Community Futures Alberta Offices' Benefits

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The benefits of belonging

We offer programs and services that operate quietly in the background, so our Community Futures Offices can do their best work up front. Our Offices benefit from increased efficiencies, reduced costs and great tools to help meet the needs of their clients.

Current Benefits

Group RRSP/PensionGroup RRSP/Pension

About

The CFNA has secured aGroup RRSP Plan for CFs through RBC.  

Benefits/key features

  • Staff retention benefit
  • Flexible plans
  • Competitive management fees
  • Employer contribution (% match)
  • Online portal

Learn more

Details of the RBC contact information can be found on the secure Members site under "Programs". If you have additional information on the program please contact mstoreyatalbertacf.com (Margi Storey).

Community Futures Lending & Investment Pool (CFLIP) CFLIP Loan Fund

About

Since 2000 the Community Futures Lending and Investment Pool fund has been:

  • Providing a low risk/highly liquid investment fund for CFs with investment fund cash flow surpluses
  • Providing access to low cost/flexible CF investment funds for CFs needing additional investment dollars to meet local demands

Benefits/Key Features

  • Serves all Alberta CFs (no operational fees for members)
  • Offers good returns and security (CFs retain title of investment)
  • Professionally and independently managed, reports to elected CFNA Board
  • Currently manages $20.5 million and administers 10 authorized Lines of Credit ($ 11.2 million outstanding)

Learn More

Go to the Programs page or contact tstolzatalbertacf.com (Tony Stolz)

Revenue Generating OpportunitiesRevenue Opportunities

About

The CFNA has been exploring revenue generation programs in response to input from CFs. The key areas that will be looked into are:

  • Student Post Secondary Entrepreneurship Training
  • Customer Service Training
  • Financial Literacy

The Financial Literacy program was launched in the spring of 2014 and the program Modules and Flip Book can be found on the Members Section of the CFNA Website.

Benefits/key features:

  • Revenue for individual CF’s
  • More services for CF clients
  • Additional services/education for local communities
  • More awareness of the CF program

Learn more

For more information contact tstolzatalbertacf.com (Tony Stolz)

Alberta EDP (BusinessAble)EDP (BusinessAble)

About

This program is an initiative of the CFNA and the government of Canada through WD and Service Canada. It is designed to support CFs to provide incremental levels of training and funding to entrepreneurs with disabilities seeking to start or expand a SME. 

Benefits/Key Features

This program supports CFs to help their clients. The BusinessAble Program also provides CFs with specialized marketing and promotional materials to expand the reach of the program, and offers EDP related capacity building supports for CF professional staff.

Learn More

For more information contact jmcmillanevansatalbertacf.com (Judy McMillan-Evans) or mstoreyatalbertacf.com (Margi Storey)

Group Employee BenefitsGroup Employee Benefits

About

Our group policy includes: Health & Dental, Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Dependent Life, Long & Short-Term Disability.

Benefits/Key Features

  • Optional participation
  • Flexible plans to meet individual CF/CF employee needs
  • Stability in pricing
  • No medical requirement
  • Online members area
  • CFs can join program at any time.

Learn More

For more information contact mstoreyatalbertacf.com (Margi Storey)

Provincial Marketing CampaignProvincial Marketing

About

Alberta CFs have asked the CFNA to coordinate an effective province-wide marketing program. We are rolling out Phase 2 of the What-if campaign in 2017/2018.

Benefits/Key features

  • AB CF Program Awareness
  • Cost efficiencies
  • Time efficiencies
  • Larger coverage

Learn more

For more information contact tstolzatalbertacf.com (Tony Stolz)

BizStream Small Business ProgramBizSteam

                         

We can help entrepreneurs in Alberta’s competitive business environment get in the game.

As a local company, you may be able to provide a product or service, but standardized health, safety and insurance requirements may prevent you from being eligible to bid on the contracts you want. BizStream Small Business Program can assist you in meeting industry requirements so you can compete for contracts and get in the game.

BizStream Small Business Program provides information and mentoring to rural Alberta businesses with the potential and desire to engage in contracts with the energy sector.

The energy sector requires all companies to demonstrate the following competencies before a direct contracting relationship can be established:  

  • Health, safety and environment (HSE) compliance
  • ISNetworld membership* (see more details below)
  • Related company experience within the energy sector
  • 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

If your company has the expertise, skills and ambition to engage in contracts with the energy sector, but lacks some of the competencies required to secure these contracts, BizStream Small Business Program could be for you.

BizStream 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.

Cost:

Program fee: $2,500 + $125 (GST) = $2,625
ISNetworld membership: varies according to business size
Safety manual costs: as required

To find out more about BizStream Small Business Program, contact us today!

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

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Travel InsuranceTravel Insurance

About

The CFNA has been providing members with a group accident plan for travel insurance since 2008. Recent tendering increased coverage and reduced premiums by 25%. The new cost per year is $15 for each insured board and staff member. 

Benefits/key features

  • Insurance (disability/life) coverage for CF officers (Board/Staff) while on CF business
  • Higher benefit maximums than available under an independent policy
  • No medical requirement
  • Eligibility: up to 80 (prior to 65)
  • Coverage: $100,000/life
  • Aggregate limit: $ 1.0 million

Learn more

 

For more information contact mstoreyatalbertacf.com (Margi Storey)

Group Purchase ProgramsGroup Purchase Programs

About

The CFNA has negotiated significant group buying discounts on photocopiers, computers, cell phones and plans, and car and hotel rentals.

Benefits/key features

  • Bell cellular: competitive packages, discounted hardware and free upgrade every 2 years
  • Toshiba photocopiers: 65% discount off photocopiers, other discounted devices (e.g. laptops), member access to affinity program, data/document security
  • Business prospect weekly reports made available to all Alberta CFs
  • Equifax national discount program
  • Budget Car Rental: Up to 25% discount off each booking, unlimited kilometers, no additional driver fee, part of the Frequent Traveler Program
  • Delta Hotel Discount: 10% off room rates, free upgrades

Learn more

For more information contact mstoreyatalbertacf.com (Margi Storey)

Technology and MarketingTechnology & Marketing

About

CFNA offers a comprehensive technology & marketing program that includes a branded website, shared email exchange server and cloud storage, as well as marketing tools and technical support. These components increase professionalism and efficiency, enhance public awareness and participation, and significantly reduce management and maintenance costs.

Benefits/features

  • Common and consistent brand experience for clients, and common branding tools
  • Modern, responsive CMS web based platform with responsive design and web support
  • High level security and back up/archival services for email and data
  • "What if" Marketing Campaign and Toolkits
  • Effective use of the Adobe Connect webinar platform for meetings/training for client

Learn more

CFNA provides a wide range of services designed to support CFs and CF staff.  Get in touch with website, Adobe Connect and other questions. Contact tstolzatalbertacf.com (Tony Stolz)

Leadership & Management SupportManagement Support

About

The CFNA promotes Alberta CFs to national and economic partners (including CF Pan West, CF Network of Canada and Western Economic Diversification) in order to secure resources and tools. The CFNA also provides key management support services to Alberta CFs including:

  • HR support to CF Boards, Management and Business Analysts
  • Governance training/support for Boards/Management
  • Training priorities reporting for CFs
  • Operating and annual employee compensation surveys
  • Best practice harvesting and dissemination
  • Advocacy on behalf of the CF program

Benefits/key features

  • Significant cost savings compared to hiring external temporary consultants (no fee charged to members)
  • Access to staff with 25+ years in CF management, governance and operations, and 30+ years in commercial/developmental lending
  • Ongoing access to reports, survey results and best practices
  • Opportunities for learning, networking and liaising with WD at annual CF conference

Learn more

For more information contact tstolzatalbertacf.com (Tony Stolz)

Learning and NetworkingLearning & Networking

About

The CFNA is committed to capacity building and ongoing learning for CF Board and Staff members. Learning and networking opportunities are offered at no cost or for a small fee. Training is delivered at the Annual General Meeting, Spring Training, hosted CF training events, on-line and through a series of webinars.  

The CFNA currently hosts professional staff networking/training opportunities fof Manager and Business Analysts.  

Benefits/key features

  • Training developed/delivered to meet unique CF training needs and training preferences
  • Programs include Leadership Institute, Core Competencies, Coaching Business Skills, Rural Diversification, Business Cluster Development, Project Management, CF Lending, and Manager and Board orientation sessions
  • Subsidized pricing for CFs

Learn more

The CFNA Monthly Newsletter features updates on learning and networking opportunities. If you have not registered for this newsletter contact mstoreyatalbertacf.com (Margi Storey)

Directors and Officers Liability InsuranceDirectors Insurance

About

This program provides CF officers with combined Directors & Officers Liability coverage and Errors & Omissions coverage.  The average annual cost saving is $1200/CF. The insurance provider is Northbridge Insurance.

Benefits/key features

  • Aggregate Coverage Limit: $10 million
  • Cost per CF Office: $ 1100.00
  • 0% Deductible
  • Includes Employment Practices Liability
  • Includes Pension Fiduciary Liability
  • Includes risk management services

Learn more

The CFNA’s insurance policy broker is David Larder at Fraser & Hoyt Insurance Ltd.

For more information contact mstoreyatalbertacf.com (Margi Storey)

Upcoming Benefits

Special Debts Collection Support ServicesDebt Collection Services

About

In 2014, CFNA introduced a model intended to deliver centralized Special Debt Collections Services for participating CFs. The proposal was to create a small experienced group of specialists to monitor, supervise and administer a collective portfolio of delinquent SME loans with a view to maximize the CFs overall return on investment.

Benefits/Key features

  • Cost efficiencies
  • Time efficiencies
  • Consistency
  • Improved relationships with external companies, lawyers, bankrupt trustees

Learn more

This service will not be mandatory, however to start this service a commitment from 10 CF’s is required.  For more information contact tstolzatalbertacf.com (Tony Stolz)

The CFNA Monthly Newsletter will follow the progress of this service.  If you have not registered for this newsletter email mstoreyatalbertacf.com (Margi Storey)

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