Business programs

Community Futures Centre West 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

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 1 year access plus E-Book costs just $195 + taxes. 

Entrepreneurs With Disabilities Program

This program is designed to make it easier for entrepreneurs with disabilities to pursue their business goals and contribute to economic growth within their rural community.

To qualify for the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities program you must:

  • Live in the Community Futures Centre West Region
  • Have a disability that impairs your ability to perform at least one of the basic activities of self-employment or entrepreneurship

The program offers:

  • Assistance in developing a business plan
  • Business loans up to $150,000, the terms of which are specifically tailored to address each individual entrepreneur's needs and are repayable at competitive rates

Loans can be used for:

  • Starting or expanding a business
  • Applying new technology to your business
  • Upgrading facilities and equipment
  • Developing marketing and promotions material
  • Establishing working capital for anticipated sales increases

Check out for more information about the Entreprenuers with Disabillties Program

Summer Student Loan Program

This program assists youth aged 15-29 obtain an interest free loan of up to $3,000. Student entrepreneurs use this money to operate their own business during the summer months. The financing can be used for start-up costs and operating costs. The loan is interest free until Oct 31st of the current calendar year, when repayment is due. You must be returning to school in the fall to be eligible for this program. Applications are accepted from April 1-June 30th of each year.

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3209, 101 Sunset Drive
Cochrane, AB T4C 0W7


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Communities Served

Bragg Creek, 
Dead Mans Flats, 
Elbow Valley, 
Ghost Lake, 
Harvie Heights, 
Redwood Meadows, 


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