Business programs

Community Futures Lakeland 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

The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities program (EDP) was created to provide enhanced small business development support to people with disabilities in rural Alberta.

Success as an entrepreneur is all about playing to your strengths. 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 Training to assist them in the start up of their business venture.

This specialized program includes:

  • Detailed business concept assessment
  • Training workshops on Self Empowerment and Personal Financial Planning
  • One to one business coaching and mentorship with a business professional from the community
  • Access to Business Loans for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

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 $295 + taxes. When you register through Community Futures Capital Region, you’ll receive our $25 partner discount.

Youth Entrepreneurship Program

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?

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

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5010 - 50th Avenue
Box 8114
Bonnyville, AB T9N 2J4

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Ardmore, 
Beaverdam, 
Bonnyville, 
Cherry Grove, 
Cold Lake, 
Fort Kent, 
Franchere, 
Frog Lake, 
Glendon, 
Gurneyville, 
Hoselaw, 
Iron River, 
La Corey, 
Pelican Beach, 
Sputinow, 
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