Com­mu­nity Fu­tures host­ing en­trepreneur­ship sem­i­nars

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Com­mu­nity Fu­ture Big Coun­try has be­gun a se­ries of sem­i­nars to en­cour­age en­trepreneur­ship and to show­case the ser­vices the agency pro­vides.

So far, Com­mu­nity Fu­tures has hosted two events; Ideas to Op­por­tu­ni­ties, and last week hosted a sem­i­nar on busi­ness plan­ning.

“Most peo­ple think about busi­ness plan­ning to the same de­gree they think about go­ing to the den­tist,” chuck­les Chris Cur­tis, board chair of Com­mu­nity Fu­tures. “How­ever, busi­ness plan­ning can be very in­ter­est­ing and very help­ful to peo­ple. But it can also be some­thing that seems so ar­du­ous that peo­ple don’t want to do.

As with busi­ness, laid plans are fleet­ing.

“The prob­lem with the idea of a blue­print is you ex­pect the con­struc­tion peo­ple to fol­low it. One of the things we know about a busi­ness plan is that the minute you do, it is ob­so­lete. Cir­cum­stances change all the time.”

The fo­cus of the sem­i­nar was on the pur­pose of a busi­ness plan and the value of them.

The sem­i­nar ful­fills its man­date to pro­vide ad­vi­sory ser­vices to the com­mu­nity.

“Hope­fully at the end of the day we will get more peo­ple start­ing busi­nesses, which is our ul­ti­mate goal, whether it is through fi­nanc­ing or through work­shops, we would love peo- best- ple to start their busi­nesses,” said Cur­tis.

Com­mu­nity Fu­tures has two more sem­i­nars com­ing up. On April 8, they are host­ing a Cre­ative Re­source­ful­ness sem­i­nar, fo­cus­ing on get­ting what you need to start a busi­ness with­out in­vest­ing a lot of re­sources.

“This sem­i­nar looks at what you re­ally need. Are there things you can get that you don’t have to pay full price for? There are many things you can get by trad­ing ser­vices, bar­ter­ing etc. And maybe we don’t need things right away,” he says.

On May 13, they are host­ing a sem­i­nar on deal­ing with peo­ple.

“Deal­ing with peo­ple is re­ally the core of what en­trepreneur­ship is about,” said Cur­tis.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to learn how to reg­is­ter for the up­com­ing sem­i­nars, go to http://big­coun­­ber­

Chris Cur­tis… Com­mu­nity Fu­tures Big Coun­try board chair

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