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How The City of Calgary Can Support Tech BusinessesHeld November 16, 2023 to a sold out audience.
During Innovation Week 2023, representatives from The City of Calgary Supply, Living Labs/Smart Cities and Business Approvals answered questions about how businesses can engage with The City in a meaningful way and talked about the programs in place to help business grow and thrive.Watch the video
Home & Small Business Webinars
We have a variety of webinars to teach you about home renovations and opening businesses in Calgary. Our webinars are recorded live and posted online afterwards for others to watch. Prior to submitting any permit or licence applications, please take some time to watch any related webinars that we have posted.Watch a webinar
Business Experience Improvement Program
Business Approvals file managers guide applicants through the business licencing process. This creates faster and more predictable outcomes.
We work with local entrepreneurs who are interested in opening a business in Calgary. We review your business licence application, make sure the appropriate permits are applied for and ensure that all parts of your application are submitted to get you through the process, faster.Contact a Business Approvals File Manager
Home based childcare
On January 1, 2023, the City of Calgary introduced a new business licence for home-based child care providers. This licence ensures minimum standards are in place to protect the health and safety of children in private home-based child care.
Applications opened December 27, 2022.Learn more about the new business licence type
Small business webinars
We have a variety of webinars to teach you about opening a business in Calgary. Our webinars are recorded live and posted online afterwards for others to watch. Prior to submitting any permit or licence applications, please take some time to watch any related webinars that we have posted.
Getting a temporary or permanent patio
Opening a home-based business
Opening a Hair Salon in Calgary
Opening a Restaurant and Brewery in Calgary
Have you attended one of our webinars? Let us know how we did.
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Business Improvement Areas
We work with Business Improvement Areas to support over 6,000 businesses. They help create some of Calgary's best known and most loved neighbourhoods with a variety of local businesses.