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Explore our FREE resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs in the Crowsnest Pass Region.

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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General Business

  • SME Direct - Gain access to a wealth of small business information available through Industry Canada.

  • CNP Adult Education - Supports literacy and education for adults of all ages. They offer one-on-one tutoring and small-group learning opportunities.

  • Small Business Planning Centre - Learn to build a better business plan. Templates, sample gallery, and a step-by-step guide to establishing the foundation of your business.

  • GoForth Institute - If you're looking to bolster your understanding of how to start, run or grow a successful and profitable business, learn GoForth Institute's 100 Essential Small Business Skills™ in only 10 hours conveniently delivered to your computer through streaming video and an option 400+ page resource curriculum book.

  • Working - An online career development AND employment portal for Canadians with disabilities.

  • Online Marketing Resources - Offers several great resources to small business owners with techniques for promoting your business and selling your goods & services.

  • Business Link - Offers one-on-one advice, resources, and support; hosts and attends events, training, and webinars; and provides expert and confidential service.

  • Small Business Startup Guide - Simplify your start-up “to-do’s” with this helpful guide. Join us and our partners at Business Link as we walk you through all the steps to turn your business idea into reality.

  • Small Business Marketing Guide - 12 Golden Rules for Your Website.

  • Small Business Financial Fundamentals Guide

Employment & Hiring

Mental Health

  • Counselling Alberta: This resource offers professional psychological support, including individual, group, and family counselling. Currently, they provide a no-wait, pay-what-you-can model, making them accessible for low-income individuals and potentially for CF clients who need to make every penny count.

  • Opening Minds: Founded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Opening Minds offers training and tools to foster mental health discussions, tackle negative attitudes, and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. They provide workplace training and Mental Health First Aid courses, which are already utilized by EDP coaches and may benefit client-facing staff.

  • Wellness Together Canada: This website offers numerous free resources for mental health and substance use issues, including self-assessments, helplines, articles, and connections to local services.

Youth Entrepreneurship

  • BDC Entrepreneurs First - Business Development Bank of Canada's entrepreneurship opportunities.

  • Futurpreneur - Assisting young entrepreneurs in getting their ideas off the ground, Youth Business offers programs and services that allow them to achieve economic independence, develop self-confidence, and fulfill their self-employment goals.

  • The Youth Entrepreneur's Network - An online community that supports the needs of young entrepreneurs worldwide as they attempt to build and thrive in their businesses.

  • Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp (RAYEC) - A week-long August camp for youth ages 13-15 interested in learning about business and entrepreneurship.

Indigenous Resources

Regional Links

Government of Alberta

Government of Canada

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Francophone Economic Development Organization

Business Education & Other Resources


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12501 20 Avenue
Box 818
Blairmore, AB  T0K 0E0
P: 403-562-8858
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Communities Served

Bellevue, Blairmore, Coleman, Crowsnest Pass, Frank, and Hillcrest