Resources

Helpful Links & Documents

The following is a list of valuable resources that can help you start, build and grow your business.

AG Tech / Food Science

Alternative Market Channels Webinar

Many Alberta food entrepreneurs are familiar with the traditional market options available for them to sell their products – from farmers’ markets to food service to retail. But there are...

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial initiative aimed at generating economic growth in the agricultural sector and delivering the greatest benefits for farmers, food processors and...

CARIE Bridge Process

Do you have a challenge you’re looking to solve? We may be able to help at the Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE).

Dentons Agribusiness Podcast Series

A podcast series looking at a key pillar to the Canada’s economic system, the agriculture and agri-food sector.  From farming to distribution, advancements in ag-tech, food producers and manufacturers, this...

Getting into Retail Webinar

An overview of the retail food market including: key market drivers, market trends and the benefits and challenges of selling in this market channel. In this first virtual workshop you...

How to Work with Us

The first step for working with Integrated Agriculture Technology Centre is to complete a client profile form that includes details on your company, the problem or issue that needs to...

Metabolomics & Agri Food Webinar

Find out how metabolomics is being used in many areas of agriculture, from analyzing crops, to assessing soils, to quantifying beef cattle performance traits, to detecting disease. Learn how it...

Pricing 101 Webinar Series

This webinar will explore the importance of knowing your actual cost of production and provide insight on how to determine your breakeven point. Join Marissa Brewer, new venture specialist with...

Youth Agriculture Education Program

The Youth Agriculture Education Program provides support for programming to help students engage in meaningful and informed conversations about issues that affect public trust in agriculture.

Awards / Scholarships

Women in STEM Scholarship

Women studying in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and working to advance gender equality in their field can apply.

Deadline: December 31, 2021

Business Start Up Guides

BDC SWOT Analysis Template

This free SWOT analysis template will help you identify your company’s strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities and threats you are facing.

Business Financing Checklist

The following checklist is meant to be used as a starting point for determining how much money you need to start your business and where it will be coming from....

Certified B Corporation

Certifying as a B Corporation goes beyond product- or service-level certification. B Corp Certification is the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance. The B Impact...

Cooperative Startup Checklist

The following checklist is meant to be used as a starting point for your cooperative that is both a business and an association of people seeking to meet a common...

Incorporation Resource Guide

Incorporation, a form of business ownership that creates a distinct legal entity separate from its owners or shareholders, is often an important consideration for women entrepreneurs who may want to...

Independent Contractor Guide

An independent contractor is a person, business, or corporation that provides goods or services to a hiring company under the terms of a contract. Independent contractors supply a broad range...

Black and Persons of Colour Resources

Black Business Ventures Association

At Black Business Ventures Association (BBVA), we are supporting an ecosystem that stimulates tech entrepreneurship and fosters economic growth for Black business owners. We develop programs that equip Black entrepreneurs,...

Black Business Ventures Association

Building a stronger, more diverse tech industry.

This program aims to connect Black and Indigenous innovators with mentorship opportunities, business support, and a platform to help grow their business.

Black Entrepreneurship Program

The Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) is a partnership between the Government of Canada, Black-led business organizations, and financial institutions. With an investment of up to $350.8 million over four years,...

Black Mentorship Inc.

Black Mentorship Inc. (BMI) strengthens leadership opportunities for ALL people by connecting Black youths, professionals and entrepreneurs at different stages of personal and professional growth with experienced mentors through a...

Diversity and Inclusion Tools

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Here you’ll find inclusion guides and education guides covering some of the most topical conversations and initiatives happening around diversity and inclusion in the Canadian workplace. An inclusion guide is...

Government of Canada

Take the Gender-based Analysis Plus Course This course is designed as a basic introduction to GBA+. You will learn to define the key concepts of GBA+ and recognize how various...

Indigenous Canada

Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. Topics for the 12 lessons...

Entrepreneurial Education

Launchpad Live

An open speaker series to hone entrepreneurial thinking skills and create impact.

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Product Demonstration Program

This program is designed to de-risk the commercialization process by providing funds and coaching to high potential, high growth technology Alberta small to medium-sized enterprises.

Deadline: December 16, 2021

Government Subsidies

AgriInnovate Program

The AgriInnovate program provides repayable contributions for projects that aim to accelerate the commercialization, adoption  and/or demonstration of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness  and sustainability.

Alberta Biz Connect

Alberta Biz Connect provided tailored up-to-date information to help small businesses comply with public health requirements, access supports, and find answers to questions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Black Entrepreneurship Program

The Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) is a partnership between the Government of Canada, Black-led business organizations, and financial institutions. With an investment of up to $350.8 million over four years,...

Critical Worker Benefit

This program has expanded and new categories of workers are now eligible, including workers in full-service restaurants and limited service eating-places.

Tourism Relief Fund

The Tourism Relief Fund, administered by Canada’s regional development agencies and Innovation Science and Economic  Development Canada (ISED), supports tourism businesses and organizations adapt their operations to meet public health ...

Women in STEM Scholarship

Women studying in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and working to advance gender equality in their field can apply.

Deadline: December 31, 2021

Grants / Loans / Financial Literacy

Alberta Innovates Vouchers

Vouchers help Alberta’s high potential, high growth, technology and knowledge-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with technologies in the mid-to-late developmental stages but may include some early developmental stages. Eligible...

Canada – Alberta Job Grant

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is a training program where an employer applies on behalf of their present or future employees for eligible training costs. Employers decide who gets training and...

Commercialization Associate Program

Alberta’s high potential, high growth, technology and knowledge-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may be eligible for funding to enable them to employ a highly trained resource with the goal...

ECO Canada

We provide 50% of a wage to eligible employers who hire the brightest minds in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) and Business. Students gain valuable on-the-job experience and employers...

Energy Savings for Business

Energy Savings for Business will help eligible Alberta businesses reduce emissions, decrease operating costs, grow their operations and become more competitive, while creating skilled jobs and boosting economic recovery.

Financial Literacy Program

The Financial Literacy Program is designed to teach women entrepreneurs how to build the story of their businesses through numbers while also inspiring women to challenge their financial beliefs and...

Honouring the Children Grant

On June 2, 2021, Calgary Arts Development made a statement announcing that we have designated up to $75,000 of our ArtShare Program funds to support artistic projects in memory of...

Innovation Canada

From funding to expert advice to driving new collaborations, our flagship programs and services are designed to help businesses innovate, create jobs and grow Canada’s economy.

Innovation Employment Grant

The Innovation Employment Grant encourages economic growth by supporting small and medium-sized businesses that invest in research and development (R&D) with a grant worth up to 20% of qualifying expenditures.

Micro Vouchers

The Micro Voucher Program is designed to de-risk novel technological solutions. This is done by providing qualified high potential, high growth, technology or knowledge-based Alberta small and medium enterprise (SME)...

R&D Associates

Alberta’s high potential, high growth, technology and knowledge-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may be eligible for up to $67,500 per year for one year to enable them to employ...

REP Implementation Grant

Alberta’s government will soon offer a one-time payment of $2,000 to Alberta small- and medium-sized businesses that are eligible for and choose to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program, This program...

The Finance Cafe Podcast

Welcome to The Finance Cafe Podcast, the business podcast for women entrepreneurs that breaks through the money taboo and explores what’s behind the numbers.

Tourism Investment Program

Offers a tourism investment program to assist tourism businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits, and destination organizations  through a series of grant programs.

Immigrant / Permanent Resident / Refugee Resources

Futurpreneur Newcomer Loan

If you’re new to Canada and don’t have a credit history, Futurpreneur Canada wants to help you launch your business. We provide tailored support and eligibility criteria to reflect your...

Indigenous Resources

Community Futures Treaty 7

In the area of Entrepreneurship, CFT7 respects Treaty Seven cultural diversity autonomy while building the Treaty Seven Economy through community economic development and entrepreneur capacity building in order to assist...

Honouring the Children Grant

On June 2, 2021, Calgary Arts Development made a statement announcing that we have designated up to $75,000 of our ArtShare Program funds to support artistic projects in memory of...

Indigenous Business Directory

The Indigenous Business Directory is designed to assist and support Indigenous businesses in the pursuit of business opportunities, including federal procurement. This directory is a resource available to all levels...

Indigenous Business Planning Workbook

This Business Planning Workbook is designed to help Indigenous entrepreneurs create a business plan. Business plans are very important tools for people starting a business. A business plan is like a road...

Indigenous Made

The Indigenous Made campaign will help Indigenous businesses showcase their products and services to the general public, with the goal of increasing awareness. We’re proud to support incredible Indigenous entrepreneurs...

Pow Wow Pitch Podcast

Welcome to the Pow Wow Pitch Podcast, a show empowering Indigenous entrepreneurs.  On this Podcast, Host Sunshine Quem Tenasco, a Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg entrepreneur, author and creator of Pow Wow...

Tourism Relief Fund

The Tourism Relief Fund, administered by Canada’s regional development agencies and Innovation Science and Economic  Development Canada (ISED), supports tourism businesses and organizations adapt their operations to meet public health ...

Pitch Contests

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Research

Jump Ball Initiatives

Rapidly connecting innovators to business innovation assets. The Jump Ball Initiative (JBI) taps into the innovative capacity and capabilities of the network of Canada’s 30 Technology Access Centres, including over...

Opening the Door to Opportunity

Opening the Door to Opportunity seeks to highlight the economic contributions of Indigenous Peoples stemming from the spending by Indigenous governments, Indigenous-owned businesses and Indigenous households. It seeks to counter...

Research Facilities Navigator

The Research Facilities Navigator is a directory of publicly funded research facilities that are opening their doors to collaborations with industry, academia and government.

Community Resources

In addition to the above, please check out these community resources that can support you on your entrepreneurial journey.