ATB Opens Entrepreneur Centre, Offers Free Banking for 2016 Startups

Edmonton — ATB Financial has opened the doors to its Entrepreneur Centre in Edmonton, a unique, dedicated space where business owners can meet to share ideas, garner support, and learn from banking and business experts.

This Entrepreneur Centre is located at ATB’s Calgary Trail at Whitemud branch. The first ATB Entrepreneur Centre opened earlier this month in Calgary to rave reviews.

“We’re hearing exceptional feedback from our businesses who have started using our first Entrepreneur Centre,” said Wellington Holbrook, ATB’s Executive Vice-President, Business & Agriculture. “Our team has helped entrepreneurs connect with industry experts and potential customers, even investors.”

ATB is also partnering with other business experts to offer free seminars and workshops to Alberta business owners, whether they are ATB customers or not. Topics range from business banking basics to social media to crowdfunding.

Today, ATB is also announcing a Free Banking for 2016 Startups package. Any Alberta-based small to mid-sized business that incorporates or registers in 2016 and is not tied to any other business, is eligible for the offer for one full year after opening their accounts at ATB.

“We know Alberta could benefit from a few more people taking the leap to start a business right now,” added Holbrook. “But we know starting a business can be stressful, tough and expensive. Free Banking is one way we believe we can help more entrepreneurs get started and enable them to focus a little more on running their business, and a little less on the costs with banking it.”

The Free Banking for 2016 Startups package includes:

  • Full service chequing account – includes unlimited transactions
  • No annual fee on Business Rewards MasterCard or ATB Business MasterCard
  • PAYD merchant device (no setup fee)
  • ATB Online for Business and mobile banking
  • Cash management tools
    • Electronic funds transfers
    • One-off payments
    • Online wires
    • Corporate creditor services
    • Government tax payment & filing services
  • No monthly fee ATB Advantage personal chequing account

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