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Here for You session focusing on access to financing taking place May 2
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 25, 2017) – Business owners are invited to a Here for You information session to learn more about access to financing to assist with recovery needs.
This session will include a short update on the overall recovery of the region, the resources currently available and an introduction of the support organizations attending the event.
Attendees will have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with the support organizations to learn more about the resources they offer and to share details of their current needs.
Date: May 2, 2017
The event is open to all business owners in the community.
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 email@example.com or to 1-855-WBEcDev (923-2338).
Small Business Workforces 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).
Here for You April 26 focusing on Business Supports
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 20, 2017) – On Wednesday, April 26, you are invited to join the Recovery Task Force for a public information session focusing on the supports and services available for the business community in our region. Whether you are looking to start, grow, or recover your business this information session is for you.
Learn about Economic Development, the Back to Business Resource Centre, the Back to Business Coaching Program, Insurance. Recovery. Support. and more.
During this drop-in session, members of the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee (WBRC), the Economic Development Branch and other partners will be available to residents who have specific questions regarding business supports and recovery.
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 26, 5 – 8 p.m.
For more information about the Here for You program, visit rmwb.ca/engage.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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