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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

Looking for something specific? You can also search by keyword.

Planning Your Business

Establishing a substantive value proposition is critical if you want to start the journey from your “idea” to building a successful company.

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.

BDC research on issues impacting small and medium-sized businesses in Canada.

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

The BBG is a definitive guide for downtown office buildings, suburban office buildings, industrial and retail building information, and market commentary.

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

From start-up to succession, these business guides & templates can help you through key phases of business development and growth.

Apply online or in person for a City of Calgary business license.

Licensed businesses open dataset for the City of Calgary.

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.

Access Calgary Public Library Business, Law & Investing eLibrary resources by registering for a free public library card.

Access business-related programs and resources with your Calgary Public Library card.

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

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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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.

Create a report to view financial performance data by industry.

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

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.

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

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

Resources to assist in planning your business.

Register for small business programs at the Calgary Public Library.

Contains monthly corporate registry listings published in the Alberta Gazette.

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.

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

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.

A directory of business resources for new and established entrepreneurs.

All the facts and figures you want to know about Downtown Calgary’s commercial core and Stephen Avenue Walk, including vending, promo and busking.

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.

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.

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

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