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We're celebrating our 35th anniversary!

Since 1989, Community Futures Wild Rose has invested over $36 million into communities in our region, helping businesses start, expand, and thrive. To celebrate, we're heading on a time-travelling road trip to visit many of the businesses we have helped empower over our 35 years of operation. Come along with us! We are excited to share their inspiring stories with you as part of our 35 Year Celebration!


 

High Seas Coffee

High Seas Coffee

Join us on the exciting leg of Community Futures Wild Rose's celebratory road trip as we explore High Seas Coffee, nestled in the quaint town of Linden, Alberta, under the ownership of Krista Boese. This charming coffee haven prides itself on offering big-city quality in a small-town setting. Whether you're craving a perfectly brewed black coffee, a comforting classic like the London Fog, or something adventurous like the Mexican Hot Chocolate or Honey Badger Latte, High Seas Coffee has something to tantalize every palate. Krista Boese's journey with Community Futures Wild Rose began in 2016, and now, she graciously shares the inspiring tale of her business firsthand.

The spark for my business ignited during my daily commute in Calgary, where I passed by a charming coffee shop. Witnessing its sale sign prompted me to start envisioning my coffee haven, sparking a flurry of café concepts on my Pinterest board. The more I delved into the idea, the more my passion flourished.

Magnum Services

Magnum Services

Beerd Beekman became a Community Futures Wild Rose client in 2007 when he and two other co-founders founded Magnum Cementing Services. Since then, Beerd’s leadership and commitment have built Magnum into the company it is today.

Upholding its core value of "Service with Integrity," Magnum epitomizes commitment, reliability, and respect, setting the standard for exceeding customer expectations. Through unwavering adherence to values rooted in community, safety, integrity, accountability, and continuous improvement, Beerd and his team exemplify the ethos of success forged through resilience and purpose. Dive deeper into Beerd Beekman's inspiring narrative as he shares his firsthand account of triumph and transformation below:

Rockyford Steel

Rockyford Steel

The next stop on Community Futures Wild Rose’s celebratory road trip is Rockyford Steel.

Nestled in the rural community of Rockyford, Alberta, Rockyford Steel became a Community Futures Wild Rose client in 1997. Founded by Adrian de Groot in 1996 the family-run company specializes in addressing common issues with older grain bin models. From cumbersome doors in Butler bins to restrictive lid openings in Westeels, Rockyford Steel offers tailored solutions including lid openers, retrofit door kits, and collar upgrades. Additionally, they supply a range of grain bin products, accessories, and used bin parts.

Equine Connection – The Academy of Equine-Assisted Learning

Equine Connection – The Academy of Equine-Assisted Learning

Located in Carseland, Equine Connection: The Academy of Equine-Assisted Learning strives to positively impact people's lives through working with horses. Their carefully designed programs aim to empower individuals, prioritizing both personal growth and the well-being of the equine. Read further as Kari Fulmek, the owner of this business, tells her story.

The idea for my business originated from a childhood dream of owning horses and living on an acreage. Despite facing numerous challenges and setbacks, including divorces and financial struggles, I never gave up on my dream. Eventually, with the support of my soulmate, Sid, we found the perfect piece of land and built our dream home. This sparked my desire to work with horses in a non-traditional way, leading me to discover Equine Assisted Learning (EAL).

Strathmore Pawn and Collectables Ltd.

Strathmore Pawn and Collectables Ltd.

The next stop on our celebratory road trip is Strathmore Pawn and Collectables Ltd. founded and run by Tanya Anderson. Offering a unique blend of pawn services and antique treasures, the business has become a cherished fixture in the community, providing both financial assistance and nostalgic discoveries to its patrons. Tanya became a Community Futures Wild Rose client in 2003. Here is her story:

Driven by a passion for antiques, I sought an entrepreneurial opportunity in Strathmore. Believing the community couldn't sustain a standalone antique store, I identified a need for a pawnshop, given the absence of one within 50 km. Combining these ideas, Strathmore Pawn and Collectables emerged, aiming to be a welcoming presence in our community.

Three Hills Motor Products Ltd.

Three Hills Motor Products Ltd.

Three Hills Motor Products Ltd stands as a cornerstone of automotive excellence within the tight-knit community of Three Hills, Alberta. Owned and managed by a dedicated father-son team, this family-run business combines a rich tradition of service with a comprehensive range of offerings. From retail sales to a plethora of automotive services including brakes, air conditioning, tire maintenance, engine tune-ups, and more, Three Hills Motor Products Ltd. caters to the diverse needs of its clientele. They ensure top-notch quality in both their products and services, all underscored by their unwavering commitment to exceptional customer care.

This father-and-son business became a Community Futures Wild Rose client in 2007. Here is their story as told by Doug:

Down To Earth Garden Design

Down To Earth Garden Design

Meet Theresa Zerr, the passionate mind behind Down To Earth Garden Design, and another successful Community Futures Wild Rose client.

Serving Calgary, Wheatland County, and Rocky View County, Down To Earth Garden Design is dedicated to transforming ideas into tangible, breathtaking gardens. Theresa's services encompass landscape consultations, landscape design, plant consultations, and instructional demonstrations. From assessing sites to troubleshooting issues and selecting the perfect flora for optimal growth, Theresa's expertise lies in crafting vibrant, thriving gardens. Engaged within esteemed organizations like the Calgary Horticulture Society, Alberta Native Plant Council, Alberta Horticulture Association, and the local garden club, Theresa is committed to fostering a blooming community. Delve deeper into Theresa's inspiring journey as she shares her story…

S & D Andrus Trucking

S & D Andrus Trucking

Since 1998, Stanley and Debbie Andrus have been longstanding clients of Community Futures Wild Rose (CFWR). Initially, they embarked on their journey with CFWR while managing Buffalo Jump Canyon Ranch. Over the years, we have had the privilege of accompanying them from their ranching endeavours to their present focus on the trucking aspect, as seen in their current enterprise, S & D Andrus Trucking. Continue reading to delve into their story, narrated by Debbie herself.

In 1993, Stanley and I, (Debbie), found ourselves at a crossroads after being laid off from CIBC due to reduced hours. Following career counselling, a letter suggested I explore a guest ranch vocation. During a stint at Wild Rose Business Development in Rockyford, Glenda and I were tasked with promoting tourism. In Trochu, we met Frank Vanderkley, who suggested contacting Bob Beal to advertise his trail riding and camping business. Bob, at 80 years old, welcomed us, and conversations unfolded about his ranch, which he was considering selling due to age.

Bigfoot & Co. Inc.

Bigfoot & Co. Inc.

Creating a Family Legacy

Nestled in the friendly town of Three Hills, Alberta, Ken and Laura Lee Cunningham's entrepreneurial journey with Bigfoot & Co. Inc. unfolds as an inspiring tale of success. Their vision to provide excellent quality agriculture/truck supplies and service to Three Hills and surrounding areas drove the founding of Bigfoot & Co. Inc., a company committed to its community.

In the 1980s, Ken Cunningham worked with his father and brother grain farming. He also worked off the farm as a mechanic in the agriculture industry. In 1990, Ken built his first shop on the farm for extra income. It turned out to be the start of a successful business. Customer service was his strength and the business grew.

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Communities Served

Acme, Ardenode, Bassano, Beiseker, Carbon, Carseland, Chestermere, Cluny, Conrich, Dalemead, Dalum, Delacour, Gem, Gleichen, Hussar, Huxley, Indus, Irricana, Kathryn, Keoma, Kneehill County, Langdon, Linden, Lyalta, Norfolk, Rockyford, Rosebud, Standard, Strathmore, Swalwell, Three Hills, Torrington, Trochu, Wheatland County, Wimborne