Starting a Business

Best Communities for Business

Brooks ranked Number 5 on the 2013 Best Communities for Business in Alberta Ventures independent study. According to the report, we have the lowest costs to service industrial land at $148,000 per acre!

Steps to Start

(Never purchase these items until you have completed your research and are ready to operate your business)

  • Determine your business structure (either as a Sole Proprietorship, Partnership or Incorporate your company. Always seek professional advice.)
  • If your business will operate from home, contact the Development Officer to inquire about a home occupation licence 403-362-3333.
  • Obtain, if necessary, any permits and/or special licences (e.g. bonded permits, development permits).
  • Obtain a City Business Licence - Come and see us at City Hall, 201 1st Avenue West, or call 403-362-3333.
  • Register your business with Alberta Registries (Licence Centre/Bureau, or AMA). Prior to, do a name search to see if name is available.
  • Research and purchase commercial insurance as applicable for your business.
  • Contact the Canada Revenue Agency (800-959-5525), for a Business Number and GST Number, if you will have more than $30,000 in sales in a 12 month consecutive period, and/or if you intend to hire employees.
  • Research and acquire WCB coverage if necessary for your business (Phone: 800-661-1993)


Please visit our Business Resources page for a full list of resources available!