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We are here for you! While we are currently not open for in-person meetings or training, we are available by phone appointment or virtual meeting during our regular business hours. If you would like to speak to a staff member about our programs and services, we can be reached by:
Phone: 403-342-2055 or Email: central [at]


As a small business owner, you may be facing immediate challenges or be worrying about the weeks to come in light of the actions taken by our Government to further prevent the spread of COVID-19. Below is current information and resources available to you as you work through the implications this has on you and your business.


Emergency Preparedness and Response

Trade Commissioner – Resources for Canadian Businesses | Contains relevant and important information for businesses navigating challenges and uncertainty in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Pandemic Preparedness for Business | Canadian Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19: Tips for Small Businesses | Helpful tips as you navigate these changes and work to continue to manage your business and serve your customers.

COVID-19 Preparedness | Edmonton Chamber of Commerce

Emergency Preparedness | Calgary Chamber of Commerce

Creating an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) | Helpful tips & template

Business Training

Business Link | Webinars, Advice, Resources, Marketing Research

Go Forth Institute | Entrepreneur Online Training and Resources

Bow Valley College Entrepreneur Centres | Digital Transformation Training for Businesses and Continuing Learning

Newell Further Education | Training and Programming - Bassano

Kneehil Adult Learning Society | Training and Job Search

Labour & Employment Services

Alberta Employment Standards Rules | Laws for minimum wage, overtime, holidays, job-protected leaves, vacations, hours of work, earnings, youth workers and termination.

Coronavirus and Small Business: Keeping You and Your Employees Safe | Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

Alberta Job Grant | Training grants to retain your employees

Rockyview and Wheatland Employment Services | Employment and Career Counselling

Tourism Resources and Funding

Destination Canada | Industry Support, Webinars and Government of Canada

Travel Alberta | Re-launch Strategy - Worth the Wait

Travel Alberta | Product/Experience Development - Investment supporting individual tourism businesses to RESTART operations with a focus on program development for visitors onsite (in person), online and/or virtually. 

Grants for Small Businesses

Canadian Business Resiliency Network | Small Business Relief Fund - Businesses can use the $10,000 grants to support their recovery efforts, including paying salaries, acquiring safety and personal protective equipment for staff, replenishing materials or paying for the measures required to adapt business models to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Stingray Radio Stimulus Fund | Advertising Grant Funds for Businesses - Stingray will provide a minimum of $15 million in radio advertising grants to local businesses in markets across Canada where Stingray operates local radio stations.  Stimulant grants will range from a minimum of $1000 to a maximum of $100,000 in radio advertising per business.


Financial Support

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses | Government of Canada

Financial Assistance for Albertans | Government of Alberta

Employment Insurance (EI) and Sickness Benefits | The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim.

COVID-19 and Business Insurance: How Coverage is Triggered | Insurance Bureau of Canada

Business Credit Availability Program | Co Lending Program - BDC & Financial Institutions

Free Credit Counselling, Budgeting Help & Debt Consolidation Options | Credit Counselling Society

Regional Relief and Recovery Program | Government of Canada

Enabling Access | Government of Canada - Funding for projects that make Canadian communities and workplaces more accessible for persons with disabilities. EAF aims to create more opportunities for persons with disabilities to take part in community activities, programs and services, or to access employment.

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs | Access up to $40,000 as part of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF). The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) will provide financial support directly to women-owned businesses to address COVID-19 impacts on their short-term stability. This financing will support small enterprises that are struggling with working capital needs and are unable to access larger federal relief funding programs or unable to obtain a loan/credit from traditional financial institutions.

Agriculture Supports

Agrifood Canada | Complete listing of Programs and Supports

Canadian & Alberta Agriculture Partnership (CAP) | Funding Programs and Services


News & Media Releases

Prime Minister announces support for farmers and agri-food businesses under Canada’s response to COVID-19 | Government of Canada - March 23, 2020

Canada outlines measures to support the economy and the financial sector | Government of Canada

What does coronavirus mean for your business? | BDC

EDC stands ready to support Canadian exporters impacted by COVID-19 | Export Development Canada

Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19 | BDC

Prime Minister announces more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Grants for Small Businesses | Canadian Business Resiliency Network

General Information

COVID-19 | Alberta Health Services

Online Self-Assessment

COVID-19 | Government of Alberta

COVID-19 | Government of Canada

COVID-19 Q&A | World Health Organization


Mental Health Resources

The Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642 | available 24/7 to provide advice and referrals to community supports near you.

Crisis Services Canada

Find Your Canadian Mental Health Association | CMHA

Mental health and coping with COVID-19 | CDC

Talking with children about COVID-19 | CDC

Help in Tough Times |AHS

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty | American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


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