Let’s Work Together For Your Clients' Success
Partnering With Community Futures Grows A Prosperous Small Business Community
We know that it can be frustrating when an enthusiastic entrepreneur comes in, has a great business idea, however, the business can't get the funding they need to get started.
When a financial institution’s business lending policies don't allow for a prospective client to receive a lending product, we want to partner with you to ensure their success and help bridge that gap.
We do so by:
Helping them build a solid business plan by planning for the best case, average and worst case scenarios
Creating a marketing plan or expansion strategy
Providing one-on-one coaching, business consulting and mentoring
Partnering with us helps create community growth, jobs and economic diversification in the Lakeland region.
Who Do We Partner With?
Banks / Financial Institutions
We bridge the financing gap and help your client launch or stabilize their business. Our primary goal is to make them more bankable, so that they can continue their journey with you.
Chambers Of Commerce & Rotary Clubs
Let’s collaborate together to host presentations, information sessions and to advance the training and skills of our business community.
Municipalities & Economic Development Committees
We’d love to work closer with you to develop a more prosperous business community and a stronger diversified economy.
We Help With Rural Economic Diversification
Rural Economic Diversification is the core of what we do. We work alongside community leaders and other key stakeholders to create Community Economic Development plans and implement projects that support value-added activity and expansion into new sectors.
We take the pulse of our business community and provide guidance on business retention and succession planning strategies.
Community Futures Lakeland has partnered with several other sources to help foster entrepreneurship and rural diversification.
Providing tools and resources to help women across the province succeed in starting or growing a business.
Supporting small and medium-sized businesses in all industries and at every stage of growth with money and advice.
Stimulating economic development activities of Métis people and communities by providing equity for Métis businesses, support to community economic development initiatives, and assistance for the development of the management skills of new and existing Métis business owners and entrepreneurs.
Assisting young entrepreneurs to get their ideas off the ground, Youth Business offers programs and services that allow them to achieve economic independence, develop self-confidence, and fulfill their goals of self-employment.
National Research Council Canada
The Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, and fulfilling government mandates.
I’d Love To Partner With Community Futures, What’s Next?
Partnering with us is easy. Simply reach out to us and we can provide you with tools to better serve your clients or members.
Community Futures Partners FAQs
We are a community-based developmental lender. Your business plan and loan applications are reviewed by experts in small business who understand our unique business climate. We will work with you to ensure your plan is sound, and we can apply flexible terms to meet your business needs. Our goals revolve around helping businesses succeed, not increasing shareholder profit.
We offer business planning and coaching for FREE and offer specialized small business training and programs often at no or very low cost.
Funded in Western Canada by Western Economic Diversification Canada, Community Futures has been supporting small business and rural economic diversification since 1986. There are 27 Community Futures offices in rural communities throughout Alberta, and a total of 267 across the country.