Resources for Entrepreneurs

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Business Planning Resources

BizPal: A government information service for existing and prospective businesses that helps owners navigate the business permitting and licencing experience.

Business Plan Outline - 23 Point Checklist for Success (Forbes): A summary of the main components of a successful business plan.

Calgary Economic Development: Demographic, Economic and Investment Information for the major city in our region

Calgary Real Estate Board: Real estate statistics

Invest Alberta: Economic Development information for our Province

Statistics Canada Statistical information & data about the Canadian markets & demographics.

Travel Alberta: Tourism information 

Financial Resources

Traditional banks and credit unions can provide you with an assortment of business loans and may be a good place to start.

AlbertaIn – a community driven and owned online directory that helps inventors, entrepreneurs and startup companies find the most suitable service provider to meet their needs.

Alberta Government: Alberta Small Business Resources – includes a directory of funding resources for new and established businesses. 

Business Development Bank of Canada - is the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. They offer financing, venture capital, growth & transition capital and consulting services. 

Business Link – connects entrepreneurs with the most relevant small business resources to help bring innovators' ideas to life.

Canadian Business Network – provides a comprehensive list of government and private sector sources of financing.

Community Futures Wild Rose – provides financing, training and advisory services for small businesses.  Loans are provided to those where traditional bank financing has been declined.

Connectica – a free service that helps users connect with Alberta’s ever-expanding research and innovation network. It is a great place to find funding that meets your needs.

Futurepreneur Canada (formerly CYBF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing our economy one entrepreneur at a time. 

Momentum – is a dedicated to teaching business development, financial literacy and skill training as it relates to training individuals to start their own business.