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New Funding to Empower Women Entrepreneurs in Rural Alberta

New Funding to Empower Women Entrepreneurs in Rural Alberta

A new provincial initiative is giving rural women entrepreneurs easier access to capital and local support to start or grow a business in their community.

The Alberta Women’s Economic Recovery - Capital Growth Initiative, will be available to provide easier access to loans for women-owned small and medium-sized businesses and help create jobs and diversify the Alberta economy.

The Road to Recovery - Economic Development Awards

The Road to Recovery - Economic Development Awards

We are pleased to share information about two Community Futures member initiatives that have been awarded Community Awards of Excellence from the Economic Developers of Alberta. 

Small Business Relief and Recovery in Alberta

Small Business Relief and Recovery in Alberta

During one of the most significant challenges in our program’s history, the Community Futures network was there to make a difference.

Faced with a global health crisis, teams from across the province connected with thousands of small business owners - And the voice of advocacy for their survival was heard.

Understanding the pressures small businesses were facing, Community Futures quickly became experts in deploying a federal government relief program, the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.

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.

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Guidance, support, and financial help for small businesses. Community Futures has been helping rural Alberta entrepreneurs for over 30 years with guidance, business loans, training, and free resources.
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