Business Training & Programs In The Taber Region

Free Training & Workshop Recordings

Making time for training these days isn't easy, which is why we've put recordings of all our recent workshops online for you to access anytime, anywhere! Take a look below; these links will direct you to our YouTube library. To learn more about upcoming live events and workshops, please visit our Events page.

Training & Workshops

100 Essential Small Business Skills Course

Community Futures Chinook is pleased to offer Canada's leading online education program for entrepreneurs in partnership with GoForth Institute.

If you're looking to bolster your 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

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.


Get The Skills You Need To Succeed

Want to expand your skill set? We offer a wide range of business training programs and upskilling opportunities, from health and safety training to quick-start business intensives.

Learn how to market your business, understand basic accounting, and explore how to attract and retain talent as a rural business.

Our small business programs provide training and support for rural businesses across the Taber region. Our goal is to help your company thrive by offering you access to specialized services like accounting workshops, marketing seminars, and so much more. We're here for entrepreneurs just like you - take advantage of our programs today and learn the skills you need to succeed.


Our Programs

shopHERE - powered by Google

dms shop here

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 independent 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 set up 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!

Register for shopHERE at:

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.

This specialized program includes:

  • Detailed business concept assessment
  • Training workshops on Self Empowerment and Personal Financial Planning
  • One to one business coaching and mentorship with a business professional from the community
  • Access to Business Loans for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

To be eligible for the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities programs you must:

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

For more information on the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program,please contact us.

Youth Entrepreneurship Camp

Open to young people aged 13-15, the youth entrepreneurship camp empowers the next generation of business owners to learn everything from how to brainstorm a business idea to launching their business in a fun team setting.

For more information about the Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp please visit:

Connect with us to start learning today!

Contact Us

5324 48 Ave.
Taber, AB  T1G 1S2
P: 403-223-2984


Communities Served

Barnwell, Coutts, Cranford, Enchant, Grassy Lake, Hays, Milk River, New Dayton, Purple Springs, Rainier, Scandia, Skiff, Taber, Vauxhall, Warner, Wrentham