What we do
At Community Futures, we work for you. Our Nanaimo office assists entrepreneurs throughout central Vancouver Island ... from Ladysmith to Bowser and Whiskey Creek, Gabriola and Lesquiti Island. We "lend a hand" to support your small business as it grows to its full potential. Your success is our success!
We specialize in small business loans with customized re-payment schedules. We can fill the financial gap, leverage funds that will take an idea from rocky to possible. Our loan packages can help you when you're ready to start a business, when it's time to expand your business, and help with a smooth exit from your business. Is it time to get started? Then it's time to explore our services page for more details.
We work in partnership with other business lenders, educational institutions, not-for-profits and community governments to grow and diversify our local economy. We are completely focused on the needs of our clients, our local businesses, and our area’s economy.
Our Community Futures office is a non-profit organization guided by a volunteer Board of Directors and staffed with business professionals. We work with community partners to help foster entrepreneurship and economic development in our region. Community Futures is funded in western Canada by Western Economic Diversification Canada.
Our Community Futures office provides services and program supports to rural small and medium-sized business owners and entrepreneurs. Our services include:
- Business plan critiquing and coaching
- Small business training
- One-on-one start-up or expansion consulting
- Support in gaining access to other small business supports, information, and access to capital
Community Futures are developmental lenders. That means we work in collaboration with, not in competition to, conventional lenders like banks and credit unions. For over 25 years we have successfully helped local entrepreneurs get financing to:
- Start or expand a business
- Apply new technology to a business
- Upgrade a business' facilities and/or equipment
- Develop new products and services
- Access new markets
- Expand into the global marketplace
In addition to these client services, we offer facility rentals to local groups and businesses, as well as state-of-the-art video conferencing technology for use in training sessions, conferences and business meetings.