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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8:30 PM20:30



Event 1:  Blockchain and cryptocurrency: workforce and economic impacts

Thursday, September 20, 2018

This is the first of a three-part series.

Did you know that 83% of Canadian businesses are currently involved in some sort of technology-based transformation?

Technology will continue to transform how and where we work. How will this affect you, your business and the workforce?


This event is designed to raise awareness and encourage business and community members and to consider the impacts of rapid technology on the region's workforce and to help prepare employers and workers for the jobs of tomorrow.

This full-day event will focus on the impacts of current emerging technologies.

The day will be structured into 4 sessions:

SESSION 1:   Keynote Speaker: Linda Nazareth.  Economist, Author, Futurist and keynote speaker will be speaking on the topic:  Work Is Not a Place: Our Lives and Our Organizations in the Post-Jobs Economy.

The economy is changing, the demographics are shifting, and technology is propelling us into a world for which we may not be ready. What do we need to understand to take charge of our future? In this thought-provoking presentation, Linda Nazareth looks at the forces that are re-shaping the labour market and the impacts on individuals, businesses and governments.

You will learn about why we might be best to think about ‘work’ or ‘talent’ rather than ‘jobs’ and why the place that the work takes place may be ever shifting. How do we feel empowered when things are being transformed so quickly? After this presentation you will feel like you have a handle on the big picture, and in turn be in a better place to navigate your role in it.

In this engaging presentation, Linda Nazareth describes the many labour market trends now hitting North America and the way that they will affect everything from commercial construction through to the stock markets. Separate the myths from the realities as you deepen your understanding of the exciting changes – and the resulting challenges – ahead.

SESSION 2:   Subject Matter Expert:  Elena Dumitrascu.  Co-Founder of TerraHUB will be providing an in-depth discussion on the topic of Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. What effects will this emerging industry have on the workforce. How can organizations adapt to innovation and blockchain and how will this impact industries now and in the future. Along with this, she will explore the topics:  Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things and Virtual Reality, understanding their impact on industry and the workforce.

SESSION 3:  Local Developer:  A representative from Hut 8 Mining Corp. will present on blockchain and cryptocurrency providing an update on the industry and its development here in our local region.  

SESSION 4:  Panel Discussion:  we will host a panel discussion with all of the days’ speakers with a Q&A session on the days’ presentation and the topics discussed.


Employers, Early adopters, Students, Entrepreneurs and Business Owners, Industry representatives in education, human resources, banking, insurance, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, government, logistics, property and construction, charity, law and policy, energy and utilities, retail, supply chain management, transportation, music, advertising, and real estate.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Medicine Hat College, 299 College Dr, Medicine Hat, Alberta

The main event will take place in the Eresman Theatre.

A Medicine Hat College map and parking pass will be forwarded to you upon registration.


Included in your ticket price is a lunch, refreshments and a parking pass for the event.


If you have any questions about this event, please contact Elizabeth Blair at 403-528-2824 or by email at

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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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