The Community Futures Network of Alberta (CFNA) is community driven, non-profit business loan and business development organization made up of 27 Community Futures offices throughout rural Alberta.
From the outside it may seem like we are a lot like other lenders and business development agencies. The truth is we're very different: we understand small business in rural Alberta like nobody else. We live and work in the communities that you do, and know that rural communities thrive when small businesses do. When you succeed, we all succeed.
The mandate of the Community Futures Network of Alberta is to support small business development and rural economic diversification in Alberta. We actively work with community and business leaders to foster rural economic growth, and are partners in building vibrant and sustainable communities. We are funded by the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada and have been supporting rural entrepreneurs for over 30 years.
Each Community Futures office provides flexible and affordable small business loans, business coaching/training services and business management tools for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a rural business. We offer additional supports to priority sectors identified by Western Economic Diversification Canada:
- Clean technology
- Value added agriculture
- Advanced manufacturing
- Digital Industries
- Clean Resources
- Health & Biosciences
Most offices also run specialized business programs for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities and Young Entrepreneurs. Find your nearest Community Futures office to learn more.