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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.

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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 and what that market looks like. Whether you need research to determine if your new business idea is feasible or for developing your business plan, we’ve got you covered.

You can use market research to help refine your business plan or determine the next steps for your business launch or expansion. The thought of conducting market research can be overwhelming for anyone. If you’re new to market research, it’s important that you understand the basics before you get started.

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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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Export Readiness Program

We want to support you as you take your products and services beyond our borders.

Alberta businesses have plenty to offer other provinces and the rest of the world. Knowing this, we designed the Export Readiness Program to help you reach new domestic and international markets. Through the program you will work with a Business Link Strategist trained to provide advice and guidance as you start your export journey.

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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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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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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!

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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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