Business

Business Support
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Heartland Community Futures offers a wealth of support for the start-up or expansion of a business in our area.
 
Located in Portage, Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation can provide business assistance to you in the following areas:
 
Technical Services
Community Futures Heartland offers many services to new entrepreneurs and existing business owners. We offer access to resource and research material as well as provide general management consulting. We assist clients in the development of business plans and cash flow projections. We encourage clients to work online with the Interactive Business Planner (IBP) http://www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/ . For those who don't have a computer or Internet access, Community Futures Heartland has produced a paper-based booklet of the IBP format as well as offers fee internet access at our computer work station during working hours.
 
Financial Services
Once a business plan has been developed, Community Futures Heartland encourages clients to seek financing through traditional lenders. We can also provide lending to qualifying clients, in amounts up to $150,000 based on the number of employees in their business.
 
Specialized loan funds were created by Western Diversification (WD) to provide capital via the Western Youth Entrepreneur Program and the Entrepreneur with Disabilities Program (EDP).
 
Our interest rate is set at Bank Prime plus 3% at the time of signing the documents and is fixed for the term of the loan. Our repayment terms are set at a maximum of 5 years.
 
Canada/Manitoba Business Service Centre
Our Portage la Prairie office is also a regional site for Canada/Manitoba Business Service Centre (C/MBSC) where we have a small library of resources available to lend to individuals. This site also has access to the main location's (Winnipeg) wide range of services including its telecentre, contacts and one of the largest collections of business and trade information in Canada. C/MBSC also has dedicated staff to assist with specific information requests.
 
Self Employment Assistance Program (SEA)
This program is a partnership between Community Futures Heartland and Employment Manitoba (Manitoba Competitiveness, Training and Trade Branch) where the objective is to assist eligible unemployed individuals to achieve economic self sufficiency through the creation of their own jobs. The program provides participants with the training and supports necessary to start a business while receiving financial benefits in the first months of establishing a business.
 
Community Loans Program Have a business idea?
Maybe we can help! Contact the Town of Gladstone at 385-2332 for Gladstone's Community Loans Program information.
 
Province of Manitoba - Manitoba moves forward
Visit the Manitoba Government's business portal where you can access the information and tools needed to move your business forward!
 
At http://manitoba.ca/business you'll find information about business research, exporting, manufacturing, employee training and much, much more! Visit us and start moving your business forward today!
 
Women's Enterprise Centre
Are you a Manitoba woman who owns her own business or is exploring the possibility of becoming self-employed? The Women's Enterprise Centre is here for you! http://www.wecm.ca/