In the last few weeks, I've been taking some of the free workshops provided by the Entrepreneurship Centre in downtown Ottawa. I'm rather impressed at the quality of the presentations. The presenters have been excellent, colouring their presentations with interesting stories of what to do and what not to do. If you are in Ottawa and thinking about starting your own business, I'd highly recommend these workshops. What do you have to lose? Most of the workshops are free, and many of them don't even require that you sign up. See http://www.entrepreneurship.com/seminars.php for course listings and schedules.