Guidance. Support. Community.
one idea at a time
Business loans, tools, mentoring, guidance, and support for rural small business owners and entrepreneurs in Alberta.
SMARTstart your business
Get the tools to help build a plan and
set up your business up for success.
Make Your Business a Reality with Business & Loan Support
Community Futures Central Alberta provides entrepreneurs and small businesses with planning and lending services, so you don’t have to worry about where you will get the support you need to make your business idea a reality.
What are you looking for help with?
Building Rural Central Alberta Businesses, One Idea At A Time.
Whether you’re in the start-up phase, planning for growth, or you’ve been rejected for a loan by a financial institution, our team is here to help you.
We’re more than just a business lender. For over 30 years, Community Futures has been helping small businesses grow in rural Alberta, and here at Community Futures Central Alberta, we’ve been helping local entrepreneurs turn their business ideas into reality through FREE business planning and business coaching.
Our small business specialists will connect you with the skills and resources you need to succeed, whether you are starting a small business, growing a business or selling a business. We provide training, upskilling, and financial support to build your confidence and expertise while strengthening our communities by diversifying businesses and industries.
Training, Guidance, And Financial Support For Entrepreneurs In Central Alberta
Whether you're just starting a new business, trying to expand your business, or looking for guidance on how to sell your company, Community Futures Central Alberta is here for you – every step of the way.
You can access a variety of business support services designed to help rural business owners launch new services, attract more customers, and thrive in an increasingly competitive business environment.
Whether you need help writing your business plan, securing funding, or exploring your online marketing opportunities, our business advisors can help. With years of experience helping small business owners in the Central Alberta region, our team knows what options are available to you and can help guide you towards your business goals.
If you're struggling to find investment for a new business, exporting your products, investing in technology, or just trying to seize a new business opportunity, our flexible business loans may be the answer you're looking for.
With loans up to $150,000, we're known for saying “yes” when other lenders say “no”, with flexible qualification criteria.
Want to expand your skill set? We offer a wide range of business training programs and upskilling opportunities, from health and safety training to quick-start business intensives.
Learn how to market your business, understand basic accounting, and explore how to attract and retain talent as a rural business.
Let’s Work Together for Your Entrepreneurial Clients' Success
We understand that it can be frustrating when an enthusiastic entrepreneur comes in with a great business idea, but they can't get the financing they need to start or grow their business.
When a financial institution’s business lending policies don't allow prospective entrepreneurial clients to receive a business lending product, we want to partner with you to help bridge the gap and ensure the success of their small business.
Frequently Asked Questions
Community Futures branches help rural small businesses to start and grow. Our services include business coaching, planning, and small business financing if your business requires lending services. We also work on community economic development projects and strategic planning within our communities.
No, we do not offer grants as a part of our business financing services. Community Futures Central Alberta is a developmental lender. We can often help you find business loan solutions where traditional lenders and banks might not.
Start by identifying the problem you are trying to solve for your customers, and that response will help you develop your business plan. Ongoing business coaching and training is the successful foundation for new businesses and entrepreneurs.
Community Futures Central Alberta recommends investing your resources into a business that is just starting out. Experience shows that a mixture of debt and equity invested into a company leads to a higher level of success for new businesses.
No - we provide business coaching and business planning services to any entrepreneur. We can help you develop your business plan, even if you do not seek financing from Community Futures.