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12 Unconventional Financing Strategies Every Startup Should Know

Finance Your Business

Discover innovative financing options for your small business. Move beyond conventional methods like personal savings or loans and explore creative approaches such as bootstrapping, crowdfunding, and more.

1. Bootstrap Your Business

Start small and cost-effectively. Consider beginning at a local market, selling online, or being mobile before investing in an ample retail space. This approach reduces financial risk and provides valuable learning opportunities about your market and customer base. It’s a practical way to test your business concept without committing extensive resources.

Pro: Minimizes financial risk and encourages organic growth.

Con: May limit rapid expansion due to budget constraints.

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Applications are open for RAYEC 2024!

RAYEC 2024 Applications

📣Have you heard? Applications are open for RAYEC 2024! The deadline to apply is May 15. Remember - it is not first come, first serve - be sure to complete the application.

Application and info:

Summer is coming!!



Canada Digital Adoption Program - Grow Your Business Online Grant

Grow you business on line

Today, small businesses must adapt to the ever-growing online marketplace to stay ahead. With the Grow Your Business Online Grant as part of the Canada Digital Adoption Program, we’ll equip your business with the essential e-commerce capabilities it needs to thrive.

  • Receive a micro-grant of up to $2,400 to build your online store and enhance your digital presence and online visibility.
  • Collaborate with a dedicated E-Commerce Advisor for personalized guidance, strategy, grant planning, and tech support.

The Canada Digital Adoption Program is a partnership between the Government of Canada, Business Link, and Digital Main Street.

Eligible businesses will receive a micro-grant of up to $2,400 to help with the costs related to adopting e-commerce and supported by a network of e-commerce advisors.

Create your Digital Main Street Account and Apply Now

The Grow Your Business Online grant will help small businesses across Alberta take advantage of e-commerce opportunities.

To Qualify

  • You have at least one employee (other than the business owner) or had at least $30,000.00 in annual revenue.
  • You are a for-profit and consumer-facing business.
  • Your business is registered or incorporated. 


  • Your business is a not-for-profit, non-consumer-facing, corporate chain, multi-level marketing business, franchise or real estate agent.
  • Your business is not registered or incorporated.
  • You have no employees or have less than $30,000.00 in annual revenue. 

Apply for DRAGON'S DEN Season 19 (2024) - Online

Auditions Start in February. To Register

CBC's DRAGONS' DEN auditions are open, inviting Canadian entrepreneurs to pitch their innovative ideas to top business moguls for potential investment. Showcase your small business on national television and seize this opportunity.

Auditions for season 19 will kick off in February 2024. We will host virtual and in-person auditions in a few select major cities.  Auditions in CALGARY are planned for mid-March, 10 am - 5 pm.
LOCATION TBD  For more information, check out this page for up-to-date location details. All applicants must apply through this online system, regardless of whether they are attending an in-person audition or a virtual audition.

We will start contacting select applicants in February 2024 to schedule an audition. Those invited to film for the show must be available for 1-2 days in Toronto in May 2024.

The application deadline is April 6th, 2024.

We can’t wait to see the incredible innovation and great ideas our Canadian entrepreneurs have to present! Here are some tips for a successful audition.

If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Logos and Beyond – Personifying Your Brand

Logos and beyond

Discover Brand Essentials and Tools - Provided  by Business Link

Explore the essence of brand building. Enhance your brand's core by understanding fundamentals and the artful integration of artificial intelligence tools. Learn how to create impactful branding through brand strategy, personas, logos, and visual identity.

The terms logoidentity, and brand insights are often used interchangeably. First, you must know that they should be understood on a spectrum. A logo is a small (yet important) piece of your business; a brand surrounds your business, and identity falls somewhere in the middle.


Canada Summer Jobs - Apply -

Canada Summer Jobs 2024

Canada Summer Jobs Program – Intake: Ends January 10, 2024 at 11:59 pm

Applicants can seek funding to hire youth between April 22, 2024 and August 31, 2024.

The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations and the public sector, as well as private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

The Government of Canada aims to ensure that all CSJ-funded job opportunities take place in a safe, inclusive, and healthy work environment free from harassment and discrimination.

Local Production Company puts out a call for Crowsnest Pass & Pincher Creek Businesses


KMUK Productions, run by Kristian Karasz, is a Southern Alberta Production Company operating out of Pincher Creek.  The film will be produced entirely in Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek areas.  If business owners would like their business featured in the filming, they can submit their information to KMUK Productions.  If you are interested, please send a photo of your business and your availability over the next few months and spring of 2024.  Send information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Tourism Investment Program: Travel Alberta

Tourisum Investment Fund

The intake period for Travel Alberta's Tourism Investment Program is now open until September 12, 2023.

Eligible applicants for the Growth Fund include Tourism operators, communities, and DMOs in Alberta. Eligible expenses include constructing, purchasing, or renovating existing tourism infrastructure.

Intake for the Innovation Fund is also open until September 12. This program is open to Tourism Operators, communities and associations, and DMOs. Eligible projects include New assets to diversify available experiences for existing operators.

Intake for Cooperative Investment Funds (including events and festivals) will open Sept 12.

South Canadian Rockies Tourism Association encourages all members and regional operators to explore these opportunities. If you require further support, we are here to help!

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