Immigrant Entrepreneur Guidebooks (available in English only)

Business Planning Workbook

This guidebook provides immigrant entrepreneurs with the basic steps of business planning in Alberta. You can use this guidebook to complete a business and marketing plan. Although this guidebook gives you what you need to start as an Alberta business owner, it does not have all the details. Each business will have unique characteristics. You will need to adapt what you learn in this guidebook to your specific circumstances.


This guidebook will walk you through the process of starting your own business and provide you with resources to learn more. It will help you understand the business culture in Alberta. You will also learn how your cultural background can help you to succeed as an Alberta business owner.

Marketing Workbook

In this guidebook, you will learn the basics of marketing for your business and how to build a marketing and sales strategy that you can be confident will advance your business goals.

Finance Workbook

This guidebook is designed for immigrant entrepreneurs who are preparing to request financial support for their new or growing business. Whether you have not quite started your business, or are established and getting ready to go, this is important information.


Immigrant Entrepreneur Checklists

These checklists are available in English, French, Mandarin, and Spanish.

Business Financing ChecklistEnglish | French | Mandarin | Spanish

Common Business Practices Checklist | English | French | Mandarin | Spanish

Cooperative Startup Checklist | English | French | Mandarin | Spanish

Nonprofit Startup Checklist | English | French | Mandarin | Spanish

Small Business Startup Checklist | English | French | Mandarin | Spanish

Social Enterprise Startup Checklist | English | French | Mandarin | Spanish

Financing for Immigrant Entrepreneurs

  • BDC Newcomer Entrepreneur: This program is for new businesses that have been in operation for at least 12 months and generated revenues, immigrated to Canada less than five years ago, have a permanent resident status or protected person status and have a viable business plan
  • Futurpreneur Newcomer Loan: This program targets entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 to 39 who have permanent resident or citizenship status with no established or little credit history, who have been in business for less than 12 months
If you are an immigrant entrepreneur or service provider for immigrants or small businesses and are interested in more information or requesting a presentation or workshop, connect with our Immigrant Entrepreneur Program Coordinator.
Contact our Immigrant Entrepreneur Program Coordinator

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