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.


BusinessLink is Alberta’s small business hub and is a nonprofit organization that helps people navigate the steps toward starting their own businesses. One-on-one support and guidance, market research, access to experts, training, networking opportunities, and specialized support for Indigenous entrepreneurs is availble through BusinessLink.

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.


Futurpreneur offers aspiring business owners aged 18-39  financing and mentorship to launch successful businesses across Canada and a variety of free resources.

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:



General Information

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