Business programs

Community Futures Elk Island Region delivers a number of popular and proven small business development programs each year. If you don't see what you are looking for, check out our other business coaching and training options, and upcoming business skills events, or contact us.

100 Essential Small Business Skills

If you're looking to bolster you 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

You'll get thirty 20 minute web video lessons - plus downloadable lesson summaries, PowerPoint™ slides, and e-mail your instructor function.  The best part is you won’t have to leave the convenience of your home or office – all you need is a computer with high-speed internet access – and you’re ready to learn!

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

Entrepreneurs With Disabilities Program

Success as an entrepreneur is all about playing to your strengths. EDP clients all live with physical or mental conditions that reduce their abilities in some areas. But they make a conscious decision to focus on what they can do, rather than what they can't.

Our services include:

  • 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

Self-employment can be a great way for persons with a disability or an ongoing medical condition to get back into the workforce. Clients find that the return to work through self-employment is made more manageable through:

  • Flexible hours
  • Personalized work environments
  • A sense of control over their own destiny

If you would like to learn more about this program, please contact us.

Entrepreneurs who are faced with disabilities can now access Training to assist them in the start up of their business venture.

This specialized program includes:

  • Detailed business concept assessment 
  • Training workshops on Self Empowerment and Personal Financial Planning
  • One to one business coaching and mentorship with a business professional from the community
  • Access to Business Loans for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Youth Entrepreneurship Program

 

The program is targeted at unemployed youth aged 18-39 who are not Employment Insurance (EI) eligible and have not had an EI claim for the past three years (5 years if maternity claim).

Those that are accepted into the program can expect:

  • Financial support of up to $5,000 for agreed upon living supports, targeted support such as daycare or bus pass, seed business funding, training grants and a $500 completion bonus upon successful completion of the program
  • Support to develop the program application and, once accepted, a participation plan
  • Ongoing one on one counseling support to assist in completion of a business plan
  • Group instruction where appropriate to assist with detailed business planning
  • Mentorship and business introductions
  • Additional specialized business training where appropriate
  • Access to resources and research

If you would like to learn more about this program, please contact us.

Small Business Learning Sessions

Small Business Learning  Sessions are offered through video conferencing in our Two Hills and Vegreville offices or available for viewing on the internet at www.canadabusiness.ab.ca/sessions

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Community Futures Elk Island Region
#4, 5002 Diefenbaker Avenue
Box 547
Two Hills, AB T0B 4K0

780-657-3512
888-526-6689

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Communities Served

Andrew, 
Antler Lake, 
Ardrossan, 
Beauvallon, 
Bruderheim, 
Chipman, 
Claysmore, 
Collingwood Cove, 
Derwent, 
Duvernay, 
Hairy Hill, 
Half Moon Bay, 
Half Moon Lake, 
Hastings Lake, 
Hilliard, 
Innisfree, 
Josephburg, 
Lamont, 
Lavoy, 
Mannville, 
Minburn, 
Morecambe, 
Mundare, 
Musidora, 
Myrnam, 
North Cooking Lake, 
Ranfurly, 
Royal Park, 
South Cooking Lake, 
St Michael, 
Star, 
Two Hills, 
Vegreville, 
Willingdon, 
Wostok, 

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