Business Resources



A collection of resources that we believe will help you with accessing data, grants, statistics and innovations in Alberta, as well as across Canada.  See our Grant Opportunities Page for an up to date listing of current grant opportunities. 


Business Link - Provides resources, counselling and services to small businesses.  The County of Vermilion River is proud to partner with Business Link and the Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce to provide the Digital Economy Program to businesses in the County.  If your business needs help with free digital support, the Digital Service Squad based in Lloydminster will provide one-on-one hands-on assistance to your business.  Need help building a website, taking product photography, setting up e-commerce, social media set up and strategy, building a Google My Business profile, 360-degree business photos and more, the Digital Service Squad member can travel to your business and provide you hands-on assistance.


StartUp Lloydminster - Entrepreneurial and Business Development resources/tools/support. 
Lloydminster & Region Community Futures 
-Provides small business guidance and funding for new and expanding businesses.

Alberta Government website for small busineses

Alberta Treasury Board and Finance - Provincial statistics

Alberta HUB - Regional centre for economic growth covering Northeastern Alberta

Alberta Workforce Information - Sign up to receive emailed information and resources to help you get the workers you need. 

Alberta Economic Dashboards and Indicators - Alberta economic dashboards, commentatires and highlights, and overviews of major projects

BizPaL - (Business Permits and Licences): your one-stop shop for business permits and licence requirements in the province

Alberta Innovates - A catalyst for innovation in the province -solving some of the biggest industry challenges. - A portal by Alberta Innovates (See above) for connecting funding, facilities and services 

Concierge for Innovation - Connecting you to funding, expertise, facilities and global opportunities to help you grow your business.

Futurpreneur - A national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Its mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors.

Career Focus Internship Program - ACCA (Alberta Community & Cooperative Association) - bring value to your business, provides support to your operations, find eager new graduates that can become full time employees.

Invest Alberta - Crown Corporation dedicated to investment attraction, with a mandate to engaget the world and provide high end tailored support to investors and major new investment projects


Programs, tools and grants available to assist with the human resources element of business management:

Work-Sharing (Government of Canada) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. The measure provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers. Work-Sharing is a three-party agreement involving employers, employees and Service Canada. 

Canada Alberta Job Grant  - The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) is an employer-driven program that helps employers invest in training for current and future employees. The goals of the CAJG are to increase participation of Albertans in the labour force by helping them develop the skills they need to find and keep a job. The CAJG is also an opportunity for employers to invest in training that is better aligned to job opportunities. The top 5 most requested training (to date) are: 1. Project Management; 2. Computer Software Training, 3. Sales, 4. Leadership, 5. Accounting.    

ALIS by Government of Alberta - Tools and Resources to help employers manage and recruit their workforce.  HR Series for Employers is a series of publications available to download on the site or in hard copy, ordered online.




Economic Development Officer
(780) 846-2244