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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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

New federal agency helping global businesses navigate Canada's investment landscape.

Find information and connect with an advisor to help you invest in Canada.

Publications available include flagship reports, sector profiles and Canada's cost and tax advantages.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Government programs and initiatives in supporting small business in Alberta.

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.

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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