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Success Stories

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.

From Kicks to Kids

Deborah Thompson & Kristine Smith
Camrose, Alberta

The idea came to them in 2008 when Kristine was expecting her first child.  As with any family expecting their first child or grandchild, you want to find the most perfect gift.  A shopping trip to Camrose opened their eyes that an opportunity was presenting itself. 

They went to work in the fall of 2008 developing an extensive inventory of high quality, child safe and unique products.  By June, 2009, their west-end location had officially opened.  As with any eager entrepreneurs, they used their current means available to finance the undertaking.  Deb’s keen business sense then kicked in and an evaluation determined that a financial restructuring was necessary.

They approached CF East Central Alberta in November of 2011 to help with some financing. CF East Central Alberta was able to come thru with a $150,000 loan enabling them to attain their business goals.

In November of 2012, they found themselves moving from a lease location to their own building in the heart of downtown Camrose.  According to Deborah, the increase in floor space has provided several positive advantages. They’ve been able to increase their product line, maximize cash flow by renting out under-utilized floor space and offer product information sessions for customers.

Both Deborah and Kristine are community minded individuals.  They believe in promoting small business whenever possible.  They are involved with the Camrose Chamber of Commerce; Deborah is currently a director, and they are also involved with City Centre Camrose.

Gaz Exhibits

George & Pamela Ziwani
Chestermere, AB

Seeing an opportunity to assist businesses, schools, agencies and other organizations with tradeshow and event installations, George and Pamela Ziwani approached Community Futures Wild Rose with their idea.

Providing step-by-step business counselling as well as start-up capital to get their business off the ground, the Ziwani's believe the planning and financing support provided by Community Futures Wild Rose was key to making their small business dreams a reality.

Through hard work and strategic decisions, Gaz Exhibits has grown to include five full-time employees, two company trucks and a 5800 square foot facility to house their inventory and equipment.

"Thank you, Community Futures Wild Rose, for putting our dreams on the right path and staying with us for the long haul."

Achieve Wellness Spa

Alethea and Tom Austin
Fort McMurray, AB

Achieve Wellness Spa is a luxury day spa located conveniently in Stoneycreek Village in Timberlea, Fort McMurray. This new high-end location provides guests with the option of underground parking so that they never have to step foot outside. Elevator access takes you directly to our second floor location where you can enjoy the views while taking a relaxing manicure or pedicure. The facility has 14 separate treatment areas plus a 500 square foot plush waiting room, reception room and change rooms with showers. There is a dedicated couples massage room complete with large effervescence healing tub to let the stress melt away. There are two dedicated body treatment rooms one with a steam shower to pull out and wash away toxins. a steam shower to pull out and wash away toxins.


Accessible Accessories

Don Doonan
Medicine Hat, AB

Accessible Accessories Ltd.(AA) is an Application Service Provider (ASP), meaning it provides computer-based services to customers over a network. The interactive program has been designed to provide dealership customers and employees with the ability to look up “Dealer Specific” accessories and prices for any vehicle. This information can be accessed from any internet capable computer, without having to call Parts or Service departments for pricing.

Some of the features that Accessible Accessories offers in the software include accessory pictures, internal pricing, multiple user access rights, printable quotes including customer and vehicle information, user activity logs, parts and labour overrides, installation pricing incorporating up to 3 labour rates and shop supply charges, linked accessory websites to Dealership websites and the ability to add dealer specific custom accessories – such as paint and rust protection, under coatings, clothing etc.

Don has seen his clients increase their accessory sales as much as 500% when the dealership implements a solid process supporting the usage of the program by all employees.

Shredz Snow and Skate

Nick Sereda
Drumheller, AB

Shredz Snow and Skate, owner Nick Sereda came to us in persueing his dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. Only few years out of high school he followed his dream and opened up a skater shop in Drumheller. Nick opened his business in 2004 and has been thriving ever since. It has been a great asset to Drumheller in providing local young adults a trenty place to shop for snowboards, skateboards, clothing and accessories.

After only being opened for a few years, Nick decided to expand his business into Sylvan Lake, Alberta, where his younger brother Chris is operating it.

Style Ryte Cleaners

Jill Cairns
Peace River, AB

Jill Cairns has been in the cleaning business since 2001, she is the third owner of Style Ryte Cleaners which has been in operation for 50 years! She recently upgraded all of the equipment to meet industry environmentally friendly standards. They offer commercial and retail cleaning, as well as tuxedo rentals and seamstress services. 


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