Wendy Rairdan moved to Stettler with her husband Bryan and son, Asa, just a year ago.
Her husband Bryan grew up in Stettler and when they had the chance to come home they jumped at the opportunity to be part of the community. Wendy has been a web designer and supporter of small business since 2011 and it didn’t take her long to realize that Stettler was in a position to be a hub for business happenings in Central Alberta.
“We have home-based businesses, small and large local businesses as well as mobile workers travelling through Stettler and they need a place to meet, collaborate and work. We have a wonderful community but we needed a place to build a business community,” she said in a release.
Wendy met with Dan Sych (Hay Lakes) in January to discuss his professional building on 44th Ave.
“Dan had this beautiful professional building with no business in it and I had a business plan and no building. We hit it off and started working together.”
Sych bought the building in 2013 as an investment.
“When I met with Wendy, I liked her idea and felt like she had a good plan. You can’t be around her and not be excited about the business centre.
“She has worked very hard to bring this project forward to the community. The mix of long-term professional offices surrounding a co-working space makes for a great synergy and offers something for all professionals.”
The Central Alberta Business Centre boasts the first co-working space in Stettler.
“You just buy a day pass, weekly pass or monthly pass, sit down with your laptop and get to work,” said Wendy.
“You have access to all the office equipment you need, high-speed wifi and the coffee is always on.
“There is no overhead or long-term commitments. It gets home-based businesses off their dining tables, gives consultants a place to land when going through town, provides overflow work space to larger companies and offers numerous supports to start-ups.”
Amenities to the Business Centre also include professional office spaces, a large boardroom available for rent for just $10 per hour, a break-room, and the beautiful walking trail around Cold Lake.
“The Central Alberta Business Centre will be a great resource in our community as entrepreneurs and small businesses look to expand their operations,” said Stacey Benjamin of the Stettler Board of Trade. “The co-working space and shared administrative support allows individuals an opportunity to get a bit of help and network while moving their business to the next stage.”
Wendy operates her company out of the centre, meaning all the business support services needed are in-house.
“If someone needs help with their computer, requires web design, bookkeeping or graphics all they have to do is pop in my office across the hall.”
Meanwhile, everyone is invited to the grand opening on Aug. 19th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“As soon as people walk in the space they get it! They get excited and they want to know more. We are thrilled to welcome everyone to come by for a tour, enjoy a cup of coffee and talk to us about their hopes for the Business Centre.”
The Central Alberta Business Centre is located at 4803 – 44th Ave. next to Cold Lake.
Contact them through the web site at centralalbertabusinesscentre.ca or by calling 403-743-0347.