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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

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


Business tools

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


Business Links

We connect you with the information you need to succeed.

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Client Accomplishments

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

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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

7 Reasons Your Small Business or Freelancing Career Isn't Making Enough Money

Cash flow problems? It's probably due to one of these reasons.

What if you have sales and are still not making enough money? Here's another comment I received:

I left corporate work in 2013 and created my solo consultancy. I have *not* reached my corporate salary (not even close) and while I’ve been incredibly... Read more

Understanding Cash Flow is King

A healthy cash flow is the lifeblood of any small business, and knowing how to manage the businesses cash can be the difference between success and failure.

The often quoted phrase, ‘Revenue is vanity, profit is sanity but cash is reality” certainly says it all in 10 words. Having ample cash on hand will ensure that suppliers,... Read more

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Wellness in the Workplace
Client event

Carbon Safety Solutions Ltd. is organizing a Wellness in the Workplace event in Nanaimo on May 30th.

Join Carbon Safety Solutions at the Grand Hotel in Nanaimo on May 30th 2019 for a half day event looking at some key aspects of wellness in the workplace, it’s relationship to health and safety, and how wellness can affect work, and in turn how work can affect wellness. There will be a number of speakers who can provide insights, examples, and resources to help create a work environment that supports employee’s well being, and in turn creates benefits for the organization as well.

The event is aimed at providing human resources, and safety practitioners, as well as supervisors, managers, and business owners support in assessing and developing opportunities to improve wellness in the workplace.After the speakers have wrapped up, a light lunch will be provided while both speakers and attendees have an opportunity to network, and discuss highlights, questions, comments, and observations that have come up during the event.

Find out more here ➡️➡️➡️ and on their Facebook page

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Fast Time Grand Prix

Doug McLean and Norm Spann

“Community Futures has been an instrumental part of the business.” When resources were tapped, the duo reached out to Community Futures Central Island for financial assistance, where Keith Orieux acted as a coach and a mentor in the early stages of the business and its proposal. “Their team saw the vision we saw for the business.”

Fast Time Grand Prix outdoor NASkart experience celebrates its 2nd season of operation this... Read more

Sockeye Technologies Inc

Charles Hamer

“Community Futures acted as a launch pad for the project,” Charles says. “Their loan helped to inject capital into the business during its early stages.”


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... Read more

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Communities Served

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

T: 250.591.7499
T: 888.303.2232
T: 877.585.5385