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Executive Director - CF Lethbridge

Executive Director - CF Lethbridge

 

Executive Director, Lethbridge, Alberta

  • You have a passion for rural economic development.
  • You are a confident and strategic leader.
  • You have experience leading a dynamic non-profit organization.
  • Your staff looks to you as their knowledge coach.
  • You have been referred to you as a visionary.
  • You have worked with Boards of Directors and Executive Committees.
  • You are often described as a mentor/teacher/coach.

If these statements describe you, we should talk.  You just might be the ideal candidate to be the next Executive Director at Community Futures Lethbridge in Alberta.  

Responding Through Resilience

Responding Through Resilience

Excerpt from Community Futures Network of Canada - Annual Report 2020-21

PANDEMIC LIFELINE: THE REGIONAL RELIEF AND RECOVERY FUND (RRRF)

As the weeks wore on during the global pandemic, rural and remote businesses needed increasing levels of support, and the Community Futures voice of rural advocacy was heard. 

Introducing the NEW ALBERTACF.COM

Introducing the NEW ALBERTACF.COM

Our new network of websites are mobile-friendly and help guide rural small business owners and entrepreneurs through the steps to success.

Explore the wide range of tools and local support options available at
Community Futures locations across Alberta. 

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Alberta Small Business Impact

Alberta Small Business Impact

Community Futures is a federally funded 'rural grassroots' program that provides business loans, training, coaching, and supports community economic development projects.

Take a look at how network members made an impact in supporting rural small business development in 2020/2021. 

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Community Futures Network of Alberta Annual Report

Community Futures Network of Alberta Annual Report

The CFNA provides advocacy, leadership, stewardship, and operational support to the network of 27 Alberta Community Futures organizations.

Take a look at a snapshot of our network and key achievements in 2020-2021.

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Relaunching Small Business Confidence

Relaunching Small Business Confidence

As a series of workshops and sessions focused on relaunching and retaining businesses in rural Alberta wraps up, we are reflecting back on one of the most challenging periods for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic started, it quickly became apparent that SMEs would be one of the hardest hit groups from multiple lockdowns & loss of income.

Thus, the Building Business Resiliency project was born.

“Resilience is not about overcoming, but becoming.” – Sherri Mandell

 Coaching Through Crisis

Coaching Through Crisis

One of the most profound impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the loss of connection with others. For a group of small business coaches working in coal transition communities in Central and Eastern Alberta, the sudden end of in-person business visits and close connection with entrepreneurs was an early sign that many new startups and seasoned business owners were beginning to struggle with some of the invisible and often unspoken costs of the global health crisis.

“Recognizing that business owners can experience grief or loss was a crucial step to moving forward,” says Louise Jones, a Community Futures Small Business Advisor in East Central Alberta.

Louise and her colleagues described how small businesses were becoming fragmented and paralyzed. Business planning came to a halt, clients withdrew and stopped wanting to manage their next steps.

 Expectations | Redefined

Expectations | Redefined

What began as a plan to provide small business support to women in remote and underserved parts of Alberta has sparked an effort to rethink the experience of female entrepreneurship.

Project Gazelle, created by Community Futures Lloydminster, is one of two projects in Alberta supported by the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES), a national $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025.

Named after both the emerging business term for an agile and adaptable firm and the swift and tribal groupings of grassland animals, Gazelle took what has been an established process for small business development and deconstructed it to examine the many roadblocks women in Alberta face.

 Long term volunteer receives top award

Long term volunteer receives top award

We are pleased to announce that Steve Upham, Reeve for the County of St. Paul, was the recipient of the Community Futures Alberta, Volunteer of the Year Award 2019 at our annual provincial conference in Grande Prairie.The award is presented to individuals who have shown outstanding and ongoing leadership and achievement in the Community Futures program.

Steve Upham has been involved with the Community Futures program for nine years, and his term as Chair of the Community Futures St. Paul-Smoky Lake Board of Directors is ending. During the presentation of the award, it was noted Steve has led with consideration and compassion, and that he understands the ‘beating heart’ of small communities and rural life.

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