(Frequently Asked Questions)


What/Who is Community Futures?

In Manitoba, there are 16 Community Futures offices. Our goal is to strengthen rural economies by enabling entrepreneurship and assisting in community economic development. We concentrate on rural entrepreneurship for all individuals with a focus on women, persons with disabilities and youth entrepreneurship.

Each of the 16 Community Futures offices in Manitoba serves different regions. The three Community Futures offices that are collaborating on the NorWest MB Restart Project are CF Greenstone, CF Parkland and CF Cedar Lake Region.

What is the NorWest MB Restart Project?

The NorWest MB Restart Project was created as a direct response to the impact that COVID- 19 pandemic has had on local small and medium-sized businesses. The project goal is to provide much-needed support for Workforce Development, Financial Impact Strategies, E-Commerce Strategies, Marketing Strategies, Social Media Management and skill-building to assist businesses with pivoting operations or enhancing current offerings to re-open, restart, and maintain operation within the local community.


What does the project offer?


We are offering 15 dynamic, engaging and in-depth workshops created to support and guide businesses. Topics include: Workforce Development (HR), Strategic Financial Planning, Marketing & Content Development, Social Media Basics, Economic Development, and Mental Health.

How much does it cost?

The workshops, group sessions and one-on-on support services are FREE!! Inf

I have heard about the one-on-one support services. Tell me about it. Am I eligible?

Our Business Advisor Program sets up free one-on-one business coaching conversations for small to medium-sized business owners. If you are a Greenstone, Cedar Lake or Parkland based entrepreneur who wants to grow or improve your business in a specific way, we have a specialist who can help. (Up to $750 per business in support). You tell us what you need and we will match you with a professional who can assist, or if you have someone in mind, we can reach out to them to see if they are willing to apply to be part of the program.

How many workshops do I need to attend?


While it is our hope that you attend all of the workshops for maximum benefit, you can attend as many or as few as you would like. Some of the workshops are created to build upon each other, but the number of workshops you attend is up to you.


What if I have a scheduling conflict and can’t attend one of the workshops?


All the workshops have been or will be recorded, with the exception of November 24th “Mindset: The Psychology of Motivation, Performance and Well-Being” and December 2nd “Time to “Gig” in the New Economy”

I do not live in one of the regions indicated. Can I still participate in the program?

Everyone is welcome to participate in the workshops. While the $750 support is earmarked for the NorWest MB Restart Project communities (Greenstone, Parkland and Cedar Lake Regions), there are some new developments in the CF world, so please reach out to us and we will discuss your options

I do not own a business. Can I still participate in the program?

Of course!! You do not have to own a business to participate in the workshops. Everyone is welcome to join us. You never know, something you learn in one of our workshops might just give you the “zing” that you were looking for to start a new endeavor – and Community Futures will be there to help you achieve it!

How do I know if I am part of one of the three regions served by the project?

Following are the regions served by the three Community Futures offices involved in the NorWest MB Restart Project


CF Greenstone:

Bakers Narrows, Channing, Flin Flon, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon, Snow Lake

CF Parkland

Angusville, Ashville, Benito, Bield, Binscarth, Birdtail, Boggy Creek, Boulton, Bowsman, Camperville, Cayer, Cowan, Crane River, Dauphin, Deepdale, Dropmore, Duck Bay, Duck River, Durban, Ebb & Flow, Eddystone, Ethelbert, Fishing River, Fork River, Gambler, Garland, Gilbert Plains, Grandview, Harrowby, Hillsburg, Inglis, Kelwood, Kenville, Laurier, Lawrence, Makaroff, Makinak, Mallard, McCreary, Meadow Portage, Millwood, Minitonas, Mossey River, Mountain, Norgate, Ochre River, Olha, Onanole, Park North, Park South, Pine Creek, Pine River, Pulp River, Renwer, Roblin, Rock Ridge, Rorketon, Rossburn, Russell, San Clara, Sclater, Shell River, Shellmouth, Shellmouth- Boulton, Shergrove, Shortdale, Sifton, Silver Creek, Silverton, Skownan, Spence Lake, Ste. Amelie, Ste. Rose, Ste. Rose du Lac, Swan River, Takipy, Toutes Aides, Trembowla, Tummel, Ukraina, Valley River, Venlaw, Vista, Wasagaming, Waterhen, Waywayseecappo, Winnipegosis


CF Cedar Lake

Baden, Barrows, Bellsite, Big Eddy, Birch River, Carrot Valley, Chemawawin Cree Nation, Cormorant, Dawson Bay, Easterville, Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids First Nation, Kelsey (Excluding Cranberry Portage), Lenswood, Mafeking, Moose Lake, Mosakahiken Cree Nation, Mountain, National Mills, Novra, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Overflowing River, Pelican Rapids, Powell, Ralls Island, Red Deer Lake, Sapotaweyak Cree Nation, The Pas, Umpherville, Wanless, Westgate, Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation, Youngs Point

Who do I contact for more information, or to register for the workshops?

You can reach any of the following people to answer your questions:


Sandra Shapiro

NorWest MB Restart Project Coordinator Community Futures Greenstone sandra@cfgreenstone.com

Phone: 204-687-6967 Extension 105

Cell: 204-923-0020


Becky Cianflone

General Manager Community Futures Greenstone


Phone: 204-687-6967 Extension 101


Michelle Schwartz

Business Development Coordinator Community Futures Greenstone michelle@cfgreenstone.com

Phone: 204-687-6967 Extension 103


Joe Cote

General Manager Community Futures Cedar Lake Region


Phone: 204-627-5460


Jami Turetsky

Executive Director Community Futures Parkland


Phone: 204-546-5100