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

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 loans and business advisory services.

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

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 loan. Our funding cap is $10,000, 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 and we'll set up a time to chat!

Since our inception, we have received over 110 requests for support (and more are received weekly!). 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, 55 have been funded…and counting as there are usually a dozen or more applications in the process of being funded at any given time. These initiatives directly support more than 125 full, part-time, and seasonal 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 funding, research 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).

AIRO $2,000 Scholarship Application Form for AWEC graduates.
  2018 Scholarship Recipients:
      Lauren Kaiser and Noah Robinson

If you have any difficulties with the downloads .

AIRO Publicly* Supported Projects Include:

1 Scoop 2 Scoop | Age Advantage Association | Annapolis Basin Charter Tours | Annapolis Board of Trade | Annapolis Marsh Tours (CARP) | Annapolis Royal 5K | Annapolis Royal Community Arts Council | Annapolis Royal on the Move! | Annapolis Royal Wharf Association | Atelier 1605 | AWEC - Annual King's Theatre Day | Awesome Annapolis | Bridgetown Jubilee Park Floating Dock | Cyber Smart Canada | Ed's Property Maintenance | End of the Line Pub | ExperienceAnnapolis.ca | Fort Anne Cafe | Fort View Golf Course | Founders House Dining & Drinks | Fundy Massage Therapy | Good Cheer Adventures | Lauren Soloy - Writer & Illustrator | Lucky Rabbit & Co. | Luke's L'il Spuds | Lunn's Mill Brewery | Maritime Blasting | Mills Mountin Gluten Free Foods | MSA Property Services | NIKIAN Farm Enterprises | Northwinds Chalets By The Bay | Past To Present Photos | Prettymaker Studio | Round Hill Studio | Soluna Energy Inc. | Stella Maris Health Services | Tall Sips on Stilts Teahouse & Tavern | Tartan Wave | TealSeal Gaming - A Junior Achievement Company | Temple on Queen | The Old Ten Spot | Town of Annapolis Royal - Facade Improvement Program | Tripp's Gallery | Upper Clements Parks | Valley Unison Counselling | WhereInTheValley.com |
*Not all projects are ready for us to publicly acknowledge them – more will be added as they launch!

AIRO in the Media:

February 28 2019: DIY Economic Development: One Woman's ROI on Micro-loans: Rural Spark Podcast with guest Jane Nicholson
January 9, 2019: Valley leaders share 2019 goals: The Chronicle Herald
July 12, 2018: Amplify East: profile on Adele MacDonald
April 26, 2018: Amplify East: profile on Jane Nicholson
January 2018 to December 2018: Adele MacDonald Book Reviews: Thought Readers Book Business Book Club
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

Ongoing AIRO Newsletter: 12-Month Archive