Thinking of starting a business but not sure if it’s for you or where to start?
You have come to the right place.
There are many different reasons why someone would want to be an entrepreneur, from the flexibility it gives you to want to change the world with your idea. In Alberta, we are lucky to have so many resources at our fingertips to help start, finance and build a company. You will find resources for each of those sections here.
AM I AN ENTREPRENEUR?
Not everyone is cut out for entrepreneurship. Along with great opportunity and excitement, this journey can be hard and stressful. Before you jump in, do some self assessment to see if this is the next move for you.
Complete bdc’s self assessment tool to evaluate your entrepreneurial traits.
A business plan is an essential part of starting a business, it creates a future plan for your company that outlines your goals and how you are going to achieve them, as well as looking see opportunities and challenges, as well as mitigate risk, and helps to increase your chances of success.
A business plan consists of:
A Company Profile: Who are you and what is your company about
Market Research: Knowing and understanding your customer
Sales & Marketing: How are you going to target and reach your customers
Operations: What does it take to start your business and how will you keep your customers
Financials: Is this venture profitable and sustainable. There are many great business plan templates. Futurpreneur has a great one here.
There are many options when it comes to financing your new startup, from friends and family, to loans, as well as grants. Here are a few options:
Up to $10,000 Alberta Innovation Micro-Voucher
Up to 100,000 Alberta Innovation Voucher
Your Business Innovation Network and Resources
Resources your need for the next step