The Self-Employment training program
to Oct 8

The Self-Employment training program

Community Futures Entre-Corp in Medicine Hat, Alberta has been helping entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs since 1988.  One of our popular programs is called the Self-Employment Training Program which is an Alberta Labour initiative that Community Futures Entre-Corp has delivered collectively for 21 years.

With notably high unemployment affecting individuals and families and continual economic challenges, considering entrepreneurship as a career choice continues to increase in popularity.

The self-employment (SE) training program is a 1-year commitment that will provide training and mentorship on how to start and run a business.  It begins with 7-weeks of classroom-led business training.  Classes run Monday to Thursdays, from 8:45 am to 4:00 pm.  

During the course of the year, students will receive regular mentoring support and ongoing follow-up reviews.   The 7-week classroom portion covers 27 different business topics, such as:   GST/payroll, bookkeeping,  income tax matters, understanding sole proprietorship / partnerships/ corporations, pricing, cash flow budgeting, operations, market research, social media marketing, business planning, HR management, and sales training.   Several guest speakers are invited in to discuss insurance, banking, OHS/WCB, legal matters, graphic design, branding/website design, self-care practices, strategic planning as well as a list of guest panel speakers who are also business owners and have a wealth of experience to share.   

By the end of the 7-week classroom portion of the program, students will be ready to complete and submit their business plan.

Once participants complete the classroom portion of the program, they move into start-up and operations while they continue to receive mentorship for one full year so that they receive coaching as they start their entrepreneurial journey.

For those who meet the Alberta Labour policy requirements and are approved for the funded program, they may be eligible to receive unemployment insurance and/or learner benefits support for up to 26 weeks.   Applicants must apply and are assessed to determine eligibility.  This program is also available for a fee for those who do not meet the qualification criteria.  

Community Futures Entre-Corp is currently accepting applications for the August 20, 2018 start date

For more information about this program and how to register, please call Community Futures at 403-528-2824. 


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The Digital Privacy Act (DPA) and small business
11:00 AM11:00

The Digital Privacy Act (DPA) and small business

APEX (a collaborative initiative and partnership between three core service providers, Community Futures Entre-Corp, Medicine Hat College and Alberta Innovates) is offering this free seminar.

This seminar will be presented by Sarah Bowman.  Sarah is a Partner at Bolton Bishop Bowman law firm in Medicine Hat. 

Costs to the overall economy from data breaches are substantial.
In June of 2015, the Canadian government passed the Digital Privacy Act (DPA), an amendment to Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA).  This amendment outlines important information on mandatory breach reporting, notification and record keeping requirements that, until November 2018, have never been adequately enforced by the government.
Aside from the obvious ramifications of a breach such as lost data and revenue, one of the many new requirements of the DPA (effective November 2018) requires all Canadian organizations to "keep and maintain a record of every breach of security safeguards involving personal information under its control."  
These new mandatory reporting requirements will have an impact on businesses across Canada. For small business, what does this mean?   How can small business prepare for the DPA amendment? 
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This seminar is designed for small business owners.


•          What is considered personal information?
•          How will Canadian Digital Privacy Act (DPA) requirements affect your business?
•          What is a security breach?   Who needs to be notified?  How soon should notifications of a breach happen?

•          What is proper record keeping in the event of a breach?
•          The Privacy Commissioner’s authority (audits, fines for non-compliance)
•          Examples of data breach scenarios.  What are violations and scenarious that could result in possible fines?
•          What are the steps that businesses need to take regarding the DPA to prepare now?


Friday, November 30, 2018

Presentations will start at 11 am sharp

Presentations end at 12 noon

Questions from 12pm - 12:15 pm


Community Futures Entre-Corp office

Located at 556 4th Street SE, Suite # 202, Medicine Hat, AB.   We are upstairs (2nd floor) above the Servus Credit Union.   Note that there is free street parking, around the building (maximum of 2 hours).

If you have any questions, please call Elizabeth Blair at 403-528-2824 or Email at

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