due to covid-19 Time-for-a-change is a now virtual program:

All workshops are now in virtual format – and free of charge for the foreseeable future.

Virtual coaching sessions are available via Zoom – book your free session below. 

Small business loans continue to be available to Parkland, Brazeau and Leduc County clients. 

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?

Here’s what Time-for-a-change 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 virtual trainings! Scroll to review what’s available.

Small Business Coaching

Available as a standalone service or in conjunction with our workshops, FREE virtual business coaching sessions are available via Zoom whether you’d like help creating a business plan or brainstorming solutions to a specific issue. Scroll down to sign up for a session.

Small Business Loans

Already got a business plan and ready to discuss startup or expansion financing for your small business located in Parkland, Brazeau or Leduc County? We can talk about that too. Scroll down to find out if a Community Futures business loan will work for you.

entrepreneurship training

Virtual workshops and courses are now available 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). 

 

Our virtual trainings cover 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.

In the light of COVID-19, all workshops and courses are now online and currently free of charge.

Descriptions of each of our currently available courses/workshops are available below. Learn more by clicking on each one or just click here to jump straight to our course page to see them all.

As further trainings become available, we’ll add them to the course page, and if COVID restrictions are eased, we hope to offer in house workshops again later in 2021 or early 2022.

Online trainings currently available:

Exploring Entrepreneurship

What does entrepreneurship really look like? What roles and responsibilities do business owners have? What are the steps to planning that first business? This workshop also examines how personality traits may make a difference to how you develop your business. And we’ll finish by creating an entrepreneurial resume so that you can see at a glance what skills you already have and where the gaps may be. 

Business Planning 3 - Operations Planning

The third workshop of a 4-part series of workshops looking in detail at planning for small business owners. Useful to those who are looking to create a Busines Plan for the first time for borrowing purposes or to just refine their business idea. It explores activities undertaken when planning the third element of your business – your operations plan.

The One-Page Business Plan

What are the core contents of a Business Plan? Using a single page template, this workshop walks through what should be in each section, and why, in an easy to understand bullet pointed form. Ideal for entrepreneurs who don’t need to complete a full Business Plan, but want to get their business idea on paper. It can also be used as a cheat sheet to prepare for writing a full Business Plan later. 

Business Planning 4 - Financial Planning

The final workshop of a 4-part series looking in detail at planning for small business owners. Useful for those looking to create a Busines Plan for the first time for borrowing purposes or to just refine their business idea. It explores planning activities undertaken when planning the fourth element of your business – your Financial Plan.

Business Planning 1 - From Idea to Action

The first of a 4-part series of workshops looking in detail at planning for small business owners. Suitable for those looking to create a Busines Plan for the first time for borrowing purposes or to just refine their business idea. It explores the activities undertaken when planning this first element of your business – your business concept or idea. 

 

How to Write a Show-Stopping Business Plan

Business Plan creates a compelling argument that others will understand. It needs to communicate why your idea is unique, why you are the right person to put this plan in motion, and how your business will make money. But if it’s not something you’ve done before, writing a Business Plan can be overwhelming. Which is why we created this course.

Business Planning 2 - Marketing Basics

The second of a 4-part series of workshops looking in detail at planning for small business owners. Suitable for those looking to create a Busines Plan for the first time for borrowing purposes or to just refine their business idea. It explores activities undertaken when planning the second element of your business – your marketing plan.

The Bite-Sized Guide to Digital Marketing

This course is a Digital Marketing primer. It has been devised for those who want to examine the concepts at a high level to see how digital marketing applies to their current or future business. It’s an informational course which leads you through the main elements of Digital Marketing and how they can benefit your business. 

small business coaching

For those who prefer one-to-one help and are serious about their business, Community Futures Capital Region offers FREE virtual business coaching sessions for individuals in Parkland, Brazeau or Leduc Counties.

Virtual 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 or process issue; want to transfer a brick and mortar store to online; or are looking at ways an existing small business can level up.

 

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 takes place over a secure Zoom link.

To book, please use the booking form below. Currently, we are taking bookings on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

Before we commence coaching, you will be asked to complete our Coaching Agreement.

 

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small business loans in the Capital Region

Learn about how our small business loans work for you.

 

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Community Futures Capital Region secured business loans of up to $150k are always available to rural entrepreneurs in our region to support brand new start-ups and small business expansion projects. We also have fast-track loan of $20k and under. 

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Loans are subject to a successful application, and approval is based on a full assessment of your business plan and situation. Leverage your potential by attending our training programs or coaching sessions before submitting your business plan. 

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Interest rates are variable depending on the risk levels of your enterprise, your credit situation  and your business experience. 

Do you 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. We’re open for calls between 8.45 and 4 pm on weekdays.