Community Futures Westman Unit D - 217 10th Street, Brandon, MB - Phone: (204) 726-1513

Our Successes

Shilo Second Career Assistance Network (SCAN) Seminar

Working with military personnel, Community Futures is able to provide information on programs and services that we offer to best prepare personnel transitioning to civilian life. Whether it be owning and operating a new or existing business, getting a loan, or becoming self-employed we are able to best prepare them for what to expect.

Prince's Operation Entrepreneur Workshop

Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur is a national program for transitioning Canadian Armed Forces members interested in starting their own business. We offer the education, tools and resources needed to succeed as an entrepreneur. Community Futures Westman has partnered with POE to provide information about programs and services that are available to military personnel looking at entrepreneurship. From developing business plans and financial projections, to assisting with getting a start-up loan we are able to best assist our transitioning military personnel in preparing for a civilian lifestyle.

2018 Community Futures Westman Try the Trades

After the great success of the first two Westman Construction Expo, Community Futures Westman once again partnered on this initiative! This year's event saw over 600 high school students visit various hands-on exhibits exploring construction and skilled trades.  Project partners included Assiniboine Community College, Brandon Career Symposium and Construction Association of Rural Manitoba.

2016 Community Futures Award for Excellence and Innovation

Community Futures Westman's project, Try the Trades is the recepient of the 2016 Community Futures Award for Excellence and Innovation.  This award recognizes the efforts, innovation, and initiatives contributed by Community Futures organizations towards economic development and support to their communities. 

Community Futures Westman Performance Results

Results as of 2020-21

Strong rural community strategic planning and implementation

1. Total number of community-based projects (new & on-going)


2. Total number of local and regionally-based community strategic plans developed and/or updated


Rural access to business development services


3. Total number of business training session participants


4. Total number of business advisory services


Rural access to capital and leveraged capital


5.  Dollar value of loans


6. Total number of loans 


7. Number of jobs created/maintained/expanded through lending*


 *Estimated at the time of lending


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The Business Entrepreneurship Centre located in the Community Futures building continues to provide office space for new business start ups in the Westman Region.  The 12 spaces in the incubator since opening have assisted over 50 new businesses.

Over the last year and into this new year we will continue making a priority the development of skilled trades and apprenticeship in the region through supported training and financial assistance to new entrepreneurs.   

We support innovation by supporting business and initiatives that can bring new technology to national and global markets.

As a small business centre, trade and investment are a priority both in assisting businesses to enter into global markets and working to attract investment to the region.

Community Futures Westman Try the Trades 2016

 After the great success of the first annual Westman Construction Expo, Community Futures Westman once again partnered on this initiative! This year's event saw 564 high school students visit various hands-on exhibits exploring construction and skilled trades.  Project partners included Assiniboine Community College, Brandon Career Symposium and Construction Association of Rural Manitoba.

Westman Conference on Disability and Employment

Community Futures Westman sponsored the Westman Conference on Disability and Employment, hosted by Westman Employment Services September 30 – October 2, 2015.   Delegates from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland attended sessions discussing issues surrounding supported employment, inclusive work forces, and of course, self-employment.  Trent Clayton, Business Development Officer, partnered with Susan Bater from Community Futures Manitoba to present self-employment as an option to those with a disability; they also had a small business owner with a disability speak on the opportunities and challenges he faces while running his business.  The gala included the Champions of Diversity Award being presented and entertainment was provided by Terrance Littletent, an accomplished grass dancer / hoop dancer.

Brandon Youth Co-op

During the summer, Community Futures Westman provided both financial and administrative support to the Brandon chapter of the Manitoba Youth Cooperatives.  Two paid facilitators recruited, trained and helped twelve Brandon youth run their own co-op.  The Co-op was kicked off with a Grand Opening BBQ, which raised about $200 for the co-op to use as an operating budget for the summer.  The co-op members began an advertising campaign consisting of posters, flyers and social media.  They were able to secure a contract for the duration of the summer, performing ground work and garbage collection at various properties.  The co-op earned over $2,000, which was distributed amongst the co-op members, depending on how many hours they worked.

Tribute to Tourism Awards Gala

Tourism Westman is pleased to announce that the 14th Annual Tribute to Tourism Awards Gala held on June 7, 2017 at the International Peace Garden Interpretive Centre near Boissevain, MB was a huge success. This special evening recognized and celebrated the exceptional individuals, businesses, organizations and communities within the Westman region that have made significant contributions to tourism development and promotion over the past year.

The evening included a lovely meal, entertainment by Jayme Giesbrecht & The Soul Revue Band and of course, the Awards Ceremony, led by Barry Lamb, radio personality at CJRB Boissevain.

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS goes out to the 24 nominees!

Westman Construction Expo 2015

The first annual Westman Construction Expo was successful, fun, well-received and has served as the foundation for bigger and better Expos to come in the future.  Designed to provide high school students the opportunity to explore their futures in construction and the skilled trades, the Construction Expo provided interactive stations representing 11 different apprentices/trades.  A total of 578 students from 9 school divisions attended the two day event.  Please see below for a breakdown of School Divisions, individual schools and numbers of students.

Rolling River School Division   Turtle Mountin School Division  
Rivers 15                   Boissevain 34         
Erickson 10 Killarney 38
Minnedosa 10    
Elton 20  Brandon School Division  
     Vincent Massey  27
Beautiful Plains School Division    Crocus Plains Regional  29
 Neepawa  16  Neelin  23
 Carberry  24    
 Colony School  10  Park West School Division  
     Birtle  13
 Pine Creek School Division    Hamiota  18
 MacGregor  33  Rossburn  12
 Gladstone  28  Srathclair  45
     Waywayseecappo  30
 Southwest School Division      
 Souris  14  Mountain View School Division  
 Wawanesa  11  Dauphin  15
 Hartney  14  Grandview  3
 Melita  13  Gilbert Plains  11
 Deloraine  13    
 Waskada  5  Prairie Spirit School Division  
 Pierson  3  Glenboro  13
     Pilot Mound  16
     Westbran Training Centre  12