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Register now for the Community Futures Central Alberta Digital Marketing Workshop

Come join us at Setters Place at Bower Ponds for an exciting in-person event! Learn all about the latest trends in digital marketing and how to boost your online presence.

Whether you're a small business owner or just curious about the world of digital marketing, this workshop is perfect for you. Learn from leading central Alberta digital marketing experts and network with fellow entrepreneurs to gain valuable insights. Don't miss out on this opportunity to take your digital marketing skills to the next level. Register today - tickets are limited to 40 guests! 

Register here: Community Futures Central Alberta Digital Marketing Lunch and Learn Tickets, Thu, 23 May 2024 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite

Local entrepreneurs sharpen pitch skills with Catalyst Incubator celebration event.

(Red Deer) On March 21, ten local entrepreneurs took to the podium in front of local business leaders to showcase ideas they believe will rocket them to success at the Catalyst Incubator finale.

The pitch process represents a culmination of the Catalyst Incubator program presented by Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network (CARIN) and sponsored by Community Futures Central Alberta.

Catalyst Incubator wraps up another successful cohort with pitch finale.

(Red Deer) On December 11, a group of eager presenters and stakeholders gathered via Zoom to watch final ‘pitches’ from Catalyst Incubator learners and ask questions to challenge their assumptions.

CAEP Business Support Network Workshop Series

CAEP (Central Alberta Economic Partnership) is excited to offer the second workshop in our Business Support Network series to help employers attract, recruit, retain, and build strong teams.

Catalyst Incubator set to launch Fall and Winter program dates

Catalyst Incubator set to launch Fall and Winter program dates

The Catalyst Incubator, funded through the Central Alberta Innovation Network (CARIN) and provided by Community Futures Central Alberta, are proud to announce both Fall and Winter dates for its unique, cohort-based program helping to foster new ideas, make critical connections, and help start-up businesses and entrepreneurs in Central Alberta. The Catalyst Incubator focuses on supporting start-ups in manufacturing, agriculture, technology, energy innovation, and more.

Recruiting Board Members

Recruiting Board Members

Community Futures Central Alberta is seeking enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to join our Board of Directors!

As a Board member, you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the economic development of Central Alberta. Community Futures Central Alberta provides loans, business training, and support services to entrepreneurs and small business owners in our communities. We are looking for individuals who are committed to helping local businesses thrive and grow.

Preparing for a Small Business Loan: The 5 C's of Lending

Preparing for a Small Business Loan: The 5 C's of Lending

Small business loans can be the key if you're dreaming of starting your own business or expanding your current operations. But navigating the lending process can be overwhelming, and it's essential to understand what lenders are looking for before you apply. 

That's where the 5 Cs of lending come in - character, capacity, capital, collateral, and conditions. These five factors can make or break your eligibility for funding. We’ll explore each component in detail, providing essential information and tips to simplify the loan application process and increase your chances of approval. 

Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting, this guide will help you navigate the lending process with confidence and ease.

Empowering Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Empowering Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Running a small business can be a life-changing experience, providing personal fulfillment and financial security. This is especially true for people with disabilities, who face additional challenges in finding work and carrying out daily tasks. There are approximately 6.2 million people with disabilities in Canada, and many want to become small business owners to build a sustainable future for themselves.

People with disabilities can benefit from owning a business in various ways, including schedule and workload flexibility, the ability to choose their clients, and the opportunity to leave a legacy. Also, entrepreneurship allows these individuals to become self-sufficient, make meaningful connections with others, and give back to the community.

Solutions to the Challenges Young Entrepreneurs Face

Solutions to the Challenges Young Entrepreneurs Face

With new businesses popping up and old ones being restored, it’s safe to say the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well here in Alberta. One demographic, in particular, demonstrates a strong desire to enter the world of entrepreneurship – youth.

Studies have shown that over the past ten years, the number of individuals involved in entrepreneurial endeavours grew by 50%, with young entrepreneurs (age 18-34) representing a healthy chunk of that number. The global events over the past few years have many young people re-evaluating what their idea of success is, and how they plan to get there. The pandemic shone a light on a lot of flaws in the long-standing “9-5” system and has inspired many youths to want to work for themselves.

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