Business Resources

County Business Contact Survey - Please submit this form if you want the County to include you on future emails about business in the community. 

Webinars & Workshops

Panel Discussion Recording: A Guide to Vaccine Policies in the Workplace Developing vaccine policies in the workplace is one of the most pressing topics for business leaders today. Tune in to the recorded panel discussion by legal and HR experts from @Vexxit_ to explore the most pressing questions businesses are asking:  https://bit.ly/3ouvMpI vexxit.com

Business Link

Business Foundation Series: Startup Steps Have an idea and considering starting your own business? Startup Steps will help you discover if entrepreneurship is right for you and show you how to take your idea and make it a reality. Join us on June 1 and learn what steps you need to take to start your business. Register for Free.

Are you Export Ready? What you Need to Know About Exporting Your Services. Join us on June 2. Register for free.

Leasing Space for Your Small Business. Join us on June 10. Register for free

Business Foundation Series: Market Research for Success. Join us on June 15. Register for free

 

WISE (Women Inspiring Supporting Empowering) meeting is June 9, 9:30 am - 10:30 am. This is free to attend but registration is required. Grab a coffee and join us as we come together virtually. For the last few months we have been gathering on the second Wednesday of the month at 9:30 via zoom to connect and discuss obstacles, questions, hurdles, etc. that group members have. This is also a chance for you to help others by sharing information, knowledge, and the experience that you have. Alone we are strong, Together we are stronger!

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

Offers a wide variety of educational resources. See their upcoming events: https://www.awebusiness.com/calendar

Start Up Canada

Offers a variety of webinars, and a library of past webinar recordings on a variety of business topics. Click here

Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta

Various Webinars and Information are available here

Alberta Business Family Institute

Focus on Families Masterclass Series

ALL SESSIONS WILL BE HOSTED ONLINE FROM 10 AM – NOON – FREE REGISTRATION

  • JUNE 3 | Session 5: Communication and Conflict Management for the Family Enterprise FREE Registration
  • JUNE 17 | Session 6: Establishing a Family Counsel & Family Constitution FREE Registration
  • JULY 8 | Session 7:  Establishing an Advisory Board
  • JULY 22 | Session 8:  Establishing an Ownership Council and Policies

Tourism Businesses

Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) and Destination Canada (DC) on Friday, April 9th from 11 to 12 pm EDT for an update on industry support efforts and marketing plans.

Travel Alberta Industry Hub 

Province-wide Open House - Open Farm Days

Albertans are brought together through educational & experiential agricultural-based initiatives as they visit Alberta Open Farms Days Host Farms. Some of Alberta's most talented chefs will be hosting a memorable series of farm to table culinary events using farm products. Interested in hosting an Open Farm Days Event? HERE Deadline to apply is May 31, 2021.

Agricultural Business

Agricultural Job Connector

Young Agrarians Farm Apprenticeship Program

Agriculture employers and workers can use these tools and resources to find jobs, skilled workers, financial help and other supports. 

Grants

JOBS NOW Program OPEN for  Businesses and Non-profits to hire and Train Albertans
The Alberta Jobs Now program will provide up to $370 million to help private and non-profit businesses with job supports to get thousands of Albertans back to work. Employers can apply for funding to offset the cost of hiring and training unemployed or underemployed Albertans in new or vacant positions. 

CANADA-ALBERTA Job Grant

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant helps cover training expenses for existing employees and new hires.  If you are hiring and training an unemployed Albertan, up to 100% of training costs could be covered, up to $15,000 per trainee.  For further information, please contact the Canada-Alberta Job Grant processing centre at: 1-855-638-9424 or email jobgrant@gov.ab.ca.

‘ALBERTA MADE’ PRODUCTION GRANT  – Application Intake Window is July 2 – 16 2021

This grant supports smaller budget Alberta productions and contributes to government’s goal of growing Alberta’s cultural industries. It assists Alberta producers to develop Alberta content. It also helps them attract and maintain skilled labour by providing employment opportunities for emerging talent and established industry professionals. For more information visit https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-made-production-grant.aspx.

ALBERTA FOREIGN GRADUATE START-UP VISA PROGRAM

The Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream (FGSVS) is an economic immigration program that nominates talented and qualified foreign educated graduates from outside Canada for permanent residence. For more information and eligibility requirements visit https://www.alberta.ca/ainp-foreign-graduate-start-up-visa-stream-eligibility.aspx

INNOVATION EMPLOYMENT GRANT encourages economic growth by supporting small and medium-sized businesses that invest in research and development (R&D) with a grant worth up to 20% of qualifying expenditures. The program promotes investment and diversification by rewarding all R&D spending in Alberta, regardless of the industry, and complementing the Job Creation Tax Cut by focusing on small and medium-sized firms in the earlier stages of operation, when they might not yet be profitable.

  • The Innovation Employment Grant is delivered through the corporate tax system and does not follow a formal application process. Eligible corporations will be able to claim the grant when they file their annual corporate tax returns.

ALBERTA INNOVATES extended its INNOVATION RELIEF and RECOVERY FUND (IRR) to help more small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The IRR program offers tech businesses access to various technical and business supports that are not covered through other relief programs. Project activities may include product testing and refinement, manufacturing capacity improvement, customer discovery work as well as professional services such as human resources, legal, and financial required to support relief and recovery. Support for each project ranges from $5,000 up to $10,000. Stay up to date with the latest news in Alberta's innovation ecosystem, and learn about exciting new project and funding opportunities.
    • Subscribe to the monthly Alberta Innovates newsletter Here.
    • Be informed with Connectica: the source for information on Funding, Services and Facilities available to Alberta Innovators!

EMISSIONS REDUCTION ALBERTA (ERA) ENERGY SAVINGS FOR BUSINESS is accepting applications for projects that create skilled jobs, boost investment, and cut greenhouse gas emissions in small- and medium-sized industrial and commercial facilities. Up to $55 million in funding is available to help Alberta businesses decrease operating costs while diversifying the economy and helping to meet long-term sustainability goals. Up to $250,000 is available for each project with a maximum total of  $500,000 per parent company to cover the cost of adopting new products and services. This is a focused economic stimulus program; funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until program funds are fully committed. Contractors are urged to register for eligibility now; pre-approval is required for all projects.

ENERGY SAVINGS FOR BUSINESS PROGRAM —A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT SMALL- AND MEDIUM-SCALE INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES

The program is awarding up to $55 million for cost-saving and emissions reducing projects. The program will help Alberta businesses reduce emissions, decrease operating costs, grow their operations and become more competitive, while creating skilled jobs and boosting economic recovery. For More info visit https://eralberta.ca/energy-savings-for-business/.

CEBA – GOVERNMENT EXPANDS CANADA EMERGENCY BUSINESS ACCOUNT LOANS –CEBA Application Period Extended to JUNE 30, 2021

Eligible businesses facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are able to access a second CEBA loan of up to $20,000 – on top of the initial $40,000 that was available to small businesses. All applicants have until June 30, 2021, to apply for $60,000 CEBA loan or the $20,000 expansion. For further information visit https://ceba-cuec.ca/.

Business Training

Business Works Central Alberta, sponsored by the Government of Alberta, offers a free 26 week business training program for eligible people who are looking to become self-employed. They offer business training, coaching, mentorship, referrals and networking opportunities so you leave the program with strategies to navigate the unpredictable and unforeseen challenges of self-employment with confidence. 

Business Link - Interactive Business Plan Builder - This free interactive tool is for anyone—from aspiring entrepreneurs with a new business idea, to existing business owners looking to shift their current business model or secure new funding. Simply create an account and get started today! What's so great about it? You'll see tips and examples as you move through the different sections of your plan - You can save your work as you go & download a copy at any time -Customize your plan after you download a copy: add images, your logo, or make any branding changes you'd like - You can submit your business plan to a strategist for review and access 1:1 coaching and support along the way

Food Business Resources

CFIA’s Toolkit For Food Businesses

If your business is new to federal food regulations, follow these steps from the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to help understand the requirements of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), as well as other food-related requirements.

Covid Resources

Alberta Relaunch Strategy - Find out details on Alberta's Relaunch process

All Provincial Government Programs available to business owners can now be found at BizConnect, including information on relaunch plans.  Some highlights:

  • Alberta's Recovery Plan to create jobs, build infrastructure and diversify our economy
  • Alberta Colleges Economic Recovery Task Force issues initial recommendations to support provincial economic recovery,  see what they have to say HERE

General Resources

Business Information 

Business Continuity Planning

Surveys

Camrose Economic Recovery Taskforce - Survey

Alberta Perspectives - Survey on costs related to electricity, natural gas and commercial insurance and the impact on your business. 

Promote your event on the Camrose County website:

If you have an event that supports businesses in Camrose County, please forward us the details at ecdev@county.camrose.ab.ca and we will consider adding it to our website and social media.