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Alberta Women's Economic Recovery

Capital Growth

Empowering women entrepreneurs to start or grow a business in Alberta.
Offering low-interest business loans, advice and support.

Guidance. Support. Community.

Your pathway to business
success begins here.

Business loans, tools, mentoring, and honest advice for rural small business owners and entrepreneurs in Alberta.

We believe in Women Entrepreneurs

Offering flexible low-interest small business loans, ongoing support and advice for women entrepreneurs in rural Alberta.

Start or Grow Your Rural Small Business

Whether you're just starting out, or looking for support to take your business to the next level, there are many challenges along the way and sometimes it feels like you're on your own.


Flexible Small Business Loans for Women Entrepreneurs

Loans up to $10,000

Access low-interest loans designed specifically for women entrepreneurs, and offering flexible repayments options and forgivable loan portions if conditions are met.

Apply for personalized financing from $5,000 up to $10,000, giving you the freedom you need to reach your goals.


A Team of Experts By Your Side

Grow your skills as a small business owner and receive ongoing support from local business experts in your community.

Community Futures small business supports are tailored to fit your needs and schedule. Get access to trusted advisors that can help you gain the skills and training you need to start and grow your small business.

How we support you:

  • Connect with other local business owners and build your network.
  • Access and explore resources and meet with a Business Advisor you can trust to talk about your business goals.
  • Receive ongoing small business support and opportunities to develop your skills, manage your business and plan for the future.

We are the first stop for new entrepreneurs and existing small businesses in rural Alberta.


Alberta Women’s Economic Recovery – Capital Growth Initiative Loan

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What Makes This Loan Unique?

Women entrepreneurs can apply for unsecured conditionally repayable loans ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.

General Details
  • Loans from $5,000- $10,000;
  • Interest Rate of Prime + 2% for a 5-year term;
  • 6 months interest-only payments at the start of loan;
  • Forgivable 25% portion of loan amount if 75% is repaid within the 5-year loan term;
  • Flexible opportunities to manage loan repayments;
  • No penalties for early repayment and/or lump-sum payments.

Get Started Now

Our loan application process is broken down into 3 stages:

Step 1: Submit an Eligibility Assessment

Step 2: Complete the Loan Application*

Step 3: Loan Application Review*

Ready to start your eligibility assessment?

- Loan applications are subject to an Application Fee of $200
- Approved loans are subject to an Administration Fee of $500

There is no fee to submit an Eligibility Assessment.

Please be sure to save and include your completed document as an attachment when you submit your Eligibility Assessment.

If your business is located in the urban or metropolitan areas of Calgary, Edmonton, St. Albert or Fort Saskatchewan, please visit our partner organization: 

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs - Capital Growth Initiative Loan    


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We’re Here to Help!

At Community Futures West Yellowhead, we understand rural start-up businesses like no other. We come from the same community you live in. We know what it’s like and we’re determined to make things work for you.

Contact Us

221 Pembina Ave.
Hinton, AB  T7V 2B3
P: 780-865-1224


Communities Served

Bickerdike, Big Eddy, Brule, Bryan Spur, Cadomin, Carrot Creek, Coal Valley, Dalehurst, Diss, Edson, Eirth, Embarras, Entrance, Evansburg, Galloway, Grande Cache, Grey, Hanlon, Hargwen, Hinton, Holloway East, Holloway West, Hornbeck, Jasper, Leadman, Leyland, Luscar, MacKay, Marlboro, Medicine Lodge, Mercoal, Mountain Park, Niton Junction, Nojack, Pedley, Peers, Pocahontas, Robb, Shaw Fidler, Solomon, Steeper, Sterco, Swan Landing, Thordarson, Wild Hay, Wildwood, Winniandy North, Winniandy South, Wolf Creek, and Yates