Business coaching & training

For more than 25 years, Community Futures offices have been helping rural Albertans build successful businesses. One of the main ways we help is by providing opportunities for skills development and continuous learning. Our team of rural small business specialists have developed a broad range of business training options that enable small business owners to learn exactly what they need to know, when they need to know it. Whether you are looking for one-on-one coaching, business mentoring, training seminars, online courses or specialized workshops, we’ve got you covered.

Business counseling and advice – We provide assistance with topics such as writing a business plan, developing a business expansion strategy, securing financing and much more. We offer these services free of charge for the first four hours.

Business consulting services – We help with business projects like marketing plans, feasibility studies or investment attraction strategies for an hourly fee.

Cash Flow Workshop

What are the 2 most important words to a successful entrepreneur?  Profit & Loss? ..... NO

The 2 most important words are:


In this workshop, participants learn the how & why to complete a cash flow for their business.

More importantly, this session will speak to the why & how to use the cash flow statement to successfully lead your business.

See you there!

This workshop takes place every second Thursday in the Community Futures office.  To register for an upcoming date please click here.


Customer Service Workshop

Community Futures Wood Buffalo Training series presents:

CUSTOMER SERVICE WORKSHOP – For  anyone interested and responsible for marketing (staff, entrepreneurs, business managers)

What does customer service mean to you?
How do your attitudes affect customer service?
Can you identify your customers' needs?
How do I build goodwill though in-person, telephone and online interactions with customers?
How do I effectively deal with difficult customers?

Why attend?
Each one of us serves customers, whether we realize it or not.  Maybe you are on the frontlines of a company, serving the people who buy your products or use your service.  Perhaps you’re an accountant, serving the employees by organizing payroll and keeping the operations afloat.  Or maybe you’re a company owner, serving your employees and your customers. This workshop will look at all types of customers and how we can serve them by strengthening our customer service process.

Cost: $20.00 (Early Bird registration) or $30.00 (after Early Bird)
Includes: coffee, tea, juice and light snacks

This workshop takes place once a month on Wednesday in the Community Futures office.  To register for an upcoming date please click here.  


Business Planning/Proposal Workshop

In this workshop we will explore the main reasons why a Business Plan should be prepared.


Why write a business proposal/plan?


There are many reasons why a business plan should be prepared, listed are a few:

  • Provides you with a road map in order to run your business;
  • The plan will tell you how much money you need;
  • Vital information in opening and maintaining your business.

Preparing a business plan step by step

A plan should consist of basic elements:

  • A description of the company's industry, including
  • competition;
  • How the company will be or is organized;
  • A financial plan.

We look forward to seeing you for a fun filled packed hour of learning how to prepare a Business Plan.

This course is offered every second Tuesday in the Community Futures office. To register for an upcoming date please click here.



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Community Futures Wood Buffalo
9912 Franklin Ave
Suite 105
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K5


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Communities Served

Fort Chipewyan, 
Fort Fitzgerald, 
Fort MacKay, 
Fort McMurray, 
Mariana Lake, 
Saprae Creek, 
Tar Island, 


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