Local Business Organizations
Okotoks Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (OEE)
Formed in 2020, the OEE represents a grouping of likeminded stakeholders focused on establishing a collaborative foundation with a group of vested businesses and service groups within the Town of Okotoks to better serve the business community efficiently and strategically. Understanding the complexity and challenges working with stakeholder groups nonetheless, the following were high level desired outcomes to be achieved by the project:
- Service providers have a better understanding of how to collectively support the business community needs in the Town of Okotoks.
- Establish an understanding of the importance of businesses being able to access timely and relevant resources efficiently.
- Become more strategic instead of reactive.
- Work together to communicate and collaborate eliminating the need for creating ad hoc, informal groups.
- Alignment with economic development priorities.
- Collaborative service provider events and marketing.
- Inclusivity for stakeholders and business community
- Support for the collaboration and advancement of an impactful, strategic, inclusive downtown association.
Founding members of the OEE include:
Okotoks River District Business Association (RDBA)
The River District is located just South of Calgary in the centralized community of Downtown Okotoks. This new business district covers the majority of businesses along the Sheep River, spanning from the Town span of Elizabeth Street down to the Dawg Stadium along 32nd Street.
Our Vision is a thriving Downtown that is rich in products, services and experiences, not just for our community, but visitors as well. And our organization will engage its diverse membership, build relationships, share success stories, work together to find innovative solutions and be a constructive voice at the communal table.
To be more inclusive and strategic, the boundaries of downtown have expanded from Crystalridge Drive (West) to Motion Fitness area (East) and Elma Street (North) with the river being the South boundary. This new area will be called the River District.
The Okotoks & District Chamber of Commerce
The Okotoks & District Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization, directed by a team of volunteers, dedicated to helping local businesses thrive in our community. We actively promote, facilitate and strengthen the business climate by providing: Leadership, representation, networking opportunities, service and education to our chamber members. We are your advocate for policy development on all three levels of government.
Community Futures Highwood
The Community Futures Highwood office is a community driven, non-profit organization staffed by business professionals and guided by a volunteer Board of Directors. We provide a wide range of small business services and business management tools for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a business. We also run a number of specialized business programs, organize exciting business events and actively work with community and business leaders to foster rural economic growth.