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Business Law

Contract templates and other legal documents

As always, you should not use any of these forms and contracts without the validation of a lawyer.

GiveAway Legal Forms : Searchable database of over 3 000 binding legal forms, documents and agreements on American Law.

Internet Research Group : Hundreds of examples of simple contracts.

More Business : Various contract templates for entrepreneurs.

The ‘Lectric Law Library : List of various legal documents.

WashLaw Web :American legal forms compiled by the library of Washburn University.

Start-ups : Templates, guides, tools and weekly articles to start and manage your business.

StartUp :Resources, professional services, library, success stories, news and informations to start a business.

U.S. Business Administration :Provides articles and assistance to start, finance and manage your business, networking resources, advice to manage risks and much more.

Bankruptcy/ Insolvency

American Bankruptcy Institute :General information on insolvency and bankruptcy in the United States.

Bankruptcy Data :Report on American public companies that have made an assignment of their property or filed for protection under the Bankruptcty Act. Also offer news articles and research reports. :Services of assets auctionsof all kinds including intellectual property, domain names, real estate assets and financial instruments.

Office of the Superintendant of Bankruptcy :

Helps to ensure that estates in bankruptcy, commercial reorganisations, consumers proposals and receiverships are administered in a fair an orderly manner.

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees :Association of American trustees. This website allows you to buy tangible and intangile assets. Also provides legal information on insolvency.

Turnaround Management Association :Global non-profit organization of business turnarounds.


Anges Quebec : Anges Québec invest in early-stage innovative businesses across all sectors of activity as well as in real estate projects. Their offer is designed for entrepreneurs looking for $ 300k or more.

Canadian venture capital & private equity association: Focused on broadening industry awareness through market research and networking opportunities so that Canadian SME’s can make the best decisions for their investments.

Business Development Bank of Canada : A financial institution owned by the Government of Canada that supports over 30,000 small and medium-sized enterprises across the country, complementing services available from private-sector financial institutions.

University of British Columbia Library : Great resources on venture capital.

Fonds de solidarité FTQ : A development capital fund that calls upon the solidarity and savings of Quebecers to help fulfill its mission to contribute to Québec’s economic growth by creating and protecting jobs through investments in small and medium-sized businesses in all spheres of activity. :Garage Technology Ventures is a seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund. They invest in entrepreneurial teams seeking to transform big ideas into game-changing companies based in the American West. Also a great business plan preparation guide.

Industrie Canada : A list of Canadian funding sources.

Investissement Québec : Investissement Québec is both a financial institution and an economic development agency. Offers many financing alternatives , including tax shelters.

National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) : Non-profit organization operated by angels investors as they help entrepreneurs turn good ideas into great businesses.

The Entrepreneur’s Resource for Finance : Many useful links. Service provided by The Capital Connection.

Venture Capital Association : Statistics on the venture capital industry, publications, list of important events and member services. Statistiques sur l’industrie du capital de risque, plusieurs publications, liste d’évènements importants et services aux membres.


Revenu Canada : Services to SMEs.

TPS/TVH – Valider un numéro : Use the GST/HST Registry to confirm that the business charging you GST/HST is registered. This will help ensure that your claims for input tax credits only include GST/HST charged by someone who is registered for GST/HST.

TPS/TVQ/TVH : General information Revenu Canada.

Import / Export

Centre d’affaires international de la Banque Royale : Resources for exporters.

Programme d’expéditions rapides et sécuritaires : The Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program is a commercial clearance program designed to ensure safety and security while expediting legitimate trade across the Canada–U.S. border.

Service des délégués commerciaux du Canada : The Trade Commissioner Service provides you with valuable insight into your market, including: market facts, market reports, visit information and trade events. In addition to these tools and resources, below you can find contact information for Trade Commissioners in Canada’s 161 offices abroad.

Transparency International : One global movement sharing one vision: a world in which government, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption.

World FactBook : The World Factbook, produced by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for US policymakers and coordinated throughout the US Intelligence Community, marshals facts on every country, dependency, and geographic entity in the world.

Legal information

Canada : Lexum is a software company specializing in the management and dissemination of legal information. Lexum provides products and services to producers and users of legal information, as well as various other organizations and companies that prepare, manage and publish large collections of documents.

Registre de droits personnels et réels mobiliers (RDPRM) : The RDPRM is a computerized government register that makes public certain rights concerning movable property and individuals.

Registre foncier du Québec en ligne : Do your research through your computer.

The world law guide : More than 70 000 links to legal sites in over 180 countries.

Information on companies

EDGAR : EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Hoovers : Information on american public companies.

NASAA : The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection. NASAA is a voluntary association whose membership consists of 67 state, provincial, and territorial securities administrators in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and Mexico.

National Association of Securities Dealers : Organisation d’autorégulation de l’industrie des valeurs mobilières aux États-Unis. Ce site offre des documents de recherches, des statistiques sur le marché et des informations détaillées sur la réglementation de l’industrie des valeurs mobilières.

Registre des entreprises du gouvernement du Québec (CIDREQ)The Registraire des entreprises helps protect enterprises, associations and the public in their economic and social relations by applying the various laws governing enterprises and their activities (for example, the constitution of legal persons and the naming of enterprises).

Search for a federal corporation

SEDAR :Database with information on canadian public companies.

Small Business and the SEC :A guide for small businesses on raising capital and complying with the federal securities laws

ThomasNet :  Platform for supplier discovery and product sourcing.

« Stock Screeners » : Access the largest commercial database of 85 million companies, 100 million professionals, and 900 industry segments; relevant social media links; and customizable news feeds. Our industry-specific business analysts compile unbiased insights on the top 43,000 global companies, including publicly traded and private ones. Find reports on key competitors, financials, and executives in clear summary formats.

Business plans

Banque de développement du Canada : A free software can be downloaded to help you build your business plan in the «Tools» section of the website. Business Planning Resources : A complete guide to business planning including samples of business plans for different types of businesses.

Plan Outline : Plan of the U.S. small business administration.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers : Click on «search» and enter «business plan».

Portals for business builders 

Business Owner IdeaCafé : Friendly and approach to to learning new skills. – Le site officeil d’affaires du Gouvernement U.S. : BusinessUSA implements a “no wrong door” approach for small businesses and exporters by using technology to quickly connect businesses to the services and information relevant to them, regardless of where the information is located or which agency’s website, call center, or office they go to for help.

Communication Québec :The government’s portal provides services to businesses while gathering at the same place all the information you need for dealing with ministries and organizations.

Enterprise Forum : The MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) is a global organization of dedicated professionals with local chapters, affiliated with the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through MIT Technology Review. We are open to all participants of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

EntreWorld : The Kauffman Foundation created as an online resource to help entrepreneurs grow great ideas. The site provides innovative educational tools and informative resources covering the latest issues and insights affecting entrepreneurs.

Entreprises Canada : Great website of government services for entrepreneurs operated by the government of Canada.

Forum pour les femmes entrepreneures : Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) educates, energizes and empowers all women, encouraging them to become wildly successful entrepreneurs.

Info Entrepreneurs :Very useful info-guides on different topics about governments’ services and and programs designed for the business community of Quebec.

Small Business Advancement National Center : Online information including data bases, industry profiles, research documents and more.

Toile Entrepreneuriale : Website led by the Fondation de l’Entrepreneurship that seeks to promote entrepreneurial culture in all its forms as a preferred method to ensure economic and social development of Quebec.

U.S. Business Administration : The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Sociétés publiques (ouvertes)

Avis 51-316 du personnel des ACVM – Examen des documents d’information continue des petits émetteurs : L’avis traite des lacunes courantes observées dans les domaines suivants de l’information continue : États financiers, Rapport de gestion, Industries minière, pétrolière et gazière, SEDI – Obligations de dépà´t des émetteurs et des initiés, Obligation de communiquer en permanence avec les marchés des capitaux, Rà´le et responsabilités du comité de vérification en ce qui concerne l’information financière et Attestation des documents annuels et intermédiaires par le chef de la direction et le chef des finances.

Programme d’examen de l’information continue (PEIC) : The primary goal of this Program is to help issuers understand the nature and extent of their obligations under the Security Act and the Regulation 51-102.

Regulation 45-106 respecting prospectus exemptions: Regulation on Securities Act of Quebec respecting prospectus exemptions, including: Accredited investors, parents, friends, partners and investments of over $150 000.

Regulation 51-102 respecting continuous disclosure obligations : Regulation on Securities Act of Quebec respecting continuous disclosure obligations.

Regulation 52-107 respecting acceptable accounting principles and auditing standards: Regulation on Securities Act of Quebec respecting accounting principles and auditing standards.

Regulation 52-110 respecting audit committees: Regulation on Securities Act of Quebec respecting audit committees.

System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders (SEDI) : The System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders (SEDI) is Canada’s on-line, browser-based service for the filing and viewing of insider reports as required by various provincial securities rules and regulations. SEDI replaces paper-based reporting and provides for an efficient disclosure process.

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