Success stories

Success Stories

Community Futures is pleased to showcase some of the many good news stories in rural Alberta. Everyday we help people like you start and grow successful small businesses.

Spark! Business Incubator

Grande Prairie

A partnership between Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region and the City of Grande Prairie, Spark! Business Incubator opened its doors to the public on the 3rd Floor of 214 Place North on February 1, 2017. As a physical business incubator, Spark! will provide month-to-month, weekly, and hourly office rental to new and transitioning businesses looking for permanent operational space, meeting space, training space and the like.


Also included in the incubator model is the provision of administration, internet, printing and photocopying services, business counselling, coaching, training and consulting services along with access to several other professional services such as accounting & legal advice, engineering services, business advisory boards and masterminds and all other areas of the business development spectrum. Other partnerships are anticipated in the near future that will allow Spark! to provide additional access to assistance to local entrepreneurs looking to start and grow their businesses.


An onsite Concierge works with all prospective incubator clients to assess their needs and create a business development plan tailored to those specific needs and goals



Grande Banks Seafood Market and Bistro

Evan & Nathan Whalen
10302 67 Ave., Grande Prairie

In 2016, two brothers from Prince Edward Island decided to bring a taste of the Atlantic to Grande Prairie. Evan and Nathan Whalen, both who have made Grande Prairie home, found that they missed the taste of fresh seafood living so far from the coast, and figured that there was a way to share that taste with our city. They settled on opening Grand Banks Seafood Market and Bistro, a one-of-a-kind experience in shopping and dining for Grande Prairie.

Every spring, they return to P.E.I. to fish for the product they know and love. Lobsters in May and June, scallops over the summer, and mackerel and herring through the fall. The brothers take great pride in the food they serve and sell. They can tell you where the fish was caught, and if they didn’t catch it themselves, they can tell you where it was landed, from another fisherman in P.E.I. or in Nova Scotia.

This relationship to food is not unknown in our region, and is something our love for the Peace Region appreciates. We know our producers, we know where our food comes from, and adding a market for seafood that has the same love for ‘local’ that is so dear to Grande Prairie only makes sense.

OMG! Cupcakes

Lee & Chelsea Swaile
10803 100 St., Grande Prairie

Lee and Chelsea Swaile purchased OMG! Cupcakes in June of 2017, taking over a popular Grande Prairie bakery. Building on the brand, they continue to grow their product lines with donuts, cookies, and fresh roasted coffee. OMG! is always baking up new ideas, creating one sweet dream of a business.

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#325 9909 102 St.
Grande Prairie, AB T8V2V4


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Communities Served

Buffalo Lake, 
County of Grande Prairie, 
Grande Prairie, 
Horse Lake First Nation, 
La Glace, 
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