Steps to Starting a Business

The prospect of starting a business is an exciting and demanding time for entrepreneurs. All new businesses should consider the development of a business plan as their first step.

Links and resources to help you start a business

  1. Develop a business plan. Need help? Contact Community Futures to connect with experts.
  2. Complete your market research. Check our our Investment Opportunity Engine for detailed information.
  3. Obtain financial commitment before proceeding with start-up costs.
  4. Register your business name with Corporate Registry.
  5. Visit Alberta Small Business Resources for additional information.
  6. Click on the Licensing section for Red Deer-specific license and permit information.  
  7. Contact Canada Revenue Agency for information on corporate income tax and GST, and to obtain an employer's account number for Unemployment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan deductions.
  8. Register your company with the Workers' Compensation Board
  9. If you employ five or more people, register with the Alberta Health Insurance Plan
  10. Ensure that you comply with the pertinent labour regulations by contacting the Employment Standards Branch of Alberta Human Services.
  11. Contact the Government of Alberta if assistance is required to locate and/or train new employees.
  12. Ensure that all health regulations that relate to your business have been investigated. Alberta Health Services website is a good place to start.
  13. Obtain appropriate insurance, leases and other operating needs.
  14. Ensure that all environmental issues that affect your business have been investigated.

For more information on business start-up and development, contact the Land & Economic Development department.

News & Notices

Council considers pricing structure ...

October 15, 2018

Residents will be able to customize their Blue and Black Cart collection system to meet their household waste needs and also influence their utility rates, as outlined tonight during first reading of the Utility Bylaw amendment (3606/2018).

The City will explore annexation

October 15, 2018

At tonight’s regular City Council meeting, a motion was approved that gives The City direction to explore the merits of annexation.

Red Deerians invited to participate ...

October 12, 2018

“On behalf of the City Manager recruitment team, I encourage all residents of Red Deer to participate in consultations that will help define the characteristics, attributes, and skills the next City Manager should possess.