Elevate! Take your business to the next level


Thank you for your participation and support of the Elevate program

The 1st intake of 120 participants is now complete.

We will not be accepting any additional participants at this time. For more information please visit your local Community Futures Office.


Do you dream of starting your own business? Are you longing to be your own boss and chart your own course? Do you want to choose your own hours, pick the projects you find exciting, and meet interesting people? Can you imagine putting your own unique talents, gifts and strengths to work on a daily basis?

Are you ready to take control of your life, your future, and your financial situation? How would you like to have a team of business cheerleaders by your side from the very beginning of your business journey?

Introducing ELEVATE!

Elevate is a dynamic new business building program for youth and adults with a disability or health condition interested in starting a business. This program assists entrepreneurs locating their businesses in rural, remote or northern communities in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada's Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program, Elevate provides assistance, support and resources to qualified individuals who wish to become self-employed.

What Can ELEVATE Do For Me?

Entrepreneurship: Enjoy the rewarding and fulfilling experience of building and growing a successful business of your own.

Leadership: Be a leader in the community where you work and live.

Empowerment: Take your business skills and knowledge to the next level with valuable training and learning opportunities.

Viable Option: Discover the freedom, satisfaction and independence of being your own boss.

Accessibility: Achieve your business goals more quickly with a wide range of specialized services and financial resources, including living, travel and childcare expenses.

Teamwork: Access a team of experts and administrators to help you every step of the way, including an experienced business mentor, as well as accounting and bookkeeping support.

Encouragement: Receive ongoing support and accountability from a dedicated group of champions who will help propel you towards your business success.

How Does ELEVATE Work?

Once you’ve determined that you’re a good fit for the program, you’ll contact your local Community Futures office to get more details and begin the application process.

From there, you’ll be guided through an assessment process that will help determine your training and financial needs, along with any other accommodation requirements you may have.

During this time, we’ll also walk you through the feasibility of your business idea, offer business counseling, and help you through your program application preparation.

The next step is working on your business plan and social innovation strategy – all with the help of your Community Futures representatives!

After we’ve worked out those aspects, we’ll move on to additional business readiness training, explore financing options, and match you up with an experienced business mentor.

At this point, you’ll be ready to execute your business plan and to begin planning your launch. All the way along, we’ll be there to make suggestions and keep you moving in the right direction.

Worried about keeping all of your financial books in good shape during your start up? Don’t be! We’re also going to connect you with a bookkeeper and administrative support to ensure you don’t get bogged down by numbers and excel spreadsheets!

Last, but not least...we’ll celebrate your success and capture your achievements on a video that you can use to promote and market your business!

Am I a Good Fit For ELEVATE?

If your answer is “YES!” to the following questions, don’t wait another day to reach out to your nearest Community Futures office!

+ Are you eager to start to a business in a rural or remote community in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba?

+ Do you self identify as a person with a disability or health condition?

+ Are you ready and highly motivated to pursue a self-employment path?

+ Do you require assistance and support to obtain and maintain self-employment?

+ Do you have a viable business idea?





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Government of CanadaFunded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program/Financé en partie par le Gouvernement du Canada par le Fonds d'intégration pour les personnes handicapées.