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Professional office space for lease!

Home office getting a bit cramped? 

Community Futures Central Vancouver Island has 2 professional office spaces for lease, in the Old City Quarter.

Newly renovated, all inclusive, ground level, accessible entry and unfurnished at present. WIFI, mailbox, parking spot and shared reception provided. ]

Contact 250.591.7499 for full details.

Opportunity for Creative Entrepreneurs.

Are you, or someone you know, a creative entrepreneur that would benefit from taking part in my doctoral research?

The purpose of my research is to learn how creative entrepreneurs can master their passion to design better entrepreneurial programs to support long-term success.
Specifically, I'm looking for people who are: Creative entrepreneurs (self-identified);  Beyond the startup phase; Ready to get serious about commercializing their business; Available and willing to commit fully to the coaching sessions; Island-based (or able to be part of a virtual group of 3)

Fiona Robinson
Doctorate of Social Sciences Candidate, Royal Roads University
250-667-3496 Nanaimo Make It To Market


David Mailloux - Volunteer of the Year

In April, Volunteer Canada and Community Futures celebrate Canada’s 12 million volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

This year marks the 14th year Volunteer Canada has delivered the campaign in partnership with Investors Group, a longstanding supporter of National Volunteer Week.

The Community Futures Central Island's Volunteer of the Year for 2017 is David Mailloux.  Community Futures relies on volunteers such as David and recognizes the dedication and business acumen he brings to the table.

“David’s background in marketing and tourism as well as his linkage to the Port Authority keeps us abreast of local initiatives involving these sectors. “He has been a positive influence and keen asset to the organization. Most importantly his progressive outlook and sense of humour are true assets to our organization” states Ed Poli, Chair.

Mailloux is currently Vice Chair of our volunteer board of directors and Chair of our Marketing Committee. His volunteer commitments include BC Ocean Boating Tourism Association, the Nanaimo Tourism Leadership Committee and Canada 150.

David Mailloux took over the position of Manager, Communications & Public Affairs – Nanaimo Port Authority in 2014, his most Interesting occupation to date. “I am learning that one never stops learning when working in Communications,” states Mailloux.  He understands, especially with small businesses, saying “what if” creates possibilities.  Passion is a core ingredient for achieving success and happiness in business and in life.

Community Futures provides business loans and advice that is tailored to the needs of individual small and medium sized business.  Community Futures is a non-profit, small business development organization – based in the community and for the community. Our wide variety of business loans and tools are designed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners achieve their goals. We provide financing alternatives to small and medium enterprises when access to credit is a challenge to start or grow their business. 


Hire For Talent

According to a study by Statistics Canada in 2015, 55% of 2.3 million Canadians with disabilities aged 25-64 are unemployed.

A recent study by Guelph University found that unemployment rates are twice as high among graduates with disabilities and that those who attain employment earn $4,000 to $6,000 less per year than their peers without disabilities.

As explained by the project’s coordinator, Jean-Guy Levesque, this project is very important for Canada’s labour market: “We need to recognize that individuals with disabilities bring a variety of skills and abilities to the workforce. By creating employer awareness we can help reduce some of the barriers these individuals face when seeking employment. And at the same time, the project will help small and medium-sized businesses by encouraging economic growth.”

The main output of the Hire for Talent project will be a pan-Canadian employer awareness campaign in both official languages. Awareness strategies and informative coaching tools will be developed and hosted on a Web-based Tool Kit. This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.

Start it!

Top 10 Reasons to Write a Business Plan 

There are many reasons why a business plan should be prepared. Regardless of  the specific reason, the underlying goal of preparing a business plan is to ensure  the success of the business. Here are the main reasons why a business plan  should be prepared. Are you ready to ask "what if?"  Read more here in our latest newsletter.

  1.  It provides you with the road map that you need in order to run your business. It allows you to make detours, change directions and alter the pace that you set in starting or running the business.
  2.  It assists in financing. Whether you are starting up a small business or are an established entrepreneur, banks and other financial institutions want to see that you know where you are, where you are going and how you are going to get there.
Do It! - January newsletter!

January is as good a time as any to go over your  past year's business indicators and determine what's working and what's not in your business and the industry. It's also  a  good time to get out there and network with other business owners to find out what's working for them, learn more about the current trends and to pass around a few business cards.

Strategic planning is critical to business success and involves vision, mission and outside-of-the-box thinking. It's where you describe where you want your company to go, not necessarily how you're going to get there. However, like all other "travel plans," without knowing where you want to go, creating details on how to arrive are meaningless. Take the time to define the "where" that your company is heading.

We understand your business and your community. As a non profit organization that has been around for over 30 years, Community Futures - like most businesses - have grown, shrunk, bought and sold buildings, relocated and more. We have had to hone in on our niche market and  define our "where" each year.

Let's talk about your plan.

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Creative Marketing Ideas for the Small Business

If you’re a small business or new startup, you don’t have money to waste on expensive advertising like your bigger competitors can. To compete on the same level but with a smaller budget, you have to market smarter.

Start by brainstorming with your business partners and connections to come up with several cheap outside-the-box marketing tricks.  Then, if you’re really feeling stumped for ideas, consider these

1. Create relevant content on your website. Blog categories or an on-site article directory are excellent for this.  Fresh and helpful content helps engage readers, build valuable links, attract leads and convert them to new sales.

2. Publish articles in trade or local magazines. Most people think published work is more valuable than a simple blog post, and articles cost less than advertising in the same magazine.

More ideas - 60+Creative Marketing Ideas here

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 the comfort of your office.

Join in the webinar conversations on everything from  Digital Marketing to Tax Sense to Website Starter, and more. Full details here!

Help us spread the the word! #smallbusinessbc


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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
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