Community Futures Westman is a community-based, volunteer-driven organization that strengthens the economy of southwestern Manitoba by operating a Business Development Centre, and by cooperating with individuals, communities and other agencies to encourage community economic development.
- They can assist you with the following topics: business plan preparation, cash flow projections, business resource library, market information and bookkeeping assistance.
- They provide repayable loans to entrepreneurs that wish to start their own business. The loans have the following characteristics: repayable loans up to $150,000, fixed interest rate of Prime +3%, maximum 5 year term, minimum of 10% owner equity required (up to 20% for high risk businesses), available to new or expanding businesses, employment creation is required.
- Self-Employment Program (SE Program) coordinated by Community Futures assists eligible individuals to create their own business. The program provides EI benefits while you start and grow your business. Candidates for the program must have a viable business idea, motivated to start their own business and be prepared to contribute money, work and/or equipment towards the business. This funding is provided by the Government of Canada and the Manitoba Government.