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Managing your business during COVID-19: Financial supports

The following are links to Federal government  support programs available for small businesses during Covid-19. If you need more information or would like to speak with someone from Community Futures, please email info [at] We would be happy to provide you with whatever information you need during this difficult time.

Canada Business Emergency Account (CEBA)

Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) Guarantee

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

Regional Relief and Recovery Program (RRRF)

Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP)

Support for Indigenous Businesses

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

Wage Earner Protection Program

Reopening Retail

As we prepare for what the future of retail holds, there's only one thing that’s certain: the in-store shopping experience has changed irrevocably. When stores start to open back up, it’s important that retailers are mindful of how consumer behavior has shifted since the pandemic, and what services and experiences are now expected of all brick-and-mortar shops

In this three-part series, we'll outline

- essential technology and policies that retailers should implement as they plan to reopen their stores

- phased strategies for sta  management and training that align with the “new normal” following COVID-19

- what the future may hold for retail and some strategies for anticipating some of the ongoing shifts within the industry so you can be one of the brands that leads the pack when it comes to innovation, improved customer experience, and overall business resiliency.

Check out this PDF from Spotify: /sites/default/files/

Someday we'll get back to "normal", whatever that may look like. In the meantime, stay hopeful!


Succession Planning for your Business

We are pleased to offer training opportunties for business owners learning how to exit thier business - inclduing a specialized series for family businesses.  We have partnered with three content providers to offer a comphrehensive selection of courses and workshops to fit your planning needs.  Please see below a list of mutliple session programs and shorter workshops - all free of charge.

Click here to learn more about our content providers (Alberta Family Business Insitute, Commercial Ventures and Succession Matching) and what sessions would be right for you.

Mutiple Session Programs

Exit Planning (16 week masterclass)
Provider:  Commercial Ventures

This program will enable participants to gain clarity on the journey toward a sale and learn how to prepare themselves and their business to be operated by a successor.  Participants will complete the masterclass with an exit plan and clear direction on next steps.

Course Modules:

Understanding Business Valuation
Personal Readiness & Future Planning
Business Readiness in the Eyes of a Buyer (with Exit Options Analysis)
Timelines and Scenario Planning

Fall 2020 Schedule

All sessions are hosted online from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Modules:  Sept. 17, Oct 15, Nov 12, Dec 10
Q&A:  Oct 1, Oct 29, Nov 26

Winter 2021 Schedule

All sessions are hosted online from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Modules:  Jan 14, Feb 11, March 18, Apr 15
Q&A:  Jan 28, Feb 25, Apr 1
Registration:  coming soon


Selling Your Business (16 week masterclass)
Provider:  Commercial Ventures

This program will help participants learn how to market and sell their business as well as gain clarity on the process of a sale and learn how to find a buyer.  Participants will complete the masterclass with a marketing plan and clear direction on next steps.

Course Modules:

Working with Advisors & Preparing your Company Material
Engaging Buyers & Maintaining Confidentiality
Receiving Offers
Timelines, Closing and Transitioning

Fall/Winter Schedule

All sessions are hosted online from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Modules:  Oct 22, Nov 19, Jan 21, March 4
Q&A:  Nov 5, Dec 3, Feb 4


Family Business Transition – In Depth Series (8 classes)
Provider:  Alberta Family Business Institute

This series of webinars will be geared to family businesses from all disciplines who seek to deepen their understanding and begin the process of transition planning. Transition planning is a natural process in a successful family enterprise and one that can (and should) be positive and empowering.  The main focus will be to give an overview of the process and provide communication and governance strategies that will enable business owners to confidently chart their transition plan. This will be supported by a comprehensive workbook containing tools, templates, and resources.  Click here for more content detail.  As part of the in depth series, participants will be provided with access to the Pre-Webinar, where they will receive the Family Business Transition online course and workbook, with the expectation that the materials will have been reviewed prior to the first session.

Fall 2020 Schedule

All sessions hosted online from 10:00am to noon
Thursdays:  Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 15, 22, Nov 5, 19, Dec 3

Winter 2021 Schedule

All sessions hosted online from 10:00am to noon
Thursdays Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 25, March 4, 18
Registration:  coming soon

Single Workshops
Sept 16, 2020:  Not-For-Profit Succession Planning Workshop

Oct 21, 2020:  Business Transition and Succession Planning Workshop

Nov 18, 2020:  Business Transition and Succession Planning Workshop

Jan 20, 2021:  Not-For-Profit Succession Planning Workshop

Feb 10, 2021:  Business Transition and Succession Planning Workshop

March 10, 2021:  Business Transition and Succession Planning Workshop

Provider:  Succesion Matching
More information and registration:
All workshops hosted online from 2:00 to 4:00pm

Ready to Sell a Business?

Businesses listed for sale or ready for sale can receive a coupon to list their business with Succession Matching. To receive this coupon, participants must register and attend a minimum of one workshop with Succession Matching (ABFI and CV workshops are not included).  The coupon is only $25 (value $2000) due to the funding received for this project.  Contact us if you have any questions.


In partnership with Community Futures Alberta Southwest, Community Futures Central Alberta,  Community Futures Crowsnest Pass, Community Futures East Parkland, Community Futures Highwood, Community Futures Lethbridge, Community Futures Wild Rose, CFCWest is pleased to announce the Southern Alberta Business Succession Project. This project will provide dedicated resources to help business owners develop successful transitions through proper succession planning.

Through this partnership, business owners located in these Community Futures Regions will have free access to a series of workshops and webinar series to help business and farm owners prepare for the day they transition their business.

Best of Crowsnest Awards

Kudos to all the winners and nominees of the 2020 Best of Crowsnest. And thanks to The Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce Association for this great opportunity to celebrate our amazing businesses. Crowsnest Pass is so lucky to have you!

Building Business Resiliency - FREE WORKSHOPS

We are pleased to announce the launch of a FREE online program in response to the impact COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on businesses in our community. The intent of the program is to increase the chances of businesses' recovery and continued operations.
Over the next 8 months, we will offer group coaching workshops as well as the opportunity to work with experienced coaches in 1-on-1 sessions. These sessions will offer a range of topics focusing on Mental Health, Coaching & Education. You are free to take as many as you wish.
These workshops are perfect for business owners who have had to change their business model, been required to pivot their operations, and who would like to receive additional support in the form of coaching and educational webinars, to successfully navigate a new business landscape.
For more information, see Events on our Facebook page at

Succession Planning Project

Community Futures Crowsnest Pass is partnering witth other CF offices and outside vendors to offer a number of workshops and webinars to rural business owners who are looking at transitioning out of their respective businesses within the foreseeable future, either via a family transition or a sale to an unrelated party.

These sessions will:

  • Raise awareness of an owner's need to plan an exit strategy
  • Increase succession planning knowiedge in our rural entrepreneurs
  • Provide new resources such as access to succession planning specialists, and a low-cost web-based platform to sell their business on
  • Prevent small businesses in the community from shutting down
  • Attract new entrepreneurs into the participaitng partner's regions.

    This project aims to raise awareness of the issue and educate business owners and their 'circle of influence' to provide access to additional resources. We endeavour to create tangible results, most notably by seeing transition to new owners and remaining part of our local economy.

    If you are planning to sell your business in the next few years, these sessions have what you need to know to get you on the right track to sell your business. Sign up today at:


Workplace Guidance for Alberta's Reopening from COVID-19

As Alberta continues reopening, this is a good source for industry specific Information and clarification Click on this link for businesses, including general guidance, guidance by sector, planning, and FAQs:

Resources for Business Leaders Covid-19

Here's a very good link for Resources for Business Leaders, updated daily. Helping understand the challenges and opportunities associated with running your business operations during the COVID-19 outbreak.


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