BUSINESS RESOURCES

Check out the Regional Business Accelerator (Based in Lloydminster) for Entrepreneurial and Business Development resources/tools/support. 

Lloydminster & Region Community Futures provides small business guidance and funding for new and expanding businesses.


NEW Alberta Government website for small busineses:  www.smallbusiness.alberta.ca 

Alberta Treasury Board and Finance for all your provincial statistics

Business Link
 provides resources, counselling and services to small businesses  www.businesslink.ca 

The Alberta HUB is a regional centre for economic growth covering Northeastern Alberta

Sign up for the Alberta Workforce Information to receive emailed information and resources to help you get the workers you need.  Their link is: ABWorkforceinfo.com/subscribe

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

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

Futurpreneur is 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.For more information, visit:

http://www.futurpreneur.ca/en/get-started/financing-and-mentoring/

http://www.futurpreneur.ca/en/resources/

http://www.futurpreneur.ca/en/initiatives/

Aboriginal Business Investment Fund has opportunities for Aboriginal communities by building partnerships to invest in economic opportunities. 

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



EMPLOYEE RECRUITMENT & RETENTION


Are you ready for Express Entry?

In January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will launch a new electronic system called Express Entry to manage applications for permanent residence. This new federal program aims to streamline the application review process for skilled workers to reduce processing times.  Please see these handouts for Employers and for prospective Candidates. For more information check out the website. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/express/express-entry.asp?utm_source=slash-express&utm_medium=short-url&utm_campaign=express-entry   For Alberta’s role and the GOA's Official Immigration Website and Immigration Help Centre   1-877-427-6419 http://www.albertacanada.com/opportunity/immigrating/helpcentre.aspx  
 www.albertacanada.com/ainp

The Job Creation Incentive Program will support employers in creating as many as 27,000 new jobs a year over the next two years: Check it out at   http://work.alberta.ca/labour/job-creation-incentive-program.html This program will be launched in the spring and for further details as they come out, hear the latest by subscribing to http://www.albertacanada.com/opportunity/employers/subscribe.aspx

The STEP program has been launched.  Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) is a 4-16 week wage subsidy program that helps eligible Alberta employers to hire high school or post-secondary students into summer jobs from May – August. Please find all the details and application on this site.  AlbertaCanada.com/STEPThe deadline to register for the STEP program is February 28th.  There are several scheduled webinars on the program that you register for as well, check the website for details.

Work-Sharing 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. Employees on a Work-Sharing agreement must agree to a reduced schedule of work and to share the available work over a specified period of time. Here is the link to the Applicant Guide for the Work-Sharing program:  www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/work_sharing/ws_applicantguide.pdf  In addition, if employers or employees are looking for more information on the Work-Sharing program across Canada, they may call the following toll-free number: 1-866-891-5319 (TTY: 1-800-926-9105

Canada Alberta Job Grant

Applications have been coming in since this program was launched in October with over $1 million approved. The top 5 most requested training (to date) are: 1. Project Management; 2. Computer Software Training, 3. Sales, 4. Leadership, 5. Accounting.  Make sure you use the most updated version 

of the application form found here on the website: http://www.albertacanada.com/opportunity/employers/jobgrant.aspx   Top 5 application issues:  

1.Training has already started, 2. Not enough training hours requested – has to be 21 hours, 3. Training is not incremental (it would have been offered even without the Grant, 4. Missing or wrong Alberta Corporate Access Number, 5. Applications missing original signatures.  Here are the Top Application Processing Tips: 1. Please ensure your form is complete and has an original signature. 2. If you are requesting out of province training, please also submit a brief explanation as to why you are not able to use an Alberta Training Provider. 3. If you are requesting a certificate or diploma program, please list all the courses, not just the program title. 4. If you are not sure call the application advisors on the toll-free number: 1-855-638-9424  5. It’s getting busy, so please apply 30 days before your program’s start date.  For information about the program, please contact Jean Vidal at 780 581-1123 or by email at jean.vidal@gov.ab.ca

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) is now recognized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as a designated education credential assessment service.  Since August 6, IQAS provides international credential assessments for immigration purposes. These assessments are a required component of the Express Entry’s federal skilled workers immigration stream.   For other streams in the Express Entry program, these assessments can also be used to gain more points, increasing chances for permanent residency. To learn more about the new assessment service, visit IQAS.

Custom Recruitment Fact Sheet: Check out this website for updated information for employers interested in recruiting in Canada http://www.albertacanada.com/opportunity/employers/custom-recruitment-fact-sheet.aspx  The tool was designed to assist employers in comparing potential target locations for recruitment within Canada, for 64 high and moderately-high demand occupations identified in Alberta’s Short-Term Employment Forecast (STEF). 

The HR Series for Employers is a series of publications full of valuable information to help employers manage their workforce. Retaining Your Staff focuses on the importance of investing in employees to create a positive corporate culture.  Succession Planning helps employers prepare for key staff retiring and ensure that their valuable skills and knowledge can remain with the business after they leave.  Employing a Diverse Workforce focuses on using the different strengths and innovations of staff by supporting diversity and fostering an inclusive workplace. These publications are available in hard copy, free of charge, and can be ordered online