Guidance. Support. Community.
one idea at a time
Business loans, tools, mentoring, guidance, and support for rural small business owners and entrepreneurs in Alberta.
SMARTstart – Setting up your
business for success
Statistics show that business owners with education in entrepreneurship, or previous entrepreneur experience, have an 80-90% chance of success with a new business.
More than a 'shop local' campaign - this initiative is helping the business community on the road to recovery by identifying needs and services that will fuel the economy in our region.
Building The West Yellowhead Region, One Idea At A Time
We’re more than just a business lender. For over 30 years Community Futures has been helping businesses grow in rural Alberta, and here at Community Futures West Yellowhead we’ve been helping our region turn their business ideas into reality through FREE business planning, and coaching.
Our small business specialists will connect you with the skills and resources you need to succeed. We provide training, upskilling, and financial support to build your confidence and expertise, while strengthening our communities through diversification of businesses and industries.
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
Training, Guidance, And Financial Support For Entrepreneurs In The West Yellowhead Region
Whether you're just starting out, trying to expand your business, or looking for some guidance on how to sell your company, Community Futures is here for you every step of the way.
Our skilled team offers a wide variety of business support services, designed to help rural business owners launch new services, attract more customers, and thrive in an increasingly competitive business environment.
Whether you need help writing your business plan, securing funding, or exploring your online marketing opportunities, our business advisors can help. With years of experience helping small business owners in the West Yellowhead region, our team knows what options are available to you and can help guide you towards your business goals.
If you're struggling to find investment for a new business, exporting your products, investing in technology, or just trying to seize a new business opportunity, our flexible business loans may be the answer you're looking for.
With loans up to $150,000, we're known for saying “yes” when other lenders say “no”, with flexible qualification criteria.
Want to expand your skill set? We offer a wide range of business training programs and upskilling opportunities, from health and safety training to quick-start business intensives.
Learn how to market your business, understand basic accounting, and explore how to attract and retain talent as a rural business.
The Green Square Working Space
Our full-service coworking space is ideal for work-from-home professionals or other independent business people who are seeking an affordable and flexible work environment without the isolation.
Our small meeting room or ‘entire space’ booking option is perfect for your next meeting, workshop or small event!
Frequently Asked Questions
Community Futures West Yellowhead is part of Community Futures Canada - a network of community economic development organizations across Canada. We are a not-for-profit customer service centre dedicated to assisting local businesses, individuals, and communities within the region.
We offer support to new entrepreneurs and existing businesses as well as communities seeking sustainable economic development initiatives.
No. While we enjoy partnerships with both federal and provincial governments, we are a not-for-profit organization operating within the laws of the province of Alberta.
Si vous préférez avoir une consultation d’affaires en français, s’il-vous-plaît contacter le CDEA par téléphone au 780-414-6125 ou visitez leur site web: www.lecdea.ca. Vous pouvez aussi contacter les Organisations francophones à vocation économique (OFVE).
No. Our programs are government-funded and provided to clients at no charge. Please note you may be required to fill out a registration form to access some of our services.
No, we provide flexible, affordable financing and loans based upon your situation and needs.
Community Futures West Yellowhead serves the West Yellowhead region of Alberta. Our office is located in Hinton at 221 Pembina Avenue. Our office hours are 8:30 am-12 pm; 1 pm-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. We are closed on all Statutory Holidays.