May 4, 2022

Economic Development Week

Okotoks Town Council proclaimed May 9-13, 2022 as Economic Development Week in Okotoks at their regular Council meeting April 25. This week helps to recognize and promote the importance of economic development and the vital role it has in maintaining economic well-being in our community.

Okotoks has a vibrant, prosperous, innovative economy; the Town is committed to supporting economic development that promotes prosperity, economic security and employment. This improves health, well-being, learning and sustainability while building community resiliency.

The Okotoks Economic Development team is here to help; our goal is to make doing business in Okotoks as simple and effective as possible!

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Women Entrepreneurs: Are you one?

What do you think of when you hear the term ‘Women Entrepreneurs’? Do you think of Oprah, Ellen or Mary Kay?

Women entrepreneurs are more than talk shows & makeup! They are the women who undertake the risks of starting a new business venture, who create or sell new products they recognize are needed and realize they have a talent they can share to help people!

Statistics show that 252 million entrepreneurs out of approximately 582 million in the world are female!

It takes a different kind of mindset to be entrepreneurial! This month we are featuring 3 Women Entrepreneurs in our newsletter's Business Highlights section. These women are committed to providing something extra to their clients and are seen as innovators in their area of expertise!

Just like a lot of other women entrepreneurs in Okotoks, these women are passionate, business savvy, confident, planners, always working, money managers and they never give up.

So when you meet up with one of these innovative women entrepreneurs, thank them - they are paving the way and taking risks for future women entrepreneurs everywhere!


Business Highlights

Foothills Family Counselling

Meet Kate, the founder of Foothills Family Counselling (FFC). In 2021, after working in the not-for-profit mental health sector for 15 years, Kate decided to provide supportive services to individuals and families that are practical and individually tailored.

Kate says, “when we are able to live authentically and purposefully, we live with confidence and esteem. Those two things have profound impacts on our relationships, health and happiness across the lifespan so they are worth investing in”.

Kate offers options for those impacted by financial stress as well as a free 20 minute consultation so you can get to know her and her style. 

Kate Gombac

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Natura Soylights

Natura Soylights was born around 2004 - when Colleen went searching for a healthier and more eco-friendly alternative to paraffin wax candles. The company has grown considerably from their beginnings at home to their Retail Shop in Okotoks, to selling their candles all across Canada!

Natura Soylights creates 100% natural, plant-based, & eco-friendly soy candles that smell absolutely incredible! Their candles are hand-poured with just 3 ingredients: pure soy wax, essential oil scents, and a cotton wick. Did you know that as well as ordering online they have a walk-in sales boutique right here in Okotoks?

Colleen Desantis

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Spotted Sage

Did you know we have a new bead store in town? Well let us tell you they offer more than that! At Spotted Sage, Leah will help you find everything you need for crafting, gifts, spiritual practice, dried herbs and essential oils. This is a store where you can purchase smaller quantities of your favorite things. Leah grew up in Okotoks and also offers spiritual healing utilizing counselling hypnotherapy and Shamanic tools.

Leah Valcourt

New businesses in Town

New Business Listings

The Town of Okotoks is thrilled to welcome the following new businesses to Town:


  • Wind & Willow Photography – photography
  • Your Planter by Design – planters
  • KE&E NRG – growing of microgreens


  • Free Range Chiropractic – chiropractor
  • Dias Magicos Presschool – child early education
  • Classic Cycle Okotoks – retail & repairs bicycles
  • The Point – teen recreation centre & cafe 

The online business directory is a list of all Okotoks businesses that have chosen to be included. The Business Directory is another helpful resource for sourcing companies, products, services and expertise located in the Town of Okotoks. Check it out!

Online business directory

Earl Tupper Created Tupperware

Earl Tupper (1907-1983) was the genius behind the containers. Tupper ran a landscape business until the 1930s when there was little work to be had. He took a job at Dow Chemical where one of his supervisors gave him permission to take some the polyethylene slag (waste from DuPont products) home with him. He began experimenting with how to purify and reuse it and found a way to create non-breakable containers. With World War II on the horizon, he also found a way create lightweight gas masks.

Later on, he designed liquid-proof, airtight lids. The lids became well-known in their own right because of marketing: The “burping seal” locked in freshness. He called the company Tupperware.

Tupperware was useful and innovative, but people were skeptical of plastic. Homemakers stayed with the tried-and-true methods of storing food in glass or metal containers. While some metal containers snapped tightly, most glass containers that had lids were a loose fit.

The product might have languished if he had not met Brownie Wise. Plastic was not yet used regularly in the home, so people weren’t accustomed to buying plastic for food storage.

Brownie Wise (1913-1992) telephoned Earl Tupper to explain her ideas for selling his product. He made her a vice president of the company. She brought with her a direct sales method that led to skyrocketing company sales and domination of the food storage market.

Brownie Wise was the first women on the cover of Business Week Magazine!


Citizen Satisfaction Survey: May 6-23

Participate in the upcoming Citizen Satisfaction Survey available May 6-23! Your valuable insight provides the Town with a better understanding of your priorities & helps support/develop the kind of community we all want to live, work & play in.

Postcards are being mailed to every home in Okotoks that contain the QR code & pin number (one per household) you will need to take the survey online; watch for it in your mailbox! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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Annual Temporary Patio Program - Apply Today!

The Town's temporary patio program has resumed for this season and runs until October 31, 2022! This annual program runs Apr 1-Oct 31 each year.

If you would like to operate a patio past October 31 on a permanent basis, please note that you will need to apply for a development permit.

If you are planning a temporary patio, please click the button below to learn about program guidelines, requirements (such as locations) and to submit your site plan & application online. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Community, Growth & Investment at 403-938-8052.

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 Get Your Okotoks Visitor Guide!

Book a visit!

The Okotoks Visitor Guide is a great tool to help visitors navigate all businesses in Town. The guide also has QR codes that link to a map of all of our PLAY, STAY and EAT locations on the Tourism website. Get your copy at the Okotoks Municipal Centre and Okotoks Art Gallery.

Upcoming Events

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Business Resources

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Bow Valley

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Business Support Programs 

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Your Business Matters!! We would love to hear your unique story. Why did you choose Okotoks? How can we help you grow?

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Local Business Success Stories

Connect with Community Growth and Investment to participate in the Success Stories program. Let's collaborate to promote your business!

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