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For more than 25 years, Community Futures offices have been helping rural Albertans build successful businesses. One of the specific ways that we help business owners is by providing opportunities for skills development and continuous learning.


Our team of rural small business specialists have developed a broad range of business training options that enable small business owners to learn exactly what they need to know, when they need to know it. Whether you are looking for one-on-one coaching, business mentoring, training seminars, online courses or specialized workshops, we’ve got you covered.

We've listed a few of our favorite training programs that we've recently offered below.

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake Region is proud to partner with the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program. In addition, CF Lesser Slave Lake Region offers affordable rates and conditions for qualified loan applicants. Contact us today to learn more. 

Business Basics

A great introduction to the world of small business and how to set up your own business.

Leadercast Women

This event is hosted locally by Community Futures each fall and features world-leading speakers online. Attend Leadercast Women and learn to transform the lives of others through your leadership. You can learn more by clicking here.


Managing Your Money

Learn how to develop money goals and manage your money in this financial education workshop. You can learn more by clicking here. 



Community Futures provides interactive, entrepreneurial programs for youths and young adults between the ages of 3 and 24. We introduce the concept of entrepreneurship as a viable career option to youth. While participating in the programs, youth learn age appropriate problem solving skills, creative thinking, financial literacy, goal setting, public speaking, teamwork and business skills.

We've listed a few of our favorite youth entrepreneurial training programs that we've recently offered below.

Youth Entrpreneur

Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Special Terms available Entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-29. Community Futures is where many entrepreneurs receive their first business loan. Contact us today to learn more.

Lemonade Day

This is a fun, experiential program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their very own business – a lemonade stand. They learn to set a goal, make a plan, work the plan and achieve their dream. Each youth sets a goal for the money they earn – to spend, to save and to share with their community. You can learn more by clicking here.


Head Start in Business Alberta

Age appropriate hands-on and innovative youth programs encouraging youth entrepreneurship and leadership. Trained facilitators offer our programs through school, educational and community partners to youth and young adults from ages 3 to 24. You can learn more by clicking here.


Life Skills Programs

Trained facilitator provides experiential activities in budgeting, personal credit, job search and career  management. Appropriate for CALM classes, older youth and young adults.

Learn more about development opportunities.

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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