The Rural Alberta Business Centres (RABC) are a partnership between the Government of Alberta and local organizations actively involved with the business community.
RABCs provide advice and information services to entrepreneurs and small businesses to assist them in making informed business decisions.
What services do RABCs offer?
The RABCs provide services to entrepreneurs, small business owners, and managers at all stages of the business life cycle from the start-up to expansion to succession planning. The RABCs enhance access to timely and relevant small business services in rural Alberta in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
Each RABC is staffed by a Small Business Advisor (SBA) who assists in providing one-on-one business advice, seminars, workshops, and access to relevant information about small businesses and business opportunities. Information and materials will be tailored to the specific needs of the communities served by each RABC.
While most services are free, a small fee may apply to some educational offerings.
Please visit one of the four RABC offices or websites for more in depth information and service offerings.
Where are the RABCs located?
The RABC are in the following four communities.
- Camrose, in partnership with Community Futures East Central Alberta
- Cold Lake, in partnership with the Northeast Alberta Information HUB Ltd., the local Regional Economic Development Alliance (REDS) in the area
- Hanna, in a partnership with the Hanna and District Association for Lifelong Learning (A.K.A. Hanna Learning Centre)
- Rocky Mountain House, in partnership with the Town of Rocky Mountain House
What is a small business?
Small businesses are defined as having fewer than 50 employees.
How important are small businesses to the Alberta economy?
For the last decade, Alberta has led Canada in the number of new small businesses created. Small businesses are a vital part of Alberta’s economy, making up 95.5 per cent of all businesses in the province. They provide about 36 per cent of all private sector jobs in Alberta and contribute an estimated 35 per cent to Alberta’s gross domestic product.