Resources for Alberta Businesses

Explore our free resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs in rural Alberta.

Small Business Guides

Simplify your start-up “to do’s” with these helpful guides. 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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Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake

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Local Resources (Lesser Slave Lake Region)

A list of local resources that Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake uses to point business owners in the right direction.

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More Useful Resource Links

General Business Resources

  • Canadian Business and Industry - Canadian business supports and information

  • SME Direct - Gain access to a wealth of small business information available through Industry Canada.

  • Bplans.com -  Small Business Planning Centre offers an in-depth 'How To' start a business.

  • 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.

  • Entrepreneurs Kauffmann Foundations - Information on small business, finance, community development, international trade, entrepreneurship, enterprise development, and the economy.

  • Financial Performance Data - Market research data.

  • Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work - Employment site for Canadians with disabilities

  • Workink - a dedicated space for job postings by equity employers* offering inclusive employment.

  • Invention information - Innovation, Science and Economic Development in Alberta

  • Canadian Intellectual Property

  • FEDO - Francophone Economic Development Organizations

  • CDEA - Conseil de développement économique de l'Alberta

Alberta Employment Resources

  • Alberta Works - offers employment and career resources, training supports, Alberta job & career fairs, income support, and health benefits.

  • Alberta Export Expansion Program - Provides funding support to promote Alberta exports through outbound international business travel or bringing international buyers to Alberta.

  • Alberta/Canada Job Grant - Train the workers you need. The Alberta-Canada job grant can help fund training for your new or current employees.

  • Alberta Purchasing Connection (APC) - A convenient online tool for the tendering of public sector opportunities for goods, services and construction.

  • Alberta Self-employment Program  - supports unemployed and marginally employed individuals who have a viable business idea and require additional training to become self-employed.

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada - Express Entry Information for Employers - You can fill labour market shortages permanently with skilled foreign nationals.

  • Film and Television Tax Credit - Offers a refundable Alberta tax credit certificate on eligible Alberta production and labour costs to corporations that produce films, television series and other eligible screen-based productions in the province.

  • Regional Economic Development Services (REDS) - Specialists with local knowledge of the economic opportunities and challenges facing Alberta’s regions.

Youth Entrepreneurship Resources

  • 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.

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