Get The Support Your
Business Needs To Grow In
The Lethbridge Region
Business loans, tools, mentoring, guidance, and support for rural small business owners and entrepreneurs in Alberta.
Digital Service Program
This program Provides 1-on-1 FREE local assistance for digital services to small businesses in any region of Alberta. It will include training and advisory support towards digital strategy development, Google My Business assistance, social media posts and more.
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Business loans, tools, mentoring, and honest advice for rural small business owners and entrepreneurs in Alberta.
Here To Help Your Business Thrive In Your Community
Community Futures has been helping small businesses just like you grow in rural Alberta for over 30 years. Here at Community Futures Lethbridge Region, we want to help small, rural businesses turn their ideas into reality with free business planning and coaching.
Our team of small business specialists is here to connect you with the right skills and resources that you’ll need to succeed in the Lethbridge Region. We’re here to look out for entrepreneurs and encourage businesses to grow and prosper, even in the smallest of communities.
Help us strengthen the community by taking the opportunity to expand your business horizons and build a more diverse collection of industries in our region.
Whether you’re just starting up your business or planning for growth, our team is here to help. We can provide you with training programs, upskilling opportunities, and the financial support you need to build up your business. We provide small business owners, like you, with flexible financial support when every other institution has turned you down.
Let us help you get your business on the road to success.
Training, Guidance, And Financial Support For Entrepreneurs In The Lethbridge Region
Everybody needs a little help starting off, along the way, and even near the journey’s end. It’s impossible to go through life without a helping hand or a gentle push in the right direction. So, whether you’re just starting out on your business journey, looking to expand, or need some help selling your company, Community Futures is here for you.
If you’re a small business that needs help creating a business plan you can follow, or a marketing strategy that works, then our team of business experts are here to help.
We’ve got over 30 years of experience helping business owners just like you, and we’d love to help you get on the right track. Our team knows the ins and outs of running a rural business and can go through all the options available for you.
Together we can find the perfect solution for your business.
If you're struggling to find investment for a new business, exporting your products, investing in technology, or just trying to seize a new business opportunity, our flexible business loans may be the answer you're looking for.
With loans up to $150,000, we're known for saying “yes” when other lenders say “no”, with flexible qualification criteria.
Constantly learning new skills is essential to staying ahead of your competition.
At Community Futures, we offer a wide selection of business training programs that can help you learn everything you need to know about things like health and safety in the workplace and upskilling opportunities.
Start learning everything you might need to run, organize, and manage a rural business today.
Let’s Work Together for Your Clients' Success
We know that it can be frustrating when an enthusiastic entrepreneur comes in, has a great business idea, however, the business can't get the funding they need to get started.
When a financial institution’s business lending policies don't allow for a prospective client to receive a lending product, we want to partner with you to ensure their success and help bridge that gap.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best place to start is to schedule an appointment with one of our Business Advisors.
General eligibility criteria include:
- Your business must be located in a rural community of Alberta
- You must be involved in the day-to-day operations of the business
- You must be of legal age and a resident of Canada
- You must contact a bank first. If you are unable to secure appropriate financing under reasonable terms elsewhere, contact us.
Every application is assessed differently using the 5Cs of credit which are:
- Character: This is usually based on your credit history and whether or not you have good credit history.
- Capacity: Your debt-to-income ratio and whether or not we can see if you’ll be able to pay back the loan easily.
- Capital: How much money you have.
- Collateral: What kind of assets you have to act as security for the loan.
- Conditions: What the loan is for, how much you need to borrow and the interest rates at the time of the loan.
Community Futures Lethbridge loans and services are available for businesses located in our region. Your business must be located outside of the metropolitan areas of Calgary and Edmonton (including St Albert and other communities within the Edmonton Capital Region).
Yes, the SMARTstart program for start-up or young businesses is specific training for SMEs. There is also succession plan training for all types of businesses.