New and existing businesses and student entrepreneurs in Brooks, Alberta will soon have access to a small business advisor thanks to APEX, a partnership between Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures (AITF), Community Futures Entre-Corp (Entre-Corp) and Medicine Hat College (MHC).
The advisor will provide free coaching and advising, access to innovation support services, as well as learning and networking opportunities. They will also be focused on identifying regional needs through on-going consultations with stakeholders.
“We are excited that there will now be a position in Brooks that is focused on helping new entrepreneurs enter the marketplace and existing companies expand their operations,” says Sean Blewett, general manager of Entre-Corp. “Through our partnerships we will be able to provide access to a number of training opportunities and services to help companies in ways like developing new technologies, commercializing new products and improving productivity.”
Blewett adds that the position comes at a good time.
“In downtimes where there are not as many employment opportunities, a lot of individuals look to create their own and go into self-employment,” says Blewett. “For those who are currently in operations this is the time in which they are watching their bottom line. They can improve efficiencies though innovation and increase sales opportunities through exporting or developing new products – all areas where we can help.”
The position will be based out of MHC’s Brooks Campus.
“This role is a great way for us to be able to support student entrepreneurs in Brooks on a regular basis. Entrepreneurship is a strong part of what drives the economy in this region,” says Tracy Stroud, manager of business development at MHC.
Stroud mentions that through ongoing stakeholder consultations they continue to identify ways to support students, businesses and the region.
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