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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.


Business tools
Business tools

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


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?


Our Community

See how we are helping your community grow!


Latest News


Small Business BC’S MYBIZDAY....Connecting entrepreneurs to the Province's leading tools and resources.

Join us on October 21, 2015 at Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo to discover resources and programs available to your small business.

This FREE full-day event includes a mix of educational workshops, interactive... Read more

We can match you with a buyer!

Tell us if your business is available for sale because - when the right opportunity comes along - we can match you with a buyer. Venture Connect knows it’s not good enough to buy any business; it’s about buying the right business for you. Venture Connect  services are designed to help you find the business that best suits you and your... Read more

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 8:00am to Friday, June 10, 2016 - 8:00am
Sales Masterminds are ready and they want you!
Cost: $299.00
A Community event

Sales Masterminds session

It's Okay to be in Sales! Each 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 8 bi-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 Leslie Sutton at Community Futures Central Island!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, December 31, 2015 (All day)
Calling all Manufacturing Businesses...We Want You!
Cost: FREE
A Community Futures event

We are looking for small and medium manufacturing business' to participate in a national "Literacy, Essential Skills and Business Performance of Enterprises" research project conducted by Community Futures offices across Canada.

The project is aimed at manufacturing business with 20-50 employees and the information you receive will be valuable during the hiring process, will be useful to  increase productivity and supply you with current  knowledge of the effect of improving the literacy and essential skills of your team.

The process is fully facilitated by us to make it as easy as possible. At the end of the  project, you'll receive full details from all 48 participating businesses which you can use as a benchmark when evaluating you progress against other manufacturers. 


Painted Turtle

Angie and Bruce Barnard

Written by Danielle Cunningham

In 2003, Angie and Bruce Barnard purchased the Painted Turtle Guesthouse, a European-style accommodation located in the heart of downtown Nanaimo. The couple devoted 11 years to the hotel/hostel, committing hard work and innovation to grow and develop the award-winning business that now serves local and international community members.

Seeking a place to settle and run a business that would... Read more

Bent Tree Wellness Centre

Adam and Jess Hartwell

Written by Danielle Cunningham

In August 2014, Bent Tree Wellness Centre opened its doors to provide holistic health education and assistance programs for patrons in downtown Nanaimo. Owners Adam and Jess Hartwell, and their team of 8 professionals offer services in massage therapy, yoga/meditation, floating, life coaching, workshops, and energy healing in an area untapped by advocates for health and wellness.A Community Futures... Read more

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Communities Served

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


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