Cochrane is home to a variety of businesses. While business of all types find success in Cochrane, the following sectors are standouts.
Information and communications technology
Alberta’s frontier spirit has found new life through the new technology, innovative industrial solutions and entrepreneurship coming from Cochrane. The knowledge economy here is well-positioned to take advantage of the qualities of our community. This includes 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
Independent creators are of high value in the current economy. Efficient, affordable travel and global connectivity has allowed professionals to work from anywhere. This has drawn engineer, designers, programmers and other innovators to choose to work from Cochrane.
Retail and professional services
As a smaller town, Cochrane has found ways to balance its charm with the desire for the convenience offered by large cities. Major regional and local retailers have established locations in Cochrane, creating a vibrant downtown.
Many professional service providers have selected Cochrane as the centre of operations. Accountants, management consultants and lawyers based in Cochrane support local businesses, helping their clients manage and improve operations. This sector helps Cochrane attract and maintain a vibrant business community.