30 years helping rural small businesses thrive

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About us

We get rural small business like no one else.

For 30 years, Community Futures has been supporting small business development and rural economic diversification in Alberta. We are a community driven, non-profit organization with 27 offices in rural areas throughout Alberta. Each office is staffed by local business professionals and guided by a volunteer Board of Directors.

In other words, we live where you live, and reap the benefits of a strong local economy created by business entrepreneurs just like you! Read about some of the many successful businesses we have helped start-up and grow over the years.

We provide a wide range of small business loans, business coaching/training services and business management tools for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a business.

We also run a number of specialized business programs, and actively work with community and business leaders to foster rural economic growth.

We are funded by the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada. There are a total of 269 Community Futures offices across the country.


We help small business thrive in rural Alberta

Here are a few of the hundreds of rural Alberta businesses we have helped over the years with our flexible, affordable loans and exceptional business support services.


Meet businesses we've helped:
B & B Bins


Meet businesses we've helped:
Top Hand Western Shop


Meet businesses we've helped:
Jennie's Diner


We strengthen and diversify rural communities

In addition to working with entrepreneurs to create successful, sustainable small businesses in rural Alberta, we also focus on the larger communities in which these businesses operate. We work alongside community leaders and other key stakeholders to create Community Economic Development plans and implement projects that support value-added activity and expansion into new sectors. We also take a ‘big picture view’ of the health of our community’s businesses, and help with broad business retention and succession planning strategies.

Each community has unique assets and individual visions for the future, therefore our role varies from community to community.

Some examples of how we can support communities include:

  • Economic development planning
  • Strategic planning
  • Project planning and project management
  • Training and resource sharing
  • Research
  • Non-profit board development training
  • Connections to expertise

For more information about Community Economic Development, check out these frequently asked questions.

If your community has a desire to grow and/or diversify, contact your nearest Community Futures office to explore ideas for working together.

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Community Futures Network of Alberta

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