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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

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. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
It's our 30th Anniversary and we're celebrating!
A Community event

"One of our original mandates was to create employment through self-employment in turn diversifying local, often single industry, communities,” says Jolynn Green, Executive Director of Community Futures Central Vancouver Island. “To be celebrating 30 years of helping entrepreneurs through business exploration, start up, expansion, and succession, is incredibly exciting.” Community Futures Central Island is celebrating its 30th Anniversary on Sept 17, 2015 from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm at the Port Theatre lobby. For more information or to RSVP please contact

  • No Host bar
  • catered appies
  • client showcases
  • photo booth
  • cake and balloons, of course!



Sockeye Technologies Inc

Charles Hamer

Written by Danielle Cunningham

Launched in March 2014, Sockeye Technologies (SockTech) is a company that provides enterprises around the globe with a software program that assists with maintenance and labour supply. Since the business’ inception, Chief Executive Officer, Charles Hamer and Founder, Stephen Bisanz and their team of 8 professionals have extended their services to 12 multi-national organizations with numerous sites,... Read more

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

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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