Latest news

Call for hosts for sixth annual Open Farm Days

Farmers and ranchers are invited to share stories, educate and expand their markets as hosts for Alberta Open Farm Days on Aug. 18-19.

Producers and ag-tourism operators can sign up using the online registration form available at the Alberta Open Farm Days website. The application deadline is May 31.

“Our government is focused on supporting the development of Alberta’s local food sector, and Open Farm Days promotes local producers and agri-businesses. It offers Albertans a firsthand look at where and how our food is produced and gives this growing sector an opportunity to showcase the significant contribution it makes to our province.”
-Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

“The continued growth of Open Farm Days demonstrates that it’s a hit with Albertans and helps the province’s producers and agri-businesses recognize their ag-tourism potential. Whether it’s sharing stories on where our food comes from or showcasing everything rural Alberta has to offer, I encourage farmers and ranchers to open their gates, get involved and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to expand their markets and grow ag-tourism.”
-Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

This year’s Open Farm Days follows a record-breaking 2017 event that included:

  • 101 host farms
  • more than 20, 000 visits
  • $146,000 in on-farm sales

“Good Morning Honey is a family-owned apiary, covering a diverse area of natural land and farms just west of Edmonton. We are participating in Open Farm Days because we want to share our story; Alberta’s story of producing some of the finest honey enjoyed by thousands of consumers across North America, Asia and Europe. We want to connect directly with our customers and fans of all things related to bees!”
-Amber Ozero, owner/operator, Good Morning Honey Ltd.



Photo by Government of Alberta. L-R: Richard Ozero, Erin Babcock, MLA for Stony Plain, Minister Carlier and Amber Ozero invite farmers, ranchers and Albertans to participate in the sixth annual Open Farm Days.

Alberta Open Farm Days is a partnership of Alberta Culture and Tourism, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, the Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance and Travel Alberta. For more information visit

Should You Buy or Lease Your Commercial Space?

One of the trickier decisions many entrepreneurs face is choosing between buying or leasing their place of business.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both options, and the decision requires lots of analysis and planning. Here are some considerations to help you understand what you’re getting into with each option. Weighing them effectively will help you navigate this delicate decision to your business’s best advantage.



What Should Entrepreneurs Expect in 2018?

2018 Economic Outlook: Global Growth Brings Good News For Canadian Entrepreneurs

Click Here to view BDC December Economic Letter and find out  how you can position yourself for growth and take advantage of the global momentum.

Western Innovation Initiative (WINN) - Call for Proposals

On October 31, 2017, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) will be launching the fourth call for proposals for the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative.

The objective of WINN is to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in commercializing new technology-based products, processes and services.

Investments must support one of these clusters: clean technology, clean resources, digital technologies, advanced manufacturing, value added agriculture, and health/bio sciences.

WINN is a five-year federal funding initiative that provides repayable contributions to SME’s located in Western Canada. WINN complements WD’s existing programs and supports an environment where local businesses can thrive and innovate. WD will be accepting online applications from October 31, 2017 to November 29, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. MST.

WD will deliver WINN information sessions in cities across Western Canada. Each session will include a presentation on the WINN initiative, followed by a question and answer period.

To register for the nearest information session, please visit the WD website:

Taber Beautification Program

BR&E Survey Results

Click here to view results.

Interested in Becoming a Board Member?

Community Futures Chinook is a community driven, non-profit organization staffed by business professionals and guided by a volunteer Board of Directors.  We provide a wide range of small business services and business management tools for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a business.  A Board member has the responsibilities of: governing; formulating policies enabling the board to make responsible decisions on fiscal and business matters and establishing the purpose and vision of the organization.
To be eligible, you should have leadership experience and strong financial literacy.  Past experience with Board governance, not-for-profit organizational structures would be an asset however training will be provided.  Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated expertise in financial management, commercial banking or strong community involvement.
This is an unpaid volunteer position however costs such as travel will be covered.
To apply, please forward a resume or for any further questions, please contact the General Manager, Sean Blewett at
? Top

Get in Touch

Community Futures Chinook
5324 48 Ave.
Taber, AB T1G 1S2


Our newsletter

Submit your email address to receive periodic updates.

Message us

Communities Served

Grassy Lake, 
Milk River, 
New Dayton, 
Purple Springs, 


Facebook icon
Twitter icon
Google icon
Pinterest icon
LinkedIn icon
e-mail icon