In the province’s deep southeast sits Estevan, proudly known as Saskatchewan’s Energy Capital. Located in the heart of oil and gas country, Estevan has energy in more ways than one.
As the southeast makes its transition from coal, Estevan is opening its doors to opportunities of all kinds—while offering a quality of life and business environment designed to thrive.
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While it’s a city powered by the energy sector, there is more to Estevan than you know. It’s also a city on the go, offering business incentives perfect to start or grow a venture. Glen Peterson Industrial Park offers eligible businesses a lot for just one dollar. That’s right – just one loonie can get your business a fully serviced city lot with high-speed internet access. Designed for any business, the park is close to important amenities including Southeast College, local retailers, and residential subdivisions—making your commute mere minutes.
Southern Bolt & Supply used the city’s incentives to merge with another local business, growing their footprint and increasing their capacity and product offerings to the city.
For existing and new businesses, there’s also an opportunity to upgrade your storefront to maximize that ever-important curb appeal. The 75 per cent tax incentive can be used for upgrades including lighting, awnings, architectural features, windows, exterior walls, parking lots, landscaping, signage and more.
New and growing businesses can also take advantage of Estevan’s municipal tax incentive. The three-year tax exemption is for any business that has constructed a new building or made substantial improvements or expansions to an existing building. Plus, businesses in agri-value, greenhouse technology, geothermal energy, renewable energy or manufacturing and warehousing are eligible for another two years of tax exemption.
Finally, Southeast Business Startup can help any business—startup or established—with advice and support—for free. Jeff Taylor, the centre’s driving force, can assist businesses find the resources they need for success in the southeast. “Southeast Business Startup is a free consulting service here to help anyone start, grow, buy or sell a business in the region,” says Taylor. “The City of Estevan is focused on making business succeed here. It’s a great place to do business that really stands out in the crowd.”
The incentives, plus Estevan’s skilled labour force, proximity to the U.S. Border, access to major transportation links and low cost of doing business make it a place to set up shop for long-term growth and success.
The City is also home to Southeast College, which provides training and post-secondary education in many fields. The school recently added a Heavy Equipment Operator program to the Estevan Campus, with the city allocating land for students to practice their road building skills.
Beyond its capacity for business growth, Estevan is also a fantastic place to call home. With a 10-minute commute, affordable residential real estate, numerous parks and recreational opportunities, and Saskatchewan’s only largemouth bass fishing, the city welcomes new residents to start a career and establish a life.
“Our city is the best place to start a business or a career,” says City of Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig. “Estevan is open for business and offers a quality of life that is second-to-none. Reach out and see what we can offer you.”