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City of Airdrie businesses adapting thanks to local support program


Airdrie businesses are accessing free professional support to help them meet their business challenges thanks to a City of Airdrie program.

The Right for Your Business support program (RFYB) matches local business owners with professional service providers for free one-on-one sessions to identify challenges and opportunities and develop strategies and plans to meet them.

“The Right for Your Business program came along for us at the right time,” says Tara Pickford of Ambition Performing Arts. “It helped us tackle a significant challenge in our business, and the funding helped us find a great local resource and build a lasting system that will solve a pain point for years to come. I am always impressed with the resources Airdrie Economic Development, and the City of Airdrie are willing to source for the local business community.”

Airdrie Economic Development Officer and program lead Tara Levick says the program has seen some successes, but there’s always more to do.

“We get it,” she says. “Business owners in Airdrie are still facing challenges that came out of COVID, as well as from the current economic climate. This support program is designed to help them identify their biggest challenges and work with them to develop strategies and action plans to meet them.”

Local professionals involved in the program support businesses in areas including business strategy and planning, financial planning and management, human resources and workforce, marketing strategy and planning, legal concerns, IT infrastructure, and work-life balance and wellness.

“I can't say enough good things about the business professional who worked with us,” says Becky Urban, of Warehouse Spin & Barre. “The fact the city is offering this program is amazing. I have gained so much from doing the Right for Your Business support program and other programs offered in Airdrie.”

Business owners apply online and complete a 15-minute phone interview to discuss their specific situation. To be eligible, businesses must have a valid City of Airdrie business licence and operate out of a commercial location within Airdrie city limits.

There are also free or low-cost workshops offered as part of RFYB on topics ranging from commercial leases to marketing strategy. The Financially Fierce series kicks off October 24, supporting businesses in building a rock-solid financial framework for lasting success. Interested business owners can register on the City of Airdrie website.

For more information on the program, to apply or register for a workshop, go to the Right For Your Business webpage

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Media contact:

Tara Levick
Economic Development Officer
403.948.8800 ext. 8481