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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.

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

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.

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Alberta's Small Business Tax Cut

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.

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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.  

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Community Futures

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.

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Futurpreneur Canada

The only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39.

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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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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.

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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.

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Elk Point Chamber of Commerce

Helping to enhance growth in the community through positive advocacy and networking. 

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Mallaig Chamber of Commerce

Encouraging growth in the Mallaig community through networking, promotion and encouraging local investment.

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