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The Centre for Enterprise and Law has offered many helpful business and law resources to local entrepreneurs. Please click on the following links to take advantage of these useful tools.

pamphlet "can i patent my idea"Can I Patent My Idea?

  • A student's quick guide to assessing basic patent protection
  • Provides a few simple steps to help assess whether a new
  • idea or product has already been disclosed by someone else,
  • and therefore whether it's patentable






Report on Entrepreneurship for Recent Immigrants and International Students
Strategies and Practices for Overcoming Obstacles to the Effective Commercialization of Student Innovation on University Campuses


PamphletConducting Market Research

Key tools for conducting market research
Before conducting market research
5 steps for conducting market research
The aftermath





A picture of a CEL student during presentation.

  Doing Business in Canada
  Invest In Canada
  NAFTA – How to Use it to your Advantage
  An Exporting Plan
  Industries and Opportunities in the Windsor-Essex Area
  Facilitating Commerce in Windsor
  Comparing the Canadian and US Legal Systems
  NAFTA’s Legal Aspects
  Copyright Issues
  Trademark Issues
  Patent Issues




Katie Wei making a presentationImporting/Exporting to Canada

Getting Started

Import/Export Process

Tariff Classification

Origin and Valuation

Duties and Taxes

Corrections and Adjustments

Advice Before Exporting

Basic Contract Formation

United Nations Convention on Contracts for International Sale of Goods

Ontario Sale of Goods Act

Uniform Commercial Code in Michigan

Important Points to Remember When Creating Your Importing/Exporting Contracts



Do Lawyers Thwart Entrepreneurship?
Featuring: Karen Behune Plunkett, Ross Clarke, Dave Mueller, Tony Paniccia, Jim Williams

A panel with 5 people



A photo of a student presentingSetting Up Your Business

Business Plans

Financing Your Business

Business Organizations

E-Commerce Considerations and Market Research


Trade Secrets

Issues for Student Inventors








A student presentingRunning Your Business

Funding Your Business

Trade Secrets



Marketing & Sales

Team Development





Photo of a student presentingECommerce



Statutory Consumer Protection








Social Media bookletA Beginner's Guide to Social Media

Learn all you need to know about how

effectively use social media to your

advantage in your marketing strategy










Our friends at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto have wonderful resources, too! Click below to be directed to them:

Startup Library

Entrepreneur's Toolkit

Entrepreneurship 101 Event Series

Past Sessions of Entrepreneurship 101 (Videos and Reference Material)

Venture Forward