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Spring 2019 Training Schedule

We are excited to release our Spring 2019 Training Schedule! There are several brand new sessions as well as our Bookkeeping, and QuickBooks Desktop & Online.

Click the link below to view the scheudle and class descriptions. Register early as seating is limited. 

View the schedule complete schedule HERE.

Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge

The Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge is more than a competition; it is an opportunity to build on your dream. It is a business plan writing competition designed and targeted toward new or existing business (individuals, or teams) who have a sustainable business idea.  Through the program you will gain business skills, write your business plan, get feedback on your ideas from regional professionals, network with key people including other entrepreneurs like yourself, and last but not least, have a chance at winning cash and in-kind prizes.  Due to the amazing support from our sponsors, we are able to offer both a general and a technology stream. Training begins January 9th!  For more info and to register, please click here.


Fall 2018 Newsletter

Our Fall 2018 Newsletter is now available!

Within the newsletter you will find our Success Story featuring the Koffee Kabin, along with our Fall Training Schedule which includes some returning sessions as well as some exciting new options. Be sure to check them out and register early! 

View the Newsletter here.

Fall 2018 Training Schedule

We are excited to release our Fall 2018 Training Schedule! 

Click the link below to view the scheudle and class descriptions. Register early as seating is limited. 

CFCA Fall 2018 Training Schedule



New General Manager Announcement

Russell Crook, Board Chair of Community Futures Central Alberta is pleased to announce that Kelly Kierluk has been selected by the Board of Directors of Community Central Alberta to assume the position of General Manager effective October 1, 2018.
Kelly has been employed with Community Futures Central Alberta for the past 9 years initially as CED Co-Ordinator and currently as Senior Business Analyst.  Kelly brings over 20 years of banking experience and education to her new role with Community Futures.
Kelly has contributed successfully to the growth of Community Futures in Central Alberta assisting Entrepreneurs with advisory services, training and financing. As CED Co-Ordinator Kelly successfully lead the RDRED Investment Attraction Project and the Central Alberta Lamb Producers Value Chain Project. 
The Community Futures Central Alberta Board of Directors is excited to have Kelly take on this new this role with the organization. The Board is confident that Kelly’s Community Futures and Lending related experience along with her professionalism are a great combination to make a smooth transition into her new role.
Mr. Russell Crook
Board Chair

General Manager's 2018 Annual Report & Summarized Financial Statements

The following documents show highlights from Community Futures Central Alberta's operating activities, as well as summarized financial statements for the year ending March 31, 2018.

Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp 2018

Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp and Community Futures are excited to partner with Rotary District 5360 to become Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp (RAYEC). Same great camp - just a new name!

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.

Applications are now closed for the 2018 camp, but those interested in attending next year can apply at in early 2019.

If you have any questions, contact (subject: Type%20your%20subject, body: Type%20your%20message) (Kelsey Krieger).

50 over 50 Awards

The fastest growing segment of business start-ups in Canada continues to be over the age of 50. It’s time to recognize their accomplishments and let Canada know what they have to offer!
Are you over 50 years old? Have you started a business as an encore career prior to or after retirement? Or did you start the business you had always wanted and finally decided to take the leap? If you have, you will be interested in applying for a 50 over 50 Award.
The 2018 WISE 50 over 50 Award recognizes and celebrates hard-working, experienced Canadians who have started their business after the age of 50. Once again, we will be giving awards to 50 business owners who deserve recognition for their success. You can find out about each of the 2017 winners on the website.
Open to Canadian residents who started their business after turning 50, applications/nominations must be submitted by June 30. A group of the 2017, 50 over 50 Award winners, will be your judges. The awards will be presented in the Fall, 2018. Submissions will be accepted from founders of new businesses, purchasers of existing businesses and franchises, and initiators of family and intergenerational businesses – as long as the entrepreneur is a majority owner of the business and the head office is in Canada.
Information & the application form for the #50over50 awards can be found at


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