Success stories

Success Stories

Community Futures is pleased to showcase some of the many good news stories in rural Alberta. Everyday we help people like you start and grow successful small businesses.

Navera Energy Solutions Inc.

Jeremy Frausel
Central Alberta


In December 2012, Jeremy Frausel started operating an electrical, instrumentation and solutions based business called Navera Energy Solutions Inc. here in Central Alberta.

As his business grew there was an opportunity to lease a commercial space within Red Deer.  There was only one problem, no money.  “Having a plan and a dream will only get you so far.  I needed money to grow my business,” states Frausel.  Community Futures worked closely with the entrepreneur to provide the financing to obtain the lease that has helped grow his business.

Navera Energy Solutions Inc. specializes in:

ELECTRICAL

  • Industrial & Commercial Construction and Maintenance
  • Plant Maintenance
  • Thermal Imaging

ALTERNATIVE POWER SOLUTIONS

  • Residential & Commercial Stand-By Generators
  • Residential & Commercial Solar Panels

With close to two decades of experience in the industrial and oilfield technology sector, Navera is the perfect company for you to work with on your next project. 

“We stand out above our competition based on our exceptional customer service.  We strive to get to know our customer’s needs and then provide a complete solution to the problems they are having,” says Frausel.  

Homestead Firewood

Gerald Miller & Doris Austin
Innisfail, AB.


Ahhh that sound of a roaring fire keeping your fingers and toes warm on a crisp evening.  But where does that firewood bundle you burn come from?  It comes from local businesses like Homestead Firewood. 

In January 2013, Gerald Miller and Doris Austin, approached Community Futures Central Alberta with a plan to buy this Central Alberta based business.  It seemed like a perfect fit for Miller whose father was an avid outdoorsman and got his kids involved in the wilderness.  Miller states “It’s how I made extra money when I was younger and it’s a dream of mine to own my own firewood business.”

A short while later, with financing from Community Futures in place, Gerald & Doris took over Homestead Firewood and relocated it to their acreage near Innisfail.  Currently they supply gas stations and campgrounds with bundles of wood for campfires.  They also sell wood by the cord to home owners in Central Alberta.  Miller says, “We have four kinds of wood for sale; pine, birch, tamarack and spruce.  Some clients prefer one kind over the other.”

Currently the duo delivers to Sylvan Lake, Rocky Mountain House, Lacombe, Blackfalds, Delburne and Innisfail.  They hope to expand into the Olds, Trochu, Three Hills, Stettler and Ponoka areas.  If you are interested in contacting them, call them at (403) 304-6472.

MICANN Ventures Inc.

Michael & Anne Muyres
Rocky Mountain House, AB.


Partners Michael and Anne Muyres started their business in 2000 as a small welding and fabrication shop just outside of Rocky Mountain House.  A few years later, Michael had gained considerable experience and knowledge to weld on and repair vehicles that transported dangerous goods but was limited to what he could do without proper certification.  “Customers started encouraging me to obtain our certification with Transport Canada,” says Michael.  After carefully assessing the needs of potential customers, it became apparent that Rocky Mountain House needed a facility to provide ‘one stop’ services to customers that hauled dangerous good.  At this point, many had to go to the cities for work to be completed.

It was at this stage that Community Futures Central Alberta met the husband and wife pair in 2011.  They had applied to become a registered facility with Transport Canada.  “We needed a bit of help to get us there,” said Anne.   “Community Futures really helped us to gain the financing we needed to bring our business to the next level,” Anne stated.  In October 2013 MICANN Ventures Inc. became a registered facility with Transport Canada in accordance with CSA Standard B620.

Since then the company has been growing quickly and continues to add to their current employee base. “Right now we are looking for someone who holds their journeyman welding ticket or a third year apprentice welder,” says Anne.  If you or someone you know is interested in these positions, or if want to find more out about MICANN Ventures Inc., call them at (403) 845-3040 or go online to www.micannventures.ca

The Bra Lounge

Cortney Murphy and Sheena Johnson
Red Deer, AB


Sisters, Cortney Murphy and Sheena Johnson, decided to open their business over six years ago in downtown Red Deer.  The Bra Lounge's concept is simple - make sure every woman feels comfortable and sexy in the lingerie they wear.  The responses has been overwhelming.  Due to a great social media presence, a new easy to navigate website, many networking opportunities and creative marketing campaigns business is thriving. 

Community Futures Central Alberta (CFCA) has worked with Cortney and Sheena from the beginning to help start and expand their business to the clients of Red Deer and Central Alberta.

For more information visit www.thebralounge.com

(Photo courtesy of The Red Deer Advocate)

T.J.'s Lawncare

Todd and Marina Jordan
Penhold


Todd and Marina Jordan have been operating T.J.’s Lawncare since 2010. Since then, the company has constantly been expanding the services that they offer, as well as increasing the number of clients that they serve.

In early 2015, T.J.’s Lawncare was approached by the owners of another landscaping business in Innisfail to purchase their assets and assume their commercial contracts, as the owners of this business were ready to retire. It was at this point that Todd and Marina approached Community Futures Central Alberta looking for a business loan to help with the cost of purchasing the businesses assets. Community Futures was able to provide T.J.’s Lawncare with the financing they required, enabling the company to acquire these new assets and commercial contracts.

T.J.’s Lawncare offers the following services to acreages as well as residential and commercial properties:

 

Spring/Summer/Fall:

  • Lawn mowing
  • Spring start-ups
  • Weed control programs
  • Hedge and shrub trimming

Winter:

  • Snow removal 

As T.J.’s Lawncare is based out of Penhold, it allows them to conveniently service both Innisfail and Red Deer, and anywhere in between.

Contact T.J.’s Lawncare at 403.886.5880 for all of your lawn care and snow removal needs!

The Grow Zone

Sharon and Dennies Vierboom
Red Deer, AB


 

The Grow Zone isn’t your typical retail business. With a focus on various types of hydroponics, this innovative company exists to help consumers transition into a more sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle by enabling them to grow their own vegetables and herbs indoors. Put simply, hydroponics is the practice of growing plants without soil. More specifically, with hydroponics, plants are grown with their roots suspended in water containing all of the necessary nutrients.

The Grow Zone was started in August of 2013 by Sharon Vierboom, with assistance from her husband Dennies. With a wide variety of experience in multiple industries, Sharon and Dennies are the ideal team to run this type of business. From Sharon’s background in bookkeeping and healthcare, to Dennies being a triple-ticketed journeyman with a focus on plumbing and refrigeration, the couple has their bases covered and is able to handle the technical and financial matters of the business on their own.

When it comes to operating the business in terms of sales and customer service, one of The Grow Zone’s best assets is their employee Shawn.  “Customers gravitate towards Shawn and he really believes in all the products and he educates our clients on all their requests” says Sharon.  She adds that “Shawn frees up time for us to plan the next phase of the business.

While Sharon and Dennies were able to start the business on their own, when it came time to expand the business in the fall of 2015, they decided to reach out to Community Futures Central Alberta in search of the funding that they needed to increase their marketing efforts and website capabilities, as well as relocate to a larger location across the street. They had their hearts set on this larger location as it would provide space for more displays and a classroom to help educate consumers on how plants grow. The thought was that the displays and education classes would help to smooth out the sales process and show customers how their products work to grow plants. Sharon and Dennies also wanted The Grow Zone to become more of an online presence and open themselves up to the world of e-commerce, where they would be able to reach a broader group of people through selling on their website.

“Without Community Futures, The Grow Zone would not be where it’s at today”, says Sharon. “The funding we received through their organization was instrumental in expanding our business and preparing for future growth.”  If you are looking for help with starting up a business, or are looking to expand or purchase an existing business, contact Community Futures at 403-342-2055 to see what they can do for you.

For all of your growing needs, visit The Grow Zone in person at #7 6850-52 Avenue in Red Deer, online at http://thegrowzone.ca/ or give them a call at (403)356-9663 or toll free at 866-401-9663.

 

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