Starting a Business

Looking to start a business in the Lethbridge Region? Look no further than Community Futures. We understand that starting a business can be both exhilarating and challenging. That’s why our focus is on helping start-ups like yours succeed. Our team of business analysts is here to guide you through the process of business planning, ensuring you have the resources and financing you need to get started.

We offer a wide range of business support resources, including free business advice and consulting, business plan help, training programs, and technical assistance. Our team of advisors knows rural businesses like no one else and is ready to help you succeed.

At Community Futures, we are more than just consultants. We are a community-based developmental lender. Our experts review your business plan and loan applications, ensuring that they meet the region’s unique business climate’s needs. We work with you to ensure your plan is sound, and we can apply flexible terms to meet your business needs. As we are a not-for-profit, our goal is to help businesses succeed, not increase shareholder profit.

When you are ready, a small business loan can help your business’s growth potential. Small business loans can help you respond to market demand and increased business expenses without impacting your operating funds. Often as a business grows, it can become more stable.

At Community Futures, we offer business planning and coaching for free. We also offer specialized small business training and programs often at no or very low cost. Don’t wait any longer to start your dream business. Contact us today to learn how we can help you succeed.

Consulting / Partnering

Get the guidance you need for long-term success by scheduling a free session with our experienced advisors.


Our flexible in-house micro loans range up to $25,000, filling a niche in the marketplace that other alternative lenders don't. If you're looking for financial support to grow your business, we can help.

Small and Medium Enterprise Loans

Get the financial support you need for your business with access to capital up to $150,000. Loan qualification and repayment terms are affordable and flexible.

Business Improvement Loans

Get interest-free Business Improvement Loans up to $25k from Community Futures and supported by your Municipality. Check eligible municipalities for max loan amount. (Municipal conditions apply).

Capital Growth Initiative Loans

A flexible low-interest loan program designed specifically to support women entrepreneurs in our area with financing options starting at $10K up to $75K.

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

Get comprehensive support and specialized training to help you overcome obstacles and achieve success in starting and growing your business.

Training & Programs

Discover our range of business courses, workshops, and resources designed to help your small business thrive.

Digital Service Squad

Elevate your business by staying ahead of the curve in the dynamic world of digital marketing. Access professional guidance and support to ensure you are up to date with the latest trends.


Make an appointment at our office to take advantage of free business guidance or begin the loan application process.