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:
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.
The Okotoks Business Association is built on the values of the heart and science and business. Bringing together entrepreneurs to nurture the growth and education of business leaders in the Foothills.
You have goals. We can help you achieve them. Bow Valley College provides training that gets you ready for the work force. Our Okotoks Campus offers a variety of credit and non-credit programming. Upgrade your skills, start a new career path, or finish high school - here in the Foothills.
OAC is a passionate volunteer-based organization on a mission to create and maintain a vibrant arts energy, and foster collaborative friendships within the unique communities of Foothills, Alberta.