Start a Business

Turn your passion into your purpose!

Have what it takes to be a successful business owner? With a little hard work, you can make it happen.

Momentum offers small business start-up programs for people with a serious intent to start a business. You bring the passion and expertise, Momentum will show you how to take care of the business side of your venture, including writing a business plan.

We do not charge for any of our programs.

You will need appropriate savings, or household income, to cover your living costs during the program and potentially for many months past the end of the program.

Business Basics 15

Do you have an idea for a small business and want to know if it’s a good option for you and the current market in the Calgary area? In this 15-hour, part-time program you will discuss all business plan topics in a group setting and develop a feasibility study. Upon completion, you may apply for another Momentum business program.

Program runs: September 11 - 27, 2018 (Part-time)

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Business Basics 30

Do you live on a low or fixed income (such as AISH) and have an idea for a small, home-based business to supplement your income? Have you been overwhelmed by trying to navigate the resources and information online? Through this 30-hour program you will build the essential skills you need to develop your business idea. Throughout the six weeks, you will discuss business plan topics in a group setting and develop your own simple business plan.

Program runs: October 16 - November 23, 2018 (Part-time, evenings)

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Venture Program

Are you looking to turn your passion into a business? In this part-time, evening program, you will develop a comprehensive business plan and launch your business through three months of classroom learning plus three months of post-program coaching to support the implementation of your business plan. This is a good program for developing your passion into a business that can grow over time.

Program runs: October 2 – December 20, 2018 (Part-time, evenings)

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Self Employment Program

Are you ready to make a full, daytime commitment to writing a business plan and turning your passion into a business as your primary source of income? This 6-month program is for participants who are unemployed, and either Canadian citizens or permanent residents. You will receive training in a classroom and business coaching.

Next program runs: October 1, 2018 - March 29, 2019

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Micro Business Loans

Sometimes you need a little extra support to start or expand your business. If you face difficulty getting a loan from a bank or credit union, you may be able to receive a character-based micro loan.

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

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Things to Consider

Starting a business often takes longer and costs more than people imagine. Start-up costs for many of small businesses may run from a few thousand dollars for a home based business to $60,000 or more for retail or commercial space, equipment and inventory.

There are very few government grants available for most small businesses, usually only in very specialized sectors and projects. Grant information is readily available on government websites.

Be careful of organizations that try to sell you this free information.