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Community Futures is pleased to showcase some of the many good news stories in rural Alberta. Everyday we help people like you start and grow successful small businesses.

The Bra Lounge

Cortney Murphy and Sheena Johnson
Red Deer, AB


Sisters, Cortney Murphy and Sheena Johnson, decided to open their business over six years ago in downtown Red Deer.  The Bra Lounge's concept is simple - make sure every woman feels comfortable and sexy in the lingerie they wear.  The responses has been overwhelming.  Due to a great social media presence, a new easy to navigate website, many networking opportunities and creative marketing campaigns business is thriving. 

Community Futures Central Alberta (CFCA) has worked with Cortney and Sheena from the beginning to help start and expand their business to the clients of Red Deer and Central Alberta.

For more information visit www.thebralounge.com

(Photo courtesy of The Red Deer Advocate)

Westlock North Country Market

Wendy Lister
Westlock, AB


Founded in 2012, the Westlock North Country Market has been welcomed by local residents and tourists alike. Boasting 20 individual 'shed' style stalls, as well as space available for individual tables or tents, this market has something for everyone. Community Futures Tawatinaw Region has been privileged to assist Wendy in making her dream a reality.

Bashaw Aging in Place


Bashaw, AB


This was a 2006 Rural Community Ecomonic Development (RCED) Project for the creation of a feasibility study into the viabilty of constructing an 'Aging in Place' facility for seniors in Bashaw. After years of planning & developemnt, the partners were presented with an almost $4.5 million provincial Affordable Supportive Living Initiative matching grant, as well as awarded an addition $943,000 in top-up funding for the construction of Bashaw Meadows.

Construction commenced in fall 2011 & is scheduled to be completed in spring of 2013.

 

Play2Learn Daycare Services

Melanie Poulin
Elk Point, AB


Early 2009 began the vision of my venture.  I am a local born and raised community member of Elk Point.  I grew up here, moved away to ad to my life experience and returned to my “home town” to raise my 4 children. I come from a strong family of entrepreneurs and knew that there was a community need that needed to be filled. It was never a thought that any project I decided to do would fail….. It was just the HOW was I going to make it work!

Along with a grant for a “Making Space for Children” provincial government initiative, I put my business plan together and came to Community Futures for support and guidance and the BUSINESS LOAN that was crucial to proceed forward.  The first stage of my “small business” venture became a reality!  But my team and I soon realized that expansion was necessary to continue to grow at the fast rate we were (and still are) growing today!

Community Futures was there again for advice, help with documentation and mentorship! Jody was calm and when my excitement for the project needed some “sensibleness”, he prevailed! The daycare has continued to make our small community stay that much more vibrant as Play 2 Learn Daycare has purchased an existing town building (thanks also to The Elk Point Elks Lodge #460). We have done renovations with Community Futures Loans and continued the growth of Early Childhood Development in Elk Point!

The potential for additional business has also been seen!  We are able to provide space for smaller group activities such as First Aid Classes, Ukrainian Dance Club, or various club meetings. We have built a permanent home for our towns Jack and Jill Preschool program. We host initiatives with Norquest College and support community members with availability of English classes right here at Play 2 Learn so that community members need not travel far to get to these needed classes

I appreciate Community Futures. As a young business person with drive and motivation to put business initiatives together YOU are an important catalyst as everything comes with a price tag. You were (and are) the help I needed and Community Futures has done just what the title implies…… helping build a community’s future!!

by Melanie Poulin, owner/operator

Milk River Beautification Program


Milk River, AB


Partnership between Community Futures, the Town of Milk River and the Milk River Business Association for a Downtown Business improvements loan/grant program. The town and business association chipped in X amount of dollars to provide business owners in Milk River with the opportunity to apply for a loan with CF up to $10,000 with a 20% grant to go towards renovations/improvements to their businesses. The program has been a huge success as 12 loans were disbursed in the first year while using up all funds designated to the program. CF was able to leverage over $120,000 between the 12 businesses that took advantage of the loan program and 8 jobs were created. Currently the partnership is in talks of continuing the program for another year based on the amount of interest in the program.

Pixedust Photography and Design

Agnes Guminy
Redcliff, AB


Co-owner of Pixeldust Photography and Design, Agnes Guminy, completed the Self-Employment Training program atCommunity Futures Entre-Corp in April of 2009.  This service-based small business located in Redcliff, AB is an incorporated partnership between Guminy and her daughter Jen, and offers its clients the duo’s expertise in photography, web and graphic design, and cinema and mixed media collaborations.

Aside from Guminy’s $16,000.00 personal capital investment into the business, CF Entre-Corp approved Pixeldust for a $50,000.00 loan in March of 2009, which would go towards general start-up costs including equipment and lease-hold improvements. Guminy also recognized the need for proper business training to further operations, which she received through the SE Program.  According to comments made by Guminy towards the training, she felt the program met her needs, beyond expectations.  In relation to the program facilitators, Guminy commented that overall, each seminar leader had thorough knowledge of the subject they were presenting, which enabled her to better understand essential business matters such as financials, marketing, and the overall business experience.  Furthermore, the program’s outsourced presenters including insurance specialists, accountants, and CRA representatives, were an essential part of the learning process, commented Guminy.

Since its inception, Pixeldust has reached a very large demographic, including a Facebook page with over 1200 fans and an interactive website. In May of 2009, tragedy struck the owners’ studio when most of their inventory was perished in a fire.  The team made a quick recovery and was able to continue providing assistance to their large market.  Special services the company offers is their recent implementation of modeling classes, where clients are able to enjoy an interactive setting, learning how to build self-confidence and esteem in front of the camera, while learning how to use lighting and pose effectively.  The last segment of the class includes a photo shoot for each client to contribute to their growing portfolio.  Moreover, Pixeldust offers web and graphic design and cinema and mix media services.

A highlight for the company last year was their contribution as the lead in the CFB Suffield Firefighters charitable calendar project, donating photography services to the campaign.  They also do the photography for the Terrific Kids program through the Kiwanis Club of Medicine Hat Gas City, and are working with the Medicine Hat College, providing photography needs towards rebuilding the website and corporate branding.

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