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Small business is the economic lifeblood of virtually every community in Canada – and the Flagstaff Region is no exception. In Canada, a whopping 98% of all businesses are considered small business. Small business is the driving force behind many of this country’s new jobs and is also the source of many of the innovative new products and services available in the marketplace.

A new business idea is hatched virtually every day. Some ideas will make it to the marketplace, while others will fall by the wayside. The stark reality is that of those that make it to the marketplace as a new business, many will never reach their full potential and sadly, others will fail.  There are myriad – often complex – reasons for this, but one of the reasons most attributable to success in business is “up-front planning and preparedness.” Those entrepreneurs that take the time to plan and prepare for success are more likely to start successful and lasting new enterprises. 

To help budding entrepreneurs in the Flagstaff Region plan for success, a new no-cost program is being launched.

The Our Growers Our Producers Most Value Flagstaff Initiative (REACH MVI) has been established to help support participants through all stages of preparing to start a new small business or grow an existing one. 

Sponsored by Flagstaff County and the Town of Killam, along with support from the Province of Alberta, this program will offer participants training on topics of importance to every business owner, support in the development of their business plan, networking opportunities, access to specialized services to meet the specific needs of their planned venture, and insight into overcoming any barriers and challenges they may encounter. All this at no cost to the participant.

Emerging small business owners are encouraged to attend one of two upcoming information sessions and be among the first to hear more about the benefits of participating in REACH MVI.

The information sessions will be held in the following locations:

Information session #1

Flagstaff County Administration Building – February 20, 2018; 6 to 8 p.m.

Information session #2

Forestburg Train Station – February 22, 2018; 6 to 8 p.m.

To register or for more information about the session closest to you, call 780-281-3500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..