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Whether you have specific “how-to” questions or are just feeling a little lost, we have answers. We’ll give you the tools to make your business idea a reality, and connect you with the most relevant resources and supports to help bring your idea to life.

We provide customized business advice and support for small business owners and entrepreneurs starting, running, and growing their businesses in Alberta. Learn more about our services and offerings below.

1:1 Business Advice

Our team of in-house small business experts knows how exciting and overwhelming entrepreneurship can be. Don’t fret—we’ve got your back. We’ll help you navigate the process with free 1:1 advice from our trusted business strategists

Just because you’re in business for yourself, doesn’t mean you have to be in business by yourself.

We can help you:

  • Understand and navigate the startup process including regulations and licensing
  • Explore strategies to successfully run and grow your existing business
  • Learn about your financing options, marketing and sales strategies, HR, and more
  • Get connected with the most relevant resources and supports in the business community
  • Review your business plan
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Digital Economy Program

Business Plan Reviews

Our expert Small Business Strategist will 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 current business.

Try out our new interactive Business Plan Builder and submit your business plan for review once completed.

Submit Your Business Plan

Market Research Expertise

Entrepreneurs create ideas for new products and services all the time. Let’s ensure yours is going places by exploring whether a market exists for your idea.

Does your idea fill a gap in the marketplace? One way to find out if a market exists is to look at market data such as industry trends, demographics, and competitors. You can then use this data to help you with the next steps for your business launch or expansion. Whether you need research to determine if your new business idea is feasible or for developing your business plan, we’ve got you covered.

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Presentations and Workshops

Our team of small business experts can facilitate a workshop or presentation for your community! We offer several topics like business model canvas, market research, and financing, as well as custom content. Click the link below to read full descriptions of our offerings and to request a workshop or presentation.

Request a Presentation or Workshop

Indigenous Services

We offer specialized support to Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs across Alberta.

From startup to expansion, our resources are tailored to meet the unique needs of our Indigenous clients.

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Immigrant Services

While all entrepreneurs face challenges, Business Link acknowledges 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.

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Digital Economy Program

The shift to ecommerce has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the gap between consumer shopping preferences and traditional small business sales methods. Programs that match consumer-purchasing preferences with small businesses are needed to continue developing sustainable and competitive small businesses.

Small businesses need long-term support in order to survive. Supporting small businesses as they transition to adopting eCommerce practices is our opportunity to improve the likelihood that small businesses in Alberta can survive and thrive beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Peerpreneur Sessions

Business Link is pleased to launch a brand new initiative designed to help strengthen connections between small business owners across Alberta during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Peerpreneur Sessions give entrepreneurs the chance to participate in live, peer-to-peer virtual group discussions facilitated by a Business Link Strategist.

Over a 4-week period, each group will connect on a weekly basis to discuss their business challenges, exchange best practices, and learn how to best support each other. Now it is more important than ever for small business owners to have a support system in place to help move their businesses forward.

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Resilient Recovery Program

Emergency Preparedness Program

The COVID-19 pandemic, major floods, and wildfires have made businesses aware they need to plan and be prepared for unexpected times and emergencies. The Emergency Preparedness Program will give Alberta entrepreneurs the tools and knowledge they need to mitigate the effects of any future business interruptions.

Program participants will receive a total of 3 hours of one-on-one support from a small business expert and work together to complete a plan that will prepare them for any unexpected events that may lie ahead for their business.

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Interactive Business Plan Builder

Writing a compelling business plan just got easier.

We know that starting a business plan can feel like a daunting task. That’s why we’ve launched a brand-new tool to help make the process easier than ever. The Interactive Business Plan Builder will provide you with guidance and support when it comes to putting together your business plan. This free interactive tool is for anyone—from aspiring entrepreneurs with a new business idea, to existing business owners looking to pivot their current business model or secure new funding.

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Support Local AB Directory

Reach new customers, get free business exposure, and increase your online presence.

The directory celebrates the diversity in entrepreneurship across Alberta and allows you to easily keep important business information up to date. Your listing could also be featured by Business Link and shared with their extensive network of clients and partners across the province!

Visit the Directory
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On-demand resources

Access on-demand resources including downloadable small business guides on startup, marketing and financial management, recorded webinars, the small business basics video series, and more.

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We want to acknowledge that in the province of Alberta we are situated on the traditional territories of Treaties 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10, ancestral homeland of diverse First Nations groups, Métis and Indigenous people whose ancestors have walked this land since time immemorial and whose histories, languages and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community. We pay respects to the Indigenous people of this land, past, present and future, while recognizing their cultural heritage, beliefs, and relationship to the land on which we reside.

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