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Community Futures Central Island's small business specialists are dedicated to taking the time to really understand your business ideas – and then rolling up their sleeves to help you make them happen.

We can help you apply for business loans, advise on your  business plan, understand your cash flow and access new markets. We have in-depth knowledge of the unique characteristics of this region's local and regional economies and active partnerships with business and community leaders, local government, educational institutions, other business lenders and not-for-profits. Contact us today to get your business dreams moving forward.

we have the career opportunity for you!
Business Development and Credit Officer
  • Do you want to live and work in an urban coastal community?
  • Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and are passionate about business development?
  • Are you outgoing; like networking and community engagement?
  • Do you possess analytical and problem solving skills?

Then we have the career opportunity for you!

Community Futures Central Island, located in Nanaimo BC is seeking a Business Development and Credit Officer.  Community Futures is BC’s most important small business development organization, paving the way for diversified local economies and job creation. We focus on rural development and providing business financing to local businesses. We have a wide variety of services and tools available to help entrepreneurs and small to medium business owners achieve their goals, including business support services, business planning advice and loans. Compared with other traditional source financing options, the businesses of Community Futures’ clients grow faster and last longer.

The primary focus of the Business Development and Credit Officer is to enable the organization to effectively meet the financial needs of a group of clients and prospects whose borrowing requirements are principally in the range of $5 thousand to $1 million. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the employee is responsible for managing the relationships with existing and potential clients.

To apply please email your resume to jobposting along with a cover letter outlining your motivation and the reasons why you feel you are the ideal candidate to join our team. 

Responsibilities:

  • Business Development/Marketing
  • Ensuring a positive Customer Experience
  • Credit Analysis, Presentation and Adjudication
  • Portfolio Management/Sustainability
  • Credit and Collections
  • Reporting and Relationships

Requirements:

Education

  • Diploma or degree, preferably in economic development, business administration or marketing.
  • Small business experience a strong asset
  • Experience in commercial/small business banking an asset

Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in economic development, marketing or finance
  • Volunteer experience
  • Proposal writing experience
  • Working in a micro team environment where multitasking and cross functional teamwork are essential.

Personal Competencies:

  • Strong risk assessment skills
  • Proven marketing/business development skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal (public speaking) and written
  • Solid organizational skills with an attention to detail
  • Ability to take leadership roles and responsibilities
  • Strong coaching and advisory skills with an emphasis on active listening and appreciative inquiry

Job Type:

  • Full-time, with benefits. Compensation to be determined based on education, expertise and experience.
  • For more information, please see the job description link here.  
  • Only successful candidates will be contacted. 
Jolynn Green
Executive Director

My favourite quote is actually a song lyric: “I get by with a little help from my friends."  (The Beatles, 1967). I do believe that the relationships we build over the years are worth gold. They support us, they engage us in healthy debate and they make us accountable.

The most interesting job I have had was as a waitress the summer after high school.  I discovered that I was not cut out to be a waitress and decided to continue my education. The experience gave me the incentive to move on. It allowed me to align my values with my strengths and my life goals. During the years I was self employed, I learned to be aware of my intentions as a business owner. It was not my business to run as I pleased, I was there to help my customer ... taking care of every customer was my livelihood!

One major expertise I bring to Community Futures is the ability to understand and provide change management advice. I appreciate systems thinking: working through a problem to find the best solution. I enjoy facilitating strategic planning and focus group sessions.

One of my life’s goals is to retire financially secure so that I can experience culinary travel. I love great wine, good food and traveling, so it is the best way to experience all three together.

It is hard to pick just one favourite book, but if I had to it would be “The Book of Negroes” (Hill) which I read while on a vacation. I could not put it down. It was a riveting historical fiction account of the life of a young African girl, through the American Revolution, to her senior years. Another favourite book is “Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most” (Stone, Patton, Heen). This book provided me with the skills to look for the underlying structure of every difficult conversation and find the tools to approach those conversations with less stress and more success.

Wanda Zink
Loans/Office Administrator

My most interesting occupation was Co-Manager of the Self Employment Program (maternity leave relief).  The main duties included liaising with HRSDC concerning contract issues, budgeting and supervision of staff.  I did my best to find creative ways in dealing with clients’ issues and treated them all as my customer as our program success depended on the success of each business.

An amusing story from my life happened back in the 1980’s. Don McMillan, our General Manager at the time, had the brainchild of starting a mixed league ball team and all the staff and several Board members and community partners joined.  We became the mighty “Masterbatters”! Until the year the printer left out one of the ‘T’s on our team shirts.

One thing I have learned about running in business is attention to detail is key. As a hobby, my husband and I run a small bed and breakfast on our property.  We want our guests to have a memorable stay and come back again and remembering the small stuff brings them back. Off the top of my head … one piece of advice I would give is, “when you’re having a bad day, don’t pass it on to your customers.” In business, one only has one chance to make a good first impression.

Growing up, I always wanted a horse; I got piano lessons instead!  I’ve had my own horse for many years now and although I don’t ride as often as I used to, horses remain my passion—just being around them is like a tonic. And as horses don’t come cheap, my life’s goal is “Freedom 95.”   It's not too hard to pick my favourite book. I really enjoyed Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand, the true story of the little horse that  did!.  I consider the fact that I have been with Community Futures for 34 years -  and they haven’t fired me yet - to be my greatest achievement! 

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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

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