Guidance. Support. Community.

Business Loans to Help You Get
Your Business Moving Forward

Business loans, tools, mentoring, guidance, and support for rural small business owners and entrepreneurs in Alberta.

SMARTstart your business

Get the tools to help build a plan and
set up your business up for success.

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Succession Planning Workshops

Training opportunities for business owners. Learn how to exit your business - including a specialized series for family businesses. 

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We’re More Than Just A Business Lender - We’re Your Partner For Growth And Success

At Community Futures Centre West, we can help you jump over the hurdles to get funding to start and grow your business.

Our small business advisors will connect you with the skills and resources you need to succeed. We provide training, upskilling, and financial support to build your confidence and expertise, while strengthening our communities through diversification of businesses and industries.

Whether you’re in the start-up phase, planning for growth, or you’ve been turned down by a financial institution, our team is here to help you.

Loans, Coaching & Training for Small Rural Businesses Like You

Whether you're just starting out, trying to expand your business, or looking for some guidance on how to sell your company, Community Futures is here for you every step of the way.

Our skilled team offers a wide variety of business support services, designed to help rural business owners launch new services, attract more customers, and thrive in an increasingly competitive business environment.

Business Guidance and Support

Whether you need help writing your business plan, securing funding, or exploring your online marketing opportunities, our business advisors can help. With years of experience helping small business owners in the Centre West region, our team knows what options are available to you and can help guide you towards your business goals.  

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Business Loans

If you're struggling to find investment for a new business, exporting your products, investing in technology, or just trying to seize a new business opportunity, our flexible business loans may be the answer you're looking for.

With loans up to $150,000, we're known for saying “yes” when other lenders say “no”, with flexible qualification criteria.

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Business Training Programs

Want to expand your skill set? We offer a wide range of business training programs and upskilling opportunities, from health and safety training to quick-start business intensives.

Learn how to market your business, understand basic accounting, and explore how to attract and retain talent as a rural business.

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PARTNERS

Let’s Work Together for Your Clients' Success

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. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out if I am eligible for a Community Futures loan?

The best place to start is to schedule an appointment with us.

General eligibility criteria include:

  • Your business must be located in a rural community of Alberta
  • You must be involved in the day-to-day operations of the business
  • You must be of legal age and a resident of Canada
  • You must contact a bank first. If you are unable to secure appropriate financing under reasonable terms elsewhere, contact us.

Let’s Build Your Business In The Centre West Region, Together

Contact Us

3209, 101 Sunset Drive
Cochrane, AB  T4C 0W7
P: 403-389-8272
E: infocfcwest@albertacf.com
  

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Communities Served

Airdrie, Balzac, Banff, Bearspaw, Bottrel, Bragg Creek, Canmore, Cochrane, Crossfield, Dead Mans Flats, Elbow Valley, Exshaw, Ghost Lake, Harvie Heights, Madden, Morley, Redwood Meadows, Seebe, Kananaskis Improvement District, Improvement District 9 (Lake Louise and surrounding area)