Doing Business in SouthGrow

A number of regional economic development agencies exist in the region and assist individuals and businesses.  These agencies include:

  • Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs).  CFDCs deliver a variety of services ranging from technical and advisory services, start-up and small business loans, and community economic development planning.  There are two CFDC offices in the SouthGrow Region (Taber and Lethbridge).
  • Alberta Women Enterpreneurs (AWE) provides women entrepreneurs with advisory service, training, networking opportunities, business loans and referrals to complementary services.
  • The Business Link is a partnership of the federal and provincial governments that provide a single, seamless gateway for business development.
  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) offers financing, business loans, consulting and venture capital to businesses SME (small and medium sized enterprises).
  • Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) is a provincial crown corporation with a private sector Board of Directors that provides farmers, agribusinesses and other small businesses loans, crop insurance and farm income disaster assistance.
  • Farm Credit Corporation (FCC) is Canada's largest provider of business and financial services to farms and agribusiness.


There are a number of municipal economic development offices in the area:


In addition, there are a number of industry organizations in the region:


There are many Chamber of Commerce organizations and Business Associations in the SouthGrow Region as well:


Other agencies/organizations that are often of interest for business and investment are: