Business Support Services
The following support services are in place to help everyone from a first time entrepreneur with a new business idea wanting to know how to get started, to a well established business owner wanting to grow. From a single employee business to multi-employee operation. From a home-based business to a commercial storefront to a light industrial business. We encourage you to take advantage of these services to give your business an innovative edge and ensure success. Feel free to contact Economic Development for more information.
Thinking of Starting a Business?
Entrepreneurs wanted & welcome in Black Diamond.
Black Diamond continues to offer a prime and economical location for any new home-based, commercial or light industrial business that complements our lifestyle and community vision. If you are interested in setting up a new business:
Download a Step-By-Step Guide to Starting a Business in Black Diamond.
Check out the One-Stop Application Guide to Licenses and Permits at BizPal.
Download our regional Investment & Business Site Selection Guide.
Download our regional Tourism, Lifestyle & Business Publication.
Further Assistance for New and Existing Businesses
A successful business is a reflection of the owner's hard work, vision and dedication, but from time to time a helping hand may be required. It is the mission of the Town of Black Diamond to continue to have the support in place to help you with on-going success and to help you grow, when you are ready to. We believe that providing the right kind of support to business owners not only helps them, it helps to build a stronger business community that works together.
Black Diamond Economic Development Committee (EDC)
301 Centre Avenue W
Black Diamond, AB T0L 0H0
Working closely with the community, the EDC, a board made up of community volunteers and representatives, implements actions designed for the improvement and the betterment of our community,and promotes business support and development opportunities within the community in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and other groups. As an example, in 2008-09, the EDC funded the constructionand placement of 3 Historical Downtown Business Directory Billboards as well as the Diamond Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitors Information Centre to help direct residents and visitors to our vibrant business community and attractions. Many services, programs, workshops and marketing opportunities are available to Black Diamond businesses and the Town is available to provide a helping hand.
Diamond Valley Chamber of Commerce
Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0
This business organization encompasses Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Longview and Millarville and provides a local liaison with the Cowboy Trail marketing initiative. Member meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday monthly for round table discussions, to share best practices and provide a support network. An annual membership comes with business advertising opportunities on the Chamber website and through the Visitor Information Centre. Be sure to visit our website to view the calendar of events, newsletter and other current information.
Community Futures Highwood
14 McRae Street
Okotoks, AB T1V 1E6
Toll Free: 1-877-851-9996
This federally-funded agency provides funding assistance, business advisory services, market analysis andresearch, assistance with business plans, as well as provides youth services and a library of resourcematerials for entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region. Community Futures Highwood also partners with The Business Link to provide informative business training sessions designed to save you time and money when starting or expanding your business.
McBride Career Group Inc.
Career & Employment Centre
A group of professional career consultants and practitioners who offer employers assistance with the hiring, training, developing and retention of capable employees.
The Business Link
A resource website offering a wealth of information and tools for entrepreneurs and small businesses owners. Also providing Small Business Learning Sessions throughout the province in various locations through community organizations.
Community Futures Centre West
#6 - 205 1 Street E.
Cochrane, AB T4C 1X6
Toll Free: 1-877-603-2329
This branch of Community Futures offers a highly successful, innovative self employment program to unemployed Albertans who have identified and researched a viable business idea that matches their skill and financial situation. The program is available to qualified applicants in designated rural communities within the Calgary Region. If you have a solid business concept, you may be eligible to participate in this 26 week small business training program (1 night per week). Successful applicants will receive training and guidance in business planning, marketing, introductory bookkeeping and financial management, as well as other aspects of running a successful business. Contact Patricia Alderson for a personal interview and see if you have what it takes to be your own boss.
Suite 250, 639 - 5 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 0M9
Toll Free: 1-800-272-9675
Business experts are ready to discuss your business needs in confidence. They will provide you with information and advice on everything from start-up, incorporation, financing and loan programs, to product sourcing, government and private sector programs and services.
Export Development Canada
Home Oil Tower
Suite 606, 324-8 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB T2P 2Z2
With 14 international offices, Export Development Canada assists Canadian businesses export globally and facilitates international trade.
Western Economic Diversification Canada
WEDC works to strengthen western innovation, business development and entrepreneurship, and community economic development. Also provides support for international commerce.
Government of Alberta Employment and Immigration
Calgary Regional office locations
This site provides access to programs and services available to assist businesses in overcoming obstacles and providing a safe and fair workplace. Employer workshops, wage and salary information, and workplace safety information are just some of the many services offered to business owners.
500, 999 – 8th Street S.W.
Calgary, AB T2R 1J5
This site is available to support local tourism businesses with marketing initiatives and resources. Travel Alberta offers marketing workshops and initiates tourism campaigns that are designed to help businesses be successful.
Government of Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation
6th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 - 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T2R 1J5
This organization provides assistance and services in starting and running a tourism business.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON, Canada K1A 0G2
Toll Free: 1-800-267-8376
A global network helping Canadian companies that have researched and targeted their international markets by providing access to market potential, assisting with a search for qualified clients and problem solving.
Business Development Bank of Canada
All Alberta locations
The Business Development Bank of Canada provides financial services, investment banking, management services, and counseling services to small and medium-sized businesses.
Agriculture Financial Services Corporation
All AFSC locations
AFSC provides farmers, agribusinesses and other small businesses loans, crop insurance and farm income disaster assistance.