Free Small Business Guides

Explore these FREE and downloadable guides for starting a small business in rural Alberta

Small Business Start-up 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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Small Business Financial Guides

The Financial Fundamentals guide will help you take charge of your financials by guiding you on:

  • Financial Fundamentals

  • Accounting Software

  • Breakeven Analysis

  • Financial Statements 101

  • Guide to Financial Terms

  • Hiring an Accountant

  • Balance Sheet Template

  • Income Statement Template

The Buying A Business checklist will guide you through the essential things that you should take into consideration when purchasing a business.​

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Small Business Marketing Guide

Discover the strategies and processes that go into driving eager customers to your doorstep including:

  • Marketing Guide

  • Different by Design

  • Ideal Client Worksheet

  • Marketing Channels

  • 12 Golden Rules for your Website

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Educational Videos

Steps to Starting a Business as an Indigenous Entrepreneur

 

Starting your Indigenous small business is exciting and rewarding, but the start-up process can be overwhelming. This video will walk you through the steps to starting a business as an Indigenous entrepreneur to help you get your new business venture up and running!

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Finding Contract Opportunities as an Indigenous Business

 

When a company, organization, or government needs a specific job to be completed, they’ll often post an RFP (Request for Proposal) online. These are great opportunities for your Indigenous small business! Learn what an RFP is, how to write a winning proposal, and how to find opportunities from Governments and other organizations.

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Life as an Entrepreneur

 

Small business ownership can be an exciting career choice. This video covers the basics of what to expect on each step of your entrepreneurial journey. You’ll learn about the 3 key roles you will play in your business along with the challenges and rewards of each role. Discover how to identify when you’ve outgrown a role and how to build a business that works for you.

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Business Financing

 

Finding financing for your business can be challenging. Learn how the process of securing financing works so you can increase your chances of success. This video outlines the 5 C’s of lending and how you can prepare to meet as many of them as possible. Growing your business by accessing outside sources of funding (traditional sources like banks, and non-traditional sources like non-profits and government programs) is an important process for every business owner to understand.   

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First Steps in Business

 

Small business ownership can be an exciting career choice. This video covers the basics of what to expect on each step of your entrepreneurial journey. You’ll learn about the 3 key roles you will play in your business along with the challenges and rewards of each role. Discover how to identify when you’ve outgrown a role and how to build a business that works for you.

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