Information to Start a Business

It’s a great time to start or grow your business in the Special Areas. Our economic development practitioners and business & technology specialists are here to help/assist you with your business needs and ideas.

Don’t hesitate to contact one or both of our economic development officers or our marketing specialist.  They can provide you with the “hands-on” assistance in marketing, technology or  business development you might need.  Our community is committed to growing.  By contacting our economic development practitioners, you will find information on our community, local business climate and more.

Trisha Sewell
Economic Development Officer
Cactus Corridor Economic Development Corporation
Phone: (403) 854-2099 ext. 215
Cell: (403) 512-2515

Christie Dick
Economic Development Officer
SAMDA Economic Partnership –
Phone: (403) 664-0101

Wanda Diakow
Economic Development Officer
Special Area No.4
Phone: (403) 577-3523

Need more information? We are proud to work with these other great organizations, all working towards helping you make your business successful.

Community Futures Meridian Region
Palliser Economic Partnership

Great! You’re thinking about or have decided to start your business in the Special Areas.

Here are a few resources that might help you achieve your business goals.

Planning Resources

Basic Start-up Information

Training for Entrepreneurs

Learning Centres:

Online Learning:

Go Forth  – A great new way to get business education right from your home computer.  – Webinars, mentoring and more.

Licencing, Permits and Registration

Bizpal  – Simplifed access to business permits and regulations.

Special Areas Board Building Permits

Business Licence – The Special Areas Board does not issue Business Licences.  If you require a letter to procure business supplies, please contact the nearest district office.