A New Wave of Entrepreneurs

A growing momentum is emerging in rural Alberta. Entrepreneurs from every region of the province are harnessing the power of purpose to energize their communities, lead their companies and to connect with new and emerging markets.

Diversification is crucial to the health of small communities

Alberta is widely expected to lead the country in GDP growth this year, fueled in part, by rural entrepreneurs who are accelerating change and growth in their communities.

"This is an exciting opportunity for us,” said CFNA Executive Director, Tony Stolz. “Interest in small business ownership and entrepreneurial investment is on the rise, and as a network of developmental lenders, we are ready to keep pace.” 

Help in an ever-changing world

As the global economic landscape is quickly shifting, there is an opportunity to enhance the value of the Community Futures program. We have updated our presence across Alberta by launching a suite of business training programs aimed at inspiring a new wave of entrepreneurs to start, grow, or buy a business while also building their business skills and literacy.

Community Futures is a gateway to a wealth of business services and support and we will be working to increase networking and partnership opportunities for entrepreneurs in priority areas of economic diversification.

Local and community-based

CFNA was a successful applicant in the 2016 Alberta Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program; promoting long-term economic growth and prosperity in Alberta’s rural communities and regions. This initiative is also receiving support from all 27 Community Futures development offices across Alberta. Living in rural Alberta is about lifestyle and choice, and starting a rural business is about investing in the values of your community. We believe purpose-driven entrepreneurs are the backbone of healthy and diversified communities — and we are willing to do everything we can to help them reach their potential.