Start a Business

Excited to Start a Business?

Or maybe you have your own business and need some additional support? 

Momentum is passionate about entrepreneurs, startups, and small business. We bring people, energy, and ideas together so that Calgarians can start, build and grow thriving local businesses.

We are here to support entrepreneurs and big thinkers on any point in your entrepreneurship journey.

  • Do you have a business idea? We’d love to explore that idea with you!
  • Are you all set in your business concept but don’t know where to start? We can help you with that too!
  • Or maybe your business is looking to launch something new? Our team can coach you through the process.

We are here to support you! We can provide business coaching alongside a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who will cheer you on every step of the way.


Feel free to look at our list of programs and services below.

Entering Entrepreneurship

If you’re curious about entrepreneurship but don’t know where to start, join us for this 2-hour introductory and interactive workshop that explores what it means to be an entrepreneur.

Business Feasibility Study

This program can help you determine if your idea can be turned into a successful business through the completion of a feasibility study. If you’re not sure about your business idea, the Business Feasibility Study is a good place to start before committing to one of our longer self employment programs.

Design Your Business

Integrating Social Enterprise concepts such as prioritizing social and environmental welfare, Design Your Business helps you consider the impacts of your business on stakeholder groups, and guides you through determining the value your business creates within our communities. It also helps you understand how to conduct business in a way that is in alignment with your own core values. 

Part-Time Self Employment program

In this evening program you will learn how to start your business, write a comprehensive business plan, and launch your business. Classes take place two evenings a week for three months, with one hour of business coaching per week. You will also have access to three months of post-program coaching to support the implementation of your business plan. This program is ideal for people who are working in the day, need evening childcare, or would be best supported in an evening program.

Self Employment Program

This is a daytime, in-person program that lasts 6 months. You will receive in-class training on basic business operations and how to create an effective business plan. You will also have access to business coaching throughout the course to help your new business become operational quickly. If accepted, you may be supported by an active EI claim or Learner Income Support, depending on household circumstances.

Micro Loans for Businesses

Sometimes you need a little extra financial support to start or expand your business. If you have completed one of Momentum’s business programs and have faced difficulty in getting a loan from a bank or credit union, you can apply for a character-based Micro Business Loan.

You can apply for up to $10,000 if you have a completed a Business Development program at Momentum, have a business plan, and acceptable credit history.

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

All of Momentum’s business programs are suitable for people with a disability. We welcome Entrepreneurs with Disabilities in each of our business start-up programs, through inclusion in classroom training, business coaching, peer support coaching, 1:1 facilitator support and customized teaching approaches. We provide or facilitate accommodations as required. Momentum is an inclusive organization that can assist you in writing a great business plan and getting your business started.


Call our Welcome Team at 403-272-9323 for more information.