The Rural Alberta Advantage: Business in the County
The County of St. Paul is open for business. Below is information that may be helpful when looking to start a business, grow a business, learn more about tax cuts or even look into what major projects are happening.
Business Information and Articles
St. Paul/ Elk Point Regional Economic Development Alliance (STEP) is a regional economic development partnership that identifies, plans, manages, and advocates for projects and initiatives. STEP represents several communities from the County of St. Paul, located northeast region of Alberta, 200 km east of Edmonton. The region is very diversified with a strong Agriculture industry complemented with Tourism, Oil/Gas and Manufacturing. The Town of St. Paul is the major business center in the County, which also includes the Town of Elk Point, and the Summer Village of Horseshoe Bay. Link to website
The Alberta Small Business Tax Advantage
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.
Funding & Financing
Starting and growing a business is both a rewarding and challenging experience. These funding options are available for business owners to create opportunity.
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 counseling, low-cost business coaching and business development programs and exceptional tips and tools.
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.
Local Chambers of Commerce
Our region is a thriving and welcoming place ripe with opportunity for business. See more from our local Chambers of Commerce.
St. Paul & District Chamber of Commerce
A board-governed, not-for-profit that believes free enterprise and ethical business practices are the foundation of economic well-being in our community.