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Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake Region Loan Program

Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake provides a variety of customized, affordable, loan options for small business owners and entrepreneurs, ranging from $500 to $150,000.

 

We are known for saying “yes” when other lenders say “no.” Community Futures offices apply flexible loan criteria and options to help you start a new business, buy a business, open a franchise, expand into new markets, invest in technology, give your business a face-lift and help young entrepreneurs get their first loan.

 

Our goal is to help you succeed so that our community becomes a better place to live and work. Connect with a business advisor today by calling 780-849-3232.

We take the time to really understand your business dreams and goals, and then help you work out a plan to turn them into reality. These success stories showcase businesses in our region and what they are achieving with our support!

Our Business Loan Program

One of the most successful ways that our Community Futures office can foster entrepreneurship is by providing business loans to entrepreneurs who have had trouble accessing capital from traditional lenders.

In addition to providing business advisory services, our Community Futures office can lend to new or existing businesses for:

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  • Capital purchases (i.e. equipment, land or building)

  • Operating capital (i.e. salaries, marketing, insurance)

  • Inventory

  • Start-up costs (i.e. franchise fees, leasehold improvements)

  • Expansion (i.e. new equipment, additional leasehold improvements, additional product lines, marketing costs)

  • Purchase of an existing business

Loans received from our Community Futures office are fully repayable and are offered at a competitive interest rate to entrepreneurs with businesses in our region.

Arranging Financing

Community Futures can provide business development loans from their own funds, for those individuals that have difficulty securing business loans.

Our office provides two types of loans:

  • Term loans, usually 5 year terms for capital purchases, start-up costs, expansions, inventory

  • Lines of credit, 12 month terms for inventory or working capital, to help with initial expenses during the first year of operation

 

In addition, Community Futures can help you arrange financing for your business through commercial lenders, such as the banks, credit unions, or the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

Do I Qualify for a Loan?

Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake Region may help finance viable business ventures for start-up, expansion or the purchase of an existing business. We are happy to accept loan applications for financing businesses within the Lesser Slave Lake Region.

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Loan Eligibility:

  • The applicant must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of Canada

  • The business must be located within the Lesser Slave Lake Region

  • Employment should be created or maintained in the region

  • Applicant has the ability to repay the loan from business income

  • The business is economically viable

  • The business has competent management and staff, with the relevant operational skills

  • The applicant or business provides adequate security for the loans

 

Usually applicants will not be considered in any of the following situations:

  • The applicant is in bankruptcy

  • The applicant has an outstanding court judgment

  • The applicant is unable to provide proof of residency

How Do I Apply for a Community Futures Loan?

Complete the forms in the Loan Application package and a Business Plan. Upon completion of these forms, please email to our Business Analyst at balsl@albertacf.com.

Please feel free to contact our Business Analyst at 780 849-3232 extension 03, or by email at balsl@albertacf.com to arrange business counselling sessions for assistance in the completion of the Loan Application package and Business Plan.

Click each document below to download.

The complete Loan Application package consists of:

  1. Pre-loan Checklist

  2. Personal Overview

  3. Guarantor Overview

  4. Loan Application

  5. Due Diligence Checklist

 

The Business Plan consists of:

  1. Business Plan 

  2. Cash Flow Projections

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Small Business Checklists and Guides

These checklists will guide you through the essential things that you should take into consideration when starting or purchasing a new business.​

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BUSINESS LOANS:  Frequently Asked Questions

  • Am I eligible? Do I qualify for a loan?
    Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake Region may help finance viable business ventures for start-up, expansion or the purchase of an existing business. We are happy to accept loan applications for financing businesses within the Lesser Slave Lake Region. For more information, schedule an appointment with the Business Analyst at our office by calling 780-849-3232. Loan Eligibility: The applicant must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of Canada The business must be located within the Lesser Slave Lake Region Employment should be created or maintained in the region Applicant has the ability to repay the loan from business income The business is economically viable The business has competent management and staff, with the relevant operational skills The applicant or business provides adequate security for the loans Usually applicants will not be considered in any of the following situations: The applicant is in bankruptcy The applicant has an outstanding court judgement The applicant is unable to provide proof of residency For more information, schedule an appointment with the Business Analyst at our office by calling 780-849-3232.
  • How do I apply for a Community Futures loan?
    Complete the forms in the Loan Application package and a Business Plan, which can be found on the Business Loan webpage. Upon completion of these forms, please email to our Business Analyst at balsl@albertacf.com. The complete Loan Application package consists of: 1. Pre-loan Checklist 2. Personal Overview 3. Guarantor Overview 4. Loan Application 5. Due Diligence Checklist The Business Plan consists of: 1. Business Plan 2. Cash Flow Projections Please feel free to contact our Business Analyst at 780 849-3232 extension 03, or by email at balsl@albertacf.com to arrange business counselling sessions for assistance in the completion of the Loan Application package and Business Plan.
  • Can I combine Community Futures financing with other borrowing?
    If you are looking for a loan for your business, you must contact a bank first. Then, if you are unable to secure appropriate financing under reasonable terms elsewhere, you may be able to get financing through Community Futures.
  • Do I need to have a certain amount of money, assets and/or resources before applying for a business loan?"
    If you are interested in applying for a Community Futures business loan, you must be prepared to make a personal investment. We ask that you provide cash plus security (such as vehicles, equipment, land, buildings, etc.) to back the loan. This shows that you are committed to making your business work. For more information, contact your local Community Futures office.
  • Will my credit rating be considered before applying for a business loan?
    Yes. All financial institutions including Community Futures will run a credit check on you or your incorporated company to see if you have dealt responsibly with past loans and debt. A bad credit rating is a concern to most lenders, including Community Futures. If this is an issue, there are a number of things you can do to improve your credit rating. Feel free to contact us to discuss options.
  • Am I required to provide a business plan to apply?
    Yes. A business plan provides important information about your company's management expertise and viability. Almost all financial institutions, including Community Futures, requires that you prepare a business plan – and we can help you write it, or provide you with useful tips and tools. A good place to start is to complete the forms available for download on this page aboxe and work through the Loan Application and Business Plan Template. We are here to help walk you through every step of the business planning process. Learn more from the helpful experts at our Community Futures office by calling today at 780-849-3232
  • Typically, how long does it take to receive a decision on a loan application?"
    Community Futures strives to provide a decision for each loan application within 10 business days from the date the completed loan application (including all required support information and documentation) is received by the office. Contact our office to discuss loan products. The Loan Application package and checklist are available on this page for download.
  • Does the business need to be located in my community?
    Community Futures loans and services are available for businesses located within our region both in town limits and rural locations.
  • How do I appeal a declined loan application?
    Rejected Applications/Appeal Process: The General Manager or Business Analyst will inform the client immediately following the Investment Review Committee decision meeting. The applicant will be sent a letter outlining the reason(s) for the rejection of the application. Appeals will be addressed by the Investment Review Committee only. All appeals must be made in writing Upon an Appeal request: Investment Review Committee meets and review the loan application Committee analyzes the loan application and makes their final decision. Client is advised by authorized personnel within 24 hours of the decision. Only one appeal permitted per proposal, with the Board’s decision being final Redress Process: If the appeal is declined, the appellant may again appeal the decision in writing. The appeal should include reasons and new information supporting that appeal (redress.) For this appeal, a Redress or Appeals Committee consisting of not less than three (3) not more than seven (7) members representing two (2) or more Community Futures Corporations shall review the amended appeal application. This Adhoc Committee representative of Community Futures Corporations shall be the highest level of authority. Accordingly, the decision will be considered final and binding on behalf of the Corporation that assessed, reviewed and declined the original and the initial appeal applications. If this joint Ad Hoc Appeals Committee, representing two or more CF Corporations, upholds the appeal and grants approval to the investment (loan) request as amended, the standard lending processes of the original CF Corporation will be undertaken and completed. A fee plus all expenses associated with the Ad Hoc Committee shall be the responsibility of the appellant There are options available if your application could not be funded at this time. Please contact us for more details.

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Bringing Us to the Next Level

“Community Futures did more than just lend financial assistance bringing our business to the “next level.” They helped us create a detailed business plan that outlined each step of the process. We went from a small home-based “maybe this could work” idea to a professional business that now employs three people full time. We would absolutely reach out to Community Futures on any further expansion of our business.”

Stephen & Shari

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