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Social Media for Business

Our popular workshop series, Social Media for Business, starts on Sept. 24. Don't miss out on your chance to uncover the mysteries of FB, Twitter, Instagram, Google Tools & more. Register today!

Best of Crowsnest

The Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the Best of Crowsnest Awards on September 24.

Join us in congratulating our amazing businesses throughout the Crowsnst Pass. Well done!


New Email Addresses

Community Futures offices across the province have coordinated email addresses to make it easier to reach us. Our old emails will still get to us but for future use, please note our new contact information:

Shar Cartwright:

Sacha Anderson:

Larry Saloff:

Joni MacFarlane:


New Employment Rules

Changes to provincial workplace laws come into effect January 1, 2018. Alberta's Employment Standard Code hasn't been updated since 1988.

These changes apply to the majority of employers and employees, with the exception of those working in federally-regulated industries. The Code applies to around 85% of all employment relationships in Alberta, which includes Community Futures and our clients.

The following existing standards have undergone changes:

Leave eligibility
Compassionate care leave Maternity/parental leave
Rest periods
Compressed work weeks
Minimum wage
General holiday and general holiday pay Vacations and vacation pay
Termination and temporary layoffs Youth employment

The province is offering two pre-recorded webinars to introduce employees and employers to the new changes: The Top 10 Things Employers Should Know About Employment Standards and The Basics of Employment Standards Law for workers.

Have questions? For more information call 1-877-427-3731 (toll-free) or visit the website at: Employment Standards

Information sessions are also available for employer groups, non-profits organizations and worker representatives. To book a session, email:


Successful partnership merits provincial awards

Economic Developers Association of Alberta (EDA) Conference, Banff, Alberta

Community Futures Crowsnest Pass, in partnership with all southern Alberta Community Futures offices,  was recently recognized by EDA for their work on Alberta Youth Entrepreneur Camp (AYEC) in the category of Community Economic Development for Large community/region.  They also received the Alex Metcalfe Award recognizing the "best of the best" community projects in each category.

AYEC is a week long camp for youth ages 13-15 who are interested in learning about business and entrepreneurship. Tha main focus of this camp is to educate youth about markleting, advertising, preparing a cash-flow statement and writing a business plan. Campers set up thier own businesses and use real money which they borrow from actual bankers. The last day is "Business Day" at the camp, where campers have the opportunity to open and operate their businesses. The youth also get to participate in many fun recreatioanl activities throughout their week at camp.

AYEC has been highly successful and is now entering its 21st year.

Alberta provincial police barracks exhibit project

The Alberta Provincial Police (APP) Barracks building is the authentic site of one of the most dramatic events in the province’s history – the story of rum-running during Prohibition and the shooting death of APP Constable Steve Lawson.

Constructed in 1904 for the Coleman detachment of the North West Mounted Police, the barracks building was turned over to the newly-formed APP in 1917. The APP had been created to combat the illegal importation of alcohol from B.C. and the U.S. by so-called “rum-runners” during Prohibition (1916-1924). It was here, in front of the APP barracks building, that Lawson was shot and killed during a confrontation with the flamboyant rum-runner Emilio “Emperor Pic” Picariello and Florence Lassandro. Although it was never clear who pulled the trigger, both Picariello and Lassandro were tried and executed for their crime. Florence Lassandro was the only woman ever hanged in Alberta.

Crowsnest Historical Society and Crowsnest Museum and Archives, in collaboration with Community Futures Crowsnest Pass, have recently completed work on interior and exterior renovations of the APP Barracks building and the installation of new exhibits to give a balanced account of Lawson’s death and the events leading up to it. The story of Lawson’s murder, the trial and its aftermath contain elements of intrigue, romance, tragedy, pathos and prejudice. The narratives of Prohibition, women’s rights, class and ethnic differences and the legitimacy of the death penalty all find focus in one moment - when the sound of gunshots pierced the air and a policeman lay dying outside his home, watched by his young daughter.

Visitors can explore these themes via a walk-through of the APP Barracks Building, authentic artifacts, photographs, sound effects, and interactive displays. This important piece of Alberta’s history presents visitors with an engaging and memorable experience and leaves them contemplating this infamous crime.

The APP Barracks opened on Canada Day weekend 2017 in conjunction with Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Be sure to include a visit to the APP Barracks Intrepetive Centre in Coleman and experience an important part of Alberta's history.

For more information, go to or contact Crowsnest Museum at

Annual Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge

Congratulations to the winners of the 13th Annual Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge.

In the Tech Stream, the Grand Prize Winner was On Site Auto and the Runner Up was

In the General Stream, the Grand Prize Winner was Roo’s 100 Acre Woods Daycare Centre and the Runners Up were Techbridge Makerspace and Direct Dental Hygiene.

The Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge (CEC) is an annual business plan writing competition designed and targeted toward new or existing business (individuals or teams) who have a sustainable, high-growth business idea. The CEC is an amazing opportunity to gain knowledgeable business skills, write a business plan, get feedback on ideas from regional professionals, network with key people including other entrepreneurs, and have a chance at winning cash and prizes.

Cash and in-kind prizes are awarded to the top 3 participants in our general and technology streams by an independent panel of judges. The CEC has awarded $315,000 in cash, plus thousands more in in-kind prizes to participants with a dream, just like you. Since its inception, there have been 919 teams and individuals participate and 266 eligible business plans.

Free business training from January through March is available via online video. Guest speakers provide advice and consultations on a broad range of topics as participants work towards preparing a comprehensive business plan. Remember: your business doesn’t have to be a start-up. As long as it’s a business with less than 20 employees and less than $500,000 in gross sales, you’re eligible to participate.

The CEC is more than a competition; it’s an opportunity to build on your dream.

Watch for details on the 2018 Challenge or for more information, visit: or call Community Futures Crowsnest Pass 403-562-8858.


New resources for investors and regional businesses

A partnership of Community Futures Crowsnest Pass, Community Futures Alberta Southwest, and Southwest Regional Economic Development Alliance (Alberta SouthWest) has launched a new online presence,

The website’s purpose is to serve as a gateway and catalyst to regional business investment. The initiative is the second phase of a program which began in 2014 entitled “Bringing Investment Home” which has engaged and received input and support from all 16 municipalities that make up the Alberta SouthWest region. is one of several tools that function to build capacity in the region, to diversity the economy, attract investment and expand business opportunities. The region’s three leading industry sectors, Agriculture, Renewable & Alternative Energy and Tourism, and the growth opportunities that lie within them, are highlighted on the website.

The site is designed to be the first stop for five primary audiences:

  • Investors,
  • Site selectors,
  • Land developers,
  • Businesses seeking investment to expand, or that hold a business investment opportunity, and
  • Businesses seeking to relocate to the region.

Project Coordinator James Tessier says, “the features and functionality of the site are designed with these audiences in mind. The resources on the site will also be an additional tool for municipalities and economic development officers to utilize when attracting investment to their communities”.

This website builds upon the identified need to improve access to accurate information about southwest Alberta’s identified economic growth and investment opportunities.

The site targets six topics to accomplish its mandate:

  • A Regional Profile,
  • Community Profiles,
  • Industry Profiles (the three leading regional sectors),
  • Qualified Investment Opportunities,
  • Regional Business Success Stories, and
  • Resources for Investors and Businesses.

Visit or phone 1-800-565-4418.


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