There are a wide variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations that support entrepreneurs and small businesses. The Rural Alberta Business Centres encourages all entrepreneurs to explore resources available through these or other organizations.
Business Link is a not-for-profit organization supported by the Government of Canada (through Western Economic Diversification) and the Government of Alberta (through Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education). Offering information and advice about everything from start-up, regulations, financing and loan programs to marketing, product sourcing, e-business and government programs and services, the staff at Business Link are always ready to discuss your business concerns in confidence. Services include a toll-free business information line (1 800 272-9675), a walk-in centre in Edmonton, research services, small business learning through webinars and special events, specialized services for Aboriginal and immigrant entrepreneurs, a Guest Advisor Program offering professional expertise, monthly networking events and a comprehensive website at www.businesslink.ca.
- Canada Business Network www.canadabusiness.ca
Canada Business Network promotes entrepreneurship and innovation, and provides assistance through an organized network of service centres across Canada. There is a centre in each province and territory working with partners in many communities across their region, providing you with numerous service access points.
- Community Futures www.cfna.ca
Community Futures organizations are comprised of volunteers and staff who are actively engaged in helping to develop and implement community-based economic development strategies with a focus on rural economic diversification.
- Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) www.bdc.ca
BDC provides Canadian businesses with flexible financing, venture capital and consulting services. rom the start-up phase through the expansion phase, we help businesses carry out their projects in Canada and abroad.
- Alberta Women Entrepreneurs www.awebusiness.com
Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) offers innovative services and support for women entrepreneurs across the province. AWE can help you start, manage, or grow your businesses.
- Bplans.com www.bplans.com
An online database of sample business plans.
- Futurpreneur www.futurpreneur.ca/en/
Assisting young entrepreneurs to get their ideas off the ground, Futurpreneur offers programs and services that allow them to achieve economic independence, develop self-confidence, and fulfill their goals of self-employment.
- Loan Program for Students www.bdc.ca
Business Development Bank of Canada's entrepreneurship opportunities.
- The Young Entrepreneur's Network www.yenmovement.com
An online community that supports the needs of young entrepreneurs from around the world as they attempt to build and thrive in their own businesses.
- Young Entrepreneur's Organization www.yeo.org
Helps entrepreneurs build upon their successes through an array of educational and networking opportunities.
- Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) supports Aboriginal people (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and Northerners in their efforts to improve social well-being and economic prosperity; develop healthier, more sustainable communities; and participate more fully in Canada's political, social and economic development - to the benefit of all Canadians.
- Aboriginal Business Canada www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca (PDF)
Aboriginal Business Canada is a program of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). Working with clients and partners, we provide a range of services and support that is helping to promote the growth of a strong Aboriginal business sector in Canada.
- Apeetogosan Métis Development Inc. www.apeetogosan.com
Are you an established or budding Métis entrepreneur seeking financing and business support services? If so, learn about direct business loans, equity investments and business services.
- Aboriginal Youth Business Council www.anfca.com/youth.html