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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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Growing Your Business

Igniting growth for B2B startups and scaleups. Growth Academy helps companies and people level up their sales, marketing, product management and people capabilities to realize better results. [Accelerators and Incubators]

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.

An inventory of private and public sector projects in Alberta valued at $5 million or greater.

If you want to produce innovative apparel for the consumer market or the industrial protective clothing market, you can get help from concept to final prototype.

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

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

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.

Provides practical, specific, and insightful advice from nine Vancouver-based leaders whose ventures are active in Asian markets.

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.

Subscribe to twice weekly reports to receive a continuous source of marketing, credit, construction and statistical data.

List of Calgary's eleven Business Improvement Areas (BIAs).

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.

Data in CalTRACS displays counts of pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles at intersections and on streets across the city.

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.

CDMN programs are offered through the network and provide tech companies with national and international opportunities via workshops, tools, events and funding opportunities.

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)

The Canadian Cluster Mapping Portal is a national economic initiative that provides millions of open data records on industry clusters and regional business environments across Canada.

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List of commercialization resources for businesses and industry.

The DAIR Cloud program helps accelerate product development and improve the market competitiveness of small and medium-sized Canadian companies. With DAIR, businesses receive free cloud resources that enable rapid and scalable product design, prototyping, validation and demonstration.

Find publications, statistics, reports and studies published by Alberta Economic Development and Trade, as well as links to information resources and repositories to help you learn more about the province of Alberta. Connect your business with resources to trade and invest.

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.

EdWorks supports the growth of the Alberta Educational Technology Industry by providing space, mentorship and business acceleration programming for EdTech startups. [Accelerators and Incubators]

Accelerator, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program, is the catalyst that enables first-stage entrepreneurs to catapult your business to the next level.

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.

Find new market opportunities for your product using the interactive export data tool. Find information on Alberta exports, world imports, tariffs, and more.

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F6S is where Founders grow together. Connect with Funding from Accelerators, Funds & Investors.

Platform Calgary and Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre have partnered to bring Foresight’s cleantech-focused venture development programs to Calgary in fall 2019. Foresight’s Launch program is a structured venture development program that helps early-stage entrepreneurs to grow their business.

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.

Guide for Canada's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who are interested in expanding internationally.

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 Growth Compass Lab is an initiative of Mount Royal University with a mission to deliver evidence-based insights and intelligence for small business through innovative industry-academic partnerships. The Growth Compass Lab currently has three programs designed to support Alberta small business.

Four ways the Hockeystick Database can help your company reach the next stage of growth.

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.

Innovate Calgary is the innovation transfer and business incubator centre for the University of Calgary.

The Innovation Accelerator is a program for Alberta manufacturing companies. It is a four-module program held over a 20-week period, involving face-to-face workshops, innovation team coaching and webinar-based milestone reviews.

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

Connecting scale-up businesses with accomplished senior executives so they can revitalize, rebuild and reimagine our economy.

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

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

Junction is a full-time residency program that helps you build a strong foundation as an entrepreneur and sets you apart from the competition, providing you with an unfair advantage when approaching investors, partners and customers.

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.

The Life Sciences Innovation Hub supports research-intensive companies to deliver commercially-viable products and services to market, by providing access to infrastructure, expertise, and startup services. [Accelerators and Incubators]

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.

The National Research Council is the primary national research and technology organization of the Government of Canada, in science and technology research and development.

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.

The $100-million fund offers opportunities for private sector companies, non-profits and public institutions making transformative investments in Calgary that will be catalysts for economic growth, diversification, increased employment, and expansion of the property tax assessment base.

The City of Calgary has made it easier to animate short term spaces all across Calgary with engaging pop-up shops and events.

Whether you're moving to a new city or a new country, QMM will guide you smoothly through the moving process.

NRC offers Canadian businesses access to unique research infrastructure as well as the experts to optimize its use.

Download the Small Business Fact Sheet from our Report Library to learn more about the Calgary small business landscape.

Find local information to help your business make smarter, faster, better decisions.

The Social Enterprise Fund (SEF) is a loan fund lending money to social enterprises in Alberta that want to make things better in the community and in the world.

Are you looking to apply commercial strategies to your social cause? Whether your organization will be structured as a for-profit or a not-for-profit enterprise, you will want to employ many of the same tools and resources other businesses use to plan and manage internal operations. There are programs and services that can help you further your mission and help keep you sustainable.

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.

Alberta companies in the pre-commercialization stage of developing new products can turn to product commercialization centres to receive the technical equipment, labs or test facilities and services they need to bring their ideas to market faster.

Consultancy service providing business development and financial advice and connecting entrepreneurs to investors.

Western Canadian Tech Directory. Tech West Canada is built for Western Canadian tech companies looking to grow. Connect with Western Canadian tech companies.

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.

TECTERRA’s Geospace has a wide range of electronics test equipment and end-use geomatics technology that can be leased by Canadian companies engaged in the development and manufacture of new technologies.

Platform Calgary and TELUS have partnered to support Canadian technology startups at all stages of growth. At the early stage they help startups develop a robust go to market strategy. For growth stage startups, they offer a combination of advisory services that strengthen all aspects of their business.

This guide provides insights to assess whether the UK is the right market; explores how Brexit will impact business and trade; and offers guidance for Canadian tech companies expanding to the UK.

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Vada Capital is an independent, family-backed private equity firm that partners with passionate management teams to help them achieve growth.

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.

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