Guidance. Support. Community.
Get The Support & Resources
Your Business Needs To Grow
In Wood Buffalo
Business loans, tools, mentoring, guidance, and support for rural small business owners and entrepreneurs in Alberta.
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.
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We’re More Than Just A Business Lender - We’re Your Partner For Growth And Success
For over 30 years the dedicated team here at Community Futures Wood Buffalo has been helping our region’s residents turn their business ideas into reality with 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 you.
Business Training And Financial Support For Entrepreneurs In Wood Buffalo
Whether you're just launching a new business, trying to expand your current operations, or looking for some guidance on how to sell your company, we’re here to help you with honest guidance, flexible business loans, and business training programs.
Our skilled team offers a wide variety of business support services, designed with rural business owners in mind.
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 Wood Buffalo, our team knows what options are available to you and what’s most suitable for 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.
Let’s Work Together for Your Clients' Success
We know that it can be frustrating when an enthusiastic entrepreneur comes in, has a great business idea, however, the business can't get the funding they need to get started.
When a financial institution’s business lending policies don't allow for a prospective client to receive a lending product, we want to partner with you to ensure their success and help bridge that gap.
Frequently Asked Questions
Community Futures Wood Buffalo is a non-profit grassroots organization governed by a local Board of Directors. We support entrepreneurs as a developmental lender providing small business loans up to $150,000 as well as business plan coaching and business training. In addition, we support communities with strategic planning and regional economic development initiatives.
You start by completing and submitting a loan application and business plan. It is then reviewed by our business analyst to ensure eligibility and reasonable viability. The business idea is then presented to our Board of Directors for approval, denial or a request for more information.
No, there is not! Additional or lump-sum payments can be made at any time, for any amount without penalty.
No! We provide business coaching and advisory services to any business. We can help you develop your business plan, even if you are not seeking financing from Community Futures.