Advisory services

Entrepreneur in Residence

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.  

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.  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

Intake is ongoing so NOW is the right time to download your application, fill it out (extra pages allowed) and send it our way!  Contact us 

Local Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program

Local Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program (LEAP) is rolling out in the Oceanside region. Think of it as a boot camp for early-stage ventures. Using a lean start-up model, LEAP prepares small groups of entrepreneurs to launch new local businesses in their communities, through a curriculum focused on creating a viable business model. 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).

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!

New session staring this Fall 2019, Oceanside region. To get on the wait list, email 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, your resume or bio and your contact information here!  Application info here.

Prosperous business ventures don't just happen; they grow out of careful research and planning.

Community Futures believes that entrepreneurs are key agents of diversification and sustainability – much-needed ingredients for maintaining rural prosperity. That's why we provide a range of programs and services that can help you get off to a great start. Contact us to find out how we can help you with:

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Communities Served

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

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

T: 250.591.7499
T: 888.303.2232
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