What is a Community Futures?
"Having spent the last year as Chair of Community Futures British Columbia, I am deeply impressed with the commitment of both staff and volunteers in the program. Finding solutions to community challenges, building relationships to support community development and acting as facilitators, community developers and capacit builders, those involved in the Community Futures program are ensuring that rural British Columbia remains a vibrant place to live and a thriving place to do business."
Former Chair of Community Futures Development Association
Community Futures organizations are independent, locally run and guided by volunteer boards. They actively support community-based economic development with a range of products and services aimed at creating diverse, sustainable rural communities.
Community Futures Stuart Nechako serves the following communities:
Community Futures are:
- non-profit organizations guided by a volunteer board of directors and staffed with business professionals, who together are actively engaged in helping to develop and implement community-based economic development strategies;
- user-friendly business development centres that control and manage investment funds from which they make fully repayable loans up to $150,000 to community members who are interested in starting or expanding their businesses;
- entrepreneurial development centres that provide one-on-one business training to assist individuals who are interested in self-employment or in expanding their businesses; and
- proactive, progressive thinking, community organizations dedicated to strengthening both their community’s entrepreneurs and their community’s economy as a whole.
Community Futures Stuart Nechako
Community Futures Stuart Nechako (CFSN) began operations in 1994 (formerly known as Community Futures Development Corporation of Stuart Nechako) as an independent, non-profit organization.
Through the Community Economic Development process we work closely with communities to explore new means of economic diversification, business development, and project realization.
The Community Futures Business Development Program provides counselling and workshops in areas such as business plan development, marketing, bookkeeping and business finance to help new and existing entrepreneurs improve their business skills.
In addition, through our Business Loans Program, we help clients locate both traditional and non-traditional financing and provide non-monetary assistance to develop new businesses or improve existing businesses.