6 weeks in class with 20 weeks of support to give you the solid start, your business and community deserve.

We offer a 26 week FUNDED program.

with a team of support to help you.

Start your business!

Funded by
The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support programs and services.

We offer a fully funded 26-week self-employment program!

Eligible individuals need to bring their business idea, excitement and be ready to learn. The first six weeks involve classroom training where you will build a comprehensive business plan, that you can bank on.

The subsequent 20 weeks are spent implementing your vision. During this time we offer our support through counselling, coaching, one-on-one mentorship and guidance.

We have an open-door policy to help our entrepreneurs work through any challenges during this period and beyond! We mean it when we say we are here for you.

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On opposite weeks of coaching, during the six month program a presenter will hold online sessions where the class as a whole can come together and discuss what they are going through and get support.

What is peer to peer?

Every other week of the six month program we have online appointments available with a presenter to discuss any issues that come up during your start up or when running your business.

what is coaching?

For 6 weeks, there will be 25 hours per week of class time.

How much class time?

If you don't fit the eligibility, come meet with us! We will do what we can to help. You might still be able to do our program.

Is the program free for everyone?

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  • have capital or access to capital needed to start and operate their business.
  • must be coachable and open to new learning and ways of thinking.
  • possess an entrepreneurial spirit: be self-motivated, a risk taker, have perseverance, good organizational skills...
  • have the skills and knowledge of the products or services pertaining to your new business venture.
  • This program is available to participants in communities of ALL Southern Alberta. Contact us for more information. 
  • have an existing EI claim, or be working < 20 hrs a wk
  • are unemployed or underemployed (< 20 hrs per wk)
  • are eligible to work in Canada.
  • basic educational or pre-requisite skills needed
  • are 18 yrs. or older and have been out of school for 12 consecutive months.
  • have a viable business idea for starting a new business or taking over an existing business where you did not have prior ownership.

Basic requirements:

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  • Legal Issues  
  • True Colors  
  • Goal Setting  
  • Project Management 
  • Social Media  
  • Business Planning 
  • Business Etiquette  
  • Taxes 
  • Insurance  
  • Creating your Name 
  • Service Panel of experts  
  • How to Network
  • Accounting 
  • Bookkeeping  
  • Customer Service  
  • Effective Speaking 
  • Branding, Marketing, Sales  
  • Managing Stress
  • Financing in a Nutshell
  • Communications


Topics covered in our program:

The first six weeks involve classroom training where you will create a comprehensive business plan.  

The subsequent 20 weeks are spent implementing your plan. 

During this time we offer our support through counselling, coaching, and mentorship and follow-up. We have an open-door policy to help our entrepreneurs work through any challenges during this period.

What to expect:

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next intake dates

Our next intakes are: 
  • July 15, 2024
  • Sept 16, 2024
  • Jan 27, 2025

Please contact us by phone (403 320-5604), email  or contact us through our form here to set up an appointment to talk about your business idea and eligibility.

Our hours are 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Thursday, 8am - noon on Friday's. 

Upcoming Dates:

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"I knew after 8 years of working in the trades, I wanted to start my own business. But how to go about that seemed like an overwhelming task. I wasn’t interested in spending all sorts of time going to college to take business, and it seemed impractical. I had a family to support so I didn’t have time to mess around. I wasn’t sure what do to until a friend in the trades referred me to the Execuserv self-employment program.

Perfect fit! A fast tracked program with instructors who had actually started their own businesses! I found the Business Planning part extremely helpful in deciding what I needed to charge customers to create a realistic, profitable business. Execuserv was a key component in setting me up for success, and I highly recommend their program to anyone wanting to start their own business!"

Shaun

Hawk Eye Heating & AC

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"Execuserv helped me turn my passion into reality and allowed me to create a vision for my business. I knew how to do what I do thanks to the university of Lethbridge but I learned how to run a business from Execuserv. You don't need to be an expert in it but you do have to start somewhere. Execuserv will help you learn about marketing, sales, customer service, building a business plan and so much more. "

David Lanz

Accrual Accounting

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What our graduates say about the program:

"execuserv was a great stepping stone into the entrepreneurial world. The tools and knowledge that was in the course allowed us to start a business and successfully run it over the past four year!"

Luisa & Stevie

Bliss Beauty Bar

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What our graduates say about the program:

"Execuserv helped me put my passion into reality and allowed me to create a vision for my business. I knew how to do what I do thanks to the university of Lethbridge but I learned how to run a business from Execuserv. You don't need to be an expert in it but you do have to start somewhere. Execuserv will help you learn about marketing, sales, customer service, building a business plan and so much more. "

David Lanz

TL Developments

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What our graduates say about the program:

"The execuserv plus program gave me a solid foundation to start my business. I felt much more comfortable armed with the knowledge I gained moving forward, in what can be a confusing/terrifying time in an entrepreneur’s journey. I always felt well supported by the staff, eager to answer any questions that came up. I highly recommend this path to anyone who is starting a business and venturing out on their own.

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Sinking Ship

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What our graduates say about the program:

"Though we had thought about opening our own salon for quite some time, we were unfamiliar with some of the practical steps involved in making our dreams a reality.
 
Through execuserv’s self-employment program, we were provided information on marketing, public speaking, insurance, legal aspects, accounting, leadership and more. Upon completing the course, with business plan in hand, we had gained a better understanding of the research and practical information required to follow through on our vision"

Madison & Aubrey

Salon Olivine

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