The Town of Drumheller, Community Futures and the Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce are partnering up to help locals open their own businesses. 
 
On Wednesday, November 16, the Open for Business open house will take place at the Badlands Community Facility starting at 5:00 p.m.
 
"This is about helping people who want to set up in business. We know that when you have a business idea, the idea is the easy part. It's then putting that idea into practice and also knowing where to go," stated Economic Development and Communications Officer, Julia Fielding. 
 
The Development Officer for the Town of Drumheller will be in attendance for those who have in depth questions.
 
"When you meet Julia (Steeper), you have some ideas of what you want to ask her. It's very hard because she has a lot of information in her head, but she really doesn't know what your business is going to be. This is your opportunity to hear about your process, think about the different permits you need and so this is your opportunity to hear the process you are going to have to go through," Fielding outlined. 
 
Over the summer, Community Futures helped a ton of local children start their businesses. Now, they're helping the adults to help Drumheller's economic times. 
 
"It's very much about the business plan because the business plan is your thing, it's how you're going to run your business like your cash flow. This is an important thing to have with finance, but also very good for a business permit, to have these business plans because that can really show where you want to go and it helps you with your thoughts on taking the business forward," reported Fielding. 
 
Fielding noted that all the attendees need to bring is really just their business ideas.
 
"Maybe a notepad or laptop, however they want to take notes. We will be serving sandwiches (and) coffee, so you can have some food and a chat. Bring some questions (because) we're trying to have a question area where we can post your questions and see what we get to answer," explained Fielding. "If there's other training that you would really like, such as marketing, let us know then the three organizations will work to do more of these things."
 
If someone can't make it to this open house, how can they sign up for the next one?
 
"Get in touch with me. The idea is this is not a one-off, we'd really like to make this an ongoing program. If you miss this one I'm sure there will be one coming up soon or come talk to me, Heather (Bitz) or Brock (Harrington)."
 
 

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