Business programs

Community Futures Central Alberta delivers a number of popular and proven small business development programs each year. If you don't see what you are looking for, check out our other business coaching and training options, and upcoming business skills events, or contact us.

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) allows entrepreneurs with a disability or on going health conditions the opportunity to be a business owner.  Upon qualifying for the EDP program, clients are eligible for up to $3000 to be used towards applicable coaching or training.

To be eligible for the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities programs you must:

>  Have a self-disclosed disability or ongoing health condition
>  Live in rural Alberta
>  Have a viable business idea
>  Be able to contribute in some way to your business

For more information on the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program, please contact us.


Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp

Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp and Community Futures are excited to partner with Rotary District 5360 to bring you Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp (RAYEC).

Taking place at Eagles Nest Ranch in Cypress Hills, RAYEC is a week-long camp held yearly in August that teaches youth aged 13-15 about entrepreneurship and business skills within a summer camp atmosphere. Campers hear from guest speakers and participate in workshops to learn the components of a business plan such as marketing, advertising, cash-flow and record keeping. Youth are put into business teams where they plan out a business idea, meet with suppliers and bankers and build a product or a service. On the final day of camp, these youthful business ventures are open for business! Every product or service is sold for real money and, once Campers pay back their business loans, they get to split their profits amongst their team.

It’s not only about numbers and business plans though. These youth also get to participate in a variety of summer camp experiences and recreational activities, such as ziplining, wall climbing, paint balling, and yard games.

An additional component to RAYEC is the Youth Leadership Training Program.  Each year, 10 youth who have previously attended the camp to attend the camp in a different capacity - to provide mentorship to campers. Youth leadership trainees benefit in the development of leadership capability, team building skills and community spirit.

Visit the RAYEC website for more details.

Maskawisîw Women in Business Start Up Program

*To register for our next cohort in Rocky Mountain House, apply HERE*

The Maskawisîw Women In Business Start-Up Program is designed to provide guidance, expertise, and mentoring at an early start-up phase of business to Indigenous women who are ready to explore business ownership opportunities and develop a business plan that could be used for financing purposes and as a roadmap for business success. The unique delivery format of inspiration, education, and support has been developed specifically to meet the needs of Indigenous women.
The program includes nine weeks of inspiration, workshops, and one-on-one mentoring (2 days per week) and celebration focused on determining readiness for entrepreneurship, marketing research, operations planning, and financial planning. Our small group sessions include real-life examples, success stories, and practical training in a supportive learning environment. 

SMARTstart Red Deer - Applications Open!

Why SMARTstart?

Small business plays a very important role in our local economy. In most Canadian cities, 99% of businesses are small businesses. But, the reality is, running a business can be tough. Studies show only 35% of new businesses survive in the first five years. That’s where the SMARTstart program can play an important role. It’s proven. Business owners with education in entrepreneurship, or previous entrepreneur experience, have an 80–90% chance of success with a new start up business.

SMARTstart was designed by a group of local partners who understand small business. Its purpose is to provide real-world business skills, access to tailor-made advice and create a support network to increase the chance of new businesses surviving those first crucial years. Over the 8 month program, through online learning, in-person seminars and mentorship, SMARTstart gives Entrepreneurs with an idea and new business owners the tools to help build a plan to set up their business up for success.

For more details please visit our SMARTstart website HERE.

For more information, call Erin at 403-342-2055. 

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Burnstick Lake, 
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