Small Business Week celebrates local business success

October 1, 2013

Airdrie, Alberta – Airdrie’s small business environment will be celebrated through events, workshops and awards during Small Business Week, October 21 - 26.

“We have a fantastic business environment in Airdrie and we want to celebrate that,” says Kent Rupert, Airdrie Economic Development Team Leader. “We know 89% of businesses say Airdrie is a good place to do business – that’s something to be proud of.”

Airdrie is home to just over 1,800 licensed Airdrie-based businesses. Of that, 99 per cent have fewer than 100 employees (consistent with the Canadian percentage). A further 86 per cent of Airdrie businesses have less than 10 employees. More than 58 per cent of local businesses operate from home – 24 per cent of those businesses are interested in one day moving to a storefront location.

“Small Business Week is a great time to provide businesses with opportunities to learn and network,” explains Rupert. “We’re bringing in dynamic speakers on topics such as productivity and social media to give businesses resources to constantly improve their performance. And, for those businesses that have questions, we’re bringing back our Ask an Airdrie Expert program to connect them with local professionals.”

For more information about Small Business Week or to learn more about business in Airdrie, visit



Kent Rupert
Team Leader, Airdrie Economic Development
Economic Development Officer
Airdrie Economic Development
Tel: 403.948.8800 Ext. 8769


Airdrie Business Statistics

Airdrie-based business licenses issued

Airdrie businesses by number of employees (%)


Airdrie-based business licenses by sector

Source: City of Airdrie Business Licensing and Economic Development


Airdrie businesses sell to the world

*Industrial and commercial businesses (does not included home-based)

89%   Rate Airdrie as a good place to do business

65%   Expect demand for their product/service to grow over the next year

45%   Expect to hire over the next 12 months



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