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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.

There are many networking forums that can help you make the right connections to help expand and grow your business.

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 Consulting

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

    • 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.

    • Alberta Small Business Service Provider Directory
      Applies only to: Alberta

      Use this directory to find organizations, funding, programs, and services to help with your business success.

    • 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.

    • Community Futures Network of Canada

      Are you starting a business in a rural or northern community? Get help from the Community Futures Development Corporation in your area.

    • CoopZone

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

    • Francophone Economic Development Organizations
      Applies only to: Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia

      Explore enhanced services available to Francophone entrepreneurs in Western Canada.

    • Innovate Calgary
      Applies only to: Alberta

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

    • My Startup

      If you’re a first-time entrepreneur in business for 2 years or less, sign up to access training, savings, and other support for your business.

    • Rural Alberta Business Centres
      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.

    • WBE Canada Certification

      Find out how your company can be certified as a women's business enterprise in order to increase your access to contract opportunities in Canada and abroad.

    • 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.

    • Innu Business Development Centre

      Promote your company in the Innu Business Registry and find Innu businesses that are offering the goods and services you need.

    • Rural Opportunities Network

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

    • Supply Chain Management Association

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

    • 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. 

    • BDC Business Coaching

      BDC's Business Coaching can help you improve your skills, facilitate your decision-making process and allow you to focus on growing your business.

    • BDC Integrated Sales and Marketing consulting services

      Discover how BDC's consulting services can help you get your sales and marketing channels working together for maximum success.

    • BDC certification consulting services

      BDC's experts can help you achieve internationally recognized certifications that give your company a competitive edge.

    • 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.

    • Community Futures economic development centres — 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.

    • Excellence Canada

      Learn more about training programs and awards for healthy workplaces, leadership, organizational quality and more.

    • Online training for Alberta businesses
      Applies only to: Alberta

      Start your business off on the right foot by attending our small business training sessions.

    • TEC Edmonton
      Applies only to: Alberta

      Bring your new technology-based products, services or processes to market with specialized guidance, business services, physical space, and more.

    • Women in Communications and Technology

      Are you a woman entrepreneur in the communications sector? Find out how leadership development and mentoring services can help you achieve your goals.

    • Women's business networks and associations

      Find support for growing your business from women’s business organizations across Canada and the world.

    • moMENTum

      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.

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