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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.

Canada Tire Doctors

Robert Eden
Chestermere, AB


For Robert Eden, it was the urging of his son, Bryan, that inspired him to venture into the field. After much research, the Eden's decided there was a need to provide 'the convenience of home shopping with complete tire services at your doorstep" within the larger Calgary region. Canada Tire Doctors - a family-owned and operated business - was born.

Their services are targeted for those who may not have time to go to a traditional tire shop to have their tires serviced, those who prefer the convenience of having tire services performed at another location or those who need emergency tire repair while on the road; their business does it all.

The need for start-up capital brought them to Community Futures Wild Rose, where our advice, guidance and financing fit what the Eden's were looking for.

"We met a couple of times...they gave us really good guidance and sent us what we needed to look at so we knew what we should be doing."

With financing in place, a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van and equipment were purchased to enable Bryan to work with regular- and high-end (such as Jaguar, BMW and Cadillac) - vehicles. Specialized mounts, "no-touch" tire changers and advanced wheel balancers allow Bryan to work on virtually any vehicle, in virtually any location. Financing was also arranged to help cover early operational costs.

Thankful for the resources and local support offered through Community Futures Wild Rose, Robert Eden shares, "I'd like to see how far we can take it. Instead of my son working for someone else, technically he's working for us...but it's going to be something that he's going to take pride in because it's also something of his. He's helped create it and in the future he'll be hoping that it'll eventually become his."

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)

Purple Turtle Design

Cindy McKenzie
Cochrane, AB


Cindy McKenzie is a designer specializing in the creation of kitchens and bathrooms.  McKenzie, a long-time Cochrane resident, started her own business in 2010 because she couldn’t imagine doing anything else. “I wanted to work in the industry I love, plus be a mom as well,” says Cindy, a talented designer and certified member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA.) “I needed to find a way to run my own show so I could have the best of both worlds.”

The result was Purple Turtle Design, a full service interior design business specializing in the creation of wonderful kitchens and bathrooms. Her firm also offers 3D renderings, basement development and space planning, plus assistance with material selection and colour consultations.

“Although many of my clients are in Calgary, we choose to live in Cochrane,” she says. “Our family loves the small town atmosphere and sense of community, and to be just a little closer to the mountains is fantastic. Cindy moved here fourteen years ago, met her husband Jason and they now have a son, Samuel, adored by Cindy’s two older boys, Matthew and Eric.

“Starting my business was not easy,” Cindy admits. “I knew design, but didn’t have a strong knowledge of the other side of running a business – how to handle accounting and legal issues, and market my services.” She turned to Community Futures Centre West for help, and joined their Self Employment Program. “I’m still not an expert in everything, but don’t think I will ever be!” she laughs. “The program gave me the confidence to move forward and the tools to stay on track and grow my business. I also met a network of people to draw from whenever I need support or advice.”

Cindy adds, “Business is great and I’ve gotten what I hoped for – an income earned by doing what I love, well balanced with family time. I’m fortunate to have a wonderful support system here in Cochrane. When anyone asks me for start-up advice, I tell them: don’t hesitate to look for assistance, especially at the beginning. It’s important to admit what you don’t know – help is definitely out there!”

Visit her website at http://www.purpleturtledesign.com/

Toniroz Grill & Restaurant

Roselle Ducusin


Toniroz Grill & Restaurant is currently ranked the #1 Restaurant in Slave Lake, Alberta on Trip Advisor Canada's website. A testament to hard work, great food and great service. Community Futures is very proud of the success. Congratulations!

 

LimeLitez Dance Academy

Jerredi Cowan
Medicine Hat, AB


LimeLitez Dance Academy is the artistic conservatory of youth entrepreneur, Jerredi Cowan.  Lime Litez offers a variety of classes including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and creative movement to performers of all ages.  Cowan has differentiated the academy through small and limited class sizes, superbly qualified instructors, and a suspended flooring system, which is designed specially for dancers and athletes.

At the young age of twenty, Cowan completed the Self-Employment Training Program at Entre-Corp in the winter of 2008.  Cowan describes the [training] program as an active foundation for her establishment’s progressive success.  “The training I received through SE is extremely valuable for all present activities, and will benefit future plans of the business.  Even more, the business plan I developed through SE will act as a constant support system, as it has already proven so through areas such as accurate financial forecasting and inventory management”, comments Cowan.  “With numerous expansion plans on the go, I need to constantly re-evaluate the entire business plan.  Without SE, I would not have knowledge of the proper [business plan] components, which need to be taken into consideration.”

Immediately following the Self Employment program, Entre-Corp further assisted Cowan through a $50 000 loan.  Cowan strongly believes that without the loan she received, the facility would not be the same.  Cowan went into detail of how everything from paint and décor, to furniture and inventory, was made possible from the loan.  “Being barely 20 years old with minor credit history, a bank most likely would not have taken me seriously.  I would not have been able to create the physical ambiance I envisioned for Lime Litez without the [Entre-Corp] loan.”

Jennie's Diner

Jennie Hamel
Bonnyville, AB


Their incredible story is soon to come!

www.jenniesdiner.ca

 

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