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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

Pathway to a Successful Business Sale 

Your business could be your single most important financial asset. You have led its development and growth, with patience and care.  Now that the time has come to consider selling it, patience and care are even more vital. 

Stage 1: Plan

Give yourself time. On average it takes close to 2 years for a business to sell. While... Read more


During the unveiling of Budget 2019, The Government of Canada announced the Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF), a national program geared toward supporting communities across our country as they create, improve or enhance tourism products, facilities and experiences.

How it Works

The Canadian Experiences Fund is delivered in British... Read more

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:00pm to Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 1:15pm
So You Want to be an Entrepreneur
Cost: FREE
A Community Futures event

EDP is excited to be hosting the FREE webinar So You Want to be an Entrepreneur” on July 3rd. Facilitated by Alpana Sharma, the webinar will provide an overview of what it takes to be an entrepreneur, how to evaluate business ideas, the steps for successful business planning, and some of the other resources and tools that are out there for entrepreneurs.

It is going to be a very informative session for any entrepreneur and is NOT just for EDP clients. It would be great if your offices could help us spread the news about this webinar via eblasts, social media, word-of-mouth, etc. Register at the following link:


Catalyst Home Staging and Design

Jean Geldert

“I am so appreciative of Community Futures for their faith and help to allow me to fulfill my ambition of opening my company. I am so fortunate that I get to do what I love, and the support of Community Futures really helped me achieve that,” says Geldert.

Jean Geldert opened Catalyst Home Staging and Design, in Parksville, in the fall of 2014. A certified home staging and design company, they provide “affordable style” so... Read more

Painted Turtle

Angie and Bruce Barnard

"Since start-up loans for small tourism business are unavailable from traditional banks, we sought and received funding from Community Futures of Central Island to get the operation up and running."

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... 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