Starting a Business

The Killarney region continues to be a great place to invest and start a new business. Many opportunities exist in our stable and growing economy and we are always pleased to be of assistance to new investors.
  • Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain
  • Economic Development Grant Program

The Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain would like to introduce an economic development grant Program for new or existing businesses.
  • Grant is available for Commercial property only;
  • Maximum grant is $30,000 for the first year;
  • Only new assessment qualifies to receive a grant;
  • Grants will not be given for reassessment.
The grant is available for three years for a new business that creates an increase of assessment of 100,000 or more. The business will receive a declining grant equal to the municipal mill rate, excluding school division mill rate, provincial school mill rate and local improvement mill rates. The structure of the three years is as follows: 100% in the first year, 66% in the second year and 33% in the third year.

On an existing business the grant is available for construction that increases the assessment by 50,000 or more. The business will receive a grant equal to the municipal mill rate, excluding school division mill rate, provincial school mill rate and local improvment mill rates. The structure of the three years is as follows: 100% in the first year, 66% in the second year and 33% in the third year.

Businesses that do not qualify under the above criteria may be eligible for a start up grant on case by case bases.

*Below are some helpful resources to assist you in your research. As always, we want you to feel welcome to contact us with any questions you may have.

Helpful Business Links:

You can also find additional information and access to business start programs at Community Futures Westman. Community Futures Westman has been in operation since 1987 and is federally funded through the Department of Western Economic Diversification.

The program was established to assist rural communities in the development of strategies for dealing with a changing economic environment. While financial support comes from the federal government, control and operation of the organization rests with a regional board of directors comprised of 15 volunteers.

Ongoing Business Seminars

MAFRD and other partners host a variety of small business events throughout the year.

Did You Know.....

Commercialization Support for Business Program

This program helps Manitoba continue to move forward by supporting product and process commercialization and business development in all regions of the province. The Commercialization Support for Business Program will help entrepreneurs every step of the way, at every stage of the business lifecycle. For details, go to: Commercialization Support for Business Program.

Growing Value – Commercialization

The program areas of focus include: new product development, market research and development in domestic and international markets, value-added processing productivity improvements and related equipment purchases, adoption of environmental sustainability practices and skill development associated with adoption of newly established production processes that use new or innovative technologies. For details on this program or other Growing Forward 2 programs, go to: Growing Forward 2 Programs; or email


Supercharge your business! Learn how to grow your startup business and get the information and tools you need to enhance your skills and help you succeed.

Are you starting or growing your business?
On April 6 to April 7, 2016, the Westman Region Entrepreneur Boot Camp will provide entrepreneurs with opportunities to compete in a business pitch competition, to network with other like-minded entrepreneurs and business owners, and to learn from serial entrepreneur Randy Thompson, founder of VA Angels, the most active investor group in Canada with over $28 million invested.

Day one (April 6, 2016)
You will participate in an interactive workshop that will cover five key areas that business startups should consider.

Day two (April 7, 2016)
On day two you will learn how to make an effective business pitch. You’ll also have the opportunity to take advantage of one-on-one business mentoring sessions.

Dates and Location
Wednesday April 6, 2016 – Thursday April 7, 2016
  • The Victoria Inn
  • 3550 Victoria Ave
  • Brandon Manitoba

"I learned more from the experience in these two days than a year of reading business books".
~ Aida Tahhan – Aida’s Catering

"The One-on-One Advisors were very valuable. With the overview of each Advisors’ experience and expertise, I was able to choose who would relate best to me and what was most interesting to me. I was able to customize these sessions to meet my needs".
 ~ Warren Genik – AgSky Technologies

"These two days of networking, meeting everyone and sharing our stories and views has been worth it".
~ Gail Freeman–Campbell - Daughter On Call

"Participation in the Entrepreneur Boot Camp helped participants focus on their business and focus on the goals of their business, giving them clarity and direction".
~ Chris Sobchuk – Allen Leigh Security & Communications

Call to Register - Laurie Crowe

Business Development Specialist - Entrepreneurship
Food and Agri-Product Processing
Manitoba Agriculture Food & Rural Development
1129 Queens Ave, Brandon MB R7A 1L9
Fax 204 726-6260
Phone 204 761-0551