Here are some helpful resources for all types of businesses


Business Planning Sites and Training

Chinook Entrepreneurial Challenge Business Plan Template The following business plan templates are for informational purposes only.


Community Futures Lethbridge Region

Business Plan Evaluation Criteria

Cash Flow Excel Sheet

Cleverism: The 9 Building Blocks of the Business Model Canvas


Strategyer – Business Model and Value Proposition Canvas

Business Model Canvas

Value Proposition Canvas


Economic Development Lethbridge

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Business Link – Business Plans and Checklists, Taxation Information, Home Based Businesses, Licensing, Interactive Business Planner, etc.


Interactive Business Planner – Prepare a 3 year business plan by using a question and answer format.


Strategis – Guides to Starting a Business, Financing, Exporting, Researching Markets, etc.



Government of Alberta


Alberta Agriculture Food and Rural Development (AAFRD) – Everything agriculture from business planning to finance/tax and science


Alberta Economic Development (AED) – Economic development, business start-up and advice


Alberta Government – Alberta government home page with links to all government business sites


Alberta First – Premiere web site for statistical data about Alberta communities and marketplaces.


Small Business Alberta – Alberta Small Business Resources is a directory of business resources for new and established entrepreneurs.



Government of Canada


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) – Everything agriculture at the federal level.


Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) – Canadian financier.


Canada’s International Business Strategy (CIBS) – Government of Canada site for international business opportunities


Canadian Trade Commissioner Service – Export market studies and business opportunities


Government of Canada – Financing, Taxation, Human Resources


Human Resources Development Canada – Grant/Contribution Programs


Canada Customs & Revenue Agency – Extensive information on tax rights and regulations


Regulations for Small Business – Links to relevant government regulations from a variety of sources governing small business startup and operation in Canada


Statistics Canada – Demographics statistics


Western Economic Diversification – Small business financing and information


Employabilities – Finance



Entrepreneurs with Disabilities



Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) – Alberta government supported financing information


Business Development Bank of Canada – Canadian financier.


Canadian Commercial Corporation – Canadian commercial finance agency


Credit Reporting Agencies – Online credit reporting services


NorthStar Trade Finance – BC-based export financing company


Tax and Accounting Sites Directory – Global tax information.



International Financial Institutions


United Nations (UN)


World Bank (WB)



Business Franchises


Canadian Franchise Association – The CFA is a national trade association of franchisors committed to achieving excellence in franchising.


Franchise Opportunities: Directory of franchise businesses for sale – Largest Canadian franchise directory on the web that specifically license in Canada.


Business Tips – Franchising checklist



Canada 411 Telephone Directory – Directory for business or personal phone numbers and addresses


Dun and Bradstreet Information Services – Database for credit marketing, management decisions, purchasing and receivables


FreightWorld – Worldwide freight transportation and logistics.


YVR Cargo Online – Vancouver International Airport cargo tracking and information.






Manitoba Trade and Investment Corporation – Manitoba trade promotion agency


Export Source – Comprehensive Canadian export information


Manufacturers’ Agents of North America (MANA) – Resource for manufacturing companies to find sales rep’s.


Saskatchewan Trade Export Partnership – Saskatchewan trade export directory



Trade Shows


Trade Show News Network – Search for world-wide trade shows including Canada



U.S. Government


International Trade Administration – Customized state export data


National Trade Data Bank – U.S. Federal economic and trade information


TradePort – U.S. trade information, leads and company data bases




Business Plan Samples – This site is dedicated to selling business planning software but it does have 60 free sample business plans


British Columbia Services Society – 5 sample plans for retail, manufacturing, service, primary, and publishing company’s.


MIT $100k Entrepreneurship Competition – Resource page for another business planning competition


Moot Corp Competition – Examples of business plans presented at the Moot Corp competition at the University of Texas



Miscellaneous Business Sites


Checklist for going into Business – Provides checklist for going into business, provides a quick list of important areas to consider when looking at starting a business



US Small Business Administration Business Plans – Business plan templates and resources


Wall Street Executive Library – Provides multiple resource links to valuable business planning tools


Securities & Exchange Commission – EDGAR public company filings (US)


SEDAR – Public company filings (CANADA)



Other Resources


Deal Generator – Deal generator is a regional initiative to develop high quality deal flow for early stage enterprises


Inno-centre Alberta – The inno centre model brings enhanced access to capitla and mentoring for start up ventures


Nua Surveys – Site has many surveys relating to internet demographics and buying patterns in certain industries


Recombinant Capital – Biotechnology industry analysis


Red Herring– Venture Capital and technology magazine


U.S Census Bureau – American demographic and business information