Information and Communications Technology

Beyond oil and gas, ranching, and heavy industry, Alberta’s frontier spirit has been reborn in Cochrane with new technology, innovative industrial solutions and inspiring entrepreneurship. Cochrane’s knowledge economy is positioned to take advantage of the unique qualities of our community, access to a skilled workforce and partnerships with local and regional organizations focused on innovation.

According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Cochrane and area ranked first among Canada’s top entrepreneurial cities

Home-Based Business

The new world economy values independent creators, wherever they are. Now that efficient, affordable travel and global connectivity allow professionals to work from anywhere, engineers, designers, programmers and other innovators choose to work from Cochrane. In fact, 50% of our local businesses operate out of homes. These business owners recognize that Cochrane is the best place in Canada to be an entrepreneur.

Retail and Professional Services

Small-town feeling meets big-city convenience in Cochrane. Cochrane has found balance by encouraging major regional and local retail to locate in the heart of the community. A vibrant and complete downtown is essential to a strong economy.

A wide variety of professional service providers choose Cochrane as their centre of operations. Accountants, management consultants and lawyers based in Cochrane support the local business community and help their clients manage and improve their businesses, and by extension, the local economy. This thriving sector helps Cochrane attract and maintain a vibrant business community.

Additional Resources

Here’s more information about starting a business in Cochrane: