The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, thanks to the financial support of the Government of Alberta, is welcoming businesses back to the Wood Buffalo region with the new Back to Business Resource Centre.
The Back to Business Resource Centre will act as a one-stop shop for businesses to access government, business planning and office resources assisting with their return to operations.
“In the face of one of our country's worst natural disasters, Fort McMurray businesses are showing incredible resilience and taking the lead in rebuilding their city. We want to be there with owners and workers through the challenges ahead and this one-stop-shop will make it easier for them to get tools and support from local organizations who understand their unique needs,” said Honourable Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
“We want to thank the Government of Alberta for their generous support. These funds will allow us to make sure our local business owners can get back to a new business as usual,” said Melissa Blake, mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. “The purpose of this project is to provide businesses a one-stop-shop to make it easier to access resources, support and expertise during the recovery process and to return to operations as quickly as possible.”
The Back to Business Resource Centre, coordinated by Wood Buffalo Economic Development, is located on the first floor of the Municipal Building at 9816 Hardin Street, offering shared office space with access to: internet, phones, computers, printers and meeting rooms for business owners to use as well as business specialists that can provide advisory support and guidance to businesses. This project is in partnership with the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures Wood Buffalo, Fort McMurray Construction Association, Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association (NAABA), and the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
“The Back to Business Resource Centre is a strong collaboration among the local business organizations; partnering allows us to provide the necessary support and resources that the business community needs during this challenging time” added Mayor Blake.
The Back to Business Resource Centre is part of the Business and Economic Recovery Plan in place to accelerate business and economic recovery in the Wood Buffalo region, enable small and medium enterprises to remain in the region, assist in overall business continuity and continue the diversification of the economy.
For more information about the back to Business Resource Centre, please visit choosewoodbuffalo.ca.