time-for-a-change small business program: Capital region

To find our how we are adapting Time-for-a-Change in the light of COVID-19, please scroll down.

From brand new small business ideas and bootstrapping startups to expansions or diversifications of existing enterprises, Community Futures Capital Region can help with training, coaching, and financial support. So, whether you are seeking to reassess your business finances, refine your customer base, or expand your product or service offerings, take a look at our new entrepreneural program.

Is it time for you to try a new pair of shoes?

In the light of covid-19…

We are currently working on converting the Time for a Change training program into a virtual format.

Here’s how that’s looking right now, we will continue to make changes and announcements on this page and our social media as our plans solidify:

  1. Immediately available are our two online training courses. We’ve now made these free with no registration process, so you can use them quickly and easily when you need them. You can check our Business Planning and Marketing 101 courses here.
  2. Virtual coaching sessions are available via the Zoom video conferencing platform, also immediately. If you are an existing or soon-to-be small business owner and want to set up a coaching session, please email sue@cfcapitalregion.ca to set one up.
  3. We are currently working on converting our planned Spring schedule of workshops into webinar or online format. The Spring cycle has been delayed slightly while this work happens, but our goal is to have at least a couple of the courses up and running by early May. Please bookmark this page and come back often to check in with our progress.
  4. Small business loans continue to be available including our Express Loan option for amounts of up to $20,000. Please call the office or drop an email to bill@cfcapitalregion.ca to discuss options and how to apply.

Spotlight event: Entrepreneurial Resilience Workshop

The future is unclear and the potential for life-altering losses can seem very high.

When we understand our voice in times of loss, we are better able to manage ourselves and support others.

For small businesses, loss can come in many forms:
• Struggles with business survival
• Loss of dreams for the future
• Loss of what was a normal life
• Employees that are struggling
• Financial challenges
In this workshop you will gain tools and strategies for the road ahead.

Facilitator: Bill Harder, Alberta Grief and Loss Education & Counsellor
Date: Thursday, April 30th, 2020
Time: 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Format: Zoom Conferencing (Free workshop but password required)

Here’s what the Capital Region program looks like

It comprises: 

Entrepreneurship Workshops

From fleshing out your first business idea to strategising the growth of your existing small business, we’ve got you covered with our FREE and ULTRA LOW COST workshops! Click to review the workshop schedule and how to book.

Small Business Coaching

Available as a standalone service or in conjunction with our workshops, FREE business coaching sessions are available in Stony Plain whether you’d like help creating a business plan or brainstorming solutions to a specific issue. Click to find out how to sign up.

Small Business Loans

Already got a business plan and ready to discuss startup or expansion financing for your small business? We can talk about that too. We also have a special discounted interest rate available to those who participate in Time-for-a-Change program offerings. Click to find out if a Community Futures business loan will work for you.

entrepreneurship workshops

From Fall 2019 to Spring 2021 we’ve planned a series of in-class workshops created specifically for those who are making (or considering making) the change from employee to small-business ownership in the Capital Region (Parkland County, Brazeau County, and Leduc County). For the duration of the program we’ll also be offering a discounted rate on our small business loans for eligible workshop participants.


In small, friendly classes in Stony Plain, we’ll be covering a variety of topics focused on the practical needs of a business owner, from exploring your suitability as an entrepreneur to writing that first business plan to take to the bank.

And if you already own a small business, we’ve got you covered, too. We have workshops to cover subjects such as: how to make your business more efficient; how to diversify your offerings; and how to plan for future change.

We’ll also look at the core soft and tech skills it takes to run a business. Things like leadership, digital marketing, personal productivity, website 101 and social media skills. So whether these subjects are new or you just need a refresher, there’s something for everyone.

Some workshops are free, most are priced at just $30 per person, which includes light refreshments. Some workshops are also available as discounted packages to save you money. Classes are small – no more than 15 participants for paid workshops – so plenty of time for personal attention. All workshops take place in the Community Futures Capital Region training room in downtown Stony Plain.


To book workshops, go to our EventBrite page here, or click the individual links within the description of the workshop you are interested in below.


Still to come in late Spring 2020:

10 Soft Skills You Need (to be an entrepreneur)

Date: April 2020


Business Planning 1 - 4 (Spring Cycle)

Date: Spring 2020 

Business Expansion 1 - Continuous Process Improvement

Date: Summer 2020 

Business Expansion 2 - Diversification

Date: Summer 2020 

Business Expansion 3 - Managing Change and Risk

Date: Summer 2020 

Exploring Entrepreneurship

Date: October 2020


Business Planning 1 - 4 (Fall Cycle)

Date: Fall 2020

More Soft Skills 1 - Negotiation Skills

Date: January 2021

More Soft Skills 2 - Project Management

Date: Feb 2021

More Soft Skills 3 - Goal Setting

Date: Feb 2021

small business coaching

For those who prefer one-to-one help and are serious about their business, Community Futures Capital Region offers FREE coaching sessions for impacted workers looking to start up, and existing business owners.

Available in downtown Stony Plain, business coaching is suitable for those: who have a solid business idea they just aren’t too sure how to get started with; who need to create a business plan; who want to trouble-shoot an operational issue; or are looking at ways an existing small business can ramp up to the next level.


Here’s what the 1, 2, 3 of business coaching success looks like:

Come to us with your business challenge and we’ll do our best to create a coaching plan that works for you. Together we’ll agree action steps and set some goals which will move you to a solution in a timely manner.

Commit to the coaching plan: take action and attend any subsequent sessions where we’ll help you stay accountable to your goals. Need a cheerleader? We’ll do that, too!

To ramp up your chances of success, supplement your coaching sessions with relevant workshops offered by Community Futures Capital Region or trainings offered elsewhere.

Business coaching is FREE in the Capital Region and can be booked by emailing Sue at sue@cfcapitalregion.ca and telling her about your small business challenge.


small business loans in the Capital Region

Learn about how our small business loans work for you.



Community Futures Capital Region business loans of up to $150k are always available to rural entrepreneurs to support brand new start-ups and small business expansion projects.


Loans are subject to successful application, and approval is based on a full assessment of your business plan and situation. [Other criteria may also apply].


For those participants of the Time-for-a-Change program, in the Community Futures Capital Region, special discounted interest rates may apply to your loan should your application be successful.

Are you impacted by the coal shut-down and want to talk about a small business loan? Email Sue at sue@cfcapitalregion.ca and tell her about your project.


If you have questions about the Time-for-a-Change program, contact Sue at sue@cfcapitalregion.ca, call her on 780-968-7013, or pop by the office. We’re at 5006-50th Street, Stony Plain, T7Z 1Y4 and open between 8.45 and 4 pm on weekdays.