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Interested in participating as an entrepreneur or mentor?  Find out what SMARTstart is about – attend one of these information sessions:

August 28 – 12:10pm OR  6:30pm  (Community Futures West Yellowhead Office)

September 4 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Hinton Information Fair @ Hinton Centre)

September 10 – 6:30pm (Community Futures West Yellowhead Office)

September 11 – 12:10pm (Community Futures West Yellowhead Office)

Community Futures West Yellowhead is located at 221 Pembina Avenue, Hinton AB



Applications to the program will open May 15.

Deadline:  September 16, 2019

Cost:  $299

Wondering if you’re eligible? Read more.

Entrepreneur Application Form


Interested in mentoring? SMARTstart requires enthusiastic and experienced business owners each year. Many of our mentors return year after year.  Please see the timeline below for an idea of what goes on in the program.  Please note that all dates may not be applicable for mentors.

Wondering if you’re eligible? Read more.

Mentor Application Form


If you have questions about SMARTstart Hinton, please contact us.


Applications Open May 15, 2019
Information Sessions May – September 2019
Application Deadline September 16, 2019
Selection Process September 2019
Applicants Notified September 24, 2019
Orientation Session


September 25, 2019
October 2, 2019
Program Launch October 16, 2019
In-Person Seminars October 2019 – May 2020
Online Learning November 2019 – April 2020
Draft Plan Submitted January 27, 2020
Second Draft Plan Submitted April 7, 2020
Final Plan Submitted May 12, 2020
Program Ends May 2020
Celebration Event June 3, 2020