Business programs

Community Futures Alberta Southwest delivers a number of popular and proven small business development programs each year. If you don't see what you are looking for, check out our other business coaching and training options, and upcoming business skills events, or contact us.

100 Essential Small Business Skills

Community Futures Alberta Southwest is pleased to offer Canada's leading online education program for entrepreneurs in partnership with GoForth Institute.

If you're looking to bolster you understanding of how to start, run or grow a successful and profitable business, learn GoForth Institute's 100 Essential Small Business Skills™ in only 10 hours conveniently delivered to your computer through streaming video and an option 400+ page resource curriculum book. Each of the thirty 20 minute video lessons is delivered by an expert in their field of business - marketing, law, accounting, finance, human resources, strategy, marketing research, operations and government compliance. Learn vital skills such as:

  • How to find new markets and more customers
  • How to run a more profitable company
  • How to develop a winning marketing and social media strategy
  • How to prepare your financial records
  • Plus 96 more skills

You'll get thirty 20 minute web video lessons - plus downloadable lesson summaries, PowerPoint™ slides, and e-mail your instructor function.  The best part is you won’t have to leave the convenience of your home or office – all you need is a computer with high-speed internet access – and you’re ready to learn!

GoForth Institute's 10 hours of online small business training costs just $295 + taxes. When you register through Community Futures Alberta Southwest, you’ll receive our $25 partner discount.

 

Entrepreneurs With Disabilities Program

"Helping you realize self-employment and entrepreneurship"

The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program makes it easier for individuals with disabilities to pursue their business goals and contribute to the economic growth of rural communities. We provide help in developing your business plan, mentoring and counseling in business development and operations, as well as access to flexible small business loans.

Who is eligible?

  • Live in a rural western Canadian community 
  • Have a disability of some kind (e.g. visual, physical, developmental) 
  • Have a creative business idea or plan

Why entrepreneurs with disabilities?

At Community Futures Alberta Southwest (CFABSW), we strongly believe in supporting all community members. We believe that entrepreneurship gives individuals with disabilities an option to develop their talents and abilities while remaining in and contributing to the community. Individuals with disabilities who are interested in starting their own business often find it difficult to get the support and assistance that other entrepreneurs have access to. Our organization attempts to fill this gap and supports entrepreneurs with disabilities who need help in developing their business ideas, need financial assistance and have the strong desire to shape their own future. When individuals want to invest in themselves and in their communities, we are here to support them in reaching their goals.

What services are available?

  • Loans up to $150,000 
  • General business consulting 
  • Mentoring and community support 
  • Resource library 
  • Information on export and selling to government 
  • Referrals to other programs and support services 
  • Business training and education

How do you apply?

Contact CFABSW to discuss your idea and eligibility for the program. We would love to hear from you!

BusinessAble Magazine

Click here to download the BusinessAble Magazine in PDF format.
We also have a variety of other resources that may be of interest.

Youth Entrepreneurship Program

"Creating new opportunities for young entrepreneurs"

The Western Youth Entrepreneurship Program can help you recognize and pursue your entrepreneurial goals and start a small business. We provide help in developing your business plan, mentoring and counseling in business development and operations, as well as access to flexible small business loans.

Who is eligible?

  1. Live in a rural western Canadian community
  2. Are between the ages of 18 and 29 (possibly younger)
  3. Have a creative business idea or plan

Why youth entrepreneurship?

At Community Futures Alberta Southwest (CFABSW), we strongly believe in supporting our communities' youth. We believe that youth entrepreneurship gives rural youth an option to develop their unique talents and abilities while remaining in and contributing to the community. Youth who are interested in starting their own business often find it difficult to get the support that they need. Our organization attempts to fill this gap and support youth who need help in developing their business ideas, need financial assistance and have the strong desire to shape their own future. When youth want to invest in themselves and in their communities, we are here to support them in reaching their goals.

What services are available?

  • Loans up to $25,000
  • General business consulting
  • Mentoring and community support
  • Resource library
  • Information on export and selling to government
  • Referrals to other programs and support services
  • Business training and education

How do you apply?

Contact CFABSW to discuss your idea and eligibility for the program. We would love to hear from you!

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Community Futures Alberta Southwest
436 – 24th Street (MacLeod Blvd)
Box 1270
Fort Macleod, AB T0L 0Z0

403-627-3020 ext. 222
800-565-4418 ext. 222

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Communities Served

Aetna, 
Beaver Mines, 
Burmis, 
Cardston, 
Carway, 
Chief Mountain, 
Claresholm, 
Cowley, 
Fort Macleod, 
Glenwood, 
Granum, 
Hill Spring, 
Leavitt, 
Lundbreck, 
Mountain View, 
Pincher Creek, 
Pincher Station, 
Stavely, 
Twin Butte, 
Waterton, 

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