Organizations Offering Business Assistance
In addition to the Economic Development Office, here is a list of organizations that offer various types of business assistance.
The Business Link is a one stop shopping hub hosted by the Alberta Government for business to access resources, tools and information on a variety of topics. They also offer low cost small business learning programs, and a free guest advisor program to offer professional expertise; speak with business management consultants, business coaches, lawyers, accountants, and financial representatives who volunteer their time to discuss your business concerns.
Thinking - Do you have a great business idea, but don't know where to begin?
Starting - Are you ready to take the first steps to start your own business?
Growing - Do you want to expand your business or make your operation more competitive?
Transitioning - Are you thinking of selling or closing your business?
The Wetaskiwin Community Learning Council also hosts Business Link seminars.
Canada Business Network
This Government of Canada Website is designed specifically for entrepreneurs offering services and information for those who wish to become entrepreneurs.
Community Futures is a government funded organization that offers: small business loans, small business training, self employment programs, entrepreneurs with disabilities program, web video training program called goforth institute education for entrepreneurs. Ponoka is part of the East Parkland division.
Business Development Bank of Canada
The Business Development Bank of Canada offers a unique combination of financing (including venture capital) and consulting services; with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Solely dedicated to Canadian entrepreneurs, they have helped more than 29,000 businesses reach their full potential.
Alberta Business Family Institute
The Alberta Family Institute is hosted through the University of Alberta with campuses in Edmonton and Camrose. They offer programs, services, advice, support, networking and resources for family-owned businesses.
Just a few of their provisions are essential tools, guidance and knowledge in such areas as:
- succession and estate planning
- corporate governance
- leadership development
- conflict resolution
Information on Alberta business & industry including: an employer toolkit, labor market info and workforce partnerships.
Alberta Government Resources
Alberta Small Business Resources is a directory of business resources for new and established entrepreneurs.
Ponoka Chamber of Commerce
The Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce is a Local Business Network comprised of businesses and residents working together to promote business and economic growth in the Town and County of Ponoka.
Agriculture Financial Services Corporation
AFSC has provided Alberta farmers with hail insurance for over 60 years, and has grown into a diverse Corporation with several core businesses: crop insurance, farm loans, commercial loans and farm income disaster assistance.