February 7, 2023

Six Ways to Nurture Solid Relationships in the Workplace

Workplace relationships can positively or negatively affect your job satisfaction as well as your ability to grow in a role and organization.

When you build positive relationships at work, you feel more comfortable with your interactions and less threatened by others’ progress. You feel a closer bond to the people you’re working with, and you grow your influence with the organizational boundaries.

1. Communicate respectfully, clearly & effectively.

2. Change your attitude about mistakes.

3. Learn to take on responsibilities & help others.

4. Try to maintain a positive attitude.

5. Resolve conflicts amicably.

6. Try to know each other better.

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Get to Know You Day: Collaboration in Calgary's Innovation Ecosystem

Okotoks Economic Development staff were excited to take part in Calgary’s Innovation Ecosystem on Wednesday January 18, 2023 at Platform Calgary.

The goal of the event was to bring together key stakeholders and to foster collaboration in our regional tech and innovation ecosystem. It was an opportunity for regional stakeholders to share who they are, who they serve, and what they do.

Over 100 participants attended and there were many takeaways from the day, including the opportunity to continue the conversations and collaborations that we started!

Collaboration is a strategic goal. The Town of Okotoks strategy for 2022-2025, convening the service providers and government agencies in our region, will strengthen our collective impact.

The Town of Okotoks continues to emphasize the value of regional collaborations in its efforts to increase economic diversity. The Town is working to make sure that there are active and healthy regional collaborations to support what businesses need to innovate from start to finish. It is important to remain committed to creating an environment where local businesses can innovate and grow.

Water Smart Business Grant - Apply Now!

Businesses eligible to receive thousands through Water Smart Business Grant.

This is your chance to apply for up to $10,000 to upgrade indoor and outdoor systems that conserve water. Not only can a business get the majority of initial costs covered, but these changes will also save money on every utility bill for years to come.

The grant has a total of $40,000 to allocate, and the deadline to apply is March 31! Click the button below for more info and to apply!

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New businesses in Town

New Business Listings

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

Elevate Beauty Bar
Harmony Law
Massage Delight
Mini Viet
Only One Taekowndo
Retro Oasis Escape Rooms & Arcade
Summit West Independent School
The Sugar Haus

Delegated Virtual Solutions
Excel Driving Academy
Fitness & Wellness with Tamara Boivin
Koch Financial
Mosby Insurance Agencies Ltd.
OTS Renovations
Piekenbrock Psychological Services
Pixel Dermatherapy
Prairie Pine Services
Riverside Construction
Robco Carpentry & Design
Royce Exotics Autoworx
Spotlight Editing Services
Sundara Beauty
The Four Corners

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

 New False Fire Alarm Bylaw

New False Fire Alarm Fees

A new fee structure to reduce repeated false fire alarms, as part of the Town of Okotoks’ Fees, Rates and Charges Bylaw, took effect on January 1, 2023. The fees are in place to prevent ongoing false alarms from the same business and to help business owners and alarm companies stay accountable. This step will ensure that Okotoks Fire & Rescue are not called unnecessarily and to help maintain appropriate service levels for the entire community.

If your fire alarm system is being serviced, have your technician contact the non-emergency dispatch number at 403-933-4535 to advise of possible false alarms prior to any maintenance.

If more information is required, please contact Okotoks Fire Services at 403-938-4066. Thank you for your cooperation.

Share Your Thoughts on Deer in Okotoks

With deer being a part of the biodiversity landscape in Okotoks, the Town and residents need to work together to adopt strategies that discourage deer from eating and inhabiting yards in our community.

To make decisions on future deer deterrent strategies, we need your feedback on deer education & awareness, your experience with deer, strategies you currently use and deer deterrent fencing options. Take the survey from February 6-19 by clicking the link below:

Deer Survey

Alberta Summer Games Updates

Do you need more information about the games coming to Okotoks this summer? Please visit the ASG website by clicking the button below.

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Poll Question

Winter is often a time when people get away for vacation - does your business ever close for a set period of time so you can take a holiday?

Send us your answer and we'll share the results in March!

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Business Support Programs

Business Support Programs: There are numerous resources for small businesses to stimulate growth. Supports include loans, bursaries, financing, marketing, succession and other aids for small businesses.

Check out these business support links:

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If you have questions about the following programs, contact ecdevokotoks@okotoks.ca

Procurement Opportunities

Please visit the Town’s website to see what opportunites are currently available for bidding.

Bids & Tenders

Questions? Email Economic Development to find out more information.

Upcoming Business Webinars & Podcasts

Check out the following February webinars!

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Check out the following upcoming podcasts!

If you have any podcasts you’re listening to on business or entrepreneurism please let us know so we can share with the rest of the Okotoks businesses.

Help Us Help You!

Business Visitation Program

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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Business Success Stories

This program is open to all businesses located in the Okotoks that hold a valid business licence. Connect with Economic Development to participate in the Success Stories program. Let's collaborate to promote your business!

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Small Business Resources

Click to see all events by the Okotoks & District Chamber of Commerce

Okotoks & District Chamber of Commerce
 A not-for-profit organization, directed by a team of volunteers, dedicated to helping local businesses thrive in our community. 
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Inclusion Foothills
Available for employers to train new or existing employees.

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Click to see all events by Community Futures Highwood

Community Futures Highwood
Financing, programming and free support for entrepreneurs.

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Click to see all events by MCG Careers


Innovative Career Development, Training, and Human Resource services which enable individuals and companies to achieve their full potential.

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Click to see all events by Business Link

Bow Valley

Bow Valley College is an innovative, world-class college with more than 600 faculty and staff who speak more than 50 languages. Campuses in Airdrie, Banff, Calgary, Cochrane Okotoks & Strathmore.

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More resource information is available by clicking the button below.

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Small Business Energy Saving Tip

There a many ways to help small businesses save energy; here is the fifth tip in a series of 12!

Turn off lights when not in use. It might seem like a no-brainer, but in a typical office, lights stay on in areas like break rooms, bathrooms, or conference rooms, even when those spaces aren’t being used. Sensor lights can help to keep the lights on when needed, but off when they’re not.

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