Mackenzie County strives to make starting a business as easy as possible.  The process of getting started varies significantly depending on the type of business being established.  Those starting a home-based business will undergo a much different course of action than those purchasing land and/or constructing a facility.

The following is a list of the servcies available for business clients:

Assist in presenting a business case for locating in Mackenzie County

  • Joint presentations to clients

Provide linkage to development and building permit process

  • Indentify issues, needs, and initiate provision of background information
  • Assistance with development permits and business licensing applications
  • Arrange joint meetings with County representatives and business client
  • Meet with County representatives on client's behalf

Market research data for business plans, including:

  • Demographics and statistics
  • GIS mapping services

Provide business consultation on starting a business in Mackenzie County

  • Developing a business plan including financial and legal resource links
  • Available lease space inventory and available land in Mackenzie County
  • Arrange referrals to other business resources
  • Economic development support agencies - Federal and Provincial

Marketing materials on Mackenzie County

Are there any government grants available?

  • While there is a possibility, most "grants" (in other words, financial assistance that is not repaid) often target specific clients with criteria you must meet to qualify.  As a rule, there are no "grant programs" to assist with general small business start-up.  Refer to the Business Link's website for the truth on government grants and a listing and click on Federal Provincial Grant.

Questions about starting a business in Mackenzie County?

  • Discuss your business needs and desires in confidence.


Andrew O'Rourke, Economic Development Officer
Main Line: 780.928.3983
Fax: 780.928.3636
Toll Free: 1.877.927.0677
Cell: 780.841.1636
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