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
Business loans

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

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Business tools
Business tools

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

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Business Links
tools and resources for a better business

We connect you with the information you need to succeed.

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Client Accomplishments
Painted Turtle success story

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

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Business succession
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

Have Your Say - Self-Employment Survey

You are invited to participate in the Self-Employment Survey - Community Futures Central Vancouver Island 2016.

The survey results provide important information, which helps form our strategy development and enables us to make appropriate adjustments to our service delivery efforts. 

If you complete the survey by Feb 7, 2016 you'... Read more

E-Series in Vancouver April 6 –8, 2016

The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) will be hosting their 3-day entrepreneurial educational program, E-Series in Vancouver April 6 –8, 2016. This comprehensive program is for women entrepreneurs across Canada who want to take... Read more

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 8:00am to Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 8:00am
Sales Masterminds is coming to Qualicum Beach!
Cost: $299.00
A Community event

It's Okay to be in Sales! Each Sales Mastermind session is a perfect opportunity to refresh your selling skills ... skills you use every time you need to "sell".  Think proposals, oil changes, fund-raising, organizational sales teams, grants, art – you name it!

"I have taken this course and can fully endorse it. The tips and strategies I gained have been valuable, but more importantly, the relationships I gained with the others in the group. I can highly recommend it." Dirk Heydemann, CEO HA Photography

During the weekly sessions, the group and facilitator will have 90 minutes to discuss topics like Unique Value Proposition, Features vs Benefits,Whales vs Minnows, Sales Cycle, Closing a Sale, Selling Mind Set, Most Common Objectives...and more! 

Mastermind graduates will leave with an:

  • Increased understanding of the sales techniques
  • Increased comfort during the sales process
  • Increased ability to solve common client /decision maker's problems/objections
  • Increased enthusiasm and commitment to sales
  • Increased ability to close more sales
  • A new network with other like-minded business owners, sales associates and professionals 
  • Increased sales (previous participants have mentioned up to 35% increase in sales)
  • One year access to Small Business Solver- an online resource packed with small business training, advice, webinars and interactive tools.

What are you waiting for?  Contact Evelyn  at Qualicum Chamber of Commerce

CLIENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Fast Time Grand Prix

Doug McLean and Norm Spann

Written by Danielle Cunningham

Fast Time Grand Prix outdoor NASkart experience celebrates its 2nd season of operation this spring. Doug McLean and Norm Spann’s dream race track took 7 years to plan, and 75 days to build, with persistence and the support of Community Futures Central Island. The two former Saratoga racers’ dreams materialized last June when a scale model took shape as a 35-turn road course with 1,600 feet of outdoor... Read more

Great Performances Business Consulting

Clemens Rettich

Written by Danielle Cunningham

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 Great Performances Group involves the investment of time towards the growth and development of other businesses; in 2012, however, Clemens devoted resources into his own expansion through the... Read more

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Communities Served

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