Small Business Loans In The Elk Island Region
Great loan options from great people.
Get the financial support you need to grow your business with one of our flexible business loans. We’re known for saying ‘yes’ when everyone else says ‘no’. If you can’t get a loan from traditional banks, we can help.
Our business loans range up to $150,000 and include:
- Loans for starting a business
- Business expansion loans
- Technology investment loans
- New business loans
- Buying an existing business
With Community Futures, you borrow only what you need, when you need it.
Many of our clients start with one kind of loan product and over the years take advantage of our other great loans and programs.
Loan qualification and repayment terms are affordable and flexible. We take a broader view of your assets, income, and skills than traditional lenders such as banks.
Get access to a wide range of business support from business advisors who know rural business like no one else, including free business guidance and counselling.
Loan Decision Appeal Process
Community Futures Elk Island Region is an independent not-for- profit corporation led by a volunteer Board of Directors. The local Board of Directors has final authority for all decisions.
In an effort to safeguard all efforts are made to ensure our clients are served in a fair and professional manner, the Board of Directors will ensure the corporation provides clients with access to an appeal process.
The loan applicant may make an appeal of a decision, by writing a letter outlining additional information or reasons why the loan should be granted. The appeal shall be reviewed by the Board of Directors
In addition, where a client requests an independent review of the Board’s original and subsequent appeal process, the Board of Directors will ensure the corporation provides the client with timely access to a process of external appeal provided in Alberta through the North East Alberta Community Futures Region’s Appeal/Redress Committee.
The role of the North East Alberta Community Futures Region’s Appeal/Redress Committee is to provide an external and independent review of the level of service, quality of service and the decision made by Community Futures Elk Island Region in its decision making and internal review processes. The Board of Community Futures Elk Island Region maintains all final authority for all decisions.
How to get a small business loan
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Business Loan FAQs
The best place to start is to schedule an appointment with one of our Business Analysts.
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.
If you are interested in applying for a Community Futures business loan, you must be prepared to make a personal investment. We ask that you provide cash plus security (such as vehicles, equipment, land, buildings, etc.) to back the loan. This shows that you are committed to making your business work.
For more information, contact us.
Yes. All financial institutions including Community Futures will run a credit check on you or your incorporated company to see if you have dealt responsibly with past loans and debt. A bad credit rating is a concern to most lenders, including Community Futures. More information can be found on Industry Canada's website: http://strategis.ic.gc.ca. There are a number of things you can do to improve your credit rating. Feel free to contact us to discuss options.
Yes. A business plan provides important information about your company's management expertise and viability. Almost all financial institutions, including Community Futures, require that you prepare a business plan – and we can help you write it, or provide you with useful tips and tools.
Community Futures strives to provide a decision for each loan application within 10 business days from the date the completed loan application (including all required support information and documents) is received by the Community Futures office.
Contact us to discuss loan products and to obtain a Loan Application package.
Community Futures loans and services are available for businesses in rural areas. Your business must be located outside of the metropolitan areas of Edmonton (including St Albert and other communities within the Edmonton Capital Region) and Calgary.