There are a host of programs and resources available to entrepreneurs that can help move business ideas and ventures forward. For example, these sites are excellent starting points on resources:

  1. Alberta Small Business Resources
  2. Connectica
  3. Business Link

For more of a face-to-face service, check out Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region.

For information on grants for small business check out the government support that is available. The Business Link also has a database of potential grants.

For resources more targeted at new product development and commercialization check out Connectica and National Research Council Canada.

Alberta Innovates has interests in the bio-industry, health solutions, energy & environment, and technology. Read more information about funding with Alberta Innovates under the “More” highlight symbol. The programs are competitive and applications are evaluated as to the applying company, the project, the technology, the market, the impact and/or benefit of the project to the Province of Alberta. Having a business plan is fundamental to an application.

A couple of other noteworthy programs to be aware of at this early exploration stage are:

In addition to grants, many organizations have financing programs to help entrepreneurs.

Alberta also introduced a new tax credit investment vehicle. The 3-year AITC is applicable across sectors, offering a 30% tax credit to investors who provide capital to Alberta small businesses doing research, development or commercialization of new technology, new products or new processes. GPRIN members also deliver and/or host a variety of learning events.

For more information on innovation resources, contact or phone 780-539-2718.