Starting A Business
Thinking about starting a business in the St. Paul - Smoky Lake region? Start at Community Futures.
So you’ve decided to make that leap into entrepreneurship, congratulations! Helping start-ups is what we love to do here at Community Futures St. Paul - Smoky Lake. We know starting a business is exciting, yet challenging.
Our team of Business Advisors are here to walk you through business planning for all scenarios (good, bad or worse) to ensure you have the resources & financing you need to get started.
Have you been turned down by a bank? That’s why we’re here.
Our goal is to help make your business more bankable. We know how deflating it can feel to be turned down by the bank because your business may not quite fall within their approval structure.
Community Futures St. Paul - Smoky Lake is here to help you with planning your business’s success, FOR FREE! Our experienced team of rural Alberta Business Advisors is skilled and understands what it takes to succeed in our rural market.
Business Start-up Consulting You Can Trust
When we say business starts at Community Futures, we mean it. Come in and let us guide you with:
Creating a business plan
Creating a marketing plan
Setting up your expansion strategy
One-on-one coaching and business mentoring
Ensuring your success
You can get access to a wide range of business supports from our advisors who know rural business like no one else, including free business advice and consulting. We also offer additional business coaching, business plan help, training programs and technical assistance. Visit our Resources page for more tools.
We are a community-based developmental lender. Your business plan and loan applications are reviewed by experts in small business who understand our unique business climate. We will work with you to ensure your plan is sound, and we can apply flexible terms to meet your business needs. Our goals revolve around helping businesses succeed, not increasing 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.
We offer business planning and coaching for FREE and offer specialized small business training and programs often at no or very low cost.
We’re Here to Help!
At Community Futures St. Paul - Smoky Lake Region, we understand rural start-up businesses like no other. We come from the same community you live in. We know what it’s like and we’re determined to make things work for you.