We believed we had a great idea for a business. We also knew we needed to “do it right” from the very start, and in order to do that we knew we would require support.
We reached out to Community Futures Tawatinaw and found the support we were looking for. Initially we received 1:1 assistance with putting together a solid business plan, we then went on to attend a variety of in-person workshops on marketing, booking keeping, networking, etc. The solid foundation we acquired was instrumental in getting our small business off to a good start. The ongoing support they have provided us over the past 5 years has proved invaluable.
Our good small business idea? An all inclusive, weekend wedding venue.
In the spring of 2017 we launched our business and we reached our booking goals for the proceeding 2 years in no time. We quickly realized we would need to purchase more equipment, which we did with the help of a loan from Tawatinaw Community Futures. We were able to payback the loan in fairly short order and were sailing along—until March 2020. Needless to say the pandemic has had a profound effect on our small business. Again Community Futures to the rescue! They made applying for the Federal RRRF loan extremely easy and has enabled us to hang on during these past few years. We are very hopeful we will be back on track in the near future, as we are once again booked up two years in advance. We are extremely grateful to Kelly, Ron and Amanda for being there for us whenever we have needed them. Our community is very fortunate to have access to them, and the valuable resources they offer.
Woodland Wildflower Weddings is a seasonal, family owned and operated outdoor wedding venue located in Alberta’s boreal forest. We are a “one stop shop” for couples searching for a boutique, eco-friendly location where they can celebrate their wedding all weekend long. We offer venues, accommodations, florals as well as planning and coordination services.
Visit our website to learn more today. woodlandwildflowerweddings.ca