Business programs

Community Futures Crowsnest Pass delivers a number of popular and proven small business development programs each year. If you don't see what you are looking for, check out our other business coaching and training options, and upcoming business skills events, or contact us.

Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge

The Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge (CEC) is an annual business plan competition co-sponsored by Community Futures Crowsnest Pass. It is designed and targeted toward new or existing businesses (teams or individuals) who have a sustainable and high-growth business idea.

Now in its 14th year, the CEC is more than a competition; it's an opportunity to build on your dream. Through the program you will gain businss skills, write your business plan, get feedback on your ideas from regional professionals, network with key people including other entrepreneurs like yourself, and have a chance at winning cash and prizes.

Many participants have gone through with their business plan and achieved great entrepreneurial success in their communities. Since its inception, more than 1,000 teams and individuals have participated with 286 eligible business plans submitted.

Business experts join us to lend their knowledge for a series of training sessions. Participants can access these training sessions through online webinars or in person at the University of Lethbridge. All sessions are recorded and can be viewed via YouTube at your convenience. Participants are then encouraged to write and submit a business plan.

All eligible business plans submitted are reviewed and feedback is provided to the participants. Cash and in-kind prizes are awarded to the top three participants in the general and technology streams by an independent panel of judges. Other prizes may become available for runner-up prizes.

The CEC training sessions run through January and February and the final submission deadline for business plans is the end of March. For more information, visit www.chinookchallenge.com

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