Business Support Network

What is the Business Support Network?

The County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network (CGPBSN) was created to build strong partnerships within our business community that will address common, current, local and regional workplace challenges.

Members of the CGPBSN work together to: 

  • Identify common workforce challenges and current labour market trends.
  • Address and find solutions to identified trends and challenges by exchanging ideas as an open, respectful and positive business network.
  • Create a safe environment for partnership building and for collaboration on ways to address common workplace challenges. 

Why was the CGPBSN created?

The County of Grande Prairie is always working to identify current and future opportunities that will support our diverse economy.  This includes creating the Growth and Economic Development Strategy (GEDS), which established a 50-year vision to lead us as we accommodate future growth and strengthen economic development in a sustainable, responsible way.    

One of the desired outcomes of the GEDS is to increase collaboration by partnering for growth. Accordingly, the new Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Program was implemented to strengthen the connection between businesses and our communities, while encouraging growth opportunities. BRE functions have included administering business surveys and launching the CGPBSN.

Joining the CGPBSN

To join the CGPBSN, contact Hetti Huls at 780-532-9722 or at  

CGPBSN events are an open and positive venue for business groups and individuals to collaborate and exchange ideas and information on current labour market trends, and to address workforce development, attraction, and retention challenges.

Upcoming Events

Best Practices for Utilizing Government Hiring Programs
May 7, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Alliance Church
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Cannabis at Work
June 18, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
More details to follow

MELT – How the Mandatory Entry Level Training Law Impacts the Trucking / Transport Industry
August 13, 2019
More details to follow

Health & Safety Obligations
September 10, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  
More details to follow  

P.I.P.E. (Petroleum Industry Providers and Employers) Presentation and The Changing Employment Culture
October 15, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
This event will focus on the trend towards human rights versus employment standards.

  • PIPE – 10 minute presentation with ½ hour roundtable discussion
  • CEC – 10 min presentation with ½ hr roundtable discussion

More details to follow

Yearend Success Evening
November 19, 2019
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
More details to follow