Success stories

Success Stories

Community Futures is pleased to showcase some of the many good news stories in rural Alberta. Everyday we help people like you start and grow successful small businesses.

Oasis Trailer Manufacturing Inc


Rolling Hills, AB


Heinrich Friesen and Bernhard Krahn bought Oasis Trailer Manufacturing in 2013 which is located near Rolling Hills, Alberta. The company builds their own trailers and sells them to clients throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. Community Futures Chinook and Entre-Corp partnered with FCC in order to provide enough financing for them to purchase the company. Since Henry and Bernhard have owned the company they have expanded their operations which has created a number of new jobs as well. They have gone from 23-35 employees in the past year all of which are hired locally. Henry and Bernhard have not been in business that long but what they’ve been able to do so far has been a great success in our region and has a very positive impact on rural Alberta.  

Power Train Savers

Nowal Pierson
Vauxhall, AB


Power Train Savers is a company that is located in the small town of Vauxhall, AB. Nowal Pierson is the owner/operator of this company that manufactures and sells an after-market product for drive train protection.  Instead of replacing a complete drive shaft, differential or axle, you can install the torque fuses at a fraction of the cost and have a quarter of the down time.  The sales of this product have gone through the roof.  Nowal has his product being used in major cities (i.e.New York) and using his product on their entire fleet of trucks. (i.e. garbage, gravel, sweepers etc.)  The Power Train Saver also has application for much larger vessels.  It is currently being used in ferry systems as well as ships and barges.  Nowal invented this product and it is fully patented.  Nowal has been able to increase his sales staff allowing him to spend more time inventing new innovative products that we will be seeing on the market in the future.

Sonnax is a licensed distributor of Power Train Savers product. An example of the Power Train Saver product can be found here:

http://www.sonnax.com/downloads/catalogs/Sonnax-PTS-Catalog2011-Vol3.pdf

Nowal also has a sign post business that is much along the same line of the Power Train product. The sign would have an after-market joint in the post so that if it is hit, just the pins can be replaced not the whole post reducing all of the work of making a new hole etc.

Milk River Beautification Program


Milk River, AB


Partnership between Community Futures, the Town of Milk River and the Milk River Business Association for a Downtown Business improvements loan/grant program. The town and business association chipped in X amount of dollars to provide business owners in Milk River with the opportunity to apply for a loan with CF up to $10,000 with a 20% grant to go towards renovations/improvements to their businesses. The program has been a huge success as 12 loans were disbursed in the first year while using up all funds designated to the program. CF was able to leverage over $120,000 between the 12 businesses that took advantage of the loan program and 8 jobs were created. Currently the partnership is in talks of continuing the program for another year based on the amount of interest in the program.

A & M Auto Tec

Allan & Mildred Stewart
Taber, AB


Allan and Mildred started their small mechanic business A & M Auto Tec in 2001. A & M Auto Tec is located in Taber, AB. Allan was a technician at a local company and decided that it was time to get out on his own and start is own business.  With the cooperation from his wife and 3 girls, they took the plunge. They have been very successful in maintaining quality workmanship and local retention of clientele.  They have since expanded into wheel alignments and exhaust work. They are still looking for ways to add to their business to include their growing family. Congratulations on your success!

Bonnie’s Vision & Eye Care

Bonnie & Barry
Taber, AB


Bonnie & Barry started their Vision care business in 2000 which is located in Taber, AB. Bonnie and Barry’s son has also joined the business after finishing schooling as an optician.  Bonnie’s Vision & Eye Care are now able to make their own lenses, and have also been able to hire an optometrist to come in once a week to bridge the gap in services to their clients. With increasing demand from her clients, one day a week was not enough time for all the eye care needed.  The optometrist soon started her own business right next door with adjoining doors and this partnership is still strong today providing quality full service to their clients.  We congratulate them on their efforts to provide this service to our area.  It is only through endurance and good planning they are still successful today.

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Barnwell, 
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Grassy Lake, 
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