The Northern Alberta Business Incubator (NABI) can assist start-up companies with the preparation and implementation of business plans.
The Business Link is a national organization that assists start up businesses with practical advice, tools and training seminars. It's publication "Innovation and Intellectual Property" is a useful guide for inventors seeking assistance.
Industry Canada/Strategis is a good resource for economic and industry information.
The National Research Council provides technical and business advisory services through its Industrial Research Assistance Program. Their Industry Technology Advisors help identify and address technical and research needs.
The provincial government's Action Plan: Bringing Technology to the Market, is outlined on this page.
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation provides assistance to Edmonton and area businesses.
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has a Prototype Development Program that can assist inventors develop working prototypes.
The Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT Products provides engineering support, including Prototyping & Product Development, for Microsystems and Nanotechnology.
Barcamp is an ad-hoc gathering of Edmonton's high tech community for discussion, demonstration and interaction, in an open environment.
A U.S. based website, the Inventor's Network was established in 1995 to help independent inventors develop and market their inventions.
Patent Search and Advice
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Europe's network of patent databases
The World Intellectual Property Office