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Business Support

Business Support in the Region

The County of St. Paul aims to support businesses in our region as best we can. Below is information that may be helpful when looking to fund a business, learn more about tax cuts or even look into what major projects are happening. If you want to learn more about economic development in our region, click here.

Get a Business Loan

Community Futures provides a variety of customized, affordable loan options for small business owners and entrepreneurs in rural Alberta, ranging from $500 to $150,000. They also provide free business advice and counselling, low-cost business coaching and business development programs and exceptional tips and tools.

Want to start a business? Found a business to buy? Thinking of franchising? Ready to expand into new markets? Need to invest in technology? Need cash to seize an opportunity? Young and business minded? Have a disability and a business idea? Click here to find out more about loan options or contact Community futures.

Community Futures St. Paul - Smoky Lake Region
4802 - 50 Avenue, St. Paul, AB, T0A 3A0
P: 780-645-5782

Apply for Grant Funding

The Government of Alberta has funding opportunities and programs that you may be eligible for. Find out more about publicly funded grant programs related to agribusiness, workforce development, innovation and commercialization, cultural industry and export support grants.

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Review the Small Business Tax Cut
Information below sourced from Alberta.ca/supporting-business

Alberta cut its small business corporate income tax rate from 3% to 2% in Jan 2017, saving small business owners an estimated $195 million in 2018-19.

Alberta is now tied with Saskatchewan for the second-lowest provincial small business rate and we continue to have the most competitive overall tax environment for small business owners.

Alberta maintains the lowest overall tax regime in Canada, with no provincial sales tax, health premium or payroll tax. Albertans across all income ranges will continue to pay the lowest overall taxes when compared to other provinces.

Investigate Major Projects in the Northeastern Region

The value of Major Projects in the Region was $29,221,000,000 in 2017. Learn more about our regional major projects here.