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We are pleased to offer training opportunties for business owners learning how to exit thier business - inclduing a specialized series for family businesses.  Click here for more information.

Tourism Recovery 2020 Webinar Series

Together with Tourism HR Canada, Tourism Medicine Hat and Community Futures Entre-Corp we are excited to present the Tourism Recovery 2020 Webinar Series. 

Tourism businesses asked for webinars to help guide them through some of the big topics facing owners, operators, and entrepreneurs. Each one-hour session provides practical information and guidance on addressing issues that will help businesses recover, sustain operations, and build resilience. was launched by Tourism HR Canada in June to help the sector respond to the COVID-19 crisis by providing timely information and practical tools at no cost.

Coming up next in the series:
Sessions run every second week from October 14th through to December 9th, 2020. Webinars are scheduled to start promptly at 12 PM Mountain Time.

1. Considering and Creating New Revenue Strategies
Wednesday, October 28 – 12:00 PM MT

Register here to join this session.

2. Building Strategic Community Partnerships
Tuesday, November 10 – 12:00 PM MT

Register here to join this ssession.

3. Adapting to New Market Realities:
Products, Pricing, Placement, Positioning
Tuesday, November 24 – 12:00 PM MT

Register here to join thissession.

4. Workforce Power Session
Wednesday, December 9 – 12:00 PM MT

Register here to join this session.


Export Readiness Program

Digital Marketing and Transformation for Business Workshop Series

Registration is now open for the fall sessions of the Digital Marketing and Transformation for Business workshop series!

9:30am (MST)
Sept 15: Email marketing essentials to grow your small business
Sept 22: Getting found online - tools/tactics to help your website show up higher in search engines
Sept 29: Social media marketing essentials for small business
Oct 6: Google Ads – what you need to know to start driving traffic to your website

12:30pm (MST)
Oct 14: Email marketing essentials to grow your small business
Oct 21: Getting found online - tools/tactics to help your website show up higher in search engines
Oct 28: Social media marketing essentials for small business
Nov 4: Google Ads – what you need to know to start driving traffic to your website

Alberta Women's Entrepreneurs Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

Applications Open: AWE's Regional Relief and Recovery Fund


Women Entrepreneurs requiring COVID-19 support can now access up to $40,000 through AWE’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).
What is the RRRF?

This fund was created to provide financial support to women entrepreneurs that have been unable to access other relief programs.

Loan details
• Maximum loan of $40,000;
• 0% interest and no principal payments until December 31, 2022;
• Principal repayments can be voluntarily made at any time;
• 25% (not to exceed $10,000) can be forgiven provided you have paid 75% of the original loan amount prior to December 31, 2022;
• If you are unable to repay the loan by December 31, 2022, the loan will be converted to a three-year term loan with interest rates up to 5%, effective January 1, 2023. The full balance must be repaid no later than December 31, 2025
Applications are now open.

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New Federal Funding for Indigenous Groups and Organizations

New Federal Funding for Indigenous and Equity-seeking Groups and Organizations

July 7, 2020
The Canada Council for the Arts enthusiastically welcomes the federal government’s announcement of $7.8 million in new emergency support for Indigenous and equity-seeking groups and organizations. This new federal funding is in addition to other essential measures taken by the Canada Council and other funders to offset the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the arts sector.

A long-standing commitment to Indigenous and equity-seeking groups.

The current pandemic has severely impacted the entire arts community due to the suspension of activities. The pandemic has also revealed systemic inequities, disparities and barriers that have persisted in society. The arts sector is not exempt from these sad realities.
For several decades, the Council has adopted a targeted approach in its work with artists, arts groups and arts organizations from Indigenous, culturally diverse, Deaf and disability and official language minority communities. The approach lies at the heart of the Council’s commitments to the arts sector; it is intended to foster a sector that fully reflects Canada’s diversity and recognizes the cultural sovereignty of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. The ultimate goal is to identify and eliminate potential obstacles that might impede these communities’ access to Council support. Additional funding to ensure their artistic presence is now more essential than ever, and the Council is committed to maximizing the impact of the new funding.
The Council will contact arts groups and organizations eligible for the new funding in the coming weeks.

Eligible groups and organizations.

Eligible recipients are arts groups and organizations whose activities are negatively impacted by COVID-19, who have self-identified as belonging to one of Council’s designated priority groups, and who are one of the following:
• groups that applied for and received Council funding between April 2017 and June 2020;
• organizations that applied for Council funding between April 2017 and June 2020 and whose project was recommended but not successful; or
• organizations that applied for and received Council funding between April 2017 and June 2020 and did not receive phase 1 funding.
The allocation of amounts will be based on a formula and not on peer assessment.
Further information on eligibility and how the additional funds will be administered will be posted on the Council’s COVID-19: Information and support for the arts sector page. You can also contact us about the new funds at covid19 [at] (.)

Ongoing support to combat the effects of COVID-19

The Canada Council continues to deploy its human and financial resources to support the arts sector and ensure the sector maintains its vital presence in thousands of communities.
The Council is closely monitoring the current situation and is acutely aware of how greatly the arts sector’s activities have been impacted by physical distancing requirements and travel restrictions in response to COVID-19

Community Futures Network of Alberta Announces Succession Matching and Planning Workshop & Masterclass Series

Succession Matching and Planning series kicks off with first event July 14, 2020


Cochrane, AB – Eight Community Futures offices in southern Alberta have developed a Succession Matching and Planning (SMP) Project to address the need for succession planning and education resources within our rural business communities. In partnership with SuccessionMatching, the Alberta Business Family Institute, and Commercial Ventures, we are pleased to announce our series of workshops and masterclasses over the next twenty-one months, beginning with “Selling Your Business - Expert Panel”; a virtual discussion on July 14th.

We have an increasing number of clients approaching our offices asking about assistance with the sale of their business or its transition to a family member. Smaller communities in our regions have businesses simply choosing to shut down, thereby impacting the entire community. In many cases, business owners are unaware of their options or unsure about how to go about selling their business. This project will provide the resources and education needed to solve this problem.

The project has been made possible by the Rural Opportunities Fund, which is supported by Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD). The Rural Opportunities Fund supports community economic development projects and business retention initiatives, including community resiliency projects and business retention initiatives such as succession planning for small business owners.

The project is being coordinated by Community Futures Highwood, in collaboration with seven other Community Futures offices:

1.     Community Futures Alberta Southwest
2.     Community Futures Central Alberta
3.     Community Futures Centre West
4.     Community Futures Crowsnest Pass
5.     Community Futures East Parkland
6.     Community Futures Lethbridge
7.     Community Futures Wild Rose

The SMP workshop and masterclass series project aims to raise awareness and educate business owners and their ‘circle of influence’ such as bank personnel, realtors, municipal government employees, and community stakeholders and to provide access to resources through our vendors. We endeavor to see businesses successfully transition to new owners, ensuring those businesses remain a vital part of our local economies.

This project is open to registration and targets rural entrepreneurs who are looking at transitioning out of their respective businesses in the future, either via a family transition or a sale to an unrelated party. Event registration can be accessed through the Community Futures Facebook pages or via Eventbrite link.

About Community Futures

The mandate of the Community Futures Network of Alberta is to support small business development and rural economic diversification in Alberta. We actively work with community and business leaders to foster rural economic growth and are partners in building vibrant and sustainable communities. We are supported by the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada and have been assisting rural entrepreneurs for over 30 years.

Patti-Jay Powell
Executive Director, Community Futures Centre West
ppowell [at]
3209, 101 Sunset Drive, Cochrane, AB T4C 0W7


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