Business programs

Community Futures Highwood 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.

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.

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 developing a business plan
  • Mentoring
  • Affordable, flexible business loans up to $150,000.00 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 the Community Futures Highwood region
  • 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.

Check out http://www.albertacf-edp.com for more information about the Entreprenuers with Disabillties Program.

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities fund provides $150,000 maximum loans to persons with disabilities in opening a business.
 

Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp

The Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp (RAYEC) is a one week business planning camp for youth aged 13-15 designed to improve business, academic and life skills through entrepreneurship.  AYEC creates an opportunity for regional youth to gain valuable transferable entrepreneurial skills by participating in experiential recreational activities while enjoying the traditional summer camp experience.


Held at Eagles Nest Ranch in the Cypress Hills, Alberta, this one week entrepreneurial-based camp combines the education of business training with a summer camp atmosphere. Campers hear from guest speakers and participate in workshops to learn the components of a business plan such as marketing, advertising, cash flow and record keeping. Youth are put into business teams where they plan a business idea, meet with suppliers and bankers, build a product and on the final day of camp these youthful business ventures are showcased for parents during business day. Campers pay back their business loans and split their profits amongst their business team.

It’s not only about numbers and business plans though. These youth get to participate in a variety of summer camp experiences and recreational activities. Zipline, archery, wall climbing and paint ball - just a few examples of activities the youth get involved in.

An additional component to AYEC is the Youth Leadership Training Program.  Each year, 10 youth who have previously attended the camp to attend the camp in a different capacity - to provide mentorship to campers. Youth leadership trainees benefit in the development of leadership capability, team building skills and community spirit.


Each year, Community Futures Highwood sends six youth from our region.  Camper scholarships  are sponsored by local businesses and organizations  Youth applicants are required to submit an essay outlining why they would be a good candidate for the camp and are expected to contribute some volunteer hours with the sponsoring company/organization.  This could include volunteering at a company event or making a presentation after the camp.
If you have any questions – contact Community Futures Highwood at infoatcfhighwood.net

To apply online and for more information, visit the camp web page - www.ayec.ca or Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/AYEC2016/


 

BizStream Small Business Program

The BizStream Small Business Program provides supports for rural Alberta businesses with the potential and desire to become approved vendors to government and/or large businesses. 

If your company has the expertise, skills and ambition to engage in contracts with government and/or large business but lacks some of the competencies required to secure these contracts, BizStream Small Business Program could be for you.

The BizStream is all about removing the mystery so rural Alberta businesses can be successful in securing contracts that were not previously available.  

Following are some of the key requirements to becoming an approved vendor. Look over this list, does your business have all of these in place? If not, you need the BizStream program.

  • A verifiable safety management program/certification (COR/SECOR)
  • A human resources management program that includes safety training, drug testing and adheres to provincial legislation
  • An operations management program, that includes equipment maintenance records
  • An overall business management system that proves reliability in all segments of the business (marketing, operations and financial)

Community Futures is passionate about seeing small businesses grow and succeed in securing bigger contracts, thereby keeping the investments in rural Alberta. 

To get started or find out more about the BizStream program contact your local Community Futures office.

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Foothills Business Incubator

The Foothills Business Incubator is located in the historic Stockton Block Building at 14 McRae Street, 2nd Floor.

If you are a new business, a current small business wanting to expand and needing office space or start up assistance, this opportunity is for you! Nowhere to go? Look no further!

We have 10 fully furnished private business offices available for lease on a first come, first serve basis.

Community Futures Highwood has hourly, daily, weekly and monthly rates available.  Board room space is also available for meetings and training purposes and can accommodate 20-30 people.  Free wifi is also provided. 

  • These short term office spaces provide transitional temporary space while businesses are expanding or starting up.
  • This space helps businesses temporarily as it is expected that businesses will eventually graduate out of the business incubator into their own storefront or office space.
  • Gives people a furnished office without the worry of having high overhead costs.
  • Tired of that daily trip into Calgary? You now have the convenience of working in a comfortable private office right here in Okotoks!! Stay in town, have more family time, no more traffic...reduce your environmental footprint...be sustainable....more time with the kids!

Please contact Community Futures Highwood for availability and more information at 403-995-4151 or infoatcfhighwood.net

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14 McRae Street
PO Box 1599
Okotoks, AB T1S 1B5

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High River, 
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