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 small business development support to people with disabilities in rural Alberta.

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.

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

Check out 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 Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp will be postponed until further notice due to COVID-19.


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 info [at]

To apply online and for more information, visit the camp web page - or Facebook


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 sustainable....more time with the kids!

Please contact Community Futures Highwood for availability and more information at 403-995-4151 or info [at]


CFH is pleased to be working with our regional Chambers of Commerce

Check out your local Chamber for more information!






Succession Planning

Smaller communities in our regions see many businesses shutting down, which impacts the entire community.  In many cases, the business owners are unaware of their options or about how to go about selling their business. 


The Succession Planning program is ongoing, with online seminars, summits, and classes to better prepare you for exiting your business.  Through this you will get increased knowledge in succession planning for rural entrepeneurs as well as access to succession planning specialists.  Through this you will set a plan on how and when to sell your business so that your legacy can be passed on.


Workshop Schedule


-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



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


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