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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.


Business tools

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


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?


Our Community

See how we are helping your community grow!


Latest News

Our Newest Committee Member Helping Others

He's at it again! One of our newest committee members, Slava from 4th Street Panago Pizza donated $1000, pizza coupons AND pizza for all the kids at Fresh Start: Back to school event . 

The annual Fresh Start... Read more

Volunteer of the Year

We are excited to announce Ed Poli as the Community Futures Central Island's Volunteer of the Year for 2019. CFCI relies on community business leaders to volunteer and represent our region's communities and economic sector... Read more

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Orientation to Finance Wednesdays
Cost: FREE
A Community Futures event

Thinking of starting, growing or selling a small to medium sized business? Join Kelly McBride, our Business Development and Credit Office and other entrepreneurs at our office #14-327 Prideaux St, Nanaimo on Wednesdays. 

Kelly will  chat about how Community Futures supports small to medium sized business, explain  the steps to a business loan and go over what you need for a successful loan application.   

Email Brenda  for full details and to reserve a seat.  

Together, let's make business happen!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Business After Business
Cost: FREE
A Community event

Community Futures Central island invites you to our Business-After-Business networking mixer on Oct 29th, 5:00p m - 7:00 pm. This is your opportunity to enjoy an appy or two and chat with other business owners and representatives.

Questions? Email Brenda  See you then!


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

T: 250.591.7499
T: 888.303.2232
T: 877.585.5385