Business programs

Community Futures Chinook delivers a number of popular and proven small business development programs each year. If you don't see what you are looking for, check out our other business coaching and training options, and upcoming business skills events, or contact us.

100 Essential Small Business Skills

If you're looking to bolster you understanding of how to start, run or grow a successful and profitable business, learn GoForth Institute's 100 Essential Small Business Skills™ in only 10 hours conveniently delivered to your computer through streaming video and an optional 400+ page resource curriculum book.  Each of the thirty 20 minute video lessons is delivered by an expert in their field of business - marketing, law, accounting, finance, human resources, strategy, marketing research, operations and government compliance.   Learn vital skills such as:

  • How to find new markets and more customers
  • How to run a more profitable company
  • How to develop a winning marketing and social media strategy
  • How to prepare your financial records
  • Plus 96 more skills

You'll get thirty 20 minute web video lessons - plus downloadable lesson summaries, PowerPoint™ slides, and e-mail your instructor function.  The best part is you won’t have to leave the convenience of your home or office – all you need is a computer with high-speed internet access – and you’re ready to learn!

GoForth Institute's 10 hours of online small business training costs just $295 + taxes. When you register through Community Futures Chinook, you’ll receive our $25 partner discount.


Entrepreneurs With Disabilities Program

Success as an entrepreneur is all about playing to your strengths. EDP clients all live with physical or mental conditions that reduce their abilities in some areas. But they make a conscious decision to focus on what they can do, rather than what they can't.

Our services include:

  • 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

Self-employment can be a great way for persons with a disability or an ongoing medical condition to get back into the workforce. Clients find that the return to work through self-employment is made more manageable through:

  • Flexible hours
  • Personalized work environments
  • A sense of control over their own destiny

For more information on the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program, please contact Community Futures Chinook at (403) 223-2984.

Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp

RAYEC is a week-long camp that takes place every August for youth ages 13- 15 who are interested in learning about business and entrepreneurship. The main focus of this camp is to educate youth about marketing, advertising, preparing a cash-flow statement and writing a business plan. Campers set up their own businesses and use real money which they borrow from actual bankers. The last day is “Business Day” at the camp, where campers have the opportunity to open and operate their businesses. The youth also get to participate in many fun recreational activities throughout their week at camp. Sixty youth aged 13 to 15 are accepted every year from Southern Alberta.

Visit RAYEC's website to learn more:

shopHERE, powered by Google

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of bricks and mortar stores having an online presence to sell goods and services. In collaboration with APEX Alberta, Community Futures Chinook is bringing Digital Main Street's (DMS) shopHERE powered by Google program to Taber! The program aims to help small independant businesses that currently do not have resources to build an online store. 

Businesses get 17+ hours of hands-on support and digital training at no cost:

  • Choice of custom website template
  • Hands-on support during the set-up process
  • Free digital marketing training
  • Access to free tools and ad credits

To Qualify:

  • Have fewer than 10 employees (or fewer than 25 if cafe, restaurant or bar)
  • Not be a corporate chain or franchise
  • Businesses can be based on main street, in industrial areas, or home-based, but must be a registered business with Community Futures Chinook's boundaries (scroll to the bottom of this page to see a list of eligible communities)

You'll get setup with a fully functioning Shopify store tailored to your business. There are no initial costs during the setup process, and as Shopify is offering 90-day free trials you will pay nothing until this trial ends, at which time you can choose to continue to operate your store and pay the designated fees, or discontinue your site. We hope you take advantage of this program to build your digital presence!

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Taber, AB T1G 1S2


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