Stettler’s first co-working space opened as a new business centre on Mon. Aug. 19.
Owner 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 unique 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,” Rairdan said.
Rairdan met with Dan Sych of Hay Lakes, Alta. in January to discuss his professional building on 44th Avenue.
“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,” she continued.
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,” began Sych.
“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-work space makes for great synergy and offers something for all professionals.”
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,” says Rairdan.
“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. The space is seen as a perfect hub for workers of all kinds.
“It gets home-based businesses off their dining tables, gives consultants a place to land when going through town, provides overflow workspace to larger companies and offers numerous supports to start-ups.”
“The Central Alberta Business Centre will be a great resource in our community as entrepreneurs and small businesses look to expand their operations.”
Stacey Benjamin of the Stettler Board of Trade said, “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.”
Amenities to the business centre 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.
Rairdan operates her company out of the Centre, meaning all the business support services you could need 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,” said Rairdan.
The Central Alberta Business Centre is located at 4803 44th Ave. Stettler, Alta. next to Cold Lake.
Contact them through the website at centralalbertabusinesscentre.ca or by calling 403-743-0347.