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.


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

Business Expo

Visit the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Thursday, October 22, 2015 between 1 pm to 5 pm and see a few of the unique business out there. Expand your business... Read more


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

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 8:00am to Thursday, April 7, 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 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!


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

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


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