Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) 

AWE offers loans for women-owned businesses in Alberta. AWE can help provide the financing you need to start or grow your business and has a community to support you along the way. Small Business

Alberta Small Business Resources is a directory of business resources for new and established entrepreneurs by the Government of Alberta.

Free Business Plan Development

Financial Support Options

Community Futures provides training, counseling, and consulting to support small businesses. They offer rural business loans with a difference.

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) offers business loans and advisory services to help Canadian businesses grow, both at home and abroad. Through their subsidiary—BDC Capital, they also offer a full spectrum of specialized financing, including venture capital, equity well as growth and business transition capital.

Venture Capital Options

Crowd Funding

For information on Crowd Funding and how it works check out the National Crowd Funding Association of Canada.

Crowd Funding Sources are:


Futurpreneur offers mentorship for entrepreneurs.

Retail Gap Analysis


The Peace Regional Economic Development Association engaged in a retail gap analysis in the Peace Region to look at where there are opportunities or where we are over-saturated. This is a great place to start if you are looking to engage in a retail venture within the County of Northern Lights.

The County of Northern Lights and Town of Manning Retail Gap Analysis was completed in 2018. Highlighting opportunities within the region for business development or expansion.

General Information

For more information regarding economic development in The County of Northern Lights, please visit the business page of our website.