Business Resources and Supports

Are you looking for resources, programs, services and support for your business or business idea? Check out the list of available organizations, programs, and services below!

 

Mentorship and One-on-One Support

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

Futurpreneur Mentorship + Financing program offers start-up small business owners ages 18-39 the opportunity to receive funding and mentorship. Please note mentorship is only available through financing. 

Women's Enterprise Organization of Canada WEOC’s diverse membership includes non-profit organizations from across Canada that support women entrepreneurs through business and financial planning, advising and mentorship programs.

 

Chambers of Commerce

Membership with your local Chambers of Commerce provides you, the business owner and professional, value-added benefits, networking opportunities, training programs and workshops, and more. Reach out to your local Chamber to see what benefits await your membership!

 

Business & Economic Development Specialists

PREDA

Peace Regional Economic Development Alliance (PREDA) is one of 9 regional economic development alliances (aka REDA) in the province of Alberta. PREDA is a partnership of 47 municipalities, educational institutions, business groups and Community Futures working together to guide the regional economic development of Alberta’s northwest – affectionately referred to as the Peace Region. Check out the data for the PREDA service area here.

A PREDA membership offers 

  • Access to PREDA studies and research project summaries
  • Networking opportunities for a unified voice to raise funds and utilize human resources for regional economic development
  • Access to economic trends and intelligence
  • Free space in PREDA’s newsletter
  • Free link to your website on peacecountrycanada.com
  • Access to economic development educational opportunities, including events and conferences
  • Access to value-added, fee-based services when desired

 GPRIN

Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network (GPRIN) is led by local community organizations with a vast network of partnerships and is the Innovation Network serving northwestern Alberta. GPRIN helps innovators, entrepreneurs, and companies move their ideas forward by offering access to various services and professionals throughout the Alberta innovation ecosystem. In addition, GPRIN has access to resources and expertise in multiple areas in Alberta and across Canada.

Alberta Innovates

Alberta Innovates is Alberta's largest research and innovation agency. From funding to commercialization, they are Alberta’s innovation engine. In addition, the Technology Development Advisors provide Coaching, Community, and Capital to high potential, high growth, Technology or Knowledge-based Alberta small & medium-size enterprises (SMEs) who are at the committing, validating or scaling stage of their client journey.  

Community Futures

Community Futures Peace Country is a non-profit organization dedicated to building an economically diverse future for the communities of our beautiful Peace region. CF services are designed for small businesses to help Peace Country region residents start, grow, expand, franchise, or sell their businesses. With many specialized business training programs, regular business networking events, and flexible business loans on offer, CF is here to help you achieve your business goals. 

BDC

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC): BDC has a Canada-wide network of over 500 business consultants that will help you build a successful and resilient business. BDC Consultants can help you and your business with sales and marketing, business strategies, eCommerce, leadership, operational efficiencies, and more. 

 

Free Business Plan Creators

 

Financial Support 

 

Venture Capital

Business Development Canada Venture Capital

Angel Investment

 

Crowd Funding

Check out the National Crowd Funding Association of Canada for information on how crowd funding works.

Crowd Funding Sources are:

 

Resources, Research, Guides, and Tools

 

This page is just a small view of the many available resources and supports; if you are looking for something that wasn't listed or for something specific, reach out to the County of Northern Lights Economic Development and Community Services Department at 780-836-3348.

 

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