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Community Futures Sunrise

11 - 3rd Street North East, Weyburn, SK - Phone: (306) 842-8803

Where Commerce and Community Meet

We know that rural communities thrive when small businesses do, and vice versa. In addition to working with entrepreneurs, we help build strong, vibrant and sustainable rural communities. We understand the importance of building local and regional economies, and supporting our municipalities by offering one-on-one support as they develop their communities.

 
  • Lead – We provide leadership to communities and economic development stakeholders for the continued development of a vibrant and sustainable business environment for entrepreneurs.
  • Build – We build capacity for business development, retention, expansion and attraction through the provision of training and planning opportunities for community leaders.
  • Connect – We foster and support networks of community champions who are invested in the local wellbeing of their community and the region.
  • Encourage – We encourage stakeholders to ask the necessary questions and think innovatively about solutions as they plan and develop their rural economy.
  • Support – We provide support to municipalities, community and economic development professionals and economic development committees as they work towards achieving their local economy goals.
  • Experience – We have 25 years of local experience and partnerships with respected rural businesses, non-profits and governments to support growth in the region.
 

Connect with our Regional Economic Development Coordinator today to learn more about our economic development supports.

 

Initiatives and Programs


BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION

Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) is an action-oriented and community-based approach to business and economic development. It promotes job growth by helping communities to learn about the concerns of, as well as opportunities for, local businesses, and to set priorities for projects to address those needs.

 

INVESTMENT ATTRACTION

Investment Attraction (IA) is a complex and challenging component of economic development. Communities engage in business attraction activities in order to create economic diversity, maintain and expand infrastructure and to increase their ability to meet the needs of residents and businesses. Our supports focus on increasing a community’s ability to meet the high expectations required to attract, retain and grow businesses including training on: investment readiness, investment strategies, digital marketing, investment attraction, and familiarization tours.

 

COMMUNITY PROMOTION

Marketing your community is key to attracting businesses, residents and visitors. A focused and targeted approach is needed to achieve your goals as it relates to your local economy and economic growth. Initially, you may wish to focus on generating interest at a community or regional level before expanding. It is also beneficial to collaborate with other communities to leverage regional strengths and jointly market regional benefits.

 

REGIONAL TOURISM DEVELOPMENT

Many small communities recognize that tourism is important, but may not know how to harness it. The visitor economy has tremendous potential to transform communities facing economic difficulties, especially resource-dependent and single industry towns and cities. There are a number of economic and social benefits created from a visitor economy including: increased employment opportunities, wealth and income generation, tax revenue, improved standard of living, maintenance of traditional cultures, improved quality of life, and increased recreational opportunities to name a few.

 

REGIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Community Futures Sunrise remains steadfast in its mission to bolster the prosperity of our regional economy through the advancement of small businesses and communities. With this in mind we recently completed our second regional business survey, an endeavor aimed at gaining deeper insights into the evolving needs of our local business community in the new post-pandemic era. This initiative reflects CF Sunrise's ongoing dedication to driving economic growth and prosperity across southeast Saskatchewan.

For full details on the findings and upcoming initiatives in response, please see the following:

 

Needs Assessment 2019

Supporting local businesses has long been a pillar of CF Sunrise. With resources provided under the Canada Coal Transition Initiative, CF Sunrise performed a Regional Needs Assessment in Fall 2019 to find out what you think about the programs and services that should be available to further support business development in the southeast region.  

CF Sunrise collected feedback and expertise from businesses, municipalities, economic development professionals, Chambers of Commerce, business leaders and other stakeholders in the region. This feedback helped form the Regional Business Development Plan

For more information on our plan, contact our Regional Economic Development Coordinator.