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.
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.
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!