We say "yes" when others say "no"

Our 27 Community Futures offices offer loan solutions and business development services that are purpose built for rural Alberta. Find your nearest Community Futures office to connect with a business analyst, get a loan application started, and access free business counselling and low-cost business coaching and training.

Community Futures offices apply flexible loan criteria and options to help you start a new business, buy a business, open a franchise, expand into new markets, invest in technology, give your business a facelift and help young entrepreneurs get their first loan.

Business services offered by Community Futures offices include:

  • Helping you write a business plan
  • Marketing plan or business expansion strategy
  • One-on-one coaching and business mentoring
  • Securing financing
  • And much more!

If you are an entrepreneur with a disability or health condition, you may wish to explore a program specifically designed for you.

Some offices also offer the  for local companies wanting to secure contracts with big business. BizStream supports the online safety training required for ISNetworld membership.

BizStream provides information and mentoring to rural Alberta businesses with the potential and desire to engage in contracts with big business.

This program supports the online safety training required for ISNetworld membership and provides access to related online management training. It also connects you to mentors whose valuable knowledge and expertise can help you develop opportunities with Alberta's energy sector.

The following competencies may be required before a direct contracting relationship can be established:

  • Related company experience
  • Qualified human resource management personnel
  • Management strength
  • Financial stability, both historical and current
  • Project management abilities for mobilization and implementation planning
  • Supply chain management
  • Local economic engagement
  • Technical solutions and specifications related to the project

To meet the membership requirements of ISNetworld businesses must demonstrate that they possess:

  • Insurance certificate
  • Safety manuals
  • Safety training
  • WCB coverage

Cost

Please contact your local office for pricing: 
ISNetworld membership: varies according to business size
Training costs: (vary - may be eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant)
Safety manual costs: as required

Note: This is a pilot program and, for now, is only available at one of the following four offices.

Community Futures West Yellowhead
221 Pembina Avenue
Hinton, AB T7V 2B3
(780) 865-1224
http://westyellowhead.albertacf.com

Community Futures Yellowhead East
Unit #1, 5023 - 50 Avenue
Box 2185
Whitecourt, AB T7S 1P8
(780) 706-3500
http://yellowheadeast.albertacf.com

Community Futures Central Alberta
5013 - 49 Avenue
Red Deer, AB T4N 3X1
(403) 342-2055
http://central.albertacf.com

Community Futures Lloydminster and Region
#5, 4010 - 50 Avenue
Lloydminster, AB T9V 1B2
(780) 875-5458
http://lloydminsterandregion.albertacf.com