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Canada is one of the most welcoming and favourable countries for businesses looking to move or expand, and Calgary is arguably your best bet. After all, we have the highest head office concentration and the most patents per capita in Canada. Plus, Canada ranks #1 for Business Environment of the G7 countries (for forecast period 2016-2020). It also has the lowest total tax rate and one of the most generous R&D tax incentives of the G7 countries.

In this section, you’ll find tools and resources to support business development in Canada. We also have plenty of resources for established businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups. Browse for:

  • details on grants, financing, and angel investors
  • demographics and forecasting information
  • guides and advice for goods importers and exporters
  • help and tools to expand your business
  • immigration and employment resources

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ACTia has worked with some of Alberta's leading entrepreneurs, concierges and investors to develop this two-page guide to the key resources & services within Alberta's clean Tech ecosystem.

ACAMP is a unique industry-led product development centre that advanced technology entrepreneurs count on to move their innovation from proof-of-concept to manufactured product by providing access to multidisciplinary engineers, technology experts, unique specialized equipment, and industry acumen.

Marketing consultants helping start-up and grow Calgary companies.

The Alberta Geomatics Group acts as a facilitator to promote geomatics innovations amongst the sectors and augment business development opportunities.

Supports and accelerates research, innovation and entrepreneurship in all sectors in Alberta.

The Alberta IoT Association is a not-for-profit consisting of organizations with a vested interest in the success of the Internet of Things in the province of Alberta.

Not-for-profit organization dedicated to enabling women to build successful businesses by providing unique programs and services to women at all stages of business.

AltaML conceptualizes, develops, and commercializes machine learning (ML) software products.

Are you ready to raise capital? Check out the questions investors ask and be prepared for the real thing.

The place for entrepreneurs in Calgary and Edmonton to get advice, banking solutions and connect with experts.

ATB's dedicated experts are here to support Albertan industries with experience and sound advice.

The Baseline Cyber Security Controls for Small and Medium Organizations V1.2 is an UNCLASSIFIED publication intended for small and medium organizations in Canada that want recommendations to improve their resiliency via cyber security investments.

The only financial institution devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs.

Designed to help entrepreneurs identify, anticipate and manage potential legal concerns early in the development of their businesses, on a cost-effective basis.

Access to thousands thousands of reviews, reports, directories and listings to help make smarter business decisions.

Boast Capital helps innovative companies in the U.S. and Canada recover their R&D costs from the government.

Providing resources and information to help Canadians get their businesses going and growing.

Business growth consultant. Focusing on strategic planning and development, Business Instincts Group helps companies reach their full potential.

Network serving Alberta entrepreneurs to help make their business succeed.

Calgary's main connector of people, ideas and stories for over 126 years.

The Calgary Innovation Coalition (CIC) is a collective of 17 organizations who support entrepreneurs with ideas for highly scalable technology-enabled startups. The CIC supports Business Development Advisors (BDA’s) who primarily work with Calgary-based early stage technology companies to refine and improve their business models.

The Canada Business App makes it easier for small businesses to navigate government services and provides tailored recommendations and personalized notifications on funding applications.

The voice of Canadian businesses and the largest business association in Canada.

CETAC-WEST is a private sector, not-for-profit corporation committed to helping small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engaged in the development and commercialization of new environmental technologies. (Accelerator)

Small business specialists connect you with the skills, financing and resources you need to turn business ideas into reality in rural Alberta.

Communo is a talent optimization platform that matches highly-vetted talent with advertising agencies and brands looking to staff projects or positions. Communo connects professionals across the entire industry, creating an ecosystem by facilitating meaningful relationships, networks and collaboration.

Your guide to doing business in Calgary.

CBWN is committed to providing service and support to female business leaders, entrepreneurs, business executives and home based sales leaders who have both successful and developing businesses and careers.

Identify foreign representatives in Canada.

Free suite of enterprise-grade cybersecurity products — made by Canadians, for Canadians.

Dentons Calgary offers clients seamless and efficient service in almost every area of business law and litigation.

Resource list for entrepreneurs and SMEs. Includes a dedicated list for women entrepreneurs.

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The Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator program is a two-stream initiative funded over two years by the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, administered by Alberta Innovates. The purpose of this program is to offer support for prospective entrepreneurs with innovative ideas, recent graduates seeking employment and anyone who has the opportunity to create new products or concepts after service in a traditional industry sector.

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 14,000+ influential business owners with 193 chapters in 60 countries.

National, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39.

Global Affairs Canada manages Canada’s diplomatic relations, provides consular services to Canadians, promotes the country’s international trade, and leads Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance.

Goodlawyer is an interactive online service that makes it faster and easier for clients to find and hire legal help solely based on their preferences.

Grant search provided by a full-service grant writing agency.

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Is your business ready to expand globally? Access advice, a step-by-step guide to exporting, Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), events and more at our Grow Globally portal.

Comprehensive program that will guide you through all the aspects of starting a business in Canada.

The Inc. is a community helping entrepreneurs go from inspiration to market, providing early-stage startups with space to work (coworking) and grow through mentorship, support and guidance. This includes dedicated startup programs and one-on-one mentoring from experienced entrepreneur advisors and coaches.

Connects you to funding programs like loans, tax credits, government grants and other options.

A one-stop-shop for Canada’s innovators and entrepreneurs.

Your one-stop government connection to doing business in Alberta.

Invest in Canada works directly with global investors to unlock investment opportunities and facilitate expansion in Canada.

The Learning Hub (LH) is a trusted source for leading-edge learning activities and programs for cyber security and COMSEC professionals working within the Government of Canada or with our domestic partners. The LH also provides services, guidance and advice on cyber security training and education to industry, academia, and other levels of government.

Provides services to help you test, plan and launch your own small business. Momentum offers classes, coaching and loans to get you started.

This service is only available for corporations and limited partnerships from British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan that have a valid MyAlberta Digital ID for Business. Alberta corporations and limited partnerships can connect to British Columbia, Manitoba, or Saskatchewan for registration in those provinces. You may be required to create an online account in the other province before extra-provincially registering your Alberta corporation.

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We accelerate the impact of Calgary's innovation-driven ventures by providing access to space, programs, mentorship and capital. From first time entrepreneurs to established businesses, our advisors, coaches and partners are here to help in each stage of startup and business development. Previously known as Innovate Calgary.

Small business advisors provide free advice to small businesses and entrepreneurs navigating provincial regulations and business support programs. 

A directory of business resources for new and established entrepreneurs.

Supports are available to help Alberta entrepreneurs and small businesses start, grow and succeed.

Working together to advance and support social enterprise in Canada.

A tech community. Add your startup to the list of companies. Register as an accelerator, coworking space, investor or other supporting organization.

With our knowledge, know-how and connections, and a big “can do” attitude, Startup Calgary will guide and support you on your entrepreneurial journey, pointing you to what you need when you need it. (Accelerator)

Strategic Timelines is a Calgary-based strategic marketing and business planning firm with over 30 years of expertise working with hundreds of talented entrepreneurs. Whether you are starting, growing, funding, or exiting your business, we’re here to successfully navigate you through each step and stage to ensure a smooth transition.

Western Canada's water accelerator, where innovators develop the next generation of Canadian water technologies and solutions.

The Western Canada Business Service Network (WCBSN) is a group of independent organizations that receive WD funds to help Western Canadians start, grow and expand their businesses.

Resource list for entrepreneurs and SMEs. Includes a dedicated list for women entrepreneurs.

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The Women’s Economic Council is the only national organization advocating for women-centred community economic development (CED) in Canada, and we’re the only organization that supports networks of like-minded organizations that help women-centred CED flourish across the country.

Helping entrepreneurs transform innovative ideas and products into world-class companies.

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