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Your next defining moment is just through the doors of The Greatest Discovery. What is The Greatest Discovery? It’s a truly immersive, one-of-a-kind Young Living Wellness Expo and it comes to the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel this Friday!

Young Living is a world leader in wellness whose mission is to champion nature’s living energy, essential oils, by fostering a community of healing and discovery while inspiring individuals to wellness, purpose, and abundance.

At The Greatest Discovery, local Young Living Leaders are uniting to inspire Central Alberta towards greater wellness, purpose and abundance. So what do we have in store for you? Let’s begin with the OolaGuys!

Featured speakers The OolaGuys are co-authors of the international best-selling book Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World. Dr. Dave (OolaSeeker) and Dr. Troy (OolaGuru) are renowned experts in teaching a proper work-life balance. They travel the world helping people find balance and growth in the seven key areas of life (the 7 F’s of Oola): Fitness, Finance, Family, Field, Faith, Friends, and Fun.

By revealing how to remove the stress related to a life out of balance, the OolaGuys help unlock the greatness that is inside all of us, paving a way for a better you, a better family, a better community, and—ultimately—a better world. The OolaGuys are committed to changing the world with their simple, life-changing message. And they’ll be right here in Red Deer!

What is Oola?


When Young Living and The OolaGuys came together, it was a perfect synergy…



So combine Young Living and The OolaGuys and what do you get? The Greatest Discovery! It is what happens when you infuse wellness, purpose and abundance with your OolaLife!

Now you might be thinking “Okay that’s great! But why Red Deer, and why me? Should I attend?”

To answer that let me tell you my Young Living story:

Young Living came into my life in the summer of 2013 when my daughter Liberty’s dreams of becoming a professional dancer appeared to be over as she suffered with terrible pain in her body and couldn’t dance.

As a mom watching my girl, who since the age of 5 wanted to be a ballerina, who never complained about dance, who was dedicated and driven, who danced over 15 hours a week, who never missed a class…now sitting out and watching her dreams crumble, I needed to find something to help her. I was desperate for a change! That’s when I experienced my Greatest Discovery.

When I first carried home my oil investment and started applying oils, I realized it was more than just my daughter these oils were helping! I began sharing oils and the changes they made in my life and our family, with extended family and friends. I was feeling healthy for the first time ever and Liberty was dancing pain free! I found myself changing lives and growing a business- something I never thought I would do! To be honest I was trying to balance it all without really knowing how, and failing miserably with no sense of direction….then OOLA came into my life!

Infuse wellness, purpose and abundance with Oola consistently and you are unstoppable!! It feels Oola-la! And you can’t help but spend your life inspiring others to achieve this same state of awesomeness! I implemented the simple system of Oola, first individually, then as a family, and now with my oil team; lives all over the world are better because of these guys, one word, and one dream.

Here’s an exercise you can do right now! Simply click here to take a short quiz which will help show you which areas of your life could use some work and some Oola-la!In order to grow, you must be real. You need to objectively see things for how they truly are at this moment. By answering three simple questions in the 7 key areas of life, you will establish a starting point.

The OolaWheel and the OolaScore will quickly reveal where you are today and expose which areas of your life could use some care and attention. It helps to imagine your life as a bicycle wheel, with the various parts representing key components within your life. Although all parts are independent they are also interdependent on each other. A balanced wheel rolls smoothly and freely with minimal stress and tension on the entire wheel. It can seemingly roll endlessly with only gradual and natural wear and tear. If parts are missing, broken, or worn, the wheel can continue to roll, although with more stress on the wheel, increased chance of a crash, and certainly less life on the wheel.

My hope through this event is to inspire you towards greater wellness, purpose, and abundance. Imagine the ripple effect into our community of just loving others and giving them the opportunity to bring awareness to their current state and the ability to rise above it- the possibilities are incredible!

On Friday, 6 April 2018 there’s only one place to be… The Greatest Discovery!

6:00 PM – 9:30 PM 

Sheraton Red Deer Hotel

We hope to see you there!

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Celebrate National Small Business Week October 16-20, 2023!

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From Community Futures Central Alberta

National Small Business Week is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that has been celebrated for over 40 years.

Did you know:

  • Canada has over 1 million small businesses currently in operation!
  • For statistical purposes, a small business has between 1-99 employees, but most have less than 10.
  • These small businesses employ over 8 million Canadians.
  • By comparison, only 2.5 million Canadians are employed in medium sized businesses (100-500 employees).
  • In 2019, Canadian small businesses contributed 36.7% of our gross domestic product (GDP).

*Statistics taken from Statistics Canada – Innovation, Science and Economic Development website.

Time is running out to apply for the
Catalyst Incubator!

Calling local entrepreneurs! The Catalyst Incubator, funded through the Central Alberta Innovation Network (CARIN) and provided by Community Futures Central Alberta, is nearing its registration deadline.

Both Fall and Winter registration dates for this unique, cohort-based program helping to foster new ideas, make critical connections, and help start-up businesses are now open. The Catalyst Incubator is 100% FREE and focuses on supporting start-ups in manufacturing, agriculture, technology, energy innovation, and more.

Learn more about how to register

Increase your business’ online presence with free help from the Digital Service Squad

The Digital Service Squad (DSS) is designed to help small businesses take their businesses online. This program, a partnership between Business Link, Community Futures and Digital Main Street, will help small businesses in Alberta undergo digital transformations and adopt eCommerce practices. DSS is open to home-based or commercial small businesses registered in Alberta with less than 50 employees.

Digital Service Squads guides businesses through digital transformation. Small businesses can apply to participate in the program, free of charge.

Book your free consultation today

Lending Spotlight: Flex Loans

In this edition of our Quarterly Update, we shine a spotlight on the Community Futures Central Alberta Flex Loan. Flex Loans are available to clients in all industries, including home-based and storefront. The loans can be used for equipment, inventory, renovations, marketing, working capital, etc.

According to CFCA Business Analyst Kelsey Krieger, “Flex loans offer our clients a lower interest rate and a lower barrier to entry to qualify for financial support for their small business or startup. This product allows clients to make near-term plans for purchasing needed equipment or doing important upgrades to their business.”

•    Qualification for unsecured (will still take GSA and personal guarantee) will be based on credit history and net worth.

Learn more about Flex Loans today – call us at 403.342.2055 and make an appointment!

CFCA introduces Tyler Harke as its new Community Economic Development Coordinator

Community Futures Central Alberta is pleased to welcome Tyler Harke as its newest staff member.

Tyler is a life-long Albertan who comes from a family of entrepreneurs. He is excited to serve in both the Community Economic Development role as well as part of the Digital Services Squad.

Tyler brings over 15 years of experience in marketing and communications roles and looks forward to playing a key role in helping small business thrive in this great region!

Contact Tyler and discuss your community’s involvement with CFCA

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CFR Rodeo, live music, street dancing, art, theatre and more downtown celebrations..

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Live Music at The Velvet Olive

Mike Szabo at The Velvet Olive

October 26th @7:30

Join Mike Szabo on a journey of stories and songs he wrote and the covers that inspired him. Mike is promoting the release of his debut vinyl LP, Take My Heart 2020. Cover for the show is by donation and guests will be seated first come, first served.

Fish in a Birdcage at The Velvet Olive

October 28th @8:30

Dustan Townsend AKA “Fish in a Birdcage” is a young and passionate musical virtuoso. Townsend is originally from Red Deer, Alberta and is now on a two year long busking/street performing adventure around Europe with Spain being his next destination.

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Family Street Dance October 29th

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Grand Opening Celebration

October 29th

Yep, you heard that right! We’re hosting a Grand Opening celebration for Red Deer’s largest music store! When Long and McQuade bought the business in February of 2020, plans to renovate the store were made but had to be postponed. Fast forward to 2022, renovations are now finished and we would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the occasion with YOU, our amazing customers!

Come to the store on Oct. 29 for some awesome giveaway prizes, live music, and free food. Our BBQ will be fired up from 12 to 2 and we have live music scheduled from some excellent local musicians!

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Trick or Treat Downtown Red Deer

October 31st

Trick or Treat October 31st-

12-4 pm

Trick or Treat with your little one at your favorite businesses and stop by the Ross Street Pation for a photobooth!

Contact Carbon + Oak for location information.

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Rodeo on Ross

November 2nd, 3rd ,4th

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Celebration 6 Years Arts & Culture

November 4th

A + Art Gallery & unique collections

Celebration 6 Years Exhibition


Opening Reception

Date: Friday, November 4th

Time: Noon to 4 pm

FREE Event

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The Games of Love and Chance

November 10th to 27th

Prime stock Theater

@ Scott block theatre

November 10th to 27th.

Thursdays – Sundays 7 pm

PLUS 2 pm Matinees on Saturdays

Love must conquer clever disguises in this delightful comic masterpiece.

The Games of Love and Chance was originally written by Pierre de Marivaux at the height of opulence and extravagance during the reign of Louis XV in France. This playful and witty comedy has been newly translated and adapted by Artistic Director, Richard Beaune and this is it’s world premiere! Indulge in an evening (or afternoon) of love, laughter and decadent silliness as Red Deer’s only professional theatre company brings this sumptuous story of love and deception to life on stage.

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Starpainter w/ Curtis Phagoo at The Velvet Olive

The Velvet olive

Starpainter is a folk rock band from Lethbridge, Alberta. They wear their influences on their sleeves, showcasing strong songwriting and an affinity for gently psychedelic alt-country tones. The band has been growing a following on the strength of their debut full-length titled Bury Me By My Family (2020). Their imaginative, guitar-heavy live show is built on a foundation of prairie-born craftsmanship with a pop sensibility that defies their youth.

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Follow along with our NEW mural map, to enjoy the amazing murals that Downtown Red Deer has to offer!

Looking for a paper copy? Head to the Downtown Business Association office.

120, 5009 50 Ave.


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