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Thinking of going into business?

Starting a business can be one of the most satisfying experiences in life – and one of the most challenging. It can also be a great way to create the life you want in your rural community. But prosperous business ventures don’t just happen; they grow out of careful research and planning. Community Futures can help you evaluate the potential your business idea, create a viable business plan, and learn the skills you’ll need to succeed. If you’re thinking that self-employment might be the right choice for you, contact your local Community Futures offices, and we’ll help you start on your way.

Community Futures Programs and Services

Tips and Tools

  • Testing your Business Idea
  • Small Business Trivia
  • How to write a Business Plan
  • Cash Flow Template
  • Calculators
  • What does Community Futures Look for in a Business Plan?
  • Why Businesses Succeed
  • Podcasts
  • Self-Employment Program: Many Community Futures offices deliver this program for unemployed people interested in starting their own business. Participants must be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) – or currently receiving EI, or have recently received EI – or be current recipients of Income Support. The program allows participants to retain their EI or Income Support while learning about small business and developing a business plan.
  • Entrepreneurs with Disabilities program: If you have a disability, ask your Community Futures office about this program that can help you start and run your business.
  • GoForth Education for Entrepreneurs: This comprehensive training program teaches you the 100 essential skills necessary for running a successful business. Training is delivered through streaming web video, so you can learn when you want to. Contact your Community Futures office to get $25 off the cost of GoForth training!
  • Business Counselling and Advice: Ask your Community Futures office about their business counselling and business plan assistance services. These services are typically free of charge for the first 4 hours.
  • Small Business Solver: Some Community Futures offices offer this easy to understand on-line training that helps you diagnose issues and solve problems in your business. Click here for more information.
  • Loans: Ask your Community Futures office about the various small business loan products they offer.