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On April 1, 2018 all Alberta Community Futures Associations will have a new and improved website!

Youth Entrepreneurship Camp Applications Open

Application Deadline:  May 31, 2018
Send your 13 to 15 year old business-minded kid to camp this summer.  An action packed week of adventure and entrepreneurship that gives real hands on experience starting and operating a business in a camp setting.    Best of all – it’s free (a $650 value, sponsored by local businesses).  Interested youth must apply.  Click here for more information.

Youth Can Do It!

Are you between 18-24 and reside in Canada? Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Would you like the opportunity to network and gain mentorship? Are you willing to share your story with us?

The Youth Can Do It! event will identify diverse, young entrepreneurs and bring them together in Ottawa to connect with inspiring business experts to support their journey forward. Selected young entrepreneurs will gain support from the business community and will create new connections. Most importantly they will be inspired to achieve their entrepreneurial goals.

Selected young entrepreneurs will be invited to visit Ottawa on June 10 - 12, 2018, to network, create and exchange ideas.


Resources for business leaders of tomorrow
Networking and collaboration activities
Mentoring opportunities
Opportunities to share ideas with other young entrepreneurs
The deadline for applications is March 12, 2018.

Contact information
If you have any questions regarding Youth Can Do It! or need more information please email our team:

Application process for Youth Can Do It!
From Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Youth Can Do It! celebrates young Canadian entrepreneurs from across the country. Selected entrepreneurs will be invited to Ottawa for three days of activities and celebration from June 10 - 12, 2018.

You must be a young entrepreneur, aged 18-24
You must reside in Canada
You must complete an application submission
You must be available to attend the Youth Can Do It! event in Ottawa from June 10 - 12, 2018
How to apply
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm EDT on March 12, 2018.

Your submission must include a completed application form and video.

The video must be 1-2 minutes in length in which you must:

tell us about your entrepreneurial story
explain why you are the perfect candidate
talk about what inspires you to become an entrepreneur and how you got to where you are
What this means for you
If selectedFootnote **, you will receive:

a trip to OttawaFootnote *** from June 10 - 12, 2018
opportunities for networking and mentorship
access to information and resources for your venture
Airfare and accommodations for the event in Ottawa in June 2018 will be provided for the selected entrepreneurs.

Pricing Principles Workshop

Cochrane Job Fair Coming to the Cochrane RancheHouse

SMARTstart wins the 2015-2016 Minister's Innovation Award

The Airdrie Business Resource Partnership (ABRP) wished to create a program combining online training, in-person workshops and a mentorship component that would target entrepreneurs in the development phase or in the first three years of business.  Over the course of the program the businesses would either develope a business plan or update their current business plan.

In 2014 the SMARTstart Entrepreneur Training Program was created with components of online training, workshops and local mentors. Partner contributions were leveraged with an Alberta Government Community Initiatives Project Grant for year one and in January 2014 the first sponsorship was welcomed.  By December 2014, sponsorships had been pledged for the 2015 program. The second SMARTstart program located in Airdrie launched late February 2015.

Project goals included: Increased capacity through training education and networking, building collaborative partnerships with government, private business and industry leaders to implement strategies to increase productivity, investment in research, development, growth and innovation. It was imperative to partner with organizations and/or communities to improve the business support system to early stage business and youth entrepreneurs.

Click link to hear some of our entrepreneurs share their experiences and the value of being part of this inaugural program. 

Entrepreneurs share their experiences and the value of having a mentor. 



Training for Your Board of Directors

Community Futures is your Board Training Partner
Board Members are dedicated, hardworking volunteers. They are highly skilled in a variety of areas of governance. Regardless of their experience with boards, operations and financial management, Board Training will ensure that they continue to be effective in their governance roles.
Make your board be the best it can be with with Community Futures Leadership Institute Board training for Community and Not-For-Profit Organizations.
We offer proven, effective Board Development Training in the following areas:
  • Operations-Board and Staff
  • Legal Responsibilities of Boards
  • Financial Management 
  • Board Development and Evaluation
  • Management, Recruitment, Performance and Evaluation
  • Board Leadership
  • So You Want to be a Chair-Chairing with Confidence

How it Works

Community Futures Centre West will work with interested parties to select and schedule a training session that is of interest to your board. 

For more information contact Dianne Graham at 403 464-2572




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3209, 101 Sunset Drive
Cochrane, AB T4C 0W7


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