Small Business Resources
Learn more about Calgary's business climate, industry trends, and location factors through Calgary Economic Development's small business microsite.Visit microsite
Search by keyword among a wide-range of resources compiled to support the Calgary business community.
The A100 is Alberta’s community of seasoned technology founders & executives.
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.
The Accelerate Fund is an early stage, Angel co-investment fund available to Alberta technology companies.
The Accelerator is a Canadian seed accelerator that provides curriculum, services, seed money, mentors, and connections during two five-month programs each year.
Marketing consultants helping start-up and grow Calgary companies.
Acuspire is your personalized, automated recruiter. It utilizes advanced technologies to connect candidates with suitable employment. The more you interact with the system, the better it becomes at finding jobs that you really want.
Information for Alberta companies considering exporting their products abroad and for companies from around the world interested in investing in Alberta.
Services to help you achieve your international business goals and export your Canadian agriculture and food products to global markets.
The dashboard compiles the Alberta economy's most important indicators for businesses in one place.
AEC invests in venture capital funds that finance early stage technology companies and that have a commitment to Alberta.
Supports and accelerates research, innovation and entrepreneurship in all sectors in Alberta.
Tax credit to encourage investment in non-traditional sectors with strong job-creation potential.
An inventory of private and public sector projects in Alberta valued at $5 million or greater.
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.
Alberta Innovators Ecosystem is a community driven, community owned directory tool to help Alberta's innovators and entrepreneurs quickly identify the most suitable service provider to meet their business needs.
BDC research on issues impacting small and medium-sized businesses in Canada.
Where tech companies fundraise, recruit and launch.
Applied research for industry partners.
Assembly is a coworking space located in Calgary’s vibrant Kensington neighbourhood offering a comfortable, casual office environment with amenities and social opportunities suited to tech start-ups and small businesses.
A rewards-based crowdfunding platform from ATB Financial designed for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Alberta.
ATB's dedicated experts are here to help Alberta entrepreneurs.
The place for entrepreneurs in Calgary and Edmonton to get advice, banking solutions and connect with experts.
ATB LendR gives businesses a chance to tell their story, and if Albertans are willing to back the business then ATB will too.
Intensive, 14-week business accelerator program supports Albertan entrepreneurs from diverse industries.
Canadian venture investor with over 20 years of experience in financing early-stage innovative business opportunities.
Aviro invests in innovative food and agriculture companies that provide solutions to global challenges in the areas of health, wellness and sustainability.
Azure Capital Partners is an early stage venture capital firm that invests in the information technology industry using an investment research approach to venture capital investing.
The only financial institution devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs.
Full spectrum of specialized financing.
Access information on business loans.
Beauseant Capital Partners is a seed stage incubator with a focus on technology startups. We are located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Jakarta, Indonesia.
Designed to help entrepreneurs identify, anticipate and manage potential legal concerns early in the development of their businesses, on a cost-effective basis.
BetaList is a community of makers and early adopters showcasing their startups and exchanging feedback.
Access to thousands thousands of reviews, reports, directories and listings to help make smarter business decisions.
Business bank accounts and plans.
Business and wealth management services for women.
Boast Capital helps innovative companies in the U.S. and Canada recover their R&D costs from the government.
The BBG is a definitive guide for downtown office buildings, suburban office buildings, industrial and retail building information, and market commentary.
Coworking – Community – Collaboration
Provides practical, specific, and insightful advice from nine Vancouver-based leaders whose ventures are active in Asian markets.
This web service identifies all development permit, land use amendment, or subdivision applications that have been received by Development & Building Approvals.
From Statistics Canada. Building permits by type of structure and area, adjusted monthly.
A feminist equity venture capital company investing in strategically led companies run by women.
Calgary Economic Development offers a number of services and resources to help you take your business abroad.
From start-up to succession, these business guides & templates can help you through key phases of business development and growth.
Business growth consultant. Focusing on strategic planning and development, Business Instincts Group helps companies reach their full potential.
Data on the licensed businesses in the City of Calgary.
Network serving Alberta entrepreneurs to help make their business succeed.
Streamlining your business permit and licensing experience.
Government resources to help you plan your business.
Use BDC’s free productivity benchmarking tool and find out in just a few minutes where you stand compared to other Canadian businesses in your industry.
Subscribe to twice weekly reports to receive a continuous source of marketing, credit, construction and statistical data.
From Service Alberta, learn how to register your business in Alberta.
The City of Calgary's online Business Registration System will help you determine what approvals, permits, and business licences you may need.
Use this checklist as a starting point for your business.
Learn all about businesses taxes in Calgary.
Collection of resources from the Calgary Public Library.
From Service Alberta, information about running a business in Alberta.
Semi-annual report providing key economic indicators and forecasts for the City of Calgary.
List of Calgary's eleven Business Improvement Areas (BIAs).
Calgary's main connector of people, ideas and stories for over 126 years.
Discover how to develop your Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to test your idea’s viability without investing huge amounts of time and resources. Working alongside industry experts, this business growth accelerator delivers you a validated, market-tested growth strategy in only 90 days.
Upgrade from the home office. Discover coworking in Calgary.
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.
Access business-related programs and resources with your Calgary Public Library card.
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.
Providing resources and information to help Canadians get their businesses going and growing.
Online platform connecting startups with a global network of angel investors and crowdfunding services.
Employer-driven training program where employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees to increase their knowledge and skills to meet the needs of Alberta’s changing economy.
The voice of Canadian businesses and the largest business association in Canada.
Canadian firms, including pipeline operators and upstream exploration and production companies, are active in dozens of oil and gas producing countries worldwide. Canada can offer a wide range of services and products in oil and gas from grass roots exploration, pipeline construction and operation, to end of production abandonment, reclamation and remediation and more. The Guide is available in several languages.
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)
Provides summary reports and lists of companies importing goods into Canada.
Search over 1,000 categories and 11,000 companies representing the service and supply industry in Canada.
Search for Industrial and manufacturing products and services.
Financial support for your small or medium-sized firm’s development of new export opportunities
Create your visual business model or SWOT model with Canvanizer, business brainstorming blackboard, modelling tools.
Tax credit to encourage manufacturing, processing and tourism infrastructure companies to make capital investment in Alberta.
Statistical information for the 2011 Census of Population program.
Statistical information for the 2016 Census of Population program.
Chic Geek is a Calgary-based non-profit building a welcoming, supportive community for women at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship.
Chrysalix is a technology focused venture capital company that builds, mentors and connects high-growth companies.
CIBC provides the right tools and advice so you can focus on what matters most — your business.
The Census Results book contains a summary of current data, historical data, ward comparisons, and ward and community summaries.
Accelerator and coworking for the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Get a desk at Calgary's boutique coworking office. Share a space with talented entrepreneurs, businesses, freelancers and innovators.
Small business specialists connect you with the skills, financing and resources you need to turn business ideas into reality in rural Alberta.
Community-specific information based on Federal Census of Canada and Calgary Civic Census data.
Purpose-designed coworking space for marketing service professionals.
Find Canadian companies that can supply your organization with the goods, services and the technology it needs.
Request a Hoovers company list from Calgary Economic Development. Email research (at) calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com.
Learn about the top companies in Calgary across a number of sectors, including creative industries, energy, financial services, green economy and transportation and logistics.
Your guide to doing business in Calgary.
Connecting you to funding, expertise, facilities, and global opportunities to help you grow your business!
Identify foreign representatives in Canada.
Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Rockies is a unique milestone-based coaching and seed stage financing program (incubator) for massively scalable technology and science-based ventures.
CrowdSurfer is Canada's newest and most exciting crowdfunding platform.
Crunchbase is the leading destination for millions of users to discover industry trends, investments, and news about global companies—from startups to the Fortune 1000.
An arts hub, innovative venue and coworking space for Calgary to experiment, explore and spark change.
Tools & resources for startups & entrepreneurs. Focus on released tools requiring no coding, cheap / free / have free plan, or otherwise worthwhile for bootstrapping startups. Initially made for entrepreneurship students @ Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. Featured on ProductHunt.
Licensed customs brokers in Calgary.
Cybera is putting its cloud expertise to use to help Albertans launch new enterprises. Cybera’s services utilize an advanced system of networks and computers to create new efficiencies and keep Alberta at the forefront of technological change. These services are available to government, educational institutions, not-for-profits, and business incubators, as well as some individual researchers and entrepreneurs.
View population data by selected ethnic origins based on the Canadian National Household Survey information.
Dentons Calgary offers clients seamless and efficient service in almost every area of business law and litigation.
Canada's top accelerator for packaged goods companies.
A new innovation accelerator founded by Arlene Dickinson’s District Ventures and IBM Canada. The Innovation Space is designed to bring big enterprise and entrepreneurs together to solve Canada’s biggest business challenges.
Economic analysis provided by The City of Calgary Corporate Economics.
Economic and population outlooks provided by The City of Calgary Corporate Economics.
Latest weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly economic highlights for the Province of Alberta.
Calgary's HQ for collaborators, innovators and visionaries. The Edison is the first of its kind in Calgary. An office building located in the heart of the downtown core, dedicated to developing a solid business community through cultivating connections and providing spaces (including coworking) that spark creativity. The unique 446,300 square foot tower is home to RocketSpace, Showpass, chata.ai, Entuitive, and other trailblazing businesses.
Locally-owned coworking office centre.
Business and community coworking and innovation spaces in Calgary's International Avenue BRZ.
EnerTech Capital invests in early to growth stage companies that offer products or services that dramatically improve the profitability of producing or consuming energy.
Resources on starting and running a business.
Accelerator, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program, is the catalyst that enables first-stage entrepreneurs to catapult your business to the next level.
EvolveU helps professionals upskill or pivot their career.
Find information about exports and imports of controlled products.
Provides Canadian exporters with expertise in trade financing, export credit insurance and bonding services, as well as foreign markets.
Funding to help export-ready Alberta companies access new international markets.
Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting helps you get your business export-ready.
Create a report to view financial performance data by industry.
Connects you to funding programs like loans, tax credits, government grants and other options.
Every lender and investor has different requirements that you must meet before they will finance your business. Find out how to prepare.
Short-term business office leasing and startup assistance.
Resources available to employers seeking to hire foreign workers, both temporary and permanent.
Canada's industrial products and services search engine.
FrontFundr is the bridge that connects investors and entrepreneurs.
Canadian online funding tool.
Explore several different options that could help fund your business venture, including financial services, loans, grants and credits.
FUSE33 is Calgary’s largest makerspace featuring a Woodshop, Metalshop, Sewing lab, 3D printing studio, laser cutters, CNC and much more. The second floor of FUSE33 is The Loft - a small-business incubator and coworking space.
National, non-proﬁt organization that provides ﬁnancing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39.
The Global Business Centre is a hub for local and international businesses to expand their business abroad or test the Calgary market.
Guide for Canada's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who are interested in expanding internationally.
Government grants, loans, and other financing available for your business.
Start working in Canada faster through the Global Skills Strategy. We will process most eligible work permit applications within two weeks. Find out if you are eligible for two-week processing.
Free and open source database tracking Canada's innovation ecosystem - accelerators, incubators, startups, government programs, angel groups, private equity and venture capital. Information is available on over 8,000 Canadian startups and investors.
Information on how to run a business from your home.
Historical benchmark housing prices for Canadian markets.
Reports on Canada's housing and rental markets.
Monthly and historical housing reports for Calgary and area.
The Hunter Hub delivers and promotes programs which encourage entrepreneurial thinking and innovation.
HustleCo is a coworking space and marketing incubator located in Calgary, Alberta, that generates social profit by growing rising entrepreneurs, upcoming leaders, and ambitious people together.
Apply to travel, study, work or immigrate to Canada, apply for citizenship, a permanent resident card or refugee protection.
Go-to resource for importers in Canada.
Information on importing and exporting from the Canada Border Services Agency.
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.
Crowdfund innovations in tech and design before they go mainstream, and buy hundreds of unique products shipping now from Indiegogo's Marketplace.
A Government of Canada program that provides a single access point where small and medium-sized enterprises can find high-quality, timely advice to help them innovate and accelerate their growth.
Mailing lists, sales leads and marketing campaigns to help you find new clients.
A one-stop-shop for Canada’s innovators and entrepreneurs.
iNovia (venture capital) backs early-stage technology entrepreneurs who have unique insights and a passion for making transformative ideas a reality.
Your one-stop government connection to doing business in Alberta.
New federal agency that helps global businesses navigate Canada's investment landscape.
Find information and connect with an advisor to help you invest in Canada.
Find work right across the province.
Find a job that fits your life.
Search for jobs in Calgary and across Canada.
Service provider for private capital markets investment software. Katipult is designed to be compliant with regulations, and allows firms to offer privately issued, exempt securities to non-accredited, accredited and institutional investors.
Kickstarter is an enormous global crowdfunding community built around creativity. Every artist, filmmaker, designer, developer, and creator on Kickstarter has complete creative control over their work — and the opportunity to share it with a vibrant community of backers.
A program that supports the design, prototyping and testing of clean energy technologies. KICS is targeted specifically to clean energy technology start-ups and researchers by offering a place they can develop their own proprietary products through access to mentoring, equipment and other supports.
Kinetica Ventures bridges the energy industry and technology innovators to accelerate world-class energy technologies. Four focus areas: hydrocarbon recovery and processing; energy transport; carbon capture, reuse and storage; and renewable energy.
Monthly labour market indicators from Statistics Canada.
Calgary and area annual and quarterly labour market reports.
Crowdfunding service - loans for Canadians by Canadians.
Lighthouse Labs has partnered with Assembly, Calgary's top coworking space, to bring Web Development Bootcamp and Intro to Web Development courses to YYC! Located in Calgary’s vibrant Kensington neighbourhood.
McRock Capital is a dedicated Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Venture Capital Fund that partners with relentless entrepreneurs that want to change the world.
Solve your research challenges with university expertise, leveraged funding, and one-to-one support from Mitacs. Internships start at four months and can scale up as much as you need.
Provides services to help you test, plan and launch your own small business. Momentum offers classes, coaching and loans to get you started.
Resources for starting or making changes to your business including business registration and licensing requirements.
Standardized term sheets for Angel stage deals.
Financing solutions for every need.
An ever evolving and growing directory of active (or beta) online financial technology platforms and service providers in Canada such as crowdfunding portals, real estate investing, P2P marketplace lenders, blockchain initial coin offering providers, aggregators, consultants and agencies.
Step-by-step business guide to help you identify and understand the approvals and requirements needed to acquire a business licence.
NSERC supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects.
Nucleus is a place to congregate, work, learn, and engage in a dialogue about innovation. Located downtown, in a newly renovated character space provided by Cenovus, Nucleus offers both permanent and temporary offices, as well as meeting, event, and learning spaces.
OCCinfo is your one stop source for up-to-date information on Alberta's occupations, educational programs and schools.
We provide bridge financing to companies who are applying to, or have applied for, Canadian Federal Government SR&ED tax credits and/or grants. (Venture Capital)
Canadian seed stage venture capital fund.
Resources to assist in planning your business.
Determine whether your Alberta company is export ready.
Product Hunt surfaces the best new products, every day. It's a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations.
All-in-one search engine marketing platform you need to grow your business.
Register for small business programs at the Calgary Public Library.
Calgary's original, community-based, member-driven makerspace, offering access to work shop space, education, community, and shared tools for your projects.
Whether you are a start-up or a large corporation, RBC will partner with you to provide industry expertise and digital solutions that will help your business thrive.
The RBC Generator (accelerator) is a $10-million pool of capital for investment in businesses that tackle social and environmental challenges, while generating a financial return.
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 Ready to Export portal.
Learn more about Calgary's real estate landscape.
Is a trade barrier holding back your export business?
Contains monthly corporate registry listings published in the Alberta Gazette.
Office space, meeting rooms and virtual offices tailored to your needs. Workspaces for entrepreneurs to global businesses.
Relay Ventures (venture capital) backs proven teams targeting high growth markets related to mobile software, services, content and technology.
Whether you're moving to a new city or a new country, QMM will guide you smoothly through the moving process.
ReSourceYYC is an affordable coworking office for highly skilled professionals & start-ups in downtown Calgary.
Launch your tech startup alongside a community of tech-focused startups and entrepreneurs and be part of Calgary’s most innovative tech community. (Accelerator)
Salaries and wages information for Calgary.
Lean sales for B2B startups. From prospecting through close, Sales Academy helps you achieve sales traction faster.
A federal tax incentive program designed to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada.
Create your own flexible Small Business Banking Package.
An extensive suite of online databases to assist you in reaching the right businesses and people quickly and easily.
Provides access to most public securities documents and information filed by issuers with the thirteen provincial and territorial securities regulatory authorities in the SEDAR filing system.
Connects founders to the right resources for each stage of their company's development and to investor networks.
Some things that you should consider when setting up a business and getting your business licenses.
Small business advisors provide free advice to small businesses and entrepreneurs navigating provincial regulations and business support programs.
Download this PDF fact sheet to learn more about the Calgary small business landscape.
Find local information to help your business make smarter, faster, better decisions.
A directory of business resources for new and established entrepreneurs.
Learn about income tax for those that are self-employed or are unincorporated small businesses.
Checklist for people who are starting a business.
Springwise curates and publishs the most exciting global innovations every day.
A tech community. Add your startup to the list of companies. Register as an accelerator, coworking space, investor or other supporting organization.
Checklists and guides for starting different types of businesses.
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)
A free to share communication tool to help understand startup journey, identify key stages and to help develop Startup from "idea to business" and from "founding team to organization" in balanced and understandable manner.
Global map of Startups listed by City, Country and Industry.
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.
An overview of the 40 main provincial and federal innovation funding programs for technology driven companies in Alberta.
Stratus provides office-sharing and business centre services in Calgary to professionals, entrepreneurs, freelancers, start-ups, contractors, and others in need of an exceptional office environment and workspace on a flexible basis.
Government programs and initiatives in supporting small business in Alberta.
A free tool that allows Canadian exporters to check the tariffs applicable to a specific good in a foreign market.
Do business your way with our flexible and cost-effective account solutions.
Are you in the middle of planning your business trips for 2018? Here's our curated list of tech and startup-related conferences worth checking out in 2018.
TECTERRA is a government-funded non-profit organization that assists geospatial technology start-ups, and small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to develop and commercialize technology.
Apply for a visa to work in Canada.
Visit Calgary has everything you're looking for to plan your vacation or become the ultimate host in Calgary Canada. Features an extensive and updated calendar of events, an interactive map of Calgary and specially-themed lists of unique and popular experiences.
TCS assists with export advice and guidance to help you achieve your international business goals.
Generate customized reports on Canada's trade in goods with over 200 countries.
Vibrant coworking and learning space bringing together community members and students immersed in Calgary’s social innovation space.
Provoking innovation and building capacity in social entrepreneurship.
The Tundra ACE program is an exciting new initiative to help fast track the commercialization of near market ready technologies that solve some of industry’s most pressing problems.
Crowdfunding service. Provides innovative fundraising technology to philanthropic enterprises.
Educational tools for small business electricity and natural gas consumers.
One of Canada’s most active angel investment groups since 2003 with member locations in Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Medicine Hat and Winnipeg.
Vada Capital is an independent, family-backed private equity firm that partners with passionate management teams to help them achieve growth.
Learn about how to sell service, products, goods and food along downtown Calgary's busy pedestrian mall.
Primary industry association for venture capital, private equity, angel investors and others interested in furthering the industry in Alberta.
Ward-specific information based on Federal Census of Canada and Calgary Civic Census data.
Western Canada's water accelerator, where innovators develop the next generation of Canadian water technologies and solutions.
The Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative is a five-year federal initiative that offers repayable contributions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with operations in Western Canada, in order to help move their new and innovative technologies from the later stages of research and development to the marketplace.
This monthly report focuses on seven key areas while comparing Calgary to other major Canadian cities; Trade, Real Estate, Livability, Labour Market, Economy, Business and Demographics.
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.
Apply for a visa to work in Canada.
Coworking space located in the heart of downtown Calgary.
Yaletown invests in emerging-growth technology companies in Canada that enhance sustainability and productivity for industrial and enterprise customers.
Helping entrepreneurs transform innovative ideas and products into world-class companies.
A founder-first accelerator program, driving innovation in the industrial internet.
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