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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.

Just Purl Crafts and Gifts

Leahann Rottierr
Westlock, AB


Just Purl Crafts and Gifts serves the Westlock area by providing a wide selection of fine yarns and wools to the local community. In addition they also provide a variety of crafting classes as well as an outlet for local artisans to sell their wares.

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Cheap Smokes & Cigars

Krystel Leduc and Karl Sauvageau
Fort McMurray, AB


Cheap Smokes & Cigars carries the fullest line of cigarettes, various tobacco products, accessories and offers a huge selection of high quality Cigars.

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.

Exhale Esthetics Studio & Spa


#103, 10011 - 106 Street Westlock, AB T7P 2K3


Exhale Esthetics Studio & Spa serves the Westlock area offering "A La Carte" and package spa services, such as gel nails, foot care (pedicures), skin care(facials), massage and  waxing. Exhale Esthetics prides itself on being able to offer a comfortable and relaxing environment to all of their clients. 

780-349-2573

www.westlockexhale.com

Image Crafters

Fred Makowecki
Drumheller, AB


In 1982 Image Crafter Signs was incorporated with an initial investment of $12,000.00. With that capital Image Crafters was able to purchase a state of the art computerized vinyl cutting machine, turning that investment into $125,000.00 per year working out of his garage, until 1995 when the company leased a building downtown. Within five years the company had outgrown that building and moved to their current building which he had purchased in 2004. Image Crafters then came back to Community Futures for another $30,000.00 investment to purchase a bigger vinyl cutting machine, inventory and for manufacturing. This machine was able to produce products within 24 hours for delivery of signs for corporate and industrial. With this technology Image Crafters has been able to secure sign orders from larger commercial companies outside of town.

To date Image Crafters generates over a half million dollars in annual revenue, has seven full time employees and one part time employee and produced over 450,000 signs from billboards, commercial signs, banners and car wraps.

Zayfti Inc.

Karl Gartly
Head office is in Stony Plain, Alberta


Zayfti Inc. is a mobile first solution for companies dissatisfied with the inefficiency associated with paper or web based methods used to distribute, complete, transport, file, audit and store regulatory paperwork. Unlike other solutions that require technical expertise, Zayfti Inc. is a mobile first tool so simple that it increases employee productivity. Not only does Zayfti Inc. increases the amount and quality of data but they also provides a real time picture of the activities of people, assets, and sub-contractors that is used to cut costs, impress clients, build business intelligence and make money.

Zayfti Inc. is operated and owned by Karl Gartly and the Co-Founders are Ray Yip and Ray Belisle. The head office is located in Stony Plain, Alberta.

CFCR allowed Zayfti Inc.to expand their service offering in Oil & Gas sector. CFCR lending allowed them to build out and complete a very successful trial in water and waste tracking. In technology, start-ups, there is very little to leverage. No equipment, no land, and as a start-up they didn’t have the revenue to secure traditional debt financing. With the help of CFCR Zayfti Inc. were able to continue the rapid development pace that is required in technology.

Zayfti Inc. are on track to grow at 500%+ per year for the next 3-5 years as companies are made aware of the ability to track people and maintain a seamless record of compliance based paperwork without the typical costs of paper, administration and operational time.

CFCR looks forward to seeing Zayfti Inc continue to grow and succeed as a small business.

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