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Best Communities for Small Business

Jun 1, 2011

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Grande Prairie
Population: 50,227
If you’re from Calgary or Edmonton, Grande Prairie might feel like a big small town. But for anyone living in northern Alberta or northeastern British Columbia, Grande Prairie is the big city. Whether it’s a night out on the town, a fancy dinner for two or a trip to the mall for some essentials, Grande Prairie is the place to go in a trading area that includes more than 250,000 people.
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Population: 26,502
Grande Prairie may be the CFIB’s most entrepreneurial community in Canada, but it had better watch its back. Lloydminster finished with a score of 72.9 – just two-tenths of a point behind Grande Prairie –and it has placed fifth and first on the list in previous years.
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Red Deer
Population: 90,084
As anybody who’s had the pleasure of watching the value of their home skyrocket in recent years understands, it pays to live in a good neighbourhood. That’s true of cities as well, and Red Deer happens to live in one of the best neighbourhoods in the world.
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Population: 23,201
Okotoks is booming. Over the last decade, the Calgary suburb has grown by over 70 per cent, and much of that growth has been fueled by the city’s small business community.
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