Business Training & Programs In The Centre West Region

Get The Skills You Need To Succeed

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.

Our small business programs provide training and support for rural businesses across the Centre West region. Our goal is to help your company thrive by offering you access to specialized services like accounting workshops, marketing seminars, and so much more. We're here for entrepreneurs just like you - take advantage of our programs today and learn the skills you need to succeed.

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Training & Workshops

The 100 Essential Small Business Skills Course

Community Futures Centre West is pleased to offer Canada's leading online education program for entrepreneurs in partnership with GoForth Institute.

If you're looking to bolster your 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

GoForth Institute's 10 hours of online small business training costs just $295 + taxes. When you register through Community Futures Centre West, you’ll receive our $25 partner discount.

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Southern Alberta Business Succession Project

In partnership with Community Futures Alberta Southwest, Community Futures Central Alberta, Community Futures Crowsnest Pass, Community Futures East Parkland, Community Futures Highwood, Community Futures Lethbridge, and Community Futures Wild Rose, we bring you the Southern Alberta Business Succession Project.

Through this training, business owners, including farm owners located in these Community Futures Regions will have free access to a series of workshops and webinar series to help them prepare for the day they transition their business.

This program includes:

  • Communication and Conflict Management
  • Exit Planning Masterclass
  • Establishing a Family Council and Family Constitution
  • Establishing an Advisory Board
  • Nonprofit Succession Planning
  • Selling Your Business Masterclass
  • Establishing an Ownership Council and Policies
  • Business Transition and Success

Businesses listed for sale or ready for sale can receive a coupon to list their business with Succession Matching. The coupon is only $25 (value $2000) due to the funding received for this project.  Contact us and we'll get you started!

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Our Programs

Entrepreneurs With Disabilities Program

The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities program (EDP) was created to provide enhanced small business development support to people with disabilities in rural Alberta. Self-employment can be a great way for persons with a disability or an ongoing medical condition to get back into the workforce.

This specialized program includes:

  • Business training
  • Assistance with drawing up a business plan
  • Mentoring
  • Affordable, flexible business loans to establish a new business, purchase an existing business, or expand or upgrade an existing business

To be eligible for the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program, you must:

  • Have a self-declared disability or ongoing medical condition
  • Live in rural Alberta
  • Have a viable business idea
  • Be able to contribute in some way to your business

To learn more about this program, please contact us.

SMARTstart

Starting and running a small business can be tough. Studies show that only 35% of new businesses survive in the first five years.

SMARTstart’s purpose is to provide real-world business skills, access to tailor-made guidance and create a support network to increase the chance of new businesses surviving those first crucial years.

Mentorship, online learning, in-person seminars and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs will help with ensuring your businesses success.

For more information about SMARTstart, please contact Jodie Eckert.

Youth Entrepreneurship Camp

Open to young people aged 13-15, the youth entrepreneurship camp empowers the next generation of business owners to learn everything from how to brainstorm a business idea to launching their business in a fun team setting.

For more information about the Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp please visit: https://www.rotaryayec.ca/

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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)