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Workshop Series Recordings

Please enjoy these recordings of our recent online training sessions, hosted by our various partners. Videos will be uploaded as they become available. To learn more about upcoming training and other events, please visit our Current Events page.

Employer Workshop Series

StartUp: A 5-Part Workshop Series

Thank You, Bruce

We'd like to say a huge thank you to Bruce Warkentin as his term on our Board of Directors comes to an end.

Bruce has served as Community Futures Chinook's Volunteer Board Director and Chair for the last 9 years (the maximum term possible) starting in September of 2011. He's incredibly passionate about helping entrepreneurs and supporting growth and innovation in our town. His enthusiasm for all things Taber - especially Cornfest - is infectious, and it's obvious why he was named "Citizen of the Year" by Taber & District Chamber of Commerce in 2019. He's always thinking of creative ways to enhance business and community life, and is a great advocate for Taber. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. We're going to miss you, Bruce!

ShopHERE

Taber – July 21 2020 | In Canada, small businesses employ 90% of the private workforce, but since COVID-19, storefronts across the country have been forced to close their doors. This is devastating for any entrepreneur and community. More than ever it is vital for our businesses to adapt, and having an online digital presence plays a huge role in this; bringing opportunity for growth, innovation and jobs.

Today, in collaboration with APEX Alberta, Community Futures Chinook is pleased to announce that our region is joining Digital Main Street’s ShopHERE powered by Google program. ShopHERE helps small independent businesses, entrepreneurs and artists build a digital presence and can help minimize the impact of COVID-19.

In May, Google Canada announced a $1 Million investment to expand the program nationwide with a pledge to get 50,000 businesses online by the end of the year. By recruiting skilled students from Southern Alberta and across the country, we can build online e-commerce stores for our small businesses at no cost to the businesses.

Our goal is to get 30 of our local businesses, residing anywhere within the Community Futures Chinook Region, an e-commerce store by the end of 2020 and ideally, in time for the holidays.

Get your business online - start selling - for FREE!

Register at: www.apexalberta.ca/shophere

What does ShopHERE provide our businesses?

The program provides each business with 17+ hours of FREE hands-on support:

  1. Their choice of a template online store customized with their information, branding, logo, etc.
  2. Hands-on assistance setting up and launching their online store.
  3. Basic training and support covering digital marketing, shipping, and operating their online store.

Criteria for Businesses to Qualify:

  • Businesses can be based on main street, in industrial areas, or be home-based, but they must be a registered business within the boundaries of the Community Futures Chinook region.
  • Have fewer than 10 employees, or fewer than 25 employees if a café, restaurant, or bar.
  • Must not be a corporate chain or franchise (although, we can look at these independently on a case by case basis)

We’re determined to help local businesses navigate the challenges ahead while making it easier and more accessible to shop local. When our businesses thrive, our community thrives!

Media Contacts:

  • Kim Welby (CF), 403-223-2984, kwelby [at] albertacf.com (subject: ShopHere%20-%20Taber)
  • Wendy Manton (Google Canada) wmanton [at] google.com (subject: ShopHere%20-%20Taber)
  • Sandra Milne (APEX) smilne [at] albertacf.com (subject: ShopHere%20-%20Taber)

Download a PDF version of this release here.

 

About Community Futures in Alberta
Alberta’s 27 Community Futures organizations are independent, locally run and guided by volunteer boards. Each Community Futures office provides flexible and affordable small business loans, business coaching/training services and business management tools for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a rural business. Community Futures is funded by the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada and has been supporting rural entrepreneurs for over 30 years.

New Safety Measures for Our Clients

Our doors are currently open by appointment only, but we're always here to help you and your business with special loan programs, advice and support.

Appointments
Please call (403) 223-2984 or visit chinook.albertacf.com/appointment to book a virtual appointment with our Business Analyst, following which we will determine if / when you will be required to come in to the office to sign any paperwork or exchange specific documents.

New Safety Measures
Rest assured we have implemented a number of new safety measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus, for both client and staff well-being. We have installed a plexi-glass counter shield and frequently disinfect high-touch surfaces, including door handles, countertops, and writing tools.

We are asking all clients to adhere to these measures for their safety:

  • Please knock on the left door and we will come to meet you.
  • If you are feeling ill or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 please do not enter the building, and re-book your appointment.
  • Upon entering please use the hand sanitizer provided.
  • Remain 2 metres apart at all times from staff, and do not go beyond the front counter area we have cordoned off.
  • For your convenience we are providing unused pens (which you can choose to keep) when signing paperwork.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this time and hope you are doing well. Don't hesitate to reach out.

Community Futures Chinook
5324 48 Avenue, Taber, AB
phone: 223-2984

email: chinook [at] albertacf.com

Community Futures Boosts Financial Relief for Local Businesses


Taber – 25th May 2020 Small businesses in Southern Alberta impacted by COVID-19 pandemic can now access additional financial relief and recovery support. Community Futures Chinook will begin offering tailored small business loans as part of the Government of Canada’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. These partially forgivable loans ensure that rural businesses, that do not qualify for other federal business support programs, receive help and support as a result of this crisis.

“As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to mount, more and more local businesses are falling through the cracks,” said Sean Blewett, General Manager of Community Futures Chinook. “These urgent calls for support have reached across the province and our Western network, and we are pleased that the voices of local businesses have been heard.” 

The funding is part of an announced $95.7 million for the Community Futures Pan West Network, for rural and remote businesses in Western Canada that do not qualify for other federal business support programs such as the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) or Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP).

Small- and medium-sized businesses can apply for loans of up to $40,000 with terms that include:
• No interest accrual or principal payments through December 31, 2022.
• If 75% of the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022, the remainder of the loan is forgiven. 
• Blended principal and interest payments beginning January 1, 2023 and loans must be repaid by  December 31, 2025. 
• No prepayment penalties. 

For more information visit:  http://chinook.albertacf.com/rrrf-chinook

Media contact:
Sean Prummel
403-223-2984
sprummel [at] albertacf.com

About Community Futures in Alberta
Alberta’s 27 Community Futures organizations are independent, locally run and guided by volunteer boards. Each Community Futures office provides flexible and affordable small business loans, business coaching/training services and business management tools for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a rural business. Community Futures is funded by the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada and has been supporting rural entrepreneurs for over 30 years.

COVID-19 Loan Assistance Programs (RRRF)


Several weeks ago, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that funds were to be made available to Community Futures offices across Western Canada to assist businesses who did not qualify for assistance under the previously announced CEBA program. Like the CEBA program, the CF Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) would have a maximum of $40,000, would be interest and payment free to Dec 31, 2022, and would have a forgivable amount of up to $10,000.

On May 19 Prime Minister Trudeau announced an easing of the qualifications for the CEBA program to make it more widely available to businesses that did not previously qualify.

A prerequisite for the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) program being administered by Community Futures offices is that the business needs to have applied for and been declined under the federal CEBA program, including under the eased qualifications announced May 19.

Should you be declined under the CEBA program and wish to apply under the Community Futures RRRF program, an application portal will be available by May 29, 2020 at the following:

If you require further information, please contact us.

Community Futures Chinook, Taber
Phone: (403) 223-2984
Email: sprummel [at] albertacf.com (subject: Applying%20for%20RRF)

Download a PDF version of the above information here.

COVID-19 Resources for Employers and Workers

Please find below, links to resources you may find useful at this time.

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA RESOURCES

GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA RESOURCES

OTHER RESOURCES

COVID-19 Important Notice

As COVID-19 continues to impact our communities, Community Futures Chinook is taking every precaution to safeguard the health and safety of our team members and clients. To this end, we will not be facilitating any in-person meetings, training and/or workshops until further notice. Please know that our team remains committed to providing support to our business community and if you require assistance, we are available by phone or email (during regular business hours). By taking these measures we are hoping to limit the spread of this virus in our Community. Thank you for your understanding. Contact us at (403) 223-2984 or by email: Chinook [at] albertacf.com

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