New Govt strategy supports Alberta small business

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Prentice albertaEdmonton: The Prentice Government is giving small businesses a stronger voice in government, easier access to information, regulatory guidance, and entrepreneurship support.

Jim Prentice, Alberta Premier said that, “Alberta is a great place to do business but we need to do better if we want to have the best climate for small business in North America. Our new Small Business Strategy will save small businesses time, give them better access to business advice and government information, and provide them a stronger voice with government.”

A new streamlined website provides small businesses a one-stop shop for government services information at smallbusiness.alberta.ca, while a new business adviser service at The Business Link will help small businesses easily navigate government’s business programs, supports and regulatory information.

Don Scott, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education of Alberta said, “This strategy reflects what we heard from small businesses. We are committed to working with entrepreneurs, businesses, and partners to deliver on the strategy’s directions.”

The strategy will see small business owners and entrepreneurs meet with government leaders at semi-annual roundtables.

Previously, businesses sometimes had to interact with multiple ministries on their inquiries regarding regulatory requirements. Now, business advisers at The Business Link will be able to provide well-rounded perspectives and pull in required information from across the provincial government. This dedicated support will help reduce red tape and run-arounds so small businesses can get the answers they need when they need them.

The Business Link, supported by the provincial and federal government, is a primary small business and entrepreneur service centre in Alberta. Small businesses can access the business adviser service toll free at 1-844-422-7705 or via the “Ask An Expert” button on smallbusiness.alberta.ca.