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STEP 2: Building Your Own Business

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Business Plans & Templates

The A+ Business Plan Your business plan is a key document that lays the foundation for your business, kind of like a blueprint for a house. It includes everything you need to think of and prepare before you launch, and helps others (like banks) know what your business is all about. Watch this Futurpreneur Canada video and learn more about how to write a great business plan.

Business Plan Writer This interactive Business Plan Writer from Futurpreneur Canada has been designed to simplify the business planning process. This tool allows you to customize your plan, and provides tips, tricks, and plenty of examples to guide you as you write.

Roadmap to Success If you have a specific business idea, or you’ve been in business for a few years but have never written a business plan, this Alberta Women Entrepreneurs workshop is for you. This three-hour session introduces you to the basic components of a good business plan. Check out the aWe event listings for the next workshop in Calgary.

Business Plan Template This free business plan template from BDC is part of a kit put together to help you define who you are, describe your business, and document how you will be profitable.

Launching Your Business

The Inc. Summer Incubator Program This program provides University of Calgary students with the unique opportunity to spend the summer in The Inc., Innovate Calgary’s newly developed incubator space - and get the support that can help launch new ventures. The Program includes access to co-working desk space, mentorship, and access to special programming throughout the summer months. *Connect with to ask about stipend support*

 Go-To-Market Program This Innovate Calgary program helps technology companies maximize successful execution in market entry, product launch, and revenue growth by addressing market place challenges, and focusing on strategy and implementation. It uniquely combines a comprehensive go-to-market curriculum through applied learning, access to industry experts and one-on-one mentoring. It is an intensive four-month program with a taught curriculum and five bi-weekly half-day sessions. In addition, there are weekly webinars and homework assignments. *Fees apply*

Mentorship & Advising

Team Hunter (UCalgary) This extensive network of volunteers from the business community provides advising, introductions to the business community, and guest speakers. 

Next 36 The Next 36 is a program through NEXT Canada that accelerates Canada’s most talented young entrepreneurs by providing mentorship, capital, and unparalleled founder development. Each year, 36 young Canadian innovators are selected and challenged to build a business venture. For eight months, they are mentored by successful Canadian entrepreneurs, taught by the world's top faculty, and seek funding to build their venture.

Workshops, Events & Resources

UCalgary Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation The Hunter Centre teaches students to develop the skills to recognize opportunities, embrace challenges and extend Calgary’s entrepreneurial “can-do” spirit while also providing the foundations critical to starting a business.

Futurpreneur Canada Workshop Series Register as a student with Futurpreneur Canada and take part in their free three-part workshop series where you’ll learn the basics of entrepreneurship, how to plan your business, and prepare for marketing and cash flow.

GoForth Institute – Small Business Resources Make use of a variety of resources including getting started guides, templates and checklists, business calculators, an entrepreneur library, and other essential links.

GoForth Institute – Build a Successful Small Business This site will provide you with one-year unlimited access to an online video library of over 100 essential small business topics in one convenient place. *Fees apply*

BizStart Video Series Whether you need help on your business plan, not sure what business structure is best for you, or could use a hand with getting your books in order, the BizStart Video Series has you covered. *Some fees may apply*

Checklists and Guides for Starting a Business Access guides and checklists for starting different types of businesses.

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