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We are now accepting SMARTstart applications.  Go to to apply today!

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

This amazing program provides business support and flexible loans helping with start up, expansion and development of viable business ideas. All you need is a dream, a little drive and the courage to do your own thing. Give us a call for more information at 780-865-1224. Want to know more about the EDP program? Click here.

2016 Small Business Week Celebrations


Community Futures West Yellowhead is excited to be celebrating Small Business Week, October 17- 23, in each of the 5 communities that it serves. With business training opportunities in each of the 5 communities there is something for everyone. Full training list appears under the Current Events Tab on our website or by visiting .


Also this year CFWY will be attending the First Edson ATB Mini Tradeshow. Check out options for opening your business and stop by to meet some of our friendly and helpful staff.


As always Community Futures likes to give back to the communities that it serves and sharing the success of West Yellowhead businesses. CFWY is proud to be sponsoring the ‘Employer of People with Challenges Award’ through the Edson Awards Gala, the ‘New Business of the Year’ at the Hinton Small Business Awards Gala and the ‘Individual Award of Distinction’ at the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Business Awards Gala.


As always CFWY will be open for appointments with new and existing entrepreneurs, call the CFWY office today to book yours, 780-865-1224.


New 2016/ 2017 Training Schedule



CFWY announces the new 2016/ 2017 training schedule. This fall / winter season CFWY has partnered with multiple business experts to bring the best training resources to rural Alberta entrepreneurs. With courses on confidence building and business expertise there is something for every entrepreneur. For more information on upcoming courses offered through CFWY please visit our upcoming events page, here.

May 8th-14th is Economic Development Week

May 8-14, 2016 is Economic Development Week. The International Economic Development Council is celebrating it's 90th anniversary in 2016 by celebrating the "year of the Economic Developer" and Community Futures is along for the ride. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see how we are celebrating and engaging in our region.  #YearofEconDev

BSN presents Marty Park

"How to grow your business and thrive in the current marketplace" is the topic that national award winning speaker Marty Park will be discussing this month. This opportunity is being brought to you by the Business Support Network and is available to Business Owners only. Business owners are asked to RSVP to (subject: CFWY%20%20website%20Marty%20Park%20event) .

Marty's topics include:

  • Proactive Sales and Marketing tactics to ensure you capture more of a shrinking market share
  • Internal efficiencies and cost control ideas when things are tight
  • Team performance, team play and team retention in Alberta today
  • Seasons of business and where we are today
  • Planning for your business short term and long term
  • best practices for profits in business consistently
  • Learn real strategies to grow diversify, and improve your business with internal/external improvements around people,culture, service
  • For more information on Marty Park please visit


Date:March 10thMarch 10thMarch 9th
Time:8:30-10:00 AM1:00-2:00 PMnoon
Location:Holiday Inn (downstairs)Galloway Station MuseumPyrmid Lake Resort


For more information and to RSVP please Contact Louise Gail at (subject: CFWY%20website%20-%20Marty%20Park%20event) ( )


The Hinton Business Network purpose of monthly meetings:

The Hinton Business Support Network is intended to be an ongoing group of businesses, business organizations, and government, who identify and address business and workforce challenges. our partnerships contribute to the long term sustainability of Hinton and surrounding areas. These meetings are intended to be an open and positive business group that collaborates, exchanges ideas, and information on current labour market trends, and to identify and address workforce issues.

CFWY 2015 Provincial Winners

This past week at the annual provincial Community Futures Conference, CFWY took home two prestigious awards. First, senior staff member Tim Shain was honored as the first Business Analysist in all of western Canada to be awarded the Business Analyst Professional Designation by Community Futures Pan West. Well done Tim. The second award was  presented to the CFWY office for their outstanding efforts in assisting those entrepreneurs with disabilities in the EDP program. Special mention goes out to Melody Roth for heading up the EDP program. For photos of the event please visit our Facebook page.

Federal Labour Minister comes to Edson on July 10th

Minister Kellie Leitch (Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women) is coming to Edson on July 10.

The Honorable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of labour and Status of Women, is coming to Edson on July 10th.  Join us at the Galloway Museum for a buffet dinner and presentation on Friday June 10. Doors open at 6:00, supper starts at 6:30 and tickets are $45.00 per person. There is a limit of 60 persons for this exclusive opportunity, do not delay in reserving your tickets.

For more information or to reserve your ticket please contact Community Futures West Yellowhead 780-865-1224 or toll free 1-800-263-1716.

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
Dr. K. Kellie Leitch was elected to the House of Commons in May 2011 to represent the Ontario riding of Simcoe-Grey. She served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour until July 2013, when she was appointed Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women.

Dr. Leitch was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in Fort McMurray, Alberta and is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1994 and her MBA from Dalhousie University in 1998. She completed a fellowship at the University of Southern California / Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and at age 34 became Canada’s youngest Chief of Paediatric Surgery.

Dr. Leitch is the former Chair of the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership and has served on various councils and boards, including the YMCA and Community Living. As a volunteer, Dr. Leitch has served as council member of the National Research Council of Canada, board member of Genome Canada, director on the YMCA of Greater Toronto board of directors, and Vice-President of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. She is also the founder of the Sandbox Project.

Dr. Leitch was recognized with the Order of Ontario for her advocacy work on behalf of Canadian children and, in 2005, she was selected as one of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40" for her work in both medicine and business.

In addition to her role as a Minister and a parliamentarian, Dr. Leitch is still a practicing surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa. She resides in Creemore, Ontario.


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