Business Support Services

CFT7 holds an agreement with Western Economic Diversification (WED) for operations, lending and business support services for members of Treaty Seven.

CFT7 has been a member of the Community Futures Development Corporation since 1989. The purpose of the program is primarily for business creation/start-up and expansion. The small business loans are for asset purchases, equity and joint venture participation. Loans that would not otherwise qualify at the traditional financial institutions may be eligible if the loan meets the criteria. Emphasis is on loans that will generate long-term employment for on reserve residents or Treaty Seven members. Technical assistance is also available for reviewing business plans, identifying potential opportunities, business counselling and entrepreneurial training.

CFT7 hosts quarterly meetings with the Business Development Officers in Treaty Seven.

The focus is to bring resources to entrepreneurs whether it is business training, coaching or aftercare, the partners all have the common passion to assist Treaty Seven entrepreneurs. The partners are: CFT7, Alberta Indian Investment Corporation, The Business Link, RINSA, MNP, tecconect, Pembina, Aboriginal Futures, Blood Tribe, Piikani – Piikani Resource Development Corporation, Tsuut’ina, Bearspaw, Chiniki, Wesley, Siksika, ATB Finance, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, Peacehills Trust and Junior Achievement Southern Alberta (JASA). The Business Resource Group conducts presentations and partners to assist in any trainings that is required in the communities.

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