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 were completed in 2018. High lighting opportunities within the region for business development or expansion.

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

General Information

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

Financial Support

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

The Business Development Bank of Canada 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 as well as growth and business transition capital.

Venture Capital Options

Business Development Canada Venture Capital

Angel Investment

Crowd Funding

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

Crowd Funding Sources are:

Alberta BoostR

Go Fund Me