This toolkit is designed to assist entrepreneurs and business owner/operators gain awareness and direction on programming to support their diverse needs and interests. If you would like to discuss your specific business needs and interests, please contact Kevin Johnson, Business Development Coordinator at or at 780.672.4428.


Steps to Start a Business
  1. Develop a business plan.
  2. Complete your market research.
  3. Secure funding for your business.
  4. Register your name with Corporate Registry.
  5. Apply for the appropriate applications, licenses, and permits.
  6. Contact Canada Revenue Agency for information on corporate income tax and GST, and to obtain an employer's account number for Unemployment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan deductions.
  7. Register your company with the Workers' Compensation Board
  8. Register with the Alberta Health Insurance Plan if you employ five or more people.
  9. Ensure that you comply with the pertinent labour regulations by contacting the Employment Standards Branch of Alberta Human Services.
  10. Contact the Government of Alberta if assistance is required to locate and/or train new employees.
  11. Ensure that all health regulations that relate to your business have been investigated. Alberta Health Services website is a good place to start.
  12. Obtain appropriate insurance, leases and other operating needs.
  13. Ensure that all environmental issues that affect your business have been investigated. 
Local Support Organizations

Community Futures - East Central Alberta - Supporting small businesses throughout east central Alberta offering business loans, tools, mentoring, guidance, and support for rural small business owner and entrepreneurs in Alberta.

Camrose & District Chamber of Commerce - The Chamber of Commerce is the voice of local business offering networking experiences and chamber services. 

Albertan and Canadian Support Organizations

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs - Offer training and workshops to help women across the province succeed in starting or growing a business.

Business Link - Business Link’s team of experts provide clarity and confidence as you start and grow your business. Reach out today and get the help you need. Their supports include free one-on one coaching and guidance, market research, resources, guidebooks, interactive tools, education and support.

BizConnect - BizConnect provides supports to help Alberta entrepreneurs and small businesses start, grow and succeed.

Digital Economy Program - A free program to help entrepreneurs set up or improve digital tools to increase your business' online presence.

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