Success stories

Success Stories

Community Futures is pleased to showcase some of the many good news stories in rural Alberta. Everyday we help people like you start and grow successful small businesses.

Fourword

Mike Lilge
Grande Prairie, AB


Mike Lilge, has been operating Fourword since 2005 when he opened the bike and board shop with a partner. Two years later, after expanding from a small downtown location to a much larger location in the centre of the City, Mike and his partner were recognized as Young Entrepreneur of the Year via the Chamber of Commerce Small Business Week awards, sponsored by Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region. They have also been voted Canada’s Best Bike and Board shop for the last two years.

In early 2012, Mike approached Community Futures for assistance in once againgrowing his business. He had recently bought out his partner and had an opportunity to move from his expensive downtown location to a stand along building with stronger visibility, larger square footage and further opportunity to grow and expand his bike and board lines, inventory and to take on other product lines to which he will have exclusive rights to in the region.

For more information, visit www.fourword.ca

Alliance Disposal Ltd.

Warren & Kendra Toews


When Warren and Kendra Toews were referred to CF, it was obvious that their business was poised for growth.  The books were healthy and they had identified several new opportunities available to them if they were to purchase another garbage truck, this one a roll off truck, along with 50 new garbage bins. Since receiving a loan for $150,000 in January 2012, Alliance Disposal purchased both the truck and the new bins. In the last four months all of the new bins have been placed with new or existing clients and another order has been placed for more bins, this time reinvesting company money for the purchase.

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Communities Served

Beaverlodge, 
Bezanson, 
Buffalo Lake, 
Clairmont, 
County of Grande Prairie, 
Demmit, 
Elmworth, 
Goodfare, 
Grande Prairie, 
Grovedale, 
Horse Lake First Nation, 
Huallen, 
Hythe, 
La Glace, 
Lymburn, 
Sexsmith, 
Teepee Creek, 
Wembley, 

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