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Welcome to Community Futures Central Island. Since 1992 we have been helping grow Central Island Region's economy by providing small business loans, expert advice and a wide range of tools and resources.

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Local Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program-Oceanside!

Local Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program - OceansideThis eight-week accelerator program is for aspiring business owners in the Oceanside area who are willing to commit to eight 3 hour sessions (plus business development time).... Read more

Entrepreneur In Residence has the answers!

Have a few questions on how to go forward? If so, you are a perfect... Read more

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 7, 2018 (All day) to Wednesday, January 30, 2019 (All day)
Local Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program
A Community event

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 30, 2019  (Program start date: Mid-February)

A successful applicant is not someone with the perfect business idea, but rather someone who is aware of a meaningful problem in their community, and has an idea for a business which could solve the problem. This program is for people who are passionate, action-oriented and committed to seeing their idea through. You do not have to have experience; you just need an entrepreneurial spirit. What's that? Some comfort with risk, a dollop of creativity and a whole lot of tenacity.
This eight-week accelerator program is for aspiring business owners in the Oceanside area who are willing to commit to eight 3 hour sessions (plus business development time). Registration cost is only $100 per participant as the funding partners have underwritten the costs of this program for 12 promising entrepreneurial leaders. ($2,000 value).

Send us a brief description of your business or start-up idea along with an explanation of what social, environmental or economic issues your business may address, along with a resume or bio and contact info HERE.
For information call 250-591-7499 and download pdf info document here

Thursday, January 31, 2019 (All day) to Tuesday, December 31, 2019 (All day)
Entrepreneur in Residence Program
Cost: $175 or $300
A Community event

Get small business help from Community Futures Central Island’s Entrepreneur in Residence Business Coaching program. CONTINUOUS  INTAKE. 6 sessions $175 ($750 value); 12 sessions $300 ($1500 value).  Full details and application here.

As a participant in the Entrepreneur In Residence Program through Community Futures in Nanaimo, I can’t express enough the gratitude I have for the opportunity to be involved with and receive guidance from the program.  My first meeting which was really intended to be a meet and greet “get to know you” meeting, quickly evolved into a “lets get rolling” meeting. We went over my business history, structure, industry, my business challenges that I feel I needed guidance with, and my goals.  I left the meeting inspired and many great  tools and “I never thought of that” notes  that I am implementing already. Most importantly at this stage, some clarity in redefining my companies’ value proposition. My industry has changed greatly in the last 5 years with respect to how client expectations, competing businesses, and how attaining new  business is done in genera.  I know the tools and mentorship provided by the  Entrepreneur In Residence Program will be invaluable in helping me renew my clarity, unique business value focus, and create sharper strategies for new client generation and profitability. Neil ~ Insight Studios Inc

Are you looking to start a business and have questions? Do you wonder how to increase sales or profit margins? Are you looking to expand or grow your business but are unsure if it is the right time? If so, you are a perfect candidate for the Entrepreneur in Residence Business Coaching program. The purpose of the Entrepreneur in Residence program is to allow prospective entrepreneurs and current business owners in the Central Vancouver Island region access to invaluable advice from a successful entrepreneur.  The Entrepreneur in Residence will provide counsel, offer advice and discuss business best practices. And, best of all,  they will work with you on your schedule with mutually agreed upon appointments.  Work on your business; get small business help.  The perfect solution, now!

 

CLIENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Fast Time Grand Prix

Doug McLean and Norm Spann

“Community Futures has been an instrumental part of the business.” When resources were tapped, the duo reached out to Community Futures Central Island for financial assistance, where Keith Orieux acted as a coach and a mentor in the early stages of the business and its proposal. “Their team saw the vision we saw for the business.”

Fast Time Grand Prix outdoor NASkart experience celebrates its 2nd season of operation this... Read more

Great Performances Business Consulting

Clemens Rettich

“If you do it intelligently, there are ways of leveraging resources to create business opportunities. Sometimes raising the capital to do those things is the hardest part, and that’s where Community Futures comes in.”

For the last 10 years, Clemens Rettich and his team of qualified business advisors have delivered coaching and advising services to business owners and communities, island and province-wide. Clemens’ practice at... Read more

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Communities Served

Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Gabriola Island, Lantzville, Nanoose, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Bowser, French Creek, Lasqueti Island

CONTACT US

Community Futures Central Island
#14 - 327 Prideaux Street
Nanaimo, BC
V9R 2N4

T: 250.591.7499
T: 888.303.2232
T: 877.585.5385
F: 250.591.7498