UPCOMING EVENTS & PROGRAMS IN OUR REGION

The following is a list of our upcoming programs, events and training offers within our region. 

CAPITAL GROWTH INITIATIVE PROGRAM

Starts on June 01, 2022, and runs for the year

Empowering women entrepreneurs to start or grow a business in Alberta.

 

Offering flexible low-interest small business loans, ongoing support and advice for women entrepreneurs in rural Alberta.

Start or Grow Your Rural Small Business:

​Whether you're just starting out, or looking for support to take your business to the next level, there are many challenges along the way and sometimes it feels like you're on your own.

 

Click here to learn more about the Capital Growth Initiative Loan.

Who Is This For:

  • Be a 50.1% women-owned small or medium-sized business that is registered and located in Alberta

  • Identify as a female entrepreneur

  • Reside in the province of Alberta

  • Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

  • Have been unable to secure reasonable financing elsewhere.

  • As per the Terms and Conditions of the Community Futures Program, SMEs are defined as having less than 500 employees and annual sales revenue of less than $20 million, and produce goods and services for the market economy, regardless of their business structure (e.g. sole proprietorships, social enterprises, cooperatives, etc.)

Have Questions?

 

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our Business Analyst Robin-Lee Vance by phone or email. You can also book a meeting directly with the links below:  

Phone: 1-780-849-3232

E-mail: balsl@albertacf.com

New Clients: Book A Meeting

Existing Clients: Book A Meeting

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FREE DIGITAL ECONOMY PROGRAM

- DIGITAL SERVICE SQUAD

Running year-round for 2022

The Digital Economy Program (DEP) is designed to help small businesses in Alberta undergo digital transformations and adopt eCommerce practices. DEP is delivered by Business Link in collaboration with Digital Main Street, funded by the Government of Alberta and Prairies Economic Development Canada.

 

What:

 

The program can help your business:

  • Reach new customers online

  • Develop a social media strategy

  • Search Engine Optimization support

  • Streamline business processes with digital tools

  • Increase Sales 

Who Is This For:

  • You have a home-based or commercial business that is registered in Alberta.

    • Alberta-based Indigenous businesses that are not registered may still be eligible.

  • You have a business with 0-49 employees (this includes self-employed business owners)

  • Non-profits, charitable trusts, and franchises are NOT eligible for this program

Small businesses can sign up to participate free of charge.

 

Click here to learn more about the DEP and Digital Service Squad. You can also view the opportunity below.

The Digital Service Squad (DSS) is focused on providing 1-on-1 FREE local assistance for digital services to small businesses in any region of Alberta. This program can help you improve your ability to reach customers, increase sales, and elevate your business's eCommerce presence.

 

It will include training and advisory support towards digital strategy development, Google My Business assistance, social media posts, taking awesome pictures for your businesses, and more. Once you've applied and approved, your DSS services will be made available locally through our Community Futures Office. Apply online here.

 

The program can help your business:

  • 1-on-1 Digital marketing transformation support and training

  • 1-on1 Free Coaching to reach new customers, build a loyal community, and increase your sales.

  • Social media and digital marketing strategy development

  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) support and training

  • Google My Business set-up and management training

Apply for the Digital Economy Program here. After you will be directed to register for an account and will be connected with your local Digital Service Squad here at our Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake Region office.

Sign Up Today

Register your business for FREE:

Link: https://digitalmainstreet.ca/business-account/registration/

Have Questions?

 

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our Office Manager Divine by phone or email listed below: 

Phone: 1-780-849-3232

E-mail: adminLSL@albertacf.com

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LOVE LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL

Have your business listed for FREE in our new local business directory for our region!

 

Love Local, Shop Local directory will be supporting our local businesses, community, and economy by encouraging visits and shopping in our small businesses.

Each of the three largest communities in our region (Slave Lake, High Prairie, and Wabasca) will have its own small business directory and map on our website. This program is FREE for you! We are looking for small businesses to register with us for this program. There are some incentives that will be taking place which we announce in the near future.

How Does This Benefit Your Business?

  • A FREE social media post featuring your business on all of our channels including Facebook, Instagram, Google, LinkedIn, and Pinterest

  • A FREE local business directory listing to increase the visibility of your business. This adds to your online SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

  • You get FREE branded Love Local Shop Local shopping bags to give to customers!

  • Did we mention it's completely FREE?

How Does it Work?

  • Register your business for FREE by filling out the form linked on the button below or clicking here.

  • Your business will be added to our local map and shop local directory encouraging more customer visits

  • We make a FREE social media post featuring your business

  • The shopping bags will be distributed with information for customers on participating businesses

  • Other incentives to be announced

  • Celebrate more visits and customers!

Sign Up Today

Register your business for FREE by filling out the form linked on the button below or clicking here.

Have Questions?

 

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our office by phone or email listed below: 

Phone: 1-780-849-3232

E-mail: cecLSL@albertacf.com

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