March 5, 2021

Welcome to the Town’s new Economic Development e-Newsletter! The Business Beat is your monthly update from Okotoks Economic Development with updates from the Town, the community and beyond! You are receiving this email because you had previously subscribed to receive newsletters from the Town.

Why do I need a business license?

It’s a common question we receive in Economic Development. The simplest response is to point to the bylaw that requires it. But there is much more to purchasing a business license in Okotoks. Holding an up-to-date business license helps validate your business to customers, providing assurance that you have received all of the necessary permits, inspections and approvals required to be open for business; creating a sense of credibility and accountability.

The business license data collected through business licenses helps the Economic Development office gauge the health of the business community. Business license data alerts us on new businesses openings, while also signaling businesses that have decided to close. This helps inform and guide our efforts to attract new business or develop and implement programs for additional support to existing businesses. To this end, fees collected from business licensing are used to further economic development initiatives that support the local business community.

Finally, there is an added benefit to holding a business license in Okotoks: your business is included in our online business directory. This directory is an online, searchable tool where anyone can find your business! Click for the Okotoks Business Directory
If you have any questions regarding your business license, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Email

DID YOU KNOW: Business license fees in Okotoks have remained the same for the past 6 years?

Monthly Polling

The Town is in the process of making the “Temporary Patio Program” permanent. Do you plan to take advantage of this program in 2021?

Upcoming Events

2021 Projects Summary for Businesses

The Town has included a comprehensive listing of Town projects that may impact your business. We will do our best in this newsletter to provide as much information on these projects as possible. Check out the list!

List of upcoming projects

Motivational March with Evan Weselake (March 24th, 11:30am)

The Okotoks Chamber of Commerce and the Airdrie Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to bring you "Motivational March"! Join our Chambers (virtually) for a much-needed dose of motivation as we find ourselves one year into the global pandemic.

Event details

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs 2021 Awards

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is looking for nominees who have demonstrated:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit through perseverance, the courage to take risks, and the ability to seize opportunity;
  • A strong, scalable business model with plans for future growth
  • A dedication to building business and leadership capacity. Nominees must own and lead an Alberta-based for-profit business.

The deadline to nominate someone is March 31, 2021.

Nominate someone

Building and Maintaining Resilient Teams (March 10th, 1pm)

Mental toughness, grit, innovation, and resiliency are the cornerstones of a sustainable business and essential traits of today’s leaders and business owners. Gone are the days of stand-alone leaders and passive teams. Tomorrow’s workforce demands empowered leaders at every level that work and create as a collective to address the complexities of our changing world. This session will prepare you for building resilient and empowered teams through a greater understanding of: VUCA and change principles; the characteristics of a resilient team; how to build a culture of resiliency and innovation and; the new leadership paradigm and traits of future leaders.

Event details

Are you organizing an event or webinar that you want to share with the public? If your business is in Okotoks, we can help you spread the word. Submit your event through our website and we will make it visible to our website visitors. Your event could also make it into this newsletter.

Submit an Event

New Business Listings

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

Home Occupations

  • ABSTRAKT BARRE STUDIO – Mobile Boutique Fitness & Wellness Centre
  • APT – Personal Training & Wellness
  • BLUE DOG DESIGNS – Reupholster and Upholstery Services and Sales
  • BREATHE EZ CARPET/DUCT CLEANING – Service, Cleaning of Ducts and Carpets
  • CROOKED TREE STUDIO – Selling Handcrafted Products
  • KRISTA’S BEAUTY BAG – Professional Teeth Whitening
  • MACKSBOUTIQUE – Hair Salon
  • BIG ROCK PROPERTY SERVICES – Commercial Cleaning Services
  • COLUMBIA CARPENTRY – Carpentry Business
  • DUALING DALMATIANS PET SERVICES INC. – Pet Services, Dog Walking, Nail Trims
  • FLOURISH AND FLOW – Home Organizing Business
  • WALK IN MAGIC DESIGNS – Decal and Custom Made Déco


  • KARA WOODLEY RMT – Massage Therapist
  • SECTOR 6 FITNESS – Private Training Facility
  • BARBURRITO – Restaurant

You can find more information on these new businesses as well as many others at our online business directory.

Online business directory

Business support programs

Small-Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 50%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organizations can apply for 15% of their pre-COVID-19 revenue, up to a maximum of $5,000 in funding.

Learn more and apply

HEADSTRONG PROGRAM – Managing Stress while Managing your Business

HeadStrong Group Coaching Programs are mini-workshops with short, strategy-focused teaching, and opportunities for group discussion where participants feel comfortable. There is never any obligation to share, but participants are always welcome to listen in and engage when comfortable. One benefit of HeadStrong Group Coaching Programs is the opportunity for networking and connection as businesspeople and professionals in the community.

HeadStrong Program

Apply for Alberta's one-time payment to recognize critical workers.

The Critical Worker Benefit will provide a one-time payment of $1,200 to eligible Albertans in recognition of their hard work to provide Albertans with the care and critical services they need.
Eligible workers in the health care, social services, education and private sectors will receive the benefit distributed through their employers.
Private sector employers have until Friday, March 19, 2021 to apply for the benefit on behalf of their eligible employees.

Learn more and apply

Check out our more comprehensive listing of support resources available to Okotoks businesses.

COVID-19 Business Resources

Kindness Currency

Help share your stories of inspiring acts of kindness! As the pandemic goes on, we continue to see so many acts of kindness and we want to recognize these while inspiring others. Share your stories of the people/businesses who are helping to make Okotoks stronger and more resilient. They have a chance to be featured in a monthly themed video showcasing how we are #OkotoksStrongerTogether!

Submit your nomination

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