Business support organizations

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.

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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 Advisory services
      Find out how BDC's customized advisory services can help your business.
    • 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.
    • Futurpreneur Canada
      Offers mentoring and business support to young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 39.
    • Tools and Financing for Aboriginal Business
      Find tools, training and networks created by your peers and by industry leaders to help you start or grow your Aboriginal business.


    • Indigenous business services
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      If you are an indigenous person, you can access information and resources to help you start or improve your business.
    • Alberta Small Business Resources
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      Access business resources through a directory for new and established entrepreneurs.
    • Alberta Small Business Service Provider Directory
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      Use this directory to find organizations, funding, programs, and services to help with your business success.
    • Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
      Only Applies 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.
    • Francophone Economic Development Organizations
      Only Applies to : Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Saskatchewan
      Explore enhanced services available to Francophone entrepreneurs in Western Canada.
    • Innovate Calgary
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      Access programs, services, and other resources to help start and grow your innovative technology-focused business.
    • Rural Alberta Business Centres
      Only Applies 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.

    British Columbia


    New Brunswick

    Newfoundland and Labrador

    Nova Scotia

    • Atlantic Association of Community Business Development Corporations
      Only Applies to : New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island
      If you live in a rural region of Atlantic Canada, you can access business counselling, financing and training to help start or grow your business.
    • Cape Breton Small Business Development Program
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      Access a range of support services for your Cape Breton business.
    • Craft Business Development
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      Access skills development and funding assistance to develop or grow your craft business in Cape Breton Island and Mulgrave.
    • Homegrown Works
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      Join this association to connect with other home-based business owners and get experienced support to help you create and grow your venture.


    • Business Development Centres of Nunavut
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      If you are a Canadian living in Nunavut, you can apply for help to start or grow a business in your community.
    • Kakivak Association
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      Your business could benefit from a range of services that assist Inuit in planning, establishing, managing or expanding a business.


    Prince Edward Island




    • Invest Yukon
      Only Applies to : Yukon
      You can obtain information about doing business in the Yukon, including government funding and programs, and details about different industries.

    Networking and chambers of commerce

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

    Coaching, mentoring and training

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

    Industry sector resources

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

    • Agents of Change: Climate Solutions
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      As a social enterprise you could access expertise, business and financial supports to help amplify your impact in reversing climate change.
    • AgriStart NB
      Only Applies to : New Brunswick
      As an aspiring farmer or a farm operator in New Brunswick, you can access industry start-up resources, programs, equipment and training.
    • Alliance numérique
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Enhance the prosperity of your video game, e-learning, mobility or Web application enterprise thanks to a wide range of services and activities.(in French only)
    • Apparel Innovation Centre
      If you want to create innovative apparel, you can access product development services, advanced R&D equipment, and technologies at this centre.
    • Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba Inc.
      Only Applies to : Manitoba
      Are you an artist entrepreneur or is your business in the creative sector? Find out how this association can help you.
    • Bioenterprise
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      If you are introducing innovative agricultural technologies to the market, you may be eligible for support to help grow your business.
    • Business tools, strategies, reports and resources for the tourism industry
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      Access tools, publications and industry resources to help start and run your tourism business in Ontario.
    • Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
      As a manufacturer or exporter, you can join this association to access business opportunities, strategic intelligence, events and more.
    • Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Benefit from the help of experts to certify a product, test a concept, verify a manufacturing procedure or implement a business intelligence service.
    • Centre francophone d'informatisation des organisations
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Consult the CEFRIO to obtain survey results, reports on major recurring studies as well as information on the state-of-the-art information technologies.(in French only)
    • Consulting Engineers of Ontario
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      If you are an engineering consultant, this organization can help you access networking, professional development, education and more.
    • Direct Sellers Association
      Find direct selling businesses and independent sales contractor opportunities, along with other member resources.
    • Fast Lane program
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      You may be eligible for up to $5,000 worth of support for business scale-up services from the Speedway — Fast Lane program.
    • FrontCounter BC
      Only Applies to : British Columbia
      If you have a business in mining, forestry, agriculture or land and water, you can get help with applications, licenses and permits.
    • GPRC Research & Innovation
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      Access R&D services, including project management and grants facilitation in the Peace Country and West Yellowhead regions.
    • Industry Consulting Services
      Only Applies to : Manitoba
      Would your established manufacturing or processing business benefit from one-on-one consulting?
    • Innovate Calgary
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      Access programs, services, and other resources to help start and grow your innovative technology-focused business.
    • Screen Production Yukon
      Only Applies to : Yukon
      If you want to produce a film or video in the Yukon, become a member to access equipment rental, information on production crews and more.
    • Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      If you are a visual artist in Nunavut, you can get help to promote your work.
    • Bureaux de liaison entreprises-universités
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Get liaison officers to help you enter into strategic alliances with Quebec universities and finance your research and development projects.(in French only)
    • SimplyAg Solutions Inc. — Saskatchewan
      Only Applies to : Saskatchewan
      Access learning opportunities and services that can support your Saskatchewan agriculture business.
    • TechConnex
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      Find help to grow your technology business and connect with other technology leaders in the Greater Toronto Area.
    • Tourism Intelligence Network
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Are you looking for value-added information to enhance your competitiveness in the tourism sector? The Network's researchers can help you.
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