The Maskawisîw Women in Business Start Up Program
The Maskawisîw Women In Business Start-Up Program is a partnership between Community Futures Central Alberta and Âsokêwin Friendship Centre Rocky Mountain House. It is designed to provide guidance, expertise, and mentoring at an early start-up phase of business to Indigenous women ready to explore business ownership opportunities and develop a business plan that could be used for financing purposes and as a roadmap for business success. The unique delivery format of inspiration, education, and support has been developed specifically to meet the needs of Indigenous women.
The Project is 100% funded by Western Economic Diversification through the Women
Entrepreneurship Strategy Program. Read the news release here.
About Western Economic Diversification:
For more than 30 years, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has been
working to diversify the western economy while improving Western Canadians' quality of
life. WD aims to lead the way in building a strong, competitive West by focusing on
business development, innovation and community development.
About the Women's Entrepreneurship Strategy:
The Government of Canada is advancing women's economic empowerment with the first ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES). This is a nearly $5-billion investment that aims to increase women-owned businesses' access to the financing, talent, networks and expertise they need to start up, scale up and access new markets. In Fall 2020, the Government committed to accelerating the work of the WES in an effort to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025. Read more about this initiative with the following link:
About Community Futures Central Alberta:
The Community Futures Central Alberta office is a community-driven, non-profit organization staffed by business professionals and guided by a volunteer Board of Directors. We provide a wide range of small business services and business management tools for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a business. We also run several specialized business programs, organize exciting business events and actively work with community and business leaders to foster rural economic growth. Funded in Western Canada by Western Economic Diversification Canada, Community Futures has supported small business and rural economic diversification since 1986. There are 27 Community Futures offices in rural communities throughout Alberta, and a
total of 269 across the country.
About Asokewin Friendship Centre:
The Âsokêwin Friendship Centre is designed to improve the quality of life for all Aboriginal people in an urban environment by supporting self-determined activities that encourage equal access to and participation in Canadian society which strengthens Aboriginal culture.
About Business Link Indigenous Services:
Services and Resources Available for Indigenous Entrepreneurs
Personal one-on-one advice and guidance
Funding programs for Indigenous entrepreneurs
Connections to a network of service providers and resources that support Indigenous entrepreneurs and business owners
Free Indigenous entrepreneur workshops