Vegreville has several agencies in place that can assist you with starting a business. These include:
Town of Vegreville Economic Development
This department is in place to directly assist anyone that is looking to start up or relocate a business to Vegreville. The Economic Development Manager, Bob Bezpalko, is there to provide advice and direction as well as help with finding a great location for your business. This could include an existing location, serviced land, or even raw land. He can also help with demographics, introductions to the planning department for permits and licenses, and information needed to complete a business plan.
Vegreville's Business License Bylaw 05-19 requires businesses to hold a valid Business License when conducting business within the boundaries of the Town of Vegreville. The Planning and Development department is in place to assist you with acquiring all required licensing, permits, and approvals needed to start your business.
Vegreville & District Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber is there to help businesses with advice, support in the form of a number of business programs, advice, links to Covid-19 assistance for businesses, and a forum to network with other Vegreville businesses.
Elk Island Community Futures
This organization is a government organization that was established for the sole purpose of helping people to start-up businesses. It can lend up to $150,000 to companies to help with start-up, as well as assistance with business plans, marketing plans, succession planning, bookkeeping training and more.
Vegreville has an active real estate market and the local realtors are more than happy to assist you in finding the perfect location for your business. They will be able to show the many options available for your business location – from strip mall locations to downtown to the mall to stand alone – the Town of Vegreville has a wide array of locations that will be perfect for your business.
Local Lending Institutions
Vegreville has numerous options for finding financing for your business. This includes traditional lenders like banks, credit unions and treasury banks, to government support options like Community Futures or Western Diversification. As these lenders have branches in Vegreville, they understand the local environment and conditions that might affect their lending approvals.
Provincial and Federal
There are also many provincial and federal agencies that provide advisory services, financing, and other resources to assist with the start-up of your business.
Business Development Bank of Canada
The only Canadian bank that is fully devoted to entrepreneurs ad business owners. BDC offers flexible financing options and advisory services which address a wide range of challenges and opportunities.
Alberta Small Business Resources
This government site is a directory of resources for entrepreneurs at any stage. They offer advice for starting, operating, and funding your business. This website also contains information on how to obtain all proper licensing and permits.
This nonprofit organization is working with the provincial and federal governments to help navigate the steps towards starting, running, and growing your business. They offer several services such as market research, networking opportunities, succession planning, and specialized support for Indigenous and immigrant entrepreneurs.
Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
AWE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enabling women to build successful businesses. They provide assistance to women in all stages of business through advising, financing, mentoring, and network development.
Through digital programs and flagship events, Startup Canada is the network promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting and giving a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurs; supporting them to start, operate and scale businesses that build a better Canada for the world today and for future generations.
Business & Industry
Hubs for provincial & federal resources and regulations for entrepreneurs and business owners.
Connects inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs to money, markets, and mentors by fostering a thriving venture capital industry in our province.
The only national, non-proﬁt organization that provides ﬁnancing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Over 3000 business owners all over Canada are volunteering through Futupreneur to mentor those looking to start their own business.
Northeast Alberta Information Hub
This website is a directory of information for Vegreville's Alberta HUB region. – A collective of 34 municipalities that coordinate investment attraction, workforce development, and other considerations. Here you can find information such as demographic stats and local resources to start your business.
Farm Credit Canada
The only Canadian lender specifically invested into agriculture and agribusinesses.