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
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
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!