Resources

Explore our free resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs in Centre West.

Small Business Start-up Guide

Simplify your start-up “to do’s” with this helpful guide. Join us and our partners at Business Link as we walk you through all the steps involved to turn your business idea into reality.

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Small Business Financial Guide

This guide will help you take charge of your financials by guiding you on:

  • Financial Fundamentals
  • Accounting Software
  • Breakeven Analysis
  • Financial Statements 101
  • Guide to Financial Terms
  • Hiring an Accountant
  • Balance Sheet Template
  • Income Statement Template
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Small Business Marketing Guide

Discover the strategies and processes that go into driving eager customers to your doorstep including:

  • Marketing Guide
  • Different by Design
  • Ideal Client Worksheet
  • Marketing Channels
  • 12 Golden Rules for your Website
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A Guide to Leases for Small Business

This tip sheet will help you review the common aspects of leasing including:

  • Clauses for Retail Leases
  • Negotiating rent and utilities
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A Guide to Financing for Small Business

Explore the benefits and risks of accessing different types of capital for your small business.

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Useful Links:

General Business

  • SME Direct - Gain access to a wealth of small business information available through Industry Canada.
  • Bplans.com Small Business Planning Centre - In-depth site of how to start a business.
  • ENTERWeb - Quality source of information on small business, finance, community development, international trade, entrepreneurship, enterprise development, and the economy.
  • GoForth Institute - If you're looking to bolster your understanding of how to start, run or grow a successful and profitable business, learn GoForth Institute's 100 Essential Small Business Skills™ in only 10 hours conveniently delivered to your computer through streaming video and an option 400+ page resource curriculum book.
  • Workink - An online career development AND employment portal for Canadians with disabilities.

 Alberta Employment

  • Alberta Works - offers employment and career resources, training supports, Alberta job & career fairs, income support, and health benefits
  • Alberta/Canada Job Grant - Train the workers you need. The Alberta-Canada job grant can help fund training for your new or current employees
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada - Express Entry Information for Employers - You can fill labour market shortages permanently with skilled foreign nationals.

Youth Entrepreneurship

  • BDC Entrepreneurs First - Business Development Bank of Canada's entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • Futurpreneur - Assisting young entrepreneurs to get their ideas off the ground, Youth Business offers programs and services that allow them to achieve economic independence, develop self-confidence, and fulfill their goals of self-employment.
  • The Youth Entrepreneur's Network - An online community that supports the needs of young entrepreneurs from around the world as they attempt to build and thrive in their own businesses
  • Youth Café - Government of Canada website for youth seeking employment opportunities.

Indigenous Resources

Community Links


Other Links

Regional Organizations

Government of Alberta

Government of Canada

Business Education & Other Resources

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Communities Served

Airdrie, Balzac, Banff, Bearspaw, Bottrel, Bragg Creek, Canmore, Cochrane, Crossfield, Dead Mans Flats, Elbow Valley, Exshaw, Ghost Lake, Harvie Heights, Madden, Morley, Redwood Meadows, Seebe, Kananaskis Improvement District, Improvement District 9 (Lake Louise and surrounding area)