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

Camrose Constituents Meeting with Minister Sweitzer,  Mar 3, 2021 12:00 PM Join Meeting You’re invited to join MLA Jackie Lovely and Doug Sweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy & Innovation.

Virtual Town Hall with MP Kurek Join MP Kurek on March 10th at 7:00PM for a virtual town hall, where he will discuss what's happening in Parliament and there will be lots of time for questions. Please register for the event here.

WISE (Women Inspiring Supporting Empowering) meeting is March 10, 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 Business Link

Has a large selection of recorded webinars on a variety of business topics. Watch them for free anytime. https://businesslink.ca/recorded-webinars/

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

  • #StartUpChats - Every Wednesday at 10am  - join us and fellow entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and industry experts to dive into the top issues and trends for entrepreneurs. 
  • Women in Business
    • Tuesday, March 2nd – Mentorship Circle| Agritech – 2PM EDT – Register
    • Tuesday, March 9th – Mentorship Circle | Tech – 2PM EDT – Register
    • Tuesday, March 16 – Mentorship Circle | Health – 2PM EDT – Register
    • Thursday, March 18 – Webinar | E-Commerce – 1PM EDT – Register
    • Tuesday, March 23 – Mentorship Circle | Retail – 2PM EDT – Register
    • Thursday, March 25 – Webinar | Funding – 1PM EDT – Register
    • Tuesday, March 30 – Mentorship Circle | Food – 2PM EDT – Register

Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta

Various Webinars and Information are available here

Travel Alberta

SOCIAL MEDIA DEEP DIVE: INSTAGRAM Thursday, March 4, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. In this webinar, Travel Alberta’s Social Media and Consumer Marketing Specialist, Courtney Manson, offers advice on identifying your strategy and goals for Instagram and how to grow your audience, explains all of Instagram’s features and how to use them, and provides insight into how Travel Alberta is leveraging Instagram to support business objectives.

RDC’s Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing- Technology Access Centre has leading edge equipment, expert technicians, and a network of partners help business owners and innovators bring big ideas to life. If businesses in your community has questions about design and manufacturing, get a closer look at what we do by registering for one of these free, virtual Lunch & Learn workshops.Register at www.rdc.ab.ca/CIM-TAC   Going from Manual Labour to Automation: Lunch & Learn Tuesday March 9 / 12 to 1 pm

GETTING INTO RETAIL VIRTUAL WORKSHOP SERIES designed for businesses interested in learning about what it takes to be successful selling into the retail food market.  Connecting with the retail food buyers and business development advisors: March 10, 2021 / 10:00 am to 11:00 am  This final session wraps up the workshop series by connecting with two retail food buyers who will share their insights on successfully getting into retail.These Alberta buyers will talk about their retail program, what is important, and how to work with them when you are onboarding your products with their banner stores. A business advisor from ATB Entrepreneur Centre will also join the speaker panel to share how they can work with you to become ready for the market place and about the ATB Market Place now available to Alberta entrepreneurs. In this final workshop you will come away with the ability to finalize your plan and be ready to successfully sell into retail. Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/297994451843750416

TRUTH NORTH FREE TRADE FORUM (TNFTF) March 23-24, 2021 The Government of Alberta is proud to join the Government of Ontario in participating in the inaugural Truth North Free Trade Forum (TNFTF) and we’re looking for your company to join us! This virtual event will allow your business to uncover new regional sales opportunities in Canada’s Energy, Life Sciences and Healthcare, and Food and Beverage sectors. You can also address your current and longer-term supply and partnering needs with made-in-Canada products, services and solutions. If you are interested or need further information, please contact benigno.rojas-moreno@gov.ab.ca for more information, or please visit the event website at https://cutt.ly/TrueNorthFreeTradeForum

Alberta Business Family Institute

Focus on Families Masterclass Series

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

Business Continuity within the Family Business - March 30, 2021- 11:30AM-1:00PM MST

Tourism Businesses

Travel Alberta Industry Hub 

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

Starting in mid-April, the ENHANCED COVID-19 BUSINESS BENEFIT will provide funding to eligible Alberta small and medium businesses most affected by the pandemic and ongoing public health restrictions. Payments will be calculated based on 15% of the eligible business’s monthly revenue, up to a maximum of $10,000. Businesses can use these funds as they see fit to help offset the costs of re-opening, and implementing public health measures. 

To be eligible for the Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit, applicants must:

  • be a businesses, cooperative or non-profit organizations with fewer than 500 employees
  • demonstrate a revenue reduction of at least 60%
  • report the levels of provincial and federal support received, to ensure no more than 80% of revenue was covered by these supports
  • Payments under the Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit will be available in April 2021 following the conclusion of the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant program.

  • Eligible organizations can apply for the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant  program until March 31.
  • Detailed information on the Enhanced program will be included in program guidelines closer to the launch date in April.
  • Money received under this program does not need to be repaid.

Alberta Innovates extended its INNOVATION RELIEF and RECOVERY FUND (IRRto 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’s (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. 

The 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.

GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA FAITH-BASED AND CULTURAL FACILITY RELAUNCH GRANT Deadline to apply is March 1, 2021 
One-time reimbursement to relaunch facilities used for cultural, religious, spiritual and ceremonial gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis.

REGIONAL RELIEF AND RECOVERY FUND The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.

Western Economic Diversification announced additional support for tourism and other small businesses experiencing COVID-19 -related losses across Western Canada. New applicants to the RRRF can request up to $60,000 in interest-free, repayable support, up from $40,000 previously. Additional fully repayable liquidity support over $60,000 may also be available for eligible applicants. 

Quick facts

  • Up to 12 months of liquidity support is available to cover losses sustained between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021.
  • Eligible applicants can get funding up to $40,000, with 25 percent (up to $10,000) forgivable if the non-forgivable portion is repaid by December 31, 2022.
  • Eligible applicants can apply for an additional funding over $40,000 and up to $60,000, with 50 percent (up to $10,000) forgivable if the non-forgivable portion is repaid by December 31, 2022. 
  • The fully repayable liquidity support over $60,000 is subject to different terms and different deadlines.
    • Community Futures organizations across the West are delivering targeted RRRF support to small businesses in rural communities.
    • In Western Canada, program delivery is also being complemented by the Women’s Enterprise Initiative. 

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.

 

Applications for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2021 are being accepted.  Get your applications in early to avoid disappointment. Full details at   https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.html. The Canada Summer Jobs 2021 program provides wage subsidies to employers from: not-for-profit organizations and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. Funded employers are not restricted to hiring students — all youth aged 15 to 30 years may be eligible participants.

Canada Emergency Business Account Loan

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.