What is the RABC?
The Rural Alberta Business Centre (RABC) is a partnership between the Government of Alberta and local organizations actively involved with the business community.
RABCs will provide advice and information services to entrepreneurs and small businesses to assist them in making informed business decisions.
What is a small business?
Small businesses are defined as having fewer than 50 employees.
How important are small businesses to the Alberta economy?
For the last decade, Alberta has led Canada in the number of new small businesses created. Small businesses are a vital part of Alberta’s economy, making up 96 per cent of all businesses in the province. They provide about 37 per cent of all private sector jobs in Alberta and contribute an estimated 29 per cent to Alberta’s gross domestic product.
What services do RABCs offer?
The rural business centres provide services to entrepreneurs, small business owners, and managers at all stages of the business life cycle from the start-up to expansion to succession planning.
Each rural business centre is staffed by a small business advisor who assists in providing one-on-one business advice, seminars, workshops, and access to relevant information about small businesses and business opportunities. Information and materials will be tailored to the specific needs of the communities served by each RABC.
While most services are free, a small fee may apply to some educational offerings.