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We’re here to help. Let’s get started! - Business Link

Updated: Sep 27, 2021


Helping Entrepreneurs in Alberta since 1996, Business Link (https://businesslink.ca/) is a nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs navigate the steps toward starting, running, and growing their businesses. They are Alberta's small business hub.


Their head office is located at 10150 100 St NW #500, Edmonton, AB T5J 0P6. Their hours of operations are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and they can be reached at +1 800-272-9675.


Van Der Berg Software Inc. came across Business Link when we registered our Corporation with AMA (https://ama.ab.ca/) and we were astounded by all the ways that they can help fellow Albertans. We also realized that very few of our fellow entrepreneurs are aware of this free resource that is available. During the next 3 weeks we will be delving deeper into all the ways that Business Link's programs and services can be of value.


What They Do


They are a nonprofit organization, funded by the Government of Alberta and Canada, that helps people navigate the steps toward starting their own businesses, who provides one-on-one support and guidance, market research, access to experts, training, networking opportunities, and specialized support for Indigenous and Immigrant entrepreneurs.


Services & Programs


Business Link can help you with specific “how-to” questions and clearing up confusing or contradicting information that can be found on the internet. They offer tools to make your business idea a reality, and connect you to relevant resources and supports. This is all provided through customized business advice and support from their small business advising experts.


Services


1:1 Business Advice


Their team of in-house small business experts will help you navigate the process with free 1:1 advice from our trusted business strategists. They can help you:

  • Understand and navigate the startup process including regulations and licensing

  • Explore strategies to successfully run and grow your existing business

  • Learn about your financing options, marketing and sales strategies, HR, and more

  • Get connected with the most relevant resources and supports in the business community

  • Review your business plan


Business Plan Reviews


"Writing a compelling business plan just got easier." Business Link's expert Small Business Strategists will review your business plan and provide you with feedback and coaching to get it to where it needs to be – whether you’re looking for financing, or just need to work out the details of your current business.


Business Link has launched a brand-new tool to help make writing your business plan easier than ever. The interactive Business Plan Builder will provide you with guidance and support when it comes to putting together a compelling business plan. This free interactive tool is for anyone—from aspiring entrepreneurs with a new business idea, to existing business owners looking to pivot their current business model or secure new funding. Try it out for free and submit your business plan for review once completed.


Market Research Expertise


Business Link can help you explore whether a market exists for your idea, by helping you do market research that includes market data such as industry trends, demographics, and competitors. You can then use this data to help you with the next steps for your business launch or expansion. Whether you need research to determine if your new business idea is feasible or for developing your business plan, Business Link can help you out. Watch this video to learn the basics of market research and how it can help you start or grow a successful business.

Indigenous Services


Business Link offer specialized support to Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs across Alberta. From startup to expansion, the resources are tailored to meet the unique needs of Indigenous clients.


Immigrant Services


While all entrepreneurs face challenges, Business Link acknowledges that immigrants face additional barriers to starting and running a business. That’s why they offer specialized support to aspiring and established immigrant entrepreneurs across Alberta.


Current Programs


Export Readiness Program

We want to support you as you take your products and services beyond our borders. Alberta businesses have plenty to offer other provinces and the rest of the world. Knowing this, Business Link designed the Export Readiness Program to help you reach new domestic and international markets. Through the program you will work with a Business Link Strategist trained to provide advice and guidance as you start your export journey. Learn More


Peerpreneur Sessions

Business Link is pleased to launch a brand new initiative designed to help strengthen connections between small business owners across Alberta during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Peerpreneur Sessions give entrepreneurs the chance to participate in live, peer-to-peer virtual group discussions facilitated by a Business Link Strategist. Over a 4-week period, each group will connect on a weekly basis to discuss their business challenges, exchange best practices, and learn how to best support each other. Now it is more important than ever for small business owners to have a support system in place to help move their businesses forward. Learn More


Digital Economy Program

The shift to ecommerce has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the gap between consumer shopping preferences and traditional small business sales methods. Programs that match consumer-purchasing preferences with small businesses are needed to continue developing sustainable and competitive small businesses. Small businesses need long-term support in order to survive. Supporting small businesses as they transition to adopting eCommerce practices is our opportunity to improve the likelihood that small businesses in Alberta can survive and thrive beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More


Tools & Resources


Interactive Business Plan Builder

The Interactive Business Plan Builder will provide you with guidance and support when it comes to putting together your business plan. This free interactive tool is for anyone—from aspiring entrepreneurs with a new business idea, to existing business owners looking to pivot their current business model or secure new funding. Learn More


Support Local AB Directory

"Reach new customers, get free business exposure, and increase your online presence."


The directory celebrates the diversity in entrepreneurship across Alberta and allows you to easily keep important business information up to date. Your listing could also be featured by Business Link and shared with their extensive network of clients and partners across the province!


On-demand resources

Access on-demand resources including downloadable small business guides on startup, marketing and financial management, recorded webinars, the small business basics video series, and more. View Resources



STAY TUNED!


In the next 3 weeks we will dive deeper into how Business Link has helped us at Van Der Berg Software Inc. and how they can help you too!


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