Business support organizations 

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You don't become an expert business manager overnight. Seeking the advice of peers, professional business counsellors and coaches can help you transition from new business owner to experienced entrepreneur.

Some financing organizations offer networking, coaching, and other business support services. Visit our Grants and financing section for more information.

  • Grants and financing

    Find out how to access funding for your business.

  • Contact the Canada Business Network

    The Canada Business Network has centres across the country that offer guidance, information and resources to help make your journey in business a success.

  • Accredited Professionals

    Do you need professional help for your business? Access this national, online database of accountants, legal professionals, valuators and auditors.

  • Business consultants

    Find business consultants, development organizations and specialists in the areas of exporting, financial services, human resources, marketing, and more.

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Start-up and business development

Access a wide range of business support services that can help you start or grow your business.

  • BDC Ask a professional

    Get free advice on monthly business topics from a BDC Consulting professional.

  • Aboriginal Business Development Services
    Applies only to: Alberta

    If you are an Aboriginal person who is thinking of starting a business or has an existing business, you can get access to information and resources to help you meet your business goals.

  • Alberta Small Business Resources
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Access business resources through a directory for new and established entrepreneurs.

  • BDC Consulting

    Find out how BDC's customized consulting services can help your business at all stages of development.

  • CoopZone

    Find resources and consultants to help you start and run a co-operative in Canada.

  • Innovate Calgary
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Access programs, services, and other resources to help start and grow your innovative technology-focused business.

  • NextStep to Success Learning Series
    Applies only to: Alberta

    If you are an Aboriginal woman in Alberta, you can get training and coaching to start a business.

  • Rural Alberta Business Centre Pilot Program
    Applies only to: Alberta

    If you live in a community with a Rural Alberta Business Centre, access information, advice, research services, and seminars to help your business.

  • Women's Business Associations

    As a woman entrepreneur, you can get help from specialized organizations to start and expand your business or register your business association.

Networking and chambers of commerce

Take advantage of business opportunities and specific networking forums to make the right connections.

  • Alberta Chambers of Commerce
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Discover the business benefits of joining a chamber of commerce in your community and learn about your local Alberta chamber.

  • Canadian chamber of commerce

    A strong community business network can benefit your company. Access your local chamber of commerce.

  • Purchasing Management Association of Canada

    Learn how to better manage your supply chain by signing up for seminars, webinars, introductory training or a full-scale accreditation program.

  • Rural Opportunities Network

    Explore business ideas, promote yourself, and connect with other Canadians engaged in the sustainable use of natural resources.

  • WBE Canada Certification

    Find out how your company can be certified as a Women Business Enterprise to increase your access to contract opportunities in Canada and abroad.

  • YouInc

    Join this business information and networking site to help enrich your entrepreneurial experience. Share, learn and collaborate with other entrepreneurs.

Coaching, mentoring and training

Connect with experienced business advisors who can help you develop your skills and achieve your business goals. 

  • Aboriginal Business Mentorship Program

    As an Aboriginal business owner and a member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, you could get a mentor to help you develop your skills.

  • Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
    Applies only to: Alberta

    As a woman in Alberta, you can take advantage of this network and its tools to gain business skills and help your business succeed.

  • Business advisory services — Ask a business advisor
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Connect with a business advisor who can help you navigate Alberta provincial regulations and business support programs.

  • Canadian Executive Service Organization — Aboriginal services

    You can get help from volunteers to develop and grow your aboriginal business.

  • Canadian Women in Communications

    Are you a woman entrepreneur in the communications sector who is looking for mentorship or guidance? Find out how leadership development and mentoring services can help you achieve your business goals.

  • Community Futures Development Corporations — Western Canada
    Applies only to: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan

    If you live in a rural region of Western Canada and want to start or grow your business, you can get business counseling and training in your area.

  • Conseil de développement économique de l’Alberta
    Applies only to: Alberta, Québec

    If you are francophone and live in Alberta, you can get counselling and training to help you start or grow a business.

  • Marketing Booster Program

    Find out how to market your small business and get up to 40 hours of individual business coaching when you participate in these interactive marketing workshops.

  • Online training for business start-ups
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Start your business off on the right foot by attending our BizStart Webinars.

  • TEC Edmonton
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Find the resources and services you need to bring an invention or business to market, including mentoring, business planning, market analysis, and much more.

  • moMENTum
    Applies only to: Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador

    Get advice and guidance from an experienced business mentor for 6 months. Benefit from personalized support to keep on track.

Industry sector resources

Learn about organizations that offer support services to businesses in your industry.

  • Innovate Calgary
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Access programs, services, and other resources to help start and grow your innovative technology-focused business.

  • Canadian Women in Communications

    Are you a woman entrepreneur in the communications sector who is looking for mentorship or guidance? Find out how leadership development and mentoring services can help you achieve your business goals.