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Starting a businessPlanning and research

Find information about starting a business or buying an existing one, including how to access advice and support.

Considerations before starting a business

provincial level resource Is self-employment for you?

Use this free booklet to learn about the benefits and challenges of self-employment and examine the motivation, skills, traits and backgrounds of successful entrepreneurs.

federal level resource Is entrepreneurship for you?

Read information about how to determine if starting a business is right for you.

federal level resource Develop your idea

Find information about how to research and develop your business idea if you decide to start a new business from scratch.

federal level resource Buying a business

Considerations when buying an existing business.

provincial level resource Buying a franchise in Alberta PDF, 410.2kb

Considerations when buying a franchise in Alberta.

federal level resource Deciding on a business structure

Investigate the most common business structures to determine which might be best for your new business.

Research when starting a business

provincial level resource Alberta economic statistics and publications

Explore the province's latest economic highlights, statistics and reports.

federal level resource Mitacs

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 15 years. Working with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, we build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.

provincial level resource Inventory of major Alberta projects

Identify potential contracting opportunities on major infrastructure projects in Alberta.

provincial level resource Alberta's aerospace and defence industry

Alberta's aerospace and defence industry is competitive nationally and globally. Find industry facts, opportunities, news and resources.

provincial level resource Alberta's agri-food industry

Alberta is the third largest producer and exporter of agri-food products in Canada. Explore the industry's profile, current and future trends, and other resources.

provincial level resource Alberta's building products and technologies industry

Learn about Alberta wood products, the province's emerging green building industry and how to find business opportunities.

provincial level resource Alberta's engineering and construction industry

Find out more about the industry that accounts for 12% of Alberta's gross domestic product (GDP), including its sector profile, provincial associations and best practices.

provincial level resource Alberta's environmental products and services industry

Find information about this industry, including opportunities, polices and regulations, and sector news.

provincial level resource Alberta's financial services industry

Learn about the province's financial sector - a critical enabler to the growth, scalability and productivity of our traditional and emerging industrial sectors.

provincial level resource Alberta's industrial manufacturing industry

Read about why Alberta is one of Canada’s major metal manufacturing centres, and explore key industry statistics, opportunities and associations.

provincial level resource Alberta's information and communications technologies (ICT) industry

Explore information about Alberta's robust ICT sector, including facts about the industry, key associations and third party reports.

provincial level resource Alberta's life sciences industry

Find out why Alberta is a dynamic location for life sciences, by reading industry news and reports, and exploring provincial associations and events.

provincial level resource Alberta's oil and gas industry

Read a comprehensive profile on Alberta’s oil and gas technology and services industry, and explore industry news and opportunities.

provincial level resource Alberta’s refining, petrochemicals and biochemicals industry

Access information and statistics on the province's refining, petrochemicals and biochemicals industry and its subsectors, including industry news and opportunities.

provincial level resource Alberta's tourism industry

Find out why tourism in one of the leading industries in the province, and read about industry news and opportunities.

provincial level resource Tourism development guide PDF, 1.1mb

Learn about the tourism industry in Alberta, including the regulatory and permitting processes for tourism business development.

provincial level resource Tourism research and statistics

Explore tourism statistics and research reports about the travel experiences international and domestic visitors want.

provincial level resource Alberta tourism investment opportunities

Explore ready-to-invest tourism development opportunities in the Mighty Peace, Northwest and Southwest regions of the province, as well as information about the tourism industry overall in Alberta.

provincial level resource Research regulated occupations

Find out which occupations are regulated and have specific legislative requirements.

provincial level resource Research regulated trades

Find out which trades are regulated and have specific legislative requirements.

Build a plan

provincial level resource Create a business plan

Explore what a business plan is and why you need one.

federal level resource What to include in a business plan

Explore common elements of business plans and information about how to write one.

federal level resource Sample business plans and templates

Access sample business plans and templates, and links to professional planning advisors.

federal level resource FAQs: business planning

Find answers to questions often asked when writing a business plan.

federal level resource Developing a marketing plan

Find information about developing a marketing plan.

provincial level resource Tourism business planning guide PDF, 1.2mb

Explore steps involved with preparing a business plan for a tourism business.

Business planning support services

provincial level resource Business advice and research services

The Business Link's research professionals can help you find information on preparing your business plan, researching industry data and accessing financing.

provincial level resource Ag-info centre

Resource agents that can help members of Alberta's agriculture industry access specialists, information and services.

federal level resource Business concierge advisor service

The Government of Canada’s new Concierge Service assists SMEs in navigating the many available innovation resources and support programs offered by the government and selecting the right options to meet their needs. Concierge advisors have extensive networks and expertise, as well as knowledge about a range of industrial sectors for clients to benefit from. 

provincial level resource New venture specialists

The New Ventures Team assists prospective and emerging agri-preneurs by providing helpful business and marketing information essential to planning, operating and growing a successful business.

provincial level resource Connectica

Connectica is a free service that helps users connect with Alberta’s ever-expanding research and innovation network. It is the perfect place to find programs, services, facilities or events that meet your needs.

federal level resource Business planning tools

Find information about Community Futures programs and services focused on supporting new businesses in rural Alberta.

provincial level resource Conseil de développement économique de l'Alberta

Planning assistance and other supports for francophone entrepreneurs and business people throughout Alberta.

provincial level resource NextStep to success for Aboriginal women entrepreneurs

Comprehensive business plan training for Aboriginal women at the early startup phase of business in a unique circle delivery format. Skill training and one-on-one coaching and advising is also available for business owners who need additional support with their marketing strategy, operations management, financial decision-making and strategic growth.

provincial level resource Startup workshops for women entrepreneurs

Workshops and bootcamps to help women get from business concept to market research, and business plan to launch.