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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

October is Small Business Month

For the month of October all Small Business BC workshops and their counseling services are free to BC Small Business owners. Now is the time to build your business, work on your business, for free, from... Read more

Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2016

The Business Expo is an opportunity for you to interact face-to-face with clients and businesses in order to develop solid and long-term relationships. In 2015, 100+ businesses showcased their services and... Read more

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am to Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 5:00pm
14th Annual Small Business BC Awards
Cost: free
A Small Business BC event

The 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards Contest Period is Now Open!

Nominate and vote for your favourite BC small business today! Full details here!

Mark Your Calendar

October 1, 2016: Nominations and Voting Open

November 30, 2016: Nominations and Voting Close

February 23, 2017: Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
MyBizDay Vancouver Island
Cost: FREE
A Small Business BC event

Small Business BC and TD Bank Group is presenting an exciting event series happening throughout Small Business Month in October, and November – the 2nd Annual MyBizDay Series happening on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Victoria, BC.

MyBizDay Vancouver Island is a full-day education event featuring workshops, exhibits and networking for small business owners and entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their business.

This event happens on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Victoria Conference Centre (720 Douglas St.) in Victoria, BC and includes these presentations:

• Market Research: Find Data That Works for You – Presented by Small Business BC • Financing and Start-Up Money – Presented by TD Bank Group • Protecting Your Small Business – Presented by TruShield Insurance • Introduction to TaxSense for Your Business – Presented by Loren, Nancke & Company, CPAs • Getting Your Business Ahead in International Trade – Presented by UPS • Maximize Your Digital Presence and Reach More Customers – Presented by Yellow Pages

The public and small business community is encouraged to join Small Business BC on the MyBizDay tour.For more information or to register, visit  Admission is FREE.



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

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

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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
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