Links to Internet Resources

ESL Business & Office

Link to Website Owner and Location Description
Banks/Credit Unions/Trust Companies
Bank of Montreal BMO Bank of Montreal
Toronto, Ontario
Website of the Bank of Montreal, a large Canadian chartered bank.
CIBC Smartstart CIBC Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Toronto, Ontario
Teaches children about handling money.
ING Direct ING Canada
Toronto, Ontario
Savings-oriented banking service with some unusual products and features, from the Canadian branch of the Dutch bank.
Royal Bank - RBC Financial Group RBC Royal Bank of Canada
Toronto, Ontario
Website of RBC, Canada's largest chartered bank.
Scotiabank BNS Bank of Nova Scotia
Toronto, Ontario
Website of Scotiabank, a large Canadian chartered bank.
TD Canada Trust Toronto-Dominion Bank
Toronto, Ontario
Full-service bank acquired by Toronto-Dominion Bank in 2000. Includes latest rates and quotes.
Vancity Credit Union Vancity Credit Union
Vancouver, B.C.
Website of Vancouver's largest credit union.
Business English
Better-English.com Pearson and Caroline Brown
Redditch, UK
More than 250 free exercises, many with business English content. Vocabulary exercises contain business vocabulary. Try the business crosswords; there's a peek (hint) button if you get stuck.
EnglishClub.com
Business Presentations &
Public Speaking in English
Josef Essberger
Cambridge, UK
Lots of free tips on how to prepare and structure a business presentation.
Linguarama Language Training for Business Marcus Evans Linguarama
Elsdorf, Germany
Exercises to help you improve your English for business purposes. Vocabulary, grammar, writing, polite language. Answer keys on line. Subjects include Sales, Personnel, Cross-Cultural Communication.
New York Times Glossary of Financial and Business Terms New York Times
New York, NY, USA
Advanced, up-to-date, financial and market terminology.
WashingtonPost.com Business Glossary Washington Post
Washington, DC, USA
Business A to Z, a glossary of business terms.
Business - School for Champions
Advance in Your Career Ron Kurtus
Toronto, Ontario
Free online lessons to give you a start at improving your skills at getting a good job and advancing in your career.
Succeed in Public Speaking Ron Kurtus
Toronto, Ontario
Free online lessons to give you a start at improving your speaking skills, as well as to overcome the fear of speaking to a group.
Succeed in Business Ron Kurtus
Toronto, Ontario
Free online lessons to give you a start at improving your business skills. After completing the lessons, you should be able to operate your business in a way that you will have greater profits, reduced costs, and a competitive advantage. Follow the principles in the order given to design your business into a champion in its field.
Succeed in e-Commerce Ron Kurtus
Toronto, Ontario
Free online lessons to give you a start at improving your e-commerce business skills.
Succeed with Total Quality Management Ron Kurtus
Toronto, Ontario
Free online lessons to give you a start at improving your TQM implementation skills.
Succeed in Business with ISO 9000 Ron Kurtus
Toronto, Ontario
Free online lessons to give you a start at improving your skills in applying the ISO 9000 standards to organizing your company's business operations. Note that this material is not so much about getting registered as it is about applying the standards to improve your business.
Calculators and Financial Tools
Currency Converter OANDA Corporation
New York, NY, USA
Independent Financial Online Marketing Calculator Page
independentfinancial.on.ca
Endurance International Group
Burlington, MA, USA
Links to many different Canadian financial calculators for loans, mortgages, insurance, education, and personal finances.
Consumer Links and Shopping
Better Business Bureau of Mainland British Columbia Better Business Bureau
Vancouver, B.C.
Consumer protection information on local businesses and advice on how to protect yourself from scams. Lots of buyer tips you can print out (e.g. how to avoid being cheated when buying a car).
Office of Consumer Affairs Industry Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
A business information site with news about current issues, recall, frauds, and credit card costs.
Vancouver Area Buy & Sell Online Buy & Sell Press
New Westminster, B.C.
Place a free ad or browse their ads for cars, computers, and just about anything.
Directories, Indexes and Data
Economic Analysis and Statistics from Canadian Government Sources Industry Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
Economic and Market Research/Statistics
Small Business BC Small Business BC
Vancouver, B.C.
An excellent source of all kinds of business information. Good starting place to find business services.
Finance Sites
Canada Revenue Agency Canada Revenue Agency
Ottawa, Ontario
Basic tax information and Canada Revenue Agency's on-line publications.
Canadian Finance Tim Maude
Canadian Financial Network
Marysville, Ontario
A comprehensive index of Canadian financial sites.
Fortune Cable News Network
Atlanta, GA, USA
Articles from the magazine, money hints, Fortune 500.
Home Business and Direct Marketing
Business@Home Attard Communications, Inc.
Centereach, NY, USA
Tips for home-based business.
Canadian Marketing Association Canadian Marketing Association
Toronto, Ontario
This site, which used to be exclusively about direct marketing, now covers a wide range of marketing issues. Note: You may get a lot of advertising e-mail if you register on the site.
Home-Based Working Moms Home-Based Working Moms
Spring, TX, USA
A resource page for home-based business.
Home Business Report Magazine Matt Garrett Ltd.
Cheltenham, UK
The Work At Home Business Blog.
Small Business BC Small Business BC
Vancouver, B.C.
A good entry point to websites, a free guide, and publications about home-based business.
The Small and Home-Based Business Library SHBBL
Scottsdale, AZ, USA
A large alphabetically-ordered bank of articles, many on home business subjects.
International Business
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
Travel advisories and all kinds of information for Canadians travelling and working abroad.
Europages Europages
Neuilly, France
Searchable database of some 100,000 European suppliers (by product, service, activity sector or company name).
Mondaq Business Briefing Mondaq Ltd.
London, UK
Excellent source of information for those doing business in the international marketplace. This site has interesting articles about conditions for business in many countries. You need to register, but it's free.
US Commercial Service in Japan Department of Commerce
Washington, DC, USA
A big package of trade programs and databases to help US small and medium-sized companies enter and expand in the Japanese market.
Investment and Stock Markets
The Fund Library The Fund Library Inc.
Toronto, Ontario
This site provides information about Canadian mutual funds and RSPs (RRSPs).
Dogs of the Dow Third Rock Investments
McMurray, PA, USA
Has a very simple system for investing in the stock market, as well as lots of information and links to stock market websites.
Quizzes: Do you have what it takes?
Training, Career and Worker Information Service Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
Links to self-evaluation quizzes to help you understand your potential and preferences as an entrepreneur.
Real Estate/Mortgage Information
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Ottawa, Ontario
Many kinds of information to help the home buyer understand the housing market.
Online Mortgage Explorer Invis Canada Inc.
Mississauga, Ontario
Calculate how much mortgage you can qualify for, and submit your application to participating lenders.
Real Estate Multiple Listing Service Canadian Real Estate Association
Ottawa, Ontario
Find comprehensive realty listings for Vancouver, all of BC, and other parts of Canada. You select your price range and area, and the database shows you pictures and descriptions of houses that fit your requirements. There's a built in calculator for monthly mortgage payments, down payments, and property tax, so you can see what your actual monthly payments will be.
Real Estate Weekly's Home Guide Elty Publications Ltd.
Vancouver, B.C.
Lower Mainland home listings. This service gives addresses, whereas the Multiple Listing Service does not.
Small Business Start-up Help
Business Development Bank of Canada BDC
Ottawa, Ontario
Canadian federal agency promoting business development. Advice for entrepreneurs.
BC/Canada Trade Leads (NuDeal) NuDeal
Eldred, PA, USA
Information and resources on exporting, market research and Internet marketing.
Canadian Youth Business Foundation Canadian Youth Business Foundation
Toronto, Ontario
Provides non-secured loans of up to $15,000 for people aged 18-29 to start a business. Mentoring arranged.
Idea Café Idea Cafe Inc.
Grants Pass, OR, USA
Small business links; budget worksheet.
Industry Canada Site Map Industry Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
Formerly called Strategis. A huge federal government site with all kinds of links to government agencies and private organizations related to business. Statistics; trade news; business tips; background papers; large searchable data base; credit card comparison.
Interactive Business Planner Government of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
A step-by-step guide to writing a three-year business plan to present to lending institutions. Website is now called Canada Business: Government Services for Entrepreneurs. Integrates federal and provincial government services.