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$5000 COVID Relief Grants


The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund will be managed by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the national Chamber network in support of other chambers and partners to help small Canadian businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19.

If awarded, a relief grant can be used for any of the following activities:
• Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields, and latex gloves.
• Renovating physical space to adhere to local, Provincial or Federal reopening guidelines.
• Developing or improving e-commerce capabilities for your business.
Successful applicants will receive a relief grant of up to $5,000. We intend to support local businesses of all kinds from across the country (from retailers to barbershops to farmers).

The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund grant window opens on August 31. See the program guidelines in English and in French (the pre-application checklist will be available on August 28, 2020).

A limited number of grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded.
Learn more about the program and eligibility criteria at

If you have any questions about the small business relief grant fun, please do not hesitate to reach out to Daniyal Azhar, Program Manager.

Building Business Resiliency

This project was created to address the challenges a number of entrepreneurs find themselves in following the shut down during COVID-19 and the very changed business landscape. It is a collaboration of 3 Community Futures (CF) offices, CF Alberta Southwest, covering the Fort MacLeod, Pincher Creek, Cardston, and Claresholm regions, CF Crowsnest Pass, covering Crowsnest Pass and Blairmore regions and CF Highwood, covering the Foothills County, Vulcan County and northern part of the MD of Willowcreek area. Once again we want to ensure that rural entrepreneurs have the resources available to assist them with the changes that are required to keep their businesses running and ensure a successful operation. We have recruited 4 business coaches for this project and will provide 3 types of resources/services:

• Group Coaching sessions, with the first session on Personal Resilience taking place on Aug 26:

• One-on-one coaching sessions with one of the participating coaches with up to 15 hours/business

• Educational Sessions (3 sessions in three weeks) with a variety of topics and presenters, including topics such as Finance, HR, and more. The first session on Finance will start on September 8th.




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


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