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Community Futures Central Island's small business specialists are dedicated to taking the time to really understand your business ideas – and then rolling up their sleeves to help you make them happen.

We can help you apply for business loans, advise on your  business plan, understand your cash flow and access new markets. We have in-depth knowledge of the unique characteristics of this region's local and regional economies and active partnerships with business and community leaders, local government, educational institutions, other business lenders and not-for-profits. Contact us today to get your business dreams moving forward.

Jolynn Green
Executive Director

My favourite quote is actually a song lyric: “I get by with a little help from my friends."  (The Beatles, 1967). I do believe that the relationships we build over the years are worth gold. They support us, they engage us in healthy debate and they make us accountable.

The most interesting job I have had was as a waitress the summer after high school.  I discovered that I was not cut out to be a waitress and decided to continue my education. The experience gave me the incentive to move on. It allowed me to align my values with my strengths and my life goals. During the years I was self employed, I learned to be aware of my intentions as a business owner. It was not my business to run as I pleased, I was there to help my customer ... taking care of every customer was my livelihood!

One major expertise I bring to Community Futures is the ability to understand and provide change management advice. I appreciate systems thinking: working through a problem to find the best solution. I enjoy facilitating strategic planning and focus group sessions.

One of my life’s goals is to retire financially secure so that I can experience culinary travel. I love great wine, good food and traveling, so it is the best way to experience all three together.

It is hard to pick just one favourite book, but if I had to it would be “The Book of Negroes” (Hill) which I read while on a vacation. I could not put it down. It was a riveting historical fiction account of the life of a young African girl, through the American Revolution, to her senior years. Another favourite book is “Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most” (Stone, Patton, Heen). This book provided me with the skills to look for the underlying structure of every difficult conversation and find the tools to approach those conversations with less stress and more success.

Wanda Zink
Loans/Office Administrator

My most interesting occupation was Co-Manager of the Self Employment Program (maternity leave relief).  The main duties included liaising with HRSDC concerning contract issues, budgeting and supervision of staff.  I did my best to find creative ways in dealing with clients’ issues and treated them all as my customer as our program success depended on the success of each business.

An amusing story from my life happened back in the 1980’s. Don McMillan, our General Manager at the time, had the brainchild of starting a mixed league ball team and all the staff and several Board members and community partners joined.  We became the mighty “Masterbatters”! Until the year the printer left out one of the ‘T’s on our team shirts.

One thing I have learned about running in business is attention to detail is key. As a hobby, my husband and I run a small bed and breakfast on our property.  We want our guests to have a memorable stay and come back again and remembering the small stuff brings them back. Off the top of my head … one piece of advice I would give is, “when you’re having a bad day, don’t pass it on to your customers.” In business, one only has one chance to make a good first impression.

Growing up, I always wanted a horse; I got piano lessons instead!  I’ve had my own horse for many years now and although I don’t ride as often as I used to, horses remain my passion—just being around them is like a tonic. And as horses don’t come cheap, my life’s goal is “Freedom 95.”   It's not too hard to pick my favourite book. I really enjoyed Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand, the true story of the little horse that  did!.  I consider the fact that I have been with Community Futures for 34 years -  and they haven’t fired me yet - to be my greatest achievement! 

Michael Granholm
Business Analyst

I grew up in Ancaster, Ontario and have been here in Nanaimo on beautiful Vancouver Island for about 5 years now.  My wife and I had never been on the West Coast before we moved here, but had researched a lot about what Nanaimo and Vancouver Island had to offer before we took the plunge to move ‘out West’.  We felt (and still strongly feel) that Nanaimo was a growing community in one of the most beautiful parts of Canada.  It is ripe with opportunity and constantly developing, while maintaining a very strong quality of life for its residents. 

One of the most interesting jobs I have held was while I was still attending Ryerson University. The job was a valet driver for Northern Valet Services.  I had the opportunity to meet/shake hands with some celebrities and well-known public figures, but more importantly, got to drive their rare, expensive cars.  I’m not sure how many university students get an opportunity to drive a Ferrari, so as a car lover I can’t help but cherish those moments.  My favourite meet and greet was with Michael Landsberg of “Off the Record” on TSN – overall, a really great guy.

The biggest piece of advice I would give to a new business owner is that the beginning is the most important part of the work.  Solid preparation will allow for many “wrinkles” in a business plan to be ironed out before the beginning of operations.  This part of the process can be a lot of work.  However, it helps business owners to see the “big picture”, which is crucial in ensuring that all details are accounted for in order to have the most successful operation possible.

Outside of work I enjoy being active in a number of sports including hockey, baseball, and golf.  I enjoy spending time with my beautiful wife and with my German Shepherd.  If I’m not doing one of those things you will find me in the wind on my motorcycle enjoying the amazing local climate.

 

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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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