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August 11, 2011

Small Business Resources Centres Set to Open Across Rural Alberta

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The Government of Alberta is launching a three-year pilot project that will open eight small business resource centres across Rural Alberta. The first Rural Alberta Business Centre will be located in Slave Lake.

To promote small business development, the centres will offer small business information and advice from qualified and experienced advisors. The Alberta Government will provide $390,000 over three years to help fund the operation of the centre as part of the provinces long term recovery plan, announced on August 3rd.

“Entrepreneurs thinking of starting or rebuilding a business will find valuable resources at the centre, and will get the support they need as we work through the rebuilding process,” said Neil Deas, President of the Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce.

The centre is scheduled to open by the end of the year and further Rural Alberta Business Centres will be announced in the coming months.

Alberta has led Canada in the number of new small businesses created. Small businesses make up 98% of all businesses in the province and provide 50% of private sector jobs in Alberta. They also contribute 29% to Alberta’s gross domestic product.

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