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.

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.

Interested in being informed of upcoming events? 

Join the CGPBSN distribution list to keep up to date on upcoming events.
To join the CGPBSN distribution list, contact Hetti Huls at 780-532-9722 or at hhuls@countygp.ab.ca.  

Upcoming Events

Creating a Health & Safety Management System for Businesses and Non-Profits

County of Grande Prairie Administration Building, 10001 - 84 Avenue, Clairmont, AB
September 12, 2019: 10 am – 4 pm
September 13, 2019: Scheduled 45 minute one-on-one follow up coaching
Cost: $ 199.00 (includes the following):

  • 6 hours workshop on day 1 (incl. lunch and coffee breaks)
  • 45 minute coaching on day 2
  • Workshop & OHS handbooks
  • Register here

This workshop focuses on the basics of a health and safety manual, an overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Handbook, and reasons why building health and safety capacity in your small business will increase opportunities for procurement and future business opportunities.  Participants will also receive 45 minutes of follow up one-on-one coaching the day after the workshop.

Petroleum Industry Providers and Employers (P.I.P.E.) presentation and Changing the Employment Culture

Alliance Church, 15502 102 Street - Clairmont AB
October 15, 2019
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Cost: $ 25.00 (includes lunch)
Registration opening soon

P.I.P.E. - This will be a presentation from the PIPE group that shows the value of using local service providers.  The goal of P.I.P.E. is to keep the regional economy going by hiring local contractors, using local businesses and spending in the local market.

Changing the Employment Culture – Every business has a Culture, good or bad, what’s yours?  This presentation gives employers and managers tips and guidelines to change or create a positive culture within your work group.

Yearend Success Evening

JP Outpost, 105, 8301 - 99 Ave, Clairmont, AB
November 19, 2019
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost $ 25.00
Registration opening soon

Join us for the celebration of a very successful year of the County of Grande Prairie Business Support Network, meet the steering committee, network with other business leaders, and enjoy a presentation on design thinking – maximizing creative thinking for personal and business growth with special guest Raphael Bohlmann.