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Video: Montage of busy downtown streets, a small logging company at work, a woman cutting fabric, butchers serving a client, a woman searching for books in a library, a man working at a laptop and, finally, a close-up of a man's hands, holding a Canada Business Ontario business card in one, and a phone in the other. He begins to make a phone call.
Host One (voiceover): Small business is a major driving force behind Ontario's economy. Our natural resources, diverse population and thriving business sector make Ontario a great place to start a new business.
Host Two (voiceover): Becoming an entrepreneur can be a rewarding experience, but is not without its challenges. Good planning is important to the success of any business, but where do you start?
Video: Title screen reveals the Canada Business Ontario identifier, which reads: Canada Business Ontario - Your Business Information Connection. The title of the video (About Us) appears underneath.
Host One (voiceover): Canada Business Ontario is your business information connection.
Video: Interior of the Canada Business Ontario office. Host Two, a female in her mid-twenties to early thirties walks up to the camera while addressing the audience. The Canada Business Ontario banner is visible on the right.
Host Two: Owning your own business and being your own boss is an exciting prospect that is appealing to a lot of people.
Video: Cuts to Host One, a male in his mid-thirties to mid-forties, walking towards the camera while addressing the audience.
Host One: Yet many new businesses don't succeed because of poor planning. It's important to have a focus, and to develop a plan for reaching your goals.
Video: Montage of images that showcase the branding of Canada Business Ontario and the work that is being done at the Canada Business Ontario offices. We see glimpses of signage, print material and the website, as well as a presentation/workshop in progress and employees working and answering phones.
Host One (voiceover): CBO, Canada Business Ontario, provides accurate, timely and relevant business information to entrepreneurs like you. It's the first stop for anyone starting or growing a business in Ontario, and can help you with business planning, specialized market research, financing and other government programs and service information.
Host Two: These services are easy to access, and popular topics are available in over ten languages. The best part? Canada Business Ontario provides them to you at no cost!
Video: A montage shows a woman doing research in a library, followed by a baker and a jeweler conducting retail transactions.
Host One (voiceover): Whether you're starting a new business, growing an established company, or adapting to the changing economic landscape, Canada Business Ontario is your business information connection.
Video: The montage shifts to show images of various entrepreneurs working on their business, accessing the CBO website and conducting research. We see a list of guides on the website as an entrepreneur navigates through them, followed by a split screen with the left side showing an entrepreneur calling the CBO call centre, and the right side showing the call centre employee assisting her. Next, we see a close-up of the Canada Business website, as a search is conducted for the term "Aboriginal".
Host Two (voiceover): Information on things like, starting a business, government financing programs, exporting, taxation or how to hire employees, are just some examples of what's available to you. Whatever your needs, you will find information that will help you grow your business. There are specific programs aimed at youth, Aboriginals, and newcomers to Canada interested in starting their own business.
Video: Shot of Host One in the Canada Business Ontario office. As he proceeds to talk about the list of customized searches on the CBO website, each appears in point form around him.
Host One: Canada Business Ontario also offers customized searches for business planning and market research. These are powerful resources that are available to you at no cost! This information includes things like:
Video: Close-up of Host Two.
Host Two: So how does this all work?
Video: Close-up of a user selecting Ontario from a pull-down menu on the Canada Business website. A montage then shows a close-up of a brochure being opened, a call centre agent on the phone with a client, and a man on his laptop.
Host Two (voiceover): Canada Business Ontario is part of the Canada Business Network, a one-stop source for information on government services for business - from start-up, financing, growth, to regulatory compliance, and more.
Host One (voiceover): In Ontario, CBO provides you with business information and services from both the federal and provincial governments.
Video: We cut to a view of the map of Ontario on the CBO website and see that the entrepreneur is searching for a partner location in his area. We then move to a brief montage that shows a CBO information officer assisting the entrepreneur on the phone through the Business Information Line. We see shots of an information session in progress.
Host Two (voiceover): Canada Business Ontario also partners with many community organizations to help you find services not far from your doorstep.
Host One (voiceover): CBO Information Officers can connect you with additional resources in your community such as your local library, your small business enterprise centre, Community Futures Development Corporation, Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trade, and industry associations.
Video: A montage shows a CBO representative assisting a woman at an event, a man obtaining assistance on the phone, people working at a table, and a room full of people interacting at an event.
Host Two (voiceover): Many of these partners can help your business through advice and support, business planning, learning and training, and a wide range of networking opportunities.
Video: Interior of the CBO office, as Host One walks in from the left.
Host One: How can you access Canada Business Ontario? Simple.
Video: Shot of Host Two walking down a hallway in the CBO office, as she addresses the audience. The website URL and the phone number appear at the bottom of the screen when she mentions them.
Host Two: Visit canadabusiness.ca or call the Business Information Line at one triple eight-745-8888 and talk to a Business Information Officer.
Video: Host One, standing in front of two CBO banners, is joined by Host Two.
Host One: Get started on the road to building a successful business.
Host Two: Get in touch today!
Video: The Canada Business Ontario identifier (Canada Business Ontario, Your Business Information Connection) appears onscreen, along with the website address (CanadaBusiness.ca), the Business Info Line number (1.888.745.8888), and the TTY number (1.800.268.7095). The Ontario logo, Industry Canada identifier and Canada Wordmark are also shown at the bottom of the screen.
Logo: Canada Wordmark