Guidance. Support. Community.
Supporting Small Businesses
Throughout East Central Alberta
Business loans, tools, mentoring, guidance, and support for rural small business owners and entrepreneurs in Alberta.
Guidance. Support. Community.
Your pathway to business
success begins here.
Business loans, tools, mentoring, and honest advice for rural small business owners and entrepreneurs in Alberta.
Looking To Start, Expand, Relocate, Or Even Buy A Business? We Can Help!
Starting a business is hard. Keeping it going can be even harder: that’s where we come in.
Community Futures East Central Alberta has been helping rural entrepreneurs for over 30 years, and we want to help you too! Our friendly team offers everything from business loans to business coaching, workshops to essential skills training.
We're here to support you along every stage of the entrepreneurial journey, from getting your business off the ground, to keeping it running smoothly, to eventually selling it or retiring comfortably.
Whether you’re in the start-up phase, planning for growth, planning your exit strategy & retirement, or you’ve been turned down by a financial institution, our team is here to help you.
Services To Help Rural Small Businesses Owners in East Central Alberta
Whether you're just launching a new business, trying to expand your current operations, or looking for some guidance on how to sell your company, we’re here to help you with honest guidance, flexible business loans, and business training programs.
Our skilled team offers a wide variety of business support services, designed with rural business owners in mind.
Get the know-how and support you need to take your business to the next level. From our 100 Essential Small Business Skills to Entrepreneurs With Disabilities Program, we’ve got what you need to succeed.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
We cover the following areas: Alliance, Alsul, Amisk, Armena, Barlee, Bawlf, Brownfield, Bruce, Cadogan, Camrose, Chauvin, Czar, Daysland, Dewood, Dunn, Edgerton, Ervick, Fabyan, Ferintosh, Forestburg, Greenshields, Hardisty, Hay Lakes, Heath, Heisler,Holden, Hughenden, Irma, Jarrow, Killam, Kingman, Kinsella, Lindbrook, Lougheed, Metiskow, Ohaton, Poe, Ribstone, Rosyth, Ryley, Sedgewick, Tofield, Viking, and Wainwright.
Community Futures loans and services are available for businesses in rural areas only. 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.
The best place to start is to schedule an appointment with us to go through your business goals together.
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 your local Community Futures Office.
If you are looking for a loan for your business, you must contact a bank first. If you are unable to secure appropriate financing under reasonable terms elsewhere, then you may be able to get financing through 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.
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.