development of products and services that encourage entrepreneurship and support business growth.

The Centre has a staff of dedicated business professionals who provide advice and counsel to entrepreneurs on a variety of levels. As well, the Centre provides links to other business organizations, seminars and entrepreneurial events, online training and many other tools and resources to assist the budding entrepreneur.

A program of the Entrepreneurship Centre is the Ottawa Capital Network which assists in creating efficiencies in the capital market through programs aimed at educating the entrepreneurial community, creating linkages among the investment community and providing knowledge and support to the business community.

Investment opportunities

The Ottawa Capital Network assists in creating efficiencies in the capital market through programs aimed at educating the entrepreneurial community, creating linkages among the investment community, and providing knowledge and support to the business community.
Along with great online information, the OCN also offers the following programming:
  • The Ottawa Venture Capital Fair – an annual event that showcases Ottawa emerging technology companies to Canadian and U.S. investors
  • Ideaflow – a quarterly program that provides feedback from the Ottawa investment community to idea stage entrepreneurs
  • Online support and information for entrepreneurs
  • General consulting services – the OCN will provide general advice and referrals where appropriate to emerging Ottawa technology companies
  • By Angels for Angels – programming specifically targeted to the angel investor market.
 To learn more, visit the Ottawa Capital Network website.