Community Futures Newsask

Box 357, 903 - 99th Avenue, Tisdale, SK - Phone: (306) 873-4449

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Newsask Services

What makes Newsask Different

  • Newsask provides flexibility to fit the individual needs of the business because we want you to succeed. Your payment plan can be flexible. it may be interest only payments for six months, semi-annual or annual payments, depending on the type of business you are operating.
  • Newsask does not require a down payment. We can assist you with researching your business idea and provide statistics and information to assist you in preparing a business plan.
  • It does not do the client, community, or Newsask any good if the business does not succeed.

Technical Services

  • Includes assistance with preparation of business plans, feasibility studies, consultation, and may include training in various aspects of business.
  • Financial computerized analysis and projections in approximately 2 to 3 hours. This includes a 3 year cash flow, balance sheet, income and expense statements, as well as business ratios and break-even analysis. There may be a flat fee of $150.00.

Internet Services

  • Taps into the Internet's global network to find business information, market products and services, make contacts with colleagues, and how to improve customer service.
  • Fees charged on a cost recovery basis.

North East Supported Employment Program

  • Promote increased employment among persons with disabilities.
  • Employment and training consultation services may include training in various aspects of business.
  • Referral placement and follow up services.
  • Resume writing and job preparation workshops.
  • Funding available.
  • General Employment Insurance Information.

Community Development

  • Investing in people and community partnerships.
  • Promoting entrepreneurship.

Financial Assistance

  • Interest rate is 9% per annum.
  • Lending maximum of $150,000 per business; loan application fees apply based on the amount of the loan.
  • One to five year terms available for up to ten years for land and building.
  • Self-Employment program for people on Employment Insurance or who have been in the last three years and are currently unemployed.
  • Loans, loan guarantees and equity investment.
  • Various other Loan funds are available.

Self Employment Program

  • To provide potential entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge necessary to start and successfully operate a small businesses.
  • Designed to assist unemployed individuals to create and maintain self-sustaining jobs through the self-employment option.
  • See the full program description for more details - Self Employment for the Unemployed

Business Review

  • We can assist you with a review of your business to enhance it's success.
  • Newsask staff will take your current business information and show you where you are prior to year-end. This is a critical management tool in helping you make informed business decisions.
  • Access to databases and statistical information for comparative purposes.

Challenge 4 Communities
Community groups or municipalities will propose and plan a community driven project, program or business ideas for your community or region.
...It can be a brand new idea
...It can use existing assets or infrastructure
...It can benefit a community group or
...It can provide an opportunity to create future jobs and economic wealth

Read more about our Community Challenge

YBEX Awards
The Youth Business Excellence Awards recognize and encourage the outstanding achievements of young people in Northeast Saskatchewan! Awards are presented to winners of our business plan competition in three categories:

  • The creation of a business idea and development of a Business Plan (The Dreamer)
  • The operation and evaluation of an operating Youth Business Venture (Taking the Plunge)
  • Operating a Youth Business Venture exhibiting significant growth and development from a prior submission (Seasoned Pro)

For more information on who and how to apply


Small Business Success ebooks

Best Practices and Strategies for Small Business Success: Download PDF

Strategies and Tools for Delivering Great Customer: Download PDF 

Managing Your Greatest Asset: HR Principles for Small Business: Download PDF 

The Small Business Leader: Leadership Strategies for Entrepreneurs: Download PDF

Making Your Business Stand Out: Small Business Marketing Strategies that Really Work: Download PDF 

Sales Tips and Strategies to Increase Your Sales Success: Download PDF 

An Introduction to Social Media: Download PDF 

Starting a Business 101: Download PDF 

Succession Planning 101: Download PDF

Crowd Funding: Download PDF

Winning Government Business: Download PDF

Social Enterprise - An Introduction: Dowload PDF


Writing a Business Plan - One Step at a Time

Turn your business into a business plan
Most lenders will want to see a complete and accurate business plan. More importantly, a business plan will provide you with a map of where you are hoping to go and what you will need to do in order to get there. If there are going to be surprises, you want to know about them now, before you start your business.

These booklets are intended to provide you with a step method of collecting the information you need for your business plan. As you make your way through the working papers, we will explain how to complete each section, the information you need, and where to find it. We provide you with an example, "John's Auto Repair" and, at the end of each booklet, a page defining business terms.

While collecting information for your business plan, it is important that you do not take short cuts and that you complete every section. It is far easier, and less expensive, to fix mistakes "on paper" than after you are in business. If you find extra information that you feel is important, simply attach additional pages.

When predicting the future of your business, be as realistic as possible. Project that the money coming in will not be quite as good as you hope and that the money going out will be higher that you expect. This is often exactly what happens. If you can live with these results, you might have a successful business plan. Remember, the last person in the world you want to fool is yourself!

Download the following booklets as PDF documents

  1. The Personal Financial Statement 
  2. Sales & Cost of Goods 
  3. Start-Up Assets & Investment 
  4. Start-Up & Monthly Expenses 
  5. Market Research 
  6. Financial Summary 
  7. Three Year Financial Statements
  8. Summary and Introduction 
  9. Advertising & Promotion 
  10. Operations Link 
  11. Staff and Management
  12. Sample Business Plan
  13. Loan Application Form  

Project Developed by:
National Literacy Secretariat, Human Resources Development Canada, Newsask Community Futures Development Corporation, Visions North Community Futures Development Corporation, Beaver River Community Futures Development Corporation, South Central Community Futures Development Corporation, Cumberland Regional College

Acknowledgements:
Written by Elaine Roden, Lynda McPhee/Phillips - Literacy Editor, Grant Wilson - Project Preparation, Rod Roden - Editor & Contributor.

Copyright 1997 Newsask Community Futures Development Corporation IBSN 0-9682167-2-2

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from Newsask Community Futures Development Corporation.

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