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While a sizable gap still exists between the number of self-employed women and men, it hasn’t stopped enterprising rural women from forging their own paths. On a global scale, Canadian women hold the number-one spot when it comes to creating and running their own businesses; rural Canada is no exception.

Women entrepreneurs need access to financing that enables them to take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace. Community Futures (CF) offers various lending options for women-owned and women-led businesses in rural Saskatchewan. CF provides additional support in the form of expert advice and high-quality training sessions.

More than half (56%) of Indigenous entrepreneurs have established their business on reserve and/or in rural areas. Getting resources to start a business in a rural area is a bit more difficult. According to the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, four in 10 Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada either have no internet connection or a non-reliable connection. Access to resources is a challenge faced by those living rurally.

According to the National Indigenous Economic Development Board, Indigenous economic development is an integral component of reconciliation, holding huge potential to fuel Canadian economic growth.

Community Futures (CF) offices across rural Saskatchewan are committed to supporting to self-employment for people with disabilities or health conditions.

Through the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP), CFs have been involved in capacity-building projects aimed at increasing the participation of individuals with health conditions or disabilities in entrepreneurship in rural Saskatchewan.

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly influenced the lives of most people on the planet. Rural areas have not been spared from the profound impact the pandemic has on daily activities.

Many rural businesses shut down or changed to accommodate social distancing. New patterns of consumer and worker behaviour and expectations have already emerged. COVID-19 represents a tremendous economic shock and burden, and rural businesses have had to find ways to address health and safety risks while also accommodating an appropriate level of economic activity.

Community Futures Sunrise has been a mentor for the Junior Achievement (JA) classes at Weyburn Comprehensive School for several years.

This year’s Junior Achievement crew, Soup’R Snacks, had a very successful year, claiming many individual awards as well as Product Design and the exceptional title of Company of the Year for JA Saskatchewan.