Growing communities one idea at a time.
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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.

Business loans

You may be eligible for a loan to buy, expand or establish a business.

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Business tools

Find what you need to write a business plan or apply for a loan.

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Business Links

We connect you with the information you need to succeed.

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Client Accomplishments

See what other entrepreneurs have done with the help of Community Futures Central Island.

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Business succession

Are you a retiring business owner? Do you have a plan?

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Our Community

See how we are helping your community grow!

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Latest News

The Export Navigator Program extended

The Export Navigator Program has officially been extended for an additional six months!

We are continually working to improve this pilot program for our clients and are developing resources to help improve you and your community’s exporting knowledge. During Small Business Week, October 16-20, we will be hosting another edition of... Read more

Proposed changes: Tax planning using private corporations

On July 18, 2017 the Department of Finance released a consultation paper, Tax Planning Using Private Corporations, targeting the following three tax planning strategies involving the use of private corporations:

  •  Income sprinkling using private corporations,
  •  Holding a passive investment portfolio inside a private... Read more

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 3, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, January 6, 2018 (All day)
Entrepreneur in Residence Program
Cost: $150
A Community Futures event

Get small business help from Community Futures Central Island’s new Entrepreneur in Residence program.

Are you looking to start a business and have questions that you need help with?
Have you recently started a new business and now need some guidance or help with things that have you scratching your head?
Are you already in business and wonder how to increase your 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 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!

Full details and application here.

CLIENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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

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

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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