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Community Futures office now located in Elie

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You can now get help in figuring out staffing costs and return on investments in the building that once housed Elie’s Gillis Service Garage.

The location, at 14 Main St. East, has been renovated into commercial and office space, and the Community Futures White Horse Plains staff moved in from Portage la Prairie earlier this year.

"We want to be closer to the centre of our region and closer to our client base," said executive director Ken Keith.

The non-profit organization covers the municipalities of Portage la Prairie, Cartier, St. Francois Xavier and Headingley.

Using federal funding through Western Economic Diversification Canada, the
Community Futures staff offer business support for new and existing entrepreneurs. Keith said this includes exploring the viability of a new business, preparing a business plan, support in accessing funding, planning for business expansion and succession planning.

"We offer services that people otherwise wouldn’t take advantage of or pay for," said Keith.

The organization also provides business loans, targeted at helping people who might not qualify for financing from banks and credit unions. There are also programs for young entrepreneurs and those with disabilities.

Keith said information on upcoming Community Futures programs is available on theriverconnection.ca or by calling 1-888-947-2332.

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