Alberta launches website for small businesses

The Alberta government has launched a website aimed at helping small businesses become more efficient at complying with rules and regulations.

The new website is billed as a one-stop shop for information businesses need. It also connects businesses with advisors available to “provide well-rounded perspectives and pull in required information from across the provincial government,” according to a press release.

Premier Jim Prentice showcased the website as part of a new small business policy Tuesday at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

Prentice wants to reshape government services and reduce the effort needed by owners to comply with government regulations.

The new approach is welcomed by Richard Truscott, a spokesman with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

Truscott sees the value in a single website for business, which provides market information or health and safety rules.

“Think of the improvement in productivity if we were simply to give back entrepreneurs across the country, including here in Alberta, some of their own time,” he said.

“Simply put, it’s because it ain’t easy making green, especially if you are a small business owner.”

The province plans to hold semi-annual round table meetings with small business owners and entrepreneurs.

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