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Social Enterprise Workshop

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Social Enterprise Workshop


Want to change the world with your business idea? Do you have a passion project that you want to promote?  Create a social enterprise!
A social enterprise is a revenue-generating company with a twist. Not only does it generate profits for its shareholders, it does so to achieve a social, cultural or community economic benefit.

This two session workshop, in partnership with ATB, will provide an overview of the social enterprise model and introduce “B-Corp” certification.  In the first session, participants will learn about entrepreneurial tools and services that will help in developing their business model from ideation, market validation, accessing resources and finally, to the creation of their business plan and implementation. In the second session,  participants will have the opportunity to learn from experienced social entrepreneur, Hannah Cree.

Geared towards startup entrepreneurs considering a social enterprise model and not-for-profit organizations considering the creation of a for-profit social enterprise business.
Sept 27: 11:30 - 1pm
Leslie Warren will  provide an overview of the social enterprise model and introduce B-Corp certification.  Participants will be introduced to entrepreneurial tools and services that will help in developing their business model. This includes ideation, market validation, accessing resources and finally to development of business plan and implementation.
Oct 4: 11:30 - 1pm
Hannah Cree will be sharing on your journey with social entrepreneurship. As the co-founder and Board Chair of CMNGD, she can speak from her experience transforming a linen service into a way to employ and empower individuals who face poverty and homelessness barriers.  
Hannah will be available for one-on-one meetings after the presentation. Contact Mika ( to book your appointment.

Dates: September 27 & October 4
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm (lunch included)
Place: Tecconnect (3582 30 St. N)
Cost: $40 (includes both sessions)

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2017/18 RBC / Dhillon School of Business Co-op

Winners of the 14th Annual Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge

Congratulations to the finalists of the 14th Annual Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge! May 2, 2018 saw the finalists presentations and the following awards:

General Stream

  • Grand Prize - DAD canada immigration consulting inc.
  • Runner-up - Once Upon a Chocolate
  • Runner-up - The Burrows, Daniel Smith


  • Grand Prize - Full Circle Plastics
  • Runner-up - KJ Concepts
  • Runner-up - oneBand

From left to right: KJ Concepts (Kenny & Amber Joss),  oneBand (Lynn Nichol & Gregory Hogeweide), Once Upon a Chocolate (Sarah & Patricia Demes), DAD canada immigration consulting inc. (Rufa, Domingo & Francis Doria), The Burrows (Daniel Smith), Full Circle Plastics ( Stephanie & Jonathan Beekman).

Lethbridge County Business Loan Program

For Immediate Release

February 1, 2018

Lethbridge County Announces Partnership with Community Futures Lethbridge Region for Business Improvement Loan Program

LETHBRIDGE- Lethbridge County is pleased to announce a partnership with Community Futures Lethbridge Region to offer a Business Improvement Loan Program. Eligible Lethbridge County businesses will be able to apply for interest free loans up to $10,000 to make improvements or upgrades to their business at a low cost.
“This program is a great way for Lethbridge County to support businesses in our region,” said Reeve Lorne Hickey, “Encouraging growth of local business is important to our economy and we are proud to team up with Community Futures Lethbridge Region for this wonderful initiative.”
“We are very happy to be partnering with the Community Futures Lethbridge Region team to provide meaningful support to County businesses that are looking to grow and enhance their operations,” said Lethbridge County Economic Development Officer Martin Ebel. “This new program is a great example of regional cooperation and a win for everyone involved.”
Examples of eligible improvements for loans include: business equipment, information technology, new/upgraded equipment to enhance business/production operations, signage, point of sale systems, energy efficiency upgrades leading to lower operating costs, landscaping, etc.
For full details on the program or to apply, please visit


Build Your Dream

The Chinook Challenge is an opportunity to build on your dream. It is a business plan writing competition designed and targeted toward new or existing business (individuals or teams) who have a sustainable and high-growth business idea. Through the program you will gain business skills, write your business plan, get feedback on your ideas from regional professionals, network with key people including other entrepreneurs like yourself and have a chance at winning cash and prizes!

For more information and to register please visit the website:

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