Supporting Alberta small businesses for more than 25 years.

Whether you have specific “how to” questions or are just feeling a little lost, we can help. We’ve been helping Alberta small businesses start and thrive for more than 25 years, and are eager to help you too.

Free one-on-one business advice.

Our team of in-house small business experts can help you navigate the process of starting and running a business with free one-on-one advice.

We can help you:

  • Understand and navigate the startup process including regulations and licensing
  • Explore strategies to be successful in starting or running your business
  • Learn about your financing options, marketing and sales strategies, HR, and more
  • Find the most relevant resources and supports in the business community

Upcoming events and webinars.

Check out our upcoming events and webinars to learn from local experts, hear from Alberta’s small business owners, and find out how the small business community can support you in your journey.

Our market research services.

Validating your idea is the first step in starting a new business or pursuing a new business idea. Our market research experts can help you gather the information you need to validate your idea. We can provide information related to:

  • Customer demographics
  • The lifestyles and behaviours of your target market
  • Household spending on goods and services
  • Competitors in your industry
  • Industry news, trends, and average financial ratios
  • Importing and exporting data

Business plan reviews.

Our small business strategists can review your business plan and provide you with feedback and coaching to get it to where it needs to be – whether you’re looking for financing, or just need to work out the details of your business idea.

Don’t have a business plan yet? Get started with our free interactive Business Plan Builder. The tool will walk you through the business planning process with details on what to include in each section, helpful tips, and examples. When you’re done, export your plan and submit it for review!

Workshops and presentations.

Looking for small business help for your community? Our team of small business experts facilitate workshops and presentations for organizations and communities across Alberta.

Indigenous Services.

We offer specialized support to Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs across Alberta. From startup to expansion, our services and resources are tailored to meet the unique needs of our Indigenous clients.

Immigrant Entrepreneur Services.

While all entrepreneurs face challenges, we acknowledge that immigrants face additional barriers to starting and running a business. That’s why we offer specialized support to aspiring and established immigrant entrepreneurs across Alberta.

Small business resources and tools.

Whether you’re just getting started or have an established business, we’ve got free resources and tools that can help you build a thriving business. Access our free interactive Business Plan Builder, webinar recordings, small business basics videos, and downloadable guides featuring topics like start-up steps, marketing, and financial management.

Not sure where to begin?

It can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to your small business. We’ll help you with your next step, whatever it is.