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Winter 2020 Newsletter

The Winter 2020 edition of our Newsletter is here! See what Community Futures has been up to with updates, news, and our local Small Business Spotlight featuring Red Deer Tactical.

We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope everyone stays safe and healthy and enjoys the Holiday Season.

Read the newsletter HERE.

CanExport Program Pivots to Help Small Businesses

The Government of Canada has announced a change to the CanExport Program. 

With international travel restricted due to COVID-19, the CanExport SMEs program is pivoting to now help small businesses with the following:
• develop and expand their e-commerce presence by covering partial costs associated with online sales platforms and digital strategy consulting, as well as advertising and search engine optimization
• attend virtual trade shows and other business-to-business events
• navigate new COVID-19-related trade barriers by helping pay for new international market certifications and requirement

Read the press release and details HERE

Small Business Week 2020 Newsletter

Read our special edition Newletter HERE.

Small Business Week is October 18-24th, 2020, even though we celebrate small business and entrepreneurship all year, it's a great time to appreciate the small businesses that make are communities great. See what Community Futures is doing to help entrepreneurs and read our Small Business Spotlight on the Breathing Room Yoga Studio + Cafe.  

2019-2020 Annual Report

Take a look at highlights, projects, and more from the last fiscal year in our 2019-2020 Annual Report.

Minister Ng Announces Investment in Women Entrepreneurs

Community Futures Central Alberta is pleased to announce the approval of our proposed program as part of the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. Read the official news release here, and watch for updates as we move forward with this exciting opportunity for our community.


Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp 2020


*UPDATE* The Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp which was set to run from August 9-15, 2020 has been cancelled, due to COVID-19. We will return in 2021! Visit the RAYEC website for more info. 


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.

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

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