Tell us what keeps you up at night for your chance to win a $500 Visa Gift Card

Tell us what keeps you up at night for your chance to win a $500 Visa Gift Card

Starting September 13th, 2017

Draw Date: October 31st, 2017

Official Contest Page

Tell us to win!


Small Business Owner: For the purposes of this contest, small businesses are defined as being privately owned corporations, partnerships, or sole proprietorships with 0 to 50 employees including self employed and micro-enterprises, which are most often defined as having fewer than five employees.

Yellowhead East Region: This is an area that includes all towns, hamlets and summer villages in Lac Ste. Anne County, Barrhead County and Woodlands County, including the communities of Alberta Beach, Barrhead, Fort Assiniboine, Fox Creek, Mayerthorpe, Onoway, Swan Hills and Whitecourt.



Eligibility: The What Keeps You Up at Night Contest (the “Contest”) is open to all residents of the Yellowhead East region of Alberta who have reached the age of majority, except employees of Community Futures Yellowhead East and members of the immediate family of these employees or any person with whom they are domiciled (“Participants”).

Contest Period: Starting at 8:30 a.m., Mountain Time, September 7, 2017 to 8:30 a.m, Mountain Time, November 30th, 2017, participants may participate in the Contest by either completing the “What keeps you up at night” survey by completing the survey brochure without any purchase, by mailing an entry to Community Futures Yellowhead East or by delivering the completed survey to the Community Futures Yellowhead East office in Whitecourt or by submitting a digital response on the official contest web page at

Upon completion and submission of the survey or by mailing in an entry, eligible participants will be entered into the Contest for one (1) chance to win (i.e. one entry) the Prize.

Referral Entries:

Participants who refer other eligible participants to the contest will be entered into the Contest for one (1) chance to win (i.e. one entry) the Prize.

Contest Entry Restrictions: Participants are restricted to one(1) entry per person, per business for survey entries. There is no restriction to the number of referral entries a participant may accrue. Entries indicating the same email address will be considered, for purposes of the Contest, to belong to the same participant and therefore are subject to the above restriction. Any excess entries will be invalid for purposes of the Contest draw.

Awarding of Prize: The Prize will be awarded to the participant whose contact information (name, telephone number or email address, address) has been given by the entrant at time of completion of the survey or indicated on the mail in entry and who has complied with these Rules.


There will be one (1) prize awarded for the contest period during the Contest. Prize consists of a Visa Pre-Paid Card of CDN $500 (“Prize”). There will be a random draw for Contest. Prize must be accepted as awarded. No cash alternatives, substitution or transfers of the Prize will be allowed. Each Prize will be forwarded to the winner within two (2) weeks from the date when the winner’s signed Declaration and Release Form is received by Community Futures Yellowhead East.

Odds: The odds of being randomly selected to win a Prize depend on the total number of eligible entries received during each applicable Contest Period

Prize Draw: The Prize will be awarded by random computer generated draw from the eligible Contest entries received during the applicable Contest Period, draw will be held at 4 pm at Unit 1, 5023 50th Avenue, Whitecourt, Alberta on November 30th, 2017 (“Draw”)

Notification of Selection: The selected participant will be contacted by phone or email (using the contact information provided by participant at time of entering the Contest) at least three (3) times within the seven (7) days after the Draw. If the selected participant cannot be contacted in that time, another participant will be randomly selected and the initial selected participant will be disqualified and will have no recourse towards Community Futures Yellowhead East or anyone involved in the Contest. In order to win, the selected participant must first correctly answer, unaided, a time-limited, mathematical, skill-testing question to be administered by telephone, and he or she will be required to sign a standard Declaration and Release Form confirming compliance with the Contest Rules, acceptance of the Prize as awarded and releasing Community Futures Yellowhead East from all liability relating to the Contest. No substitution for, or transfer of the Prize, will be allowed. The selected entrant will have seven (7) days from the date of receipt to return a signed copy of the Declaration and Release Form to Community Futures Yellowhead East or its representative. If the selected participant does not do so within this period of time, another participant will be randomly selected and the initial selected participant will be disqualified and will have no recourse towards Community Futures Yellowhead East or anyone involved in the Contest.

Each Prize claim is subject to verification by Community Futures Yellowhead East and/or its designated representatives. Entries made with multiple addresses, under multiple identities, or through the use of any device or artifice to enter multiple times or entries that are in excess of the permitted number of entries during the Contest period are automatically void. All Contest entries obtained through unauthorized sources or which are incomplete, illegible, mutilated, altered, reproduced, forged, irregular or fraudulent in any way or otherwise not in compliance with these Rules are automatically void. Community Futures Yellowhead East will be the sole and final reference source in validating a Prize claim.

By participating, each participant and selected winner agrees: (a) to be bound by these Rules and the decisions of Community Futures Yellowhead East (b) to release and hold harmless Community Futures Yellowhead East, its affiliates, subsidiaries, and independent contractors, and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents and representatives including advertising and promotion agencies, from any and all liability for claims/damages including, but not limited to, claims/damages for personal injury, for property damage with respect to acceptance, possession or use or misuse of the Prize or participation in the Contest; (c) to permit Community Futures Yellowhead East to use his/her name, address, city, province, of residence, photograph, video, or any likeness for advertising or publicity purposes without any additional compensation and (d) the winner agrees to sign a Declaration and Release Form to this effect.

Community Futures Yellowhead East shall not be responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription or registration of the Contest entry information, technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, faulty, incomplete, incomprehensible, or erased computer or network transmissions, line failures of any telephone network, failure of computer equipment, software, inability to access any online service or web site, inability to submit the online survey, or any other error or malfunction, or any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this Contest, or for late, lost, stolen, postage due, illegible or misdirected entries.

Community Futures Yellowhead East reserves the right to cancel, terminate, or suspend this Contest, at its sole discretion, in the event of a technical failure, computer virus or bug, unauthorized human intervention, fraud or any other occurrence or cause beyond its control that corrupts or adversely affects the administration, security, fairness or normal operation of the Contest.

If a selected entrant is awarded the Prize due to a system error, malfunction or defect the Prize will be returned to the Prize pool, to be re-awarded.

Under no circumstances will Community Futures Yellowhead East, its affiliates, subsidiaries, and independent contractors, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents, including advertising and promotion agencies be required to award more Prizes than what is indicated in these Rules or award the Prizes other than in accordance with these Rules.

The Contest is subject to all Federal, Provincial and local laws, as well as the rules adopted in view of said laws. The personal information provided to enter the Contest will be used only to administer the Contest, and for no other reason.

For a copy of the Contest Rules, please write to:
Community Futures Yellowhead East
Box 2185
Whitecourt, AB T7S 1P8

Here are a few promotional tools you can use to help promote the contest to gain more entries through the referral route. This collection will grow as the contest progresses.

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Hey there!

Patrysha here, business advisor and certified business coach here at Community Futures Yellowhead East. I’m just getting this page set up to host information on branding for small business, both to promote the upcoming day long workshop above and to provide ongoing resources in this area that can be such a super powerful foundation for your growth as a small business. So be sure to bookmark this page and sign up for the event coming up!

Morning Mindset Minute recorded live on Facebook August 24, 2018.

A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well. Jeff Bezos

Five Types of Facebook Ads and Tips for Using Them

Facebook has almost two BILLION monthly users, so if you are not already advertising there, chances are you are missing out on one of the best ways of connecting with your target audience. Unless your business sells to other businesses instead of to consumers, not being on Facebook could be limiting your local reach. Not only does it have a huge user base, the Facebook ad system is also very easy to use, and highly targeted.

If you have a small ad budget and not a lot of time, Facebook ad are far better to try for the average small town small business owner than Google AdWords, the main pay-per-click (PPC) network on the internet. It is much less complicated to set up and it is cheaper too. Your odds of achieving a better return on investment through more targeted traffic is higher for most small business owners, which means a better chance of getting more subscribers and sales. That’s not to say Google AdWords doesn’t have it’s place, but you’re likely going to be further ahead hiring an AdWords professional than tackling it on your own, which requires a much higher budget.

But before you rush over to Facebook to start creating ads, it is important to understand the different types of ads available. You might run only one type, or several at a time. Let’s explore each of your choices.

1. Page Promotion Ads

You can promote your Facebook page in order to try to get more page likes and follows. Once a person follows you, they will be able to see your posts. This means they can engage with them. The more likes, shares and comments you get, the more Facebook will reward you, with exposure to a larger and larger percentage of your target audience.

Your followers’ activities such as shares will also make your content more visible. It is really easy to promote your page. Just set your budget and target audience. These ads will appear in the main Facebook feed when a person logs on to their homepage, and on the right-hand side (called the rail).

2. Post Promotion Ads

Boosting a post is one of the easiest ways to create an ad. When you start posting content at Facebook, you will start to see a message that evaluates how popular your content is. It will usually say something like, “This post is 90% more popular than your other posts”. Click to boost the post. Set your budget and target audience. These ads will appear in the main Facebook feed when a person logs on to their homepage.

3. Ads You Create from Scratch

For these ads, you need to provide:

  • An image
  • A headline
  • A description
  • A URL to click through to

If you don’t have great images, not to worry. Facebook ads are linked to Shutterstock, a popular stock image site, so you can get some reasonable high-quality images for free. Set your budget and audience. Your ad will run on the right rail and on Instagram too if you choose.

4. Carousel Ads

Carousel ads, as the name suggestions, allow ad images or videos to rotate in the same space. You can rotate the headlines, links and descriptions, with calls to action as well. Users can scroll horizontally on a desktop (that is, from side to side), and vertically on a mobile (up and down). A carousel is great if you have a number of products you wish to sell, and serves as a small but busy shop window for your business.

5. Canvas Ads

A canvas ad allows you to put a variety of content together all on one page, such as text, images, and videos. Use the tools at Facebook to create an impressive brand showcase. Link –

Now that you know about the five main types of ads, take the time to create one of each and track your results.






Vote for the Business Enterprise Bootcamp Online Champion

Vote for the Business Enterprise Bootcamp Online Champion

Business Enterprise Bootcamp 2017

The voting has ended and the winners announced.

Congratulations Damon for winning the voting part of the Business Enterprise Bootcamp and $50 towards your start up.

Congratulations to Faith for winning the voter draw for the $25 Gift Card from Petro Canada.

Vote for your favourite pitch and win!

Below you’ll find videos of the four pitches delivered by the Business Enterprise Bootcamp students. They had 18 hours of in-class time to prepare a business plan and pitch to deliver to judges on the morning of Friday July 14th, 2017. All of the pitches were so amazing, we thought we’d share them and have a contest to reward YOUR favourite pitch. Voting is easy, just click on the picture of the pitch you’d like best and share your contact information so we can get in touch with you if you win.


 $50 for the FAN favourite – that is the challenger with the most votes at the end of the day on July 31st, 2017

$25 Petro Canada gift certificate for the VOTER name drawn from all the submitted entries.

The RULES: This contest is open from July 15th, 2017 to July 31st, 2017. Open to any residents over the age of 14 in the Yellowhead East Region. The winner will be required to answer a skill testing question within a time limit. Odds of winning will depend on the number of entries received. One vote per name/email address. Voting more than once will not increase your odds of winning. Draw to be made at 10 am on August 1st, 2017.

Israel Alexis

Jenelle Hintz

Damon Irwin

Braden Anderson


  • Damon 61%
  • Jenelle 26%
  • Braden 10%
  • Israel 3%

Right click to save the images below to share on your social media outlets to spread the word for your favourite contestant!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I vote more than once?

The software will allow it, but it doesn’t get counted as an entry for your chosen favourite or to enter you into the voter’s draw if you’re using the same name and contact information.

I don't live in the Yellowhead East. Can I still vote?

You can vote and it will be counted towards the contestant you are choosing, but you are ineligible for the prize as a voter. I’m sure your chosen contestant will appreciate your vote and support!

Have another question? Feel free to ask!


How old are the students?

The contestants (students) range in age from just going into grade 10 to just finished grade 12.

How long have they been working on their businesses?

2 of the students have been working at their business ventures before starting the course and 2 did not. None had a business plan before starting the boot camp – that and the presentation are the parts we covered in the 18 hours of the boot camp.

Challenge Countdown

Challenge Countdown

Become a Friendly Dragon!

Cast your vote on July 14th

Business Enterprise Bootcamp Challenge








Here’s your chance to be a friendly dragon!

Register below to cast your vote!

If you’ve ever thought it would be fun to be a Dragon or a Shark, this is your chance.

Register below to cast your vote for the Business Enterprise Bootcamp Presentations on July 14th! Your vote will be combined with the scores delivered by our local judges and the winner will be declared once the scores are compiled that afternoon!

Watch this page starting July 10th for the Business Enterprise Bootcamp Challenge. Where 10 youth in grades 9 to 12 will have 18 hours to prepare a 5 minute business plan and presentation to sway a live audience of local judges that their idea deserves to get the $500 prize towards their start up!

Register below and then join us Friday July 14th at 9:30am to watch the presentations and vote for your favourite.

Watch the Fox Creek Competitors from April 2017

When we ran the bootcamp in April, we didn’t include the online judging component – but we still had a blast! Watch the presentations and join us for the next challenge on July 14th.


This is the rubric the official judges will be using. Online judges will be submitting a score of one to five for overall presentation only.

Sign up to vote below!