30 Minute – 30 Day – $30 – Keep it Real & Plan for Success Challenge

30 Minute – 30 Day – $30 – Keep it Real & Plan for Success Challenge

30 Minute - 30 Day - $30 Plan for Success Challenge

A day by day, step by step approach to developing success habits
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  • Are you a small business owner who struggles to balance the planning with the doing?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed when it comes to figuring out what you should be doing in your business to meet your goals?
  • Would you like to develop systems that support the success of your business for the coming year?
  • Would you like to create a marketing plan so that you’re not flying by the seat of your pants when it comes to advertising and promotions?
  • Are you facing challenges in your business because you don’t have a plan?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then this challenge is for you. In this challenge, should you choose to accept it, you’ll spend 30 minutes a day learning and applying simple techniques and strategies to complete an operations and marketing plan for 2018.

Imagine finally getting over your excuses and creating a business plan that you can use to guide your decisions. What will you do with less stress and more money? It really is just one click and 30 short lessons away.

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This is an online challenge delivered through daily emails, website links and a Facebook group full of current and former 30 day challenge members to provide you with support and encouragement as you move through the process.

You move completely at your own pace with your own business and objectives in mind. Your challenge will begin the day after you sign up or on the next Monday if you sign up on a weekend).  If you have any questions before you begin, click here to ask!

The Power Principles of Challenge Planning

Habit Principle

It takes 30 days to develop a habit. It’s common knowledge that working on our business is just as important as working in our business, but making a habit of setting aside time for planning can be difficult. This challenge sets you up to build 30 minutes of focused planning time into your day.

Productivity Principle

When faced with any large task or series of tasks, you should break the work down into short, timed intervals. This is the simple methodology of the Pomodoro technique. This trains your brain to focus for short periods and helps you stay on top of deadlines.

Accountability Principle

We’re more likely to complete tasks if someone else is involved. It’s easy to break promises to yourself, it’s much harder to break a commitment to someone else. This challenge provides accountability.

Challenge Principle

So often we fail to achieve our goals or fail to follow through with our task because we do not have sufficient guidance or motivation. Challenges like this one set your goals and encourage you to plan a stepped process to achieve your goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

In this section, you’ll find a few of our frequently asked and anticipated questions about the challenge. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for here, please use the contact form or email pkorchinski@cfyellowheadeast.ca to ask!


What's the layout of the challenge?

When you sign up, you’ll be added to a Facebook Group that will provide group support and encouragement throughout the month (and beyond if you choose to stay). This group provides a forum where you can ask questions, share wins and brainstorm with the other challenge members. If you choose not to participate in the group, it’s advised that you find an accountability partner to check in with to keep you on track through the challenge.

Starting on January 15th, you will receive an email each day outlining the teaching and task for the day, there may be website links to explore or worksheets to download.

The first week’s topics are

  • Day 1 – Gather your tools – setting the scene for success
  • Day 2 – Asset Assessment Where are you now? What do you have to work with?
  • Day 3 – Stating your intentions
  • Day 4 – Defining your intentions
  • Day 5 – Cheater Vision Boards
  • Day 6 – Setting Goals
  • Day 7 – Calendar
Do I have to start on January 15th?

No, that’s just when I’ll begin dripping out the daily challenge emails. If you join later, you’ll start on day one and will finish 30 days after you begin.

Do I have to complete the tasks daily?

There are no “have-to” tasks when it comes to this challenge, but it is a good idea to commit to completing the challenge on a daily basis. This is so that spending time working on your business instead of in your business becomes a habit over the next 30 days. But if that doesn’t work for you or your business, feel free to refine the timing so it works for you.

Some previous challengers found that completing the tasks every day wasn’t possible, so they bulked 2 or 3 challenges together on slower days and didn’t stress about it on busier days. It’s important when doing this to take breaks between tasks, the reason why is explained in the challenge emails.

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 cfye.ca/win500.

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!

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