Business support organizations 

Filter by:
and/or

You don't become an expert business manager overnight. Seeking the advice of peers, professional business counsellors and coaches can help you transition from new business owner to experienced entrepreneur.

There are many networking forums that can help you make the right connections to help expand and grow your business.

Some financing organizations offer networking, coaching, and other business support services. Visit our Grants and financing section for more information.

  • Grants and financing

    Find out how to access funding for your business.

  • Contact the Canada Business Network

    The Canada Business Network has centres across the country that offer guidance, information and resources to help make your journey in business a success.

  • Accredited Professionals

    Do you need professional help for your business? Access this national online database of accountants, legal professionals, valuators and auditors.

  • Business consultants

    Find business consultants, development organizations, and specialists in the areas of exporting, financial services, human resources, marketing, and more.

On this page:

Start-up and business development

Access a wide range of business support services that can help you start or grow your business.

Networking and chambers of commerce

Take advantage of business opportunities and specific networking forums to make the right connections.

  • NWT Chamber of Commerce
    Applies only to: Northwest Territories

    Take advantage of group benefits, partnerships and networking opportunities by becoming part of the largest business advocate organization north of the 60th parallel.

  • Alberta Chambers of Commerce
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Discover the business benefits of joining a chamber of commerce in your community and learn about your local Alberta chamber.

  • Atlantic Chamber of Commerce
    Applies only to: Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick

    Network, learn, and grow when you join your local Atlantic chamber of commerce.

  • Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
    Applies only to: Québec

    Build your network and benefit from a wide range of events and programs to help start and grow your business in the Greater Montreal area.

  • British Columbia Chamber of Commerce
    Applies only to: British Columbia

    Visit your local B.C. Chamber of Commerce to access information on membership benefits, partnerships and networking opportunities in your community.

  • Centre for Women in Business
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    As a Nova Scotia woman entrepreneur, you can access support and resources at any business stage through this business development centre.

  • Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec
    Applies only to: Québec

    Learn about the services and benefits offered by the chambers of commerce in your area.

  • Innu Business Development Centre

    Promote your company in the Innu Business Registry and find Innu businesses that are offering the goods and services you need.

  • Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    As a young entrepreneur in Montreal, you can develop your personal and professional network and find a mentor.

  • Manitoba Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Access business networking opportunities, seminars, events, membership discounts and a chamber directory.

  • Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Find out how the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce can help grow your business through networking events, business information and programs.

  • Manitoba LGBT* Chamber of Commerce
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    LGBT*-owned and allied businesses in Manitoba could benefit from services offered by this organization.

  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Take advantage of the business network, programs, services and resources of your provincial chamber of commerce, which could help grow your business.

  • Opportunities in British Columbia
    Applies only to: British Columbia

    Use this database to promote your existing business for sale or lease, or to attract investment from foreign investors.

  • Rural Opportunities Network

    Explore business ideas, promote yourself, and connect with other Canadians engaged in the sustainable use of natural resources.

  • Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    Visit your local Chamber of Commerce to get information on membership benefits, partnerships and networking opportunities in your community.

  • Supply Chain Management Association

    Learn how to better manage your supply chain by signing up for seminars, webinars, introductory training or a full-scale accreditation program.

  • WBE Canada Certification

    Find out how your company can be certified as a Women Business Enterprise to increase your access to contract opportunities in Canada and abroad.

  • YouInc

    Join this business information and networking site to help enrich your entrepreneurial experience. Share, learn and collaborate with other entrepreneurs.

Coaching, mentoring and training

Connect with experienced business advisors who can help you develop your skills and achieve your business goals. 

  • BDC Business Coaching

    BDC's Business Coaching can help you improve your skills, facilitate your decision-making process and allow you to focus on growing your business.

  • BDC Integrated Sales and Marketing consulting services

    Discover how BDC's consulting services can help you get your sales and marketing channels working together for maximum success.

  • BDC certification consulting services

    BDC's experts can help you achieve internationally recognized certifications that give your company a competitive edge.

  • PEI Connectors
    Applies only to: Prince Edward Island

    If you are an immigrant to Prince Edward Island, you can access services that can help you start or purchase a business.

  • SEED Winnipeg Inc.
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Low income individuals and groups can get access to business management training, individual consultations, access to small business loans, and more.

  • 3+ Corporation
    Applies only to: New Brunswick

    You can access free counselling services and business planning tools to help you start or grow your business.

  • Aboriginal Business Advisory Centres
    Applies only to: British Columbia

    As an Aboriginal entrepreneur, you can access free business advice and other services for business start-up, expansion, partnerships, and planning.

  • Aboriginal Business Mentorship Program

    As an Aboriginal business owner and a member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, you could get a mentor to help you develop your skills.

  • Atlantic Trades Business Seal
    Applies only to: Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick

    Learn business and leadership skills that can help you and your employees run an efficient trades-related business.

  • Best business practices in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    Improve your knowledge of business practices with custom-made practical courses, workshops and seminars offered by this program.

  • Black Business Initiative — Business support and training
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    As an existing or aspiring African Nova Scotian entrepreneur, you can access specialized business training, support and counseling.

  • Business Advisory Services (Ontario)
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Access expert help in Ontario to grow your small to medium-sized business locally or in new markets.

  • Business Services — Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Access a wide range of services to business in French. Tap into expertise to create or grow your business.

  • Business advisory services — Ask a business advisor
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Connect with a business advisor who can help you navigate Alberta provincial regulations and business support programs.

  • Centre d'entreprises et d'innovation de Montréal
    Applies only to: Québec

    Get specialized advice to start up and develop your information technology, industrial technology, multimedia or life sciences business.

  • Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    Access advice, training, financing and networking opportunities to help start or grow your Nova Scotia business.

  • Centre for Management Development — UR Business
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    If you need professional consulting services to meet your business goals, this centre may be able to help you.

  • Community Futures economic development centres — Western Canada
    Applies only to: Alberta British Columbia Manitoba Saskatchewan

    If you live in a rural region of Western Canada and want to start or grow your business, you can get business counseling and training in your area.

  • Community partners — service location finder
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Find in-person assistance to help you start and grow your business.

  • Détail formation in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    Take advantage of training services for your retail, service, food, restaurant or tourism business.

  • Economic Development Officers
    Applies only to: Northwest Territories

    Obtain business support services for entrepreneurs operating in the Northwest Territories.

  • Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    If you are a Nova Scotia entrepreneur with a disability, you can access business support, training, and opportunities for networking.

  • Eskasoni business support
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    As an Eskasoni Band member, you can get free business support for entrepreneurial ventures.

  • Excellence Canada

    Learn more about training programs and awards for healthy workplaces, leadership, organizational quality and more.

  • Fondation de l'entrepreneurship in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    Consult a snapshot of entrepreneurship in Quebec, take advantage of a networking program suited to your business needs, and more.

  • Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    As a young entrepreneur in Montreal, you can develop your personal and professional network and find a mentor.

  • Manitoba Marketing Network Business Mentoring Program
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Find out how this valuable business-to-business mentorship program can help you evolve your business.

  • MentorshipBC
    Applies only to: British Columbia

    Find a mentor today by using this free online search tool, home to over 55 professional mentorship programs for small business owners in BC.

  • Online training for Alberta businesses
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Start your business off on the right foot by attending our small business training sessions.

  • Queen's Centre for Business Venturing
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Work with business students to explore internships, studies and financing for your business venture.

  • Réseau des SADC et CAE (Network of CFDCs and CBDCs)
    Applies only to: Québec

    If you live in a rural region of Quebec, you could access business counseling, financing and training to start or grow your business.

  • Réseau des femmes d'affaires du Québec in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    Seize the opportunity to network with this group and develop your skills through contact with more than 2,000 businesswomen in Quebec.

  • Raj Manek Business Mentorship Program
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    Apply to be a protégé for one on one interaction with a successful business owner who has faced challenges similar to yours. Or apply to be a mentor.

  • Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation Inc. business services office
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    As an Aboriginal entrepreneur, you can take advantage of learning opportunities and advisory services offered in many areas such as accounting, management, financing, business planning.

  • Small Business Enterprise Centres
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Get help to start or grow your small business in Ontario.

  • TEC Edmonton
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Bring your new technology-based products, services or processes to market with specialized guidance, business services, physical space, and more.

  • Ulnooweg Business Services Program
    Applies only to: New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island

    If you are an Aboriginal business owner, you can get free business advice during any development stage of your product or service.

  • Volunteer Manitoba
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Does your small business work with volunteers, or operate in the voluntary or non-profit sector? Access training, information and other resources that may be useful to you.

  • Women in Communications and Technology

    Are you a woman entrepreneur in the communications sector? Find out how leadership development and mentoring services can help you achieve your goals.

  • Women's Entrepreneurial Center of Québec in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    Are you a woman entrepreneur starting or expanding a business? You could maximize your entrepreneurial potential and attain financial independence.

  • Women's business networks and associations

    Find support for growing your business from women’s business organizations across Canada and the world.

  • Yukon Business Development Program
    Applies only to: Yukon

    Looking for expert help with your business? This program provides personalized business development assistance.

  • moMENTum

    Get advice and guidance from an experienced business mentor for 6 months. Benefit from personalized support to keep on track.

Industry sector resources

Learn about organizations that offer support services to businesses in your industry.

  • Alliance numérique
    Applies only to: Québec

    Enhance the prosperity of your video game, e-learning, mobility or Web application enterprise thanks to a wide range of services and activities.

  • Apparel Innovation Centre

    If you want to create innovative apparel, you can access product development services, advanced R&D equipment, and technologies at this centre.

  • Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba Inc.
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Are you an artist entrepreneur or is your business in the creative sector? Find out how this association can help you.

  • Bioenterprise
    Applies only to: Ontario

    If you are introducing innovative agricultural technologies to the market, you may be eligible for support to help grow your business.

  • Business tools, strategies, reports and resources for the tourism industry
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Access tools, publications and industry resources to help start and run your tourism business in Ontario.

  • Innovate Calgary
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Access programs, services, and other resources to help start and grow your innovative technology-focused business.

  • Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

    As a manufacturer or exporter, you can join this association to access business opportunities, strategic intelligence, events and more.

  • Women in Communications and Technology

    Are you a woman entrepreneur in the communications sector? Find out how leadership development and mentoring services can help you achieve your goals.

  • Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec
    Applies only to: Québec

    Benefit from the help of experts to certify a product, test a concept, verify a manufacturing procedure or implement a business intelligence service.

  • Centre francophone d'informatisation des organisations in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    Consult the CEFRIO to obtain survey results, reports on major recurring studies as well as information on the state-of-the-art information technologies.

  • Consulting Engineers of Ontario
    Applies only to: Ontario

    If you are an engineering consultant, this organization can help you access networking, professional development, education and more.

  • Directory of Business and Trade Associations / Organizations

    Find associations and organizations that offer sector-specific business resources and services.

  • FrontCounter BC
    Applies only to: British Columbia

    If you have a business in mining, forestry, agriculture or land and water, you can get help with applications, licenses and permits.

  • Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador
    Applies only to: Newfoundland and Labrador

    Is your business part of the tourism industry? Find training, business tools, and resources to help your business grow.

  • Music Nova Scotia
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    Join this organization to find out about industry funding programs, development opportunities, workshops and more, to help grow your music business.

  • Screen Production Yukon
    Applies only to: Yukon

    If you want to produce a film or video in the Yukon, become a member to access equipment rental, information on production crews and more.

  • Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association
    Applies only to: Nunavut

    If you are a visual artist in Nunavut, you can get help to promote your work.

  • Quebec research, liaison and transfer centres in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    Get liaison officers to help you enter into strategic alliances with Quebec universities and finance your research and development projects.

  • SimplyAg Solutions Inc.
    Applies only to: Saskatchewan

    Access learning opportunities, participate in research projects and network with individuals and businesses that can support your agriculture business.

  • Tourism Intelligence Network
    Applies only to: Québec

    Are you looking for value-added information to enhance your competitiveness in the tourism sector? The Network's researchers can help you.

  • TechConnex
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Find help to grow your technology business and connect with other technology leaders in the Greater Toronto Area.

  • Industry Consulting Services
    Applies only to: Manitoba

    Would your established manufacturing or processing business benefit from one-on-one consulting?

  • Perennia: New ideas in food & agriculture
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia

    If you are in the agri-food or bio-economy business, this single point of contact can address your production, food safety, incubation and development needs.

  • Volta Labs
    Applies only to: Nova Scotia New Brunswick Prince Edward Island Newfoundland and Labrador

    You could be eligible for free services, such as mentorship and access to capital to help kick-start your new Atlantic technology company.

Date modified: