Business programs

Community Futures Wild Rose 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.

Entrepreneurs with disabilities program

Success as an entrepreneur is all about playing to your strengths. Entrepreneurs with disabilities (EDP) clients all live with physical or mental conditions that reduce their abilities in some areas. But they make a conscious decision to focus on what they can do, rather than what they can't.

Our services include:

  • Business training
  • Assistance with drawing up a business plan
  • Mentoring
  • Affordable, flexible business loans to establish a new business, purchase an existing business, or expand or upgrade an existing business

To be eligible for the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program, you must:

  • Have a self-declared disability or ongoing medical condition
  • Live in rural Alberta
  • Have a viable business idea
  • Be able to contribute in some way to your business

Self-employment can be a great way for persons with a disability or an ongoing medical condition to get back into the workforce. Clients find that the return to work through self-employment is made more manageable through:

  • Flexible hours
  • Personalized work environments
  • A sense of control over their own destiny

If you would like to learn more about this program, please contact us.

Entrepreneurs who are faced with disabilities can now access specialized programs to assist them in the start up of their business venture.

This specialized program includes:

  • Marketing
  • Training
  • Partnerships
  • Special projects
  • Support materials
  • Self-management
  • Urban partnerships
  • Marketing - Includes financial support to the Alberta Community Futures organizations to create program awareness within their regions. Marketing initiatives can be CF specific or in partnership with others and can include media advertising, trade show banners and marketing materials.
  • Training - Includes professional development for CF staff and service partners to increase the capacity to serve entrepreneurs with disabilities. By providing relevant training to those working with entrepreneurs with disabilities, the client receives enhanced benefits.
  • Partnerships - Includes the cost of partnership interaction (meetings and/or events) for regional initiatives or provincial initiatives.
  • Special projects - Includes assistance with the implementation of activities like research, guest speakers, videos and tools or technology for client use.
  • Support materials - Includes the production, purchase and distribution of materials that provide direction support to Alberta CFs and/or their EDP clients.
  • Self-management - Includes the purchase of incremental support to assist EDP clients to start or expand their business. Support services may include professional, legal, accounting, marketing or management supports to expand the capacity of the business.
  • Urban partnerships - Includes engagement with the Alberta Entrepreneurs with Disabilities partner in Calgary and Edmonton. Supports may include meetings, training and joint events.

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities fund provides $150,000 maximum loans to persons with disabilities in opening a business.

100 Essential Small Business Skills

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 optional 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 $195 + taxes. When you register through Community Futures Wild Rose. Contact us directly for special promotions.

 

Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge

The 'Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge' is an annual competition that was developed to provide entrepreneurs with the knowledge and expertise to write an effective business plan. Teams and individuals can register for the challenge and receive free business training and test their idea.

This event is a joint partnership of 8 Community Futures offices in Southern AB as well as a number of sponsors who continue to support and contribute to the entrepreneur.

For more information, please visit www.chinookchallenge.com.

Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp

The Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp is a week-long camp that takes place every summer for youth ages 13 to 15 who are interested in learning about business and entrepreneurship. The main focus of this camp is to educate youth about marketing, advertising, preparing a cash-flow statement and writing a business plan.

This project is a joint partnership of 13 Community Futures offices in Southern Alberta, as well as a number of sponsors who continue to support and contribute to this wonderful opportunity for our youth.

To learn more, please visit: www.entre-corp.com/ayec

Francophone Economic Development Organization

FEDOs enhance the vitality of minority language communities in Western Canada and assist in their economic development.

Support from WD enables these regional organizations to provide enhanced services to Francophones including training, business and community economic development, access to capital, information services, marketing advice, networking and mentoring.

Alberta

Conseil de développement économique de l'Alberta
8627 - 91th Street, Office 140
Edmonton, Alberta
T6C 3N1

Alberta Toll Free: 1 888 414-6123
Phone: (780) 414-6125
Fax: (780) 414-2885
E-mail: edmontonatlecdea.ca

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