“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.”

 

"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 to grow and develop the award-winning business that now serves local and international community members.

“If you do it intelligently, there are ways of leveraging resources to create business opportunities. Sometimes raising the capital to do those things is the hardest part, and that’s where Community Futures comes in.”

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