Business Training

Following are organizations that are providing training and workshops throughout the year to business owners/operators. Check their websites regularly to take advantage of what's going on in and around our community to support the success of local business.

To add details of an upcoming community business training event here (subject to approval), please send the information in an email or call 403-933-4348.

Community Futures Highwood Presents SMARTstart

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Community Futures Highwood offers a variety of programs for the entrepreneur.  They are currently taking applications for their SMARTstart program.  The purpose of SMARTstart is to provide real-world business skills, access to tailor-made guidance and create a support network to increase the chance of new businesses surviving those first few crucial years.

You receive mentorship, online learning, in-person seminars, and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who help ensure your business success.

For more information, and to find out if this program is right for you click here. Registration ends February 20, 2022.

Youth Entrepreneurial Programs

Youth and Student Business Loans: follow your passion
Why work for someone else if you can work for yourself? If you want to turn your passion or hobby into a business - your options are endless!

Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp:
The Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp (RAYEC) is a one week business planning camp for youth aged 13-15 designed to improve business, academic and life skills through entrepreneurship. Held at Eagles Nest Ranch in the Cypress Hills, Alberta, this one week entrepreneurial-based camp combines the education of business training with a summer camp atmosphere.

For more info about youth programs click here

Entrepreneurs With Disabilities Program

The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities program (EDP) was created to provide enhanced small business development support to people with disabilities in rural Alberta. Self-employment can be a great way for persons with a disability or an ongoing medical condition to get back into the workforce.  To learn more about this program, please contact CF Highwood.

This specialized program includes:own your future

  • Business training
  • Assistance with drawing up a business plan
  • Mentoring
  • Affordable, flexible business loans to establish a new business, purchase an existing business, or expand or upgrade an existing business

To be eligible for the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program, you must:

  • Have a self-declared disability or ongoing medical condition
  • Live in rural Alberta
  • Have a viable business idea
  • Be able to contribute in some way to your business