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(Fort McMurray, AB – May 18, 2017) – Entrepreneurs and business owners now have access to a written guide for starting a business in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB). ‘Your Guide to Starting and Operating a Business in Wood Buffalo’ provides information entrepreneurs and business owners need when they are new to the community, considering starting a business, or new to owning a business in the region.
The Guide was created by the RMWB Economic Development Branch in partnership with Community Futures Wood Buffalo, S. Millard Chartered Professional Accountant, and Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). The development and distribution of the Guide was made possible thanks to funding from the Government of Alberta and Global Affairs Canada.
“This Guide meets the needs of business owners and entrepreneurs who have been coming to the Business Resource Centre looking for information about starting a business,” said Andrea Haley, Acting Manager, Economic Development. “Our goal was to make it easy for business owners to find both the information and resources they need to put their plans into action.”
If you have questions about the Guide or about economic development in the region, you can call 1.855.WBEcDev (923.2338), email email@example.com or visit the Business Resource Centre at 309 Powder Drive.
The Guide will be available for pick-up at local business support organizations including:
The Guide will also be available at various Municipal office locations including Planning & Development at Timberlea Landing and at all rural offices.
You can download a copy of the Guide here.
Council Commendation Wildfire Medal Program
In honour of the unprecedented cooperation, resourcefulness and heroism of those who participated in the first 100 hours of the 2016 Horse River Wildfire, Mayor and Council wish to recognize those extraordinary individuals.
The Council Commendation Wildfire Medal Program recognizes the outstanding service of those who participated during the first 100 hours wildfire, including Firefighters, RCMP, Bylaw Sheriffs, and members of the public.
You can nominate members of the public
The online nomination form will be available from April 27 until May 19, 2017 at rmwb.ca/medal.
Fire Fighters and Law Enforcement Personnel from across our region do not need to be nominated through the online process. The Municipality already has an extensive list of their names, and those identified will be receiving medals.
This includes Individuals from the public who have distinguished themselves by direct “hands on” participation in an act or operation of a humanitarian nature directed towards individuals or groups of individuals during the first 100 hours of the wildfire.
Back to Business Resource Centre transitioning to new location on May 1
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 24, 2017) – Effective May 1, 2017, the Back to Business Resource Centre will be transitioning from its Hardin Street location to a new location on the second floor of Timberlea Landing, located at 309 Powder Drive.
The transition also marks a significant milestone in the recovery of the business community as the Centre begins to transition away from offering recovery-related supports toward offering tools and resources geared toward those in the community who are starting and growing businesses.
In its new location, the Centre will also change names, transitioning to the Business Resource Centre, to reflect the shift in focus.
“It’s important to recognize that this transition is happening because the businesses in our community have shown incredible resilience and determination and the majority of them are now back to business at some level,” said Amanda Haitas, Manager, Economic Development. “Our business community has shown us that what they need is access to resources to both grow and maintain the businesses they’ve worked so hard to reopen and to start new businesses to meet the changing economic needs of this region.”
The Business Resource Centre will continue to offer programming and learning events including one-on-one Ask an Expert meetings, Business Support Network events, and learning workshops.
Anyone growing or starting a business will also be able to connect with other local business support organizations through the Business Resource Centre.
The Centre’s new location is in the same building as the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Economic Development branch, Planning and Development Department (Business Licensing and Permitting) and Engineering Department, all of which offer services essential to the business community.
Questions about this transition and about the services offered at the Business Resource Centre should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or to 1-855-WBEcDev (923-2338).
Small Business Workforce Support Program recipients asked to complete a survey
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 21, 2017) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is sending out a survey to recipients of funding through the Small Business Workforce Support Program starting on April 24, 2017.
The survey will gather feedback to help shape continued supports for small businesses across the region.
For more information contact 1-855-WB-ECDEV (1-855-923-2338).
Business licence holders to receive courtesy call from RMWB PULSE Line
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 13, 2017) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo PULSE Line is reaching out to the holders of business licences within the region to have a brief discussion regarding general business licencing information.
Any person who has held a business licence in 2015/2016 can expect to receive a courtesy call from the PULSE Line, which will appear on your call display as 780-743-3855.
Please know this call is intended as a courtesy and a reminder to businesses about our new licensing system and is not a cause for concern.
You can find more information online at www.rmwb.ca/businesslicensing.
If you have further questions you can call the PULSE Line at 780-743-7000 or reach out to Economic Development by email at email@example.com.
RMWB recognized for excellence in economic development
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 31, 2017) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Economic Development Branch has been awarded the Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) President’s Award, which recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution to the economic development profession.
This award highlights the success and “unprecedented action that was taken to respond to the crisis facing local businesses and the economy” in the aftermath of the 2016 Horse River Wildfire.
“The local business owners and entrepreneurs in this community are incredible. They have continued to show their strength and resilience in overcoming the many challenges of recovery and this award is a reflection of their dedication to getting back to business,” said Amanda Haitas, Manager, Economic Development. “We are proud to bring this award home to share it with our partners in the business community.”
The award was presented on March 23, 2017 in Banff at the EDA annual conference.
Small Business Workforce Support Program Data Analysis Report now available
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 30, 2017) – Data analysis of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Small Business Workforce Support Program is now available.
The report has been shared with key stakeholders and can be read in full here.
The program was designed to support small business employers in the region by providing timely financial assistance to offset costs related to attracting, hiring, and keeping employees.
Insurance. Recovery. Support. to provide face-to-face insurance guidance for residents and business