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High River has a wide variety of people and organizations committed to supporting your business success. From business planning to financing to workforce recruitment and management, you will find it all in the following links.


Bow Valley College in the Foothills is proud to be your post-secondary education institution for the Foothills region. Two campuses in the Foothills, at High River and Okotoks, offer specialized professional development, through a broad range of seminars and training courses.

We partner with you and your company to build and facilitate individual developing and implementing professional development programs, workplace-based training for business and government, certificates, courses, seminars and workshops tailored to your needs.

We also develop our career programs in the Foothills based on employer demand for appropriately skilled employees – we welcome your feedback on your skills needs.
Bow Valley College, 403-441-2399,

All Things Business – Let the Business Centre be the solution to your business (and personal administrative) needs. The Centre offers more than office rentals. We have a wide range of business solutions from sending and receiving faxes, photocopies and scanning, boardroom/meeting room space and virtual office services. Need stationery? We have it or can get it within 24hrs, no more travelling to Okotoks for printer ink or a package of paper. Contact us today and see how else we may assist your company with marketing materials, project management to human resource services and secretarial services.
The Business Centre, 403-652-1100,

High River & District Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization comprised of business owners who invest their time and money in the business community. These committed members work to improve the economic, civic and cultural well-being of the area throughout the year by directing programs aimed at improving the quality of the business community.

The Chamber is equally interested in assisting all businesses both small and large. Whatever the scope of involvement or the type of activity, things don’t just happen; progress is made through the efforts of many people working together using the Chamber of Commerce as a primary business resource and avenue.

The Chamber offers seminars on a diverse range of topics and monthly meetings with engaging keynote speakers. There are also business networking opportunities offered to members as well as various promotional opportunities throughout the year, including an annual Trade Fair, the Little Britches Parade, Santa Claus Parade and other functions. High River & District Chamber of Commerce, 403-652-3336,


Community Futures Highwood has been providing support to new and existing businesses in the Highwood region since 1986. Over this time, literally thousands of entrepreneurs have accessed the business support services and expanded their tool kit of business knowledge and resources.

As High River rebuilds its economy, Community Futures Highwood is providing business counselling, business support and business loans to entrepreneurs starting new businesses, as well as entrepreneurs growing their existing businesses.  Community Futures Highwood, 403-995-4151,

Foothills Special Needs Association for Parents and Siblings (Foothills SNAPS) is a charitable organization that specializes in connecting individuals with special needs and their families, friends and community members with services and supports in order to enhance their lives within the community.  Foothills SNAPS provides a number of inclusive opportunities, workshops and programming options for interested individuals in the community.

Services to High River: Family Support, Regional Library Resources, Education and Connections to Services, Assist Youth/Adults with barriers in Job Preparation and Job Placement.

Foothills SNAPS provides education, information, and support to parents, siblings and community members who are connected to someone with special needs in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Foothills SNAPS, 403-603-3232,

McBride Career Group Inc. began their work with unemployed Albertans in 1989, and has continually expanded services to present specialization in career consulting, employment support, occupational training, and professional development.

McBride Career Group offers workshops to learn the latest skills and tools for job search and career planning. Career Coaches are available for cover letter/resume critique and development, employment counselling and academic advising. Access to public computers, local job postings and labour market news are also available in the centre.

Employers and business owners are always welcome to utilize McBride office space and seek assistance with hiring and retention strategies. McBride will host mini Job Fairs on site or encourage local businesses to participate in the annual Career and Employment Expo.  McBride Career Group, 403-601-2660,


Foothills Advocacy in Motion Society (FAIM) is proud to support adults with developmental disabilities in High River, Okotoks and Strathmore. We assist our individuals to live independently or with care providers as well as support them through day programs by helping them find and maintain meaningful employment.

FAIM works with individuals to prepare them for the workforce, and to provide them with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in their job. Once an individual enters the workforce, they are supported by a FAIM job coach who attends the jobsite with them at no additional cost to the employer. The job coach provides guidance, mentorship, and helps to instil a strong work ethic.

In order to qualify for FAIM services, an individual must first secure funding through Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD). Upon approval, individuals are encouraged to contact the FAIM intake coordinator Sherry Toomey at

High River Office

126 9 Ave SE, T1V 1E7

403-652-4161 ext 229