Business Resources

Within the town of Vulcan, Vulcan County and the region’s villages there are a broad range of business resources and support available to new and existing investors. Please check the Business Directory for professional services you may need.

There are many other business resources available outside of the region:

 

Vulcan Brand Innovation Team VBIT

The Prime Directive: To Boldly Go Where No Small Town Has Gone Before.
The Directive is Clear.
To brand Vulcan as the most technologically advanced small town in Canada while retaining an easy going rural lifestyle that is ideally suited to innovators, entrepreneurs and families.
For more info visit www.allsciencenofiction.com

Self Employment Program – Assists eligible applicants who want to start their own business, by providing financial compensation for a period of up to 26 weeks while getting their business established.The amount of funding received is unaffected by income received by the business.
Based out of Lethbridge and assists small businesses.
For more info visit execuservplus.com

BizPaL – Unsure which permits and licences your business requires?  BizPaL is a single point of contact for business permit and licencing information. Within a few moments, you can generate a list of every necessary permit and licence your business requires.

Services for Businesses – We work with industries, governments and other organizations to help you start your business and keep it growing.

Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) offers programs to support entrepreneurs by providing pre and post-launch coaching, financing, mentoring and business resources. The main programs are:
Start-up Program (http://www.cybf.ca/cybf_programs/start-up/)
Newcomer Program (http://www.cybf.ca/cybf_programs/newcomer/)
The Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (http://www.cybf.ca/cybf_programs/operation-entrepreneur/) And more.
Highlights of CYBF’s programs include:
An age criteria increase to 18-39 years of age, which allows more entrepreneurs to apply to CYBF programs.
The Newcomer Program provides specialized support for entrepreneurs new to Canada.
Term loans with attractive terms and interest rates (http://www.cybf.ca/cybf_programs/start-up/financing/) A network of Community Partners and their volunteer Local Review Committees (LRCs) who help CYBF serve entrepreneurs throughout the province.
Mentorship: Entrepreneurs are matched with a mentor for a minimum of two years, which significantly increases the chances of entrepreneur/business success. Currently, in Alberta, the financing and mentoring are combined within the various programs.
Entrepeer: A national network of entrepreneurs, mentors, partners, and volunteers that connect via networking events, a LinkedIn group, and e-newsletters

Tools and information to help boost productivity and profits

The Business Link
BizPaL
Productivity Alberta
Rural Alberta Business Centres

Seed innovation
Incentives for research and technology business
Alberta Innovates Connector
Alberta Innovates Programs and Services

Tourism Business Planning Guide – Government of Alberta – a guide to assist with the preparation of a business plan.

BDC Advice Centre – A great link to the BDC Advice Centre with information on Managing the bottom line, on how to manage your assets and general business information.

Business Opportunity Grant, a Growing Forward initiative designed for your farm business to consider or implement a new business direction to meeting changing market and consumer demands.

Explore Local, is an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development initiative established to increase growth opportunities in our local food market.

Community Futures, Highwood, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic and community development.  Take a look at their free business plan template.

Scotiabank offers a variety of sample business plans for your viewing.

Chinook Credit Union offers a business plan template to help you get started.

Western Economic Diversification Canada works to strengthen western innovation, business development and community economic development.

Alberta Economic Development offers a wealth of information relating to business development, investment and tourism.

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), offers services specific to women entrepreneurs. They provide resources for building your skills, help to develop networks with other women entrepreneurs and offer courses to assist you in your business.

Canada Business Services offers a variety of resources for business. The Government of Alberta provides information on starting, growing and selling your small business.

Community Information Database is a free internet based tool providing consistent and reliable social, economic and demographic data for all communities and regions across Canada.

The Canada Small Business Financing Program offers small businesses help with start-up financing and financing to those who wish to expand their current business.

The Canadian Consumer Information Gateway offers business and consumer information.

The Business Link offers business tools, event information, information classified by business sectors and federal and provincial grant program information.

BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) provides information for entrepreneurs. Check out their facebook page!

Productivity Alberta offers programs, seminars and an array of information to help small and medium sized businesses succeed.

Alberta Programs and Services offers a variety of grants and funds for your business.

Alberta Tech Futures  helps small technology and knowledge driven businesses in Alberta get their ideas and products to market faster.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency helps to protect food, animals, and plants and enhances the health and well-being of Canadian citizens.

Alberta Highways Traffic Volume provides information on distance, volume and classifications on highways in your area.

Green Hectares  –  work closely with municipalities, companies, governments and other groups that share our interest in building vibrant communities and creating sustainability in the agriculture industry.

The FarmOn Foundation believes in young farmers. Our mission is to provide farmers with the information and connections they need to both remain and successfully operate within the agricultural industry.  Feeding the world is hard work, and you shouldn’t need a full time job, on top of it, to do so!

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