2014: the Ivany Report told us "Now or Never" - Nova Scotia is in crisis
2015: the playbook “We Choose Now” told us how to "step up" for our province
2016: AIRO takes on the challenge for Annapolis Royal and Annapolis County
2017: AIRO releases Local Logic: How to get there from here – survey results and recommendations on the economic future of Annapolis Royal, NS, and surrounding communities

AIRO wants to help make Annapolis Royal
— and all of Annapolis County —
THE place to live, work, play, and thrive in Nova Scotia!

What is AIRO all about?

Business financing has become remote, data driven and abstract. Local communities are the victims.
AIRO has created a financing opportunity through grants and loans.

Our Approach

We know there are people in our community with terrific business ideas who are ready to take action to help our region succeed economically. If you're one of them, AIRO can support you in making your idea a reality. We can give you advice, connect you to other helpful resources, and potentially micro-fund your idea with a grant, loan, or investment. We typically offer up to $10,000 in funding, but we’re flexible if the right criteria are met.

If you have an idea for a new business or want to expand your existing business, we want to know more about it. Don't be shy! Just complete the information form that applies to you. We’ll review your idea and contact you with next steps.

If you have a great idea but don’t want to build a business of your own, we’d still like to hear about it. We might be able to find someone else to bring your idea to life. Just connect with us and we'll set up a time to chat!

Since our inception, we have received over 70 requests for support. Not all of those have been for funding – some simply needed help sorting out their project concept and getting pointed in the right direction. Of those who have requested financial support, 38 have been funded…and counting...these initiatives directly support more than 50 jobs (not to mention all of the spin-off employment involved)!

Our Mission

We believe in the potential of our region. We're dedicated to stimulating entrepreneurial activity in Annapolis Royal and Annapolis County through research, funding and collaborative action.

Our Vision

We want what you want — to make Annapolis Royal and Annapolis County the place of choice to work, live, play, and thrive in Nova Scotia.

Our Report

Get more information about our report, Local Logic: How to get there from here.


Applications forms and general summary information:

Share your new business idea with AIRO.

Share your business expansion idea with AIRO.

AIRO - an information summary and biographies (media kit).

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AIRO Publicly* Supported Projects Include:

Age Advantage Association | Annapolis Board of Trade | Annapolis Marsh Tours (CARP) | Annapolis Royal Community Arts Council | Annapolis Royal Wharf Association | Atelier 1605 | AWEC - Neptune Theatre Day | Awesome Annapolis | Eventide Lingerie & Apparel | Fundy Massage Therapy | Bridgetown Jubilee Park Floating Dock | Lucky Rabbit & Co. | Lunn's Mill Brewery | NIKIAN Farm Enterprises | Past To Present Photos | Pretty Maker Studio | Round Hill Studio | Soluna Energy Inc. | Stella Maris Health Services | Tartan Wave | Temple on Queen | Town of Annapolis Royal - Facade Improvement Program | Tripp's Gallery | Valley Unison Counselling
*Not all projects are ready for us to publicly acknowledge them – more will be added as they launch!

AIRO in the Media:

September 8, 2017: Lucky Rabbit's Reinvention: NSCAD Notes News
July 4, 2017: The Airo Way: Finding investment doesn’t have to be hard: The Chronicle Herald
April 5, 2017: Engage Nova Scotia Voices 5 Podcast: Part three of a three-part series interview with Adele MacDonald
April 4, 2017: Documentary omission leaves rare opportunity on national stage for Annapolis Royal: The Chronicle Herald
March 28, 2017: Press Release for Local Logic: How to get there from here
March 28, 2017: Engage Nova Scotia Voices 4 Podcast: Part two of a three-part series interview with Adele MacDonald
March 22, 2017: Engage Nova Scotia Voices 3 Podcast: Part one of a three-part series interview with Adele MacDonald
December 27, 2016: Gunn's Annapolis Royal Celebration Tartan comes ashore for 2017: The Annapolis County Spectator
September 16, 2016: Jane Nicholson Interview by Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia

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