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Product Development & PROTOTYPING

  • District 3 Makerspace - A place to test, develop and prototype your ideas into concrete projects that could potentially become a viable business model. Open to the community, it is also a place to learn about new technologies, how to use them and think about design decisions through the development of your project.
  • Helios Makerspace - Helios Makerspace is a non-profit workshop in Montreal dedicated helping the community materialize ideas by providing easy access to tools and training. They provide access to a wide selection of equipment, a great creative community and a broad base of expertise.
  • Vestechpro - Vestechpro is a key partner of companies and organizations involved in the apparel industry. Vestechpro offers innovation, research, and development support services, organizes training and development activities, and communicates strategic information that enables companies to position themselves advantageously in a global context.

 

Production Workshops and Studios

  • Atelier Circulaire- Atelier Circulaire occupies a bright 10,000 ft2 space and provides a workplace and specialized equipment for intaglio, lithography, relief, screen printing and digital printing. It welcomes artists in residence, organizes exhibitions and conferences in the gallery, and offers demonstrations, courses and specialized printed arts workshops.
  • Espace Fabrique - A technical incubator guiding Montreal creators in from the conception to the commercialisation of a functional product or prototype. The Espace Fabrique workshop features 19 industrial machines used for wood and metal work.
  • Espace VERRE -  Espace VERRE offers renting its spaces to professional glass artists as well as a gallery-boutique for them to showcase and sell their products. The centre also offers the creation of exclusif glass trophies and corporate gifts.
  • The Visual Arts Center - Offers local artists studio spaces where they can work and sell their pieces to the public.

 

Subcontractors

  • Petites Mains - Insertion entreprise offering industrial sewing services, a café-restaurant and catering service, as well as room rental services in the Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension borough. For over 20 years, Petites-Mains has been helping women, especially those whom are immigrant, single parents and unemployed, to escape isolation and learn a trade, in the goal of facilitating their insertion into the job market and integration into Quebecois society.
  • UMake - Umake is turnkey Online Factory offering laser cutting and engraving, cnc machining, additive manufacturing, vinyl cutting and design consultation. Umake is a nondiscriminatory business, offering manufacturing services to clients from as low as $20 to $20 000. No matter what your needs are, Umake™ is the solution for the right balance between Cost - Time - and Quality.
  • Robocut Studio- With over 7 years of experience in custom projects design and manufacturing, Robocut provides consulting services, design and production for all creative fields. We use digitally controlled precision tools to meet different needs under tight deadlines. Regardless of the stage of development of your project, our team of designers, new media artists and engineers is here to help you achieve your ideas.
  • Fablab Montreal- Our state-of-the-art equipment can print very precise and true to your plan 3D objects that you can use in real life. Whether you are an industrial entrepreneur, an architect or a designer, 3D prototyping offers possibilities never even contemplated 10 years ago.

 

ONLINE

  • Etsy - An online marketplace on which businesses can build their shop and sell their products.

  • Shopify - E-commerce platform and software to easily build an online store.

  • Big Cartel - A platform allowing businesses to build a customized online store and manage and sell their work.

  • Fibres Collectives - E-commerce platform promoting Montreal designers.

 

AT MARKETS IN AND AROUND MONTREAL

We have created a list of nearly all of the markets, craft fairs and trade shows existing in Montreal and its vicinity. It can be found here.

 

IN LOCAL SHOPS

Consult our local retailer directory for a list of shops selling Montreal-made products. You never know - they could always be searching for new products to fill their shelves!

 

MEETUP GROUPS

  • Montreal Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Networking - It doesn't matter if you're a seasoned freelancer or just dipping your toe in the self-employment pool - this group is for you. Meet other like-minded Montrealers to share business development strategies, talk about your newest projects, launch collaborations, etc. The focus is on informal fellowship, not structured networking, so no "working the room" required or encouraged.
  • Impression 3D - Montreal 3D Printing - Group is for 3D Printing users and professionals in the Montreal area. Meeting are held once a month; members can register to present projects, topics of their interest.
  • Fashion Network Montreal - Aims to help you expand your network in the fashion industry, attend fashion events, exchange ideas and work on developing the Montreal Fashion industry.

 

LINKEDIN GROUPS

  • Freelancers and Self-Employed in Montreal - Whether you are a consultant, freelancer, subcontractor, or an independent professional, you are welcome to join this group to market your services and finding business opportunity in the Montreal area.
  • Entrepreneuriat et Developpement d’Entreprise - Plus grand groupe relatif à l’entrepreneuriat et au développement d'entreprise au Québec et dans l'ensemble de la francophonie. Vise à faciliter l'apprentissage, le partage et le réseautage des membres de LinkedIn, ainsi que regrouper nouvelles, informations, discussions et statistiques.
  • Fashion Montreal - A group for fashion apparel and accessories related retailers to assemble, share ideas, receive information and network.

 

ETSY TEAMS

  • Montreal Etsy Team - A group of creative individuals found in the Montreal area who choose Etsy as a selling platform. Promotes buying local and supporting local artisans. FB / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Etsy Quebec - Even if Etsy is already a major reference around the world, we wish to promote local buying first and foremost by putting the spotlight on creators from Quebec and their products. FB / Web

 

TALENT AGENCIES

  • Yes Montreal - Non-profit service offering job search and business start-up advice and information to English-speaking Montrealers. You can post a job here.
  • Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi - A non-profit mandated to support and guide young adults in their efforts to integrate socially and economically into society by helping them to find meaningful employment. The RCJEQ can broadcast your job in all the CJE. You can post a job here.
  • Fringues & Cie - Through its clothing boutique, the Fringues & Cie program offers women experiencing difficulty integrating into the workforce, paid work experience and comprehensive training in retail sales and customer service.
  • Agence Ometz - Ometz offers a variety of human resources services to support your business needs. If you’re an employer looking for candidates who fit your organization, it have an extensive database of qualified and experienced professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Ometz also offers corporate training programs to develop your employees’ skill set. Post a job here.
  • Action Main d’Oeuvre - Post a job here.
  • Emploi Quebec - Emploi-Québec's mission is to contribute to employment and workforce development and fight unemployment, social exclusion and poverty to better serve Québec's economic and social development. It manages public employment services as well as social solidarity services. Post a job here.

 

UNIVERSITIES

  • McGill University - McGill attracts top students from Quebec, Canada and from around the world. The student body at McGill is recognized as being one of the most dynamic and diverse in North America. You can post a job here.

  • McGill University Faculty of Management - Widely recognized as Canada's leading international business school, boasting a worldwide reputation that attracts top candidates from every continent. You can post a job here.

  • McGill University Faculty of Engineering - You can post a job here.

  • UQAM - The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) is a public French-language university of international influence. The quality of its programs, research in social issues and innovations in the creative arts are the foundation of its reputation. You can post a job here.

  • ESG UQAM - UQAM’s School of Management is recognized for the quality of its practice-oriented education, the excellence of its applied research, and its international presence. You can post a job here.

  • Concordia University - Concordia University has a reputation as one of Canada’s most dynamic and innovative universities. You can post a job here.

  • UdeM - You can post a job here.

  • LaSalle College - You can post a job here.

  • Montreal Academy of Arts and Design - You can post a job here.

 

ONLINE JOB BOARDS

 

EMPLOYMENT REGULATIONS

 

EXPORTING 

  • Montreal International- Greater Montréal's strategic partner for foreign investment, international organizations and talent.
  • Export Assistance Service - The World Trade Centre Montréal’s team of experts can help your company by assessing your project, making sure you are properly equipped, and supporting you on the road to international success. It offers a range of accessible consulting services to help structure your export processes and increase efficiency, including export diagnostics, market studies, international business plans, partnership search and screening, and more.

 

FINANCING

  • Business Development Bank of Canada - Its mission is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and indirect financing, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. Through its subsidiary—BDC Capital, it also offers a full spectrum of specialized financing, including venture capital, equity as well as growth and business transition capital.
  • Center for Small Business Financing - A private research and publishing organization not affiliated with any government agency. It offers hard to find information and advice regarding business funding from all levels of government.

 

PME MONTREAL 

The PME MTL network offers a full range of professional services for private-sector and social economy entrepreneurs on Montréal Island. From start-up to growth, PME MTL professionals are there to advise and support project initiators and project managers at every step. Working hand-in-hand with a vast network of partners, it links entrepreneurs with different experts, stakeholders and financial assistance and program managers.

  • West-Island
    • Territory: B. d’Urfe; Beaconsfield; Dollard-Des-O; Dorval Kirkland; I-Bizard; I-Dorval; Pierrefonds; P./Claire; Roxboro; Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue; Ste-Genevieve; Senneville Lachine
    • 1000, boul. Saint-Jean, Bur. 610 Pointe-Claire (QC) H9R 5P1
    • 514 426 2888
  • Centre-Ouest
    • Territory: Ahuntsic-Cartierville; Mtl-Ouest; Cote-St-Luc; Hampstead; St-Laurent; Mont-Royal
    • 1350 rue Mazurette, bur. 400 Montreal (QC)  H4N 1H2
    • 514 858 1018
  • Grand Sud-Ouest
    • Territory: LaSalle; Sud-Ouest; Verdun
    • 3617 rue Wellington Montreal (QC) H4G 1T9
    • 514 765-7060
    • Territory: Plateau Mont-Royal; Ville-Marie; Outremont; Westmount; CDN/NDG
    • Bureau 11, 425 Sherbrooke St E, Montreal (QC) H2L 1J7
    • 514 858 1018
    • Territory: Rosemont-La Petite-P.; Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve; Villeray-St-Michel-Parc-E.
    • 6224, rue Saint-Hubert, Montreal (QC) H2S 2M2
    • 514 723 0030
    • Territory: Rivière-des-Prairies, Pointe-aux-T.; St-Leonard; Anjou; Montreal-E.; Montreal-N
    • 7305, Boul. H.- Bourassa, bur. 200, Montreal (QC) H1E 2Z6
    • 514 494 2606

 

SUPPORT FOR ENTREPRENEURS

  • YES Montreal - YES Montreal’s entrepreneurship program is open to individuals of all ages, in any phases of their business. It offers business coaching and mentoring, consultations, accounting and legal information clinics, webinars, online services, and more.

  • Futurpreneur Canada - A non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Its mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors.

  • Info Entrepreneurs - Info entrepreneurs is a leader in the delivery of quality strategic information on government programs and services directed to the business community. It offers consulting, information and research services.

  • SAJE - SAJE contributes to the business success of new entrepreneurs by offering consulting services, coaching and training.

  • Fondation Montréal Inc. - A non-profit organization with a mission to encourage the success of a new generation of promising Montreal entrepreneurs, in concert with a committed business community.

 

BRANDING SERVICES 

  • Design is Yummy - Montreal-based design studio that specializes in creating fresh designs for print and web.

  • Pulp & Pixel - Small Montreal-based graphic design studio. It tackles print and digital designs, shapes new brands and logos from scratch, or refreshes existing identities.

  • Design Grafico - A multidisciplinary, award-winning design agency with a diverse portfolio across a very eclectic range of industries.

  • Montreal Graphic Design - Whether you’re looking for cutting-edge graphic design, strategic branding solutions, captivating print design, or systematic SEO marketing, MGD works tirelessly until you love what you see.

 

PRINTING SERVICES 

  • Rubiks - If you're looking for offset printing, digital printing, finishing, signage solutions, or any other printing products, you've come to the right place! We offer an extensive list of products and services, including as many post-consumer-recycled and eco-friendly alternatives as possible.

  • Montreal Printing - We specialize in business card printing, postcard printing, flyer printing, brochure printing, envelope printing, letterhead printing,  presentation folders or pocket folders, posters, banners & banner displays.

  • PhotoSynthèse - PhotoSynthese is a one-stop graphics workshop. We offer scanning, artistic and commercial inkjet printing, short run digital printing and CNC die-cutting services.
  • Unik Printshop - UNIK PRINTSHOP is a young screen printing business offering a variety of printing and teaching services on top of creating its own line of screen printed products.