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 Centre West 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.
Find out more about this using these key resources:
- Want to create or update your community's economic development plan? Turn Strategies into Action.
- Want to understand how community economic development works? Smart Growth in Small Towns and Rural Communities.
- Want to understand how community change works? Check out this short presentation called 12 Principles of Community Change.
- What to know how to support the growth of business sectors in your community. Read this short article by Community Futures Economic Clusters-The art and science of making them work.
- Want to explore best practices for rural community economic development?
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.