Advisory Services

Prosperous business ventures don't just happen; they grow out of careful research and planning. Community Futures believes that entrepreneurs are key agents of diversification and sustainability – much-needed ingredients for maintaining rural prosperity. That's why we provide a range of programs and services that can help you get off to a great start.

We can help you with:

  • Access to small business seminars that will aid you in writing a business plan, marketing, cash flow and other topics
  • Improving your business plan for financing purposes
  • Creating realistic financial projections

For more information about what we do, or to set up an appointment, please contact us.

 

 

Business loans

Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin provides loans to new, existing, expanding or succession businesses which meet the following criteria.

Loan Eligibility Criteria / Terms

  • Loans available to sole proprietorship, partnerships, societies, corporations or cooperatives
  • Economic viability of the Business must be demonstrated
  • Adequate security and reasonable personal financial investment for the business venture

 

Submission Materials for Applications

Contact Uli Wittal to apply


 

 

   
   

 

 

 

Small Business Start-up

Self-employment Program

The Self Employment Program provides financial assistance to eligible applicants who want to start their own business or purchase an existing business, in which they have had no prior ownership.  The program provides income support, business plan development support, a variety of business skills development workshops, one-on-one mentoring, business counseling, collaboration with peers and experiential learning in hands-on workshops.

To get started:

For individuals who are Employment Insurance or Reachback eligible, you will require a referral from WorkBC to pursue the Self Employment Program.  Contact ​WorkBC, meet with an Employment Counselor and attend a Self Employment Orientation Session.  

This program provides financial support, business counselling and business training for up to 48 weeks while establishing your new business.

 

Williams Lake 

WorkBC Williams Lake

Ph: 250 398-5133
E-mail: centre-williamslake@workbc.ca

100 Mile House

WorkBC 100 Mile House

Phone: 250-395-5121 
Email: centre-100milehouse@workbc.ca

Bella Coola

WorkBC Bella Coola

Phone: 250-799-5743

Email: centre-bellacoola@workbc.ca

 

Click to Download our upcoming Business Planning Workshops 

Community Economic Development

For rural communities to compete in our fast changing world, they must adopt new and focused economic development strategies. Successful rural communities are those which identify, take stock of and access economic opportunities and then find unique ways to build upon what they already have.

Not only do resilient communities use their existing assets, they also look for new and efficient ways to produce and then market products or services to new customers – and nowadays they look to new global markets as well as local ones.

Our Community Futures plays a key role in working alongside other local and regional community leaders for the development of a sustainable future vision. 

 

Business succession

Succession Planning

We all know that the “baby boomers” are getting older and starting to retire – and some of them are small business owners. We call these individuals “Generation Exit” – a whole generation of business owners wanting to exit the small business world. Are you one of these people?

In 2016 it was estimated that more than 40% of small business owners planned to leave their businesses in the next five years, and more than 70% within the next ten years. Yet up to 71% of these business owners don't have a plan on how to exit their business. 

It is anticipated that over the next 20 years there will be many more businesses than there are owners and employees – resulting in the potential closure of many small businesses throughout Cariboo Chilcotin Region. This will have an impact on employment, economic output, business formation and the availability of services in our region.

We at Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin recognize the importance of succession planning – of the need for services and resources for business owners wanting to retire from their business.  

 For more information about the potential impacts of “Generation Exit” please contact us.

Community Futures and Venture Connect

Community Futures is taking a proactive approach to assist businesses owners that are wanting to sell their business. For more information please do not hesitate to call the office at  250-392-3626 or Toll free 1-888-879-5399 to speak with Larry Stranberg, Projects Manager.

For more information, please click here.

Community Futures Initiatives

Reports:

Audited Financial Statements are available upon request. Please contact us

4-H Youth Loans:

Community Futures provides support to members of the 4-H Program by up to $2,000 for the purchase of marketable livestock (beef, swine, and sheep). The projects must be within our service area approved by, and in good standing with a 4-H Organization. Cut-off for Loans is November 30th of each year. 

Contact keri-lynn@cfdccariboo.com for more information.

Community Economic Development:

For rural communities to compete in our fast changing world, they must adopt new and focused economic development strategies. Successful rural communities are those which identify, take stock of and access economic opportunities and then find unique ways to build upon what they already have.

Not only do resilient communities use their existing assets, they also look for new and efficient ways to produce and then market products or services to new customers; nowadays they look to new global markets as well as local ones.

Our Community Futures plays a key role in working alongside other local and regional community leaders for the development of a sustainable future vision. 

One-Stop business registration

If you are starting a new business, you can use the provincial government’s OneStop Business Registration service to register it. This service was developed by the BC government to make it easier to start a business in British Columbia.

One-Stop business registryThis service can be used by:

  • Sole Proprietorships
  • Corporations
  • Incorporated Societies
  • Partnership
  • Co-operatives
  • Associations

You can use this service to:

  • Instantly register your sole proprietorship or general partnership with the BC Corporate Registry (Note: This registration requires pre-approval of your business name)
  • Register as a vendor for the provincial sales tax with the BC Consumer Taxation Branch
  • Register as an employer with Work Safe BC
  • Apply for personal optional protection with Work Safe BC
  • Apply for a business number account with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency for GST, payroll deductions, corporate income tax, and import/export account.
  • Apply for one or more municipal business licences with participating municipalities

Click the link if OneStop Business Registration is for you!

 

Board Room 1

         

Board Room 2

  • Seats 20 people
  • 6,  4 x 4 Tables
  • Room Size 25’x 24’
  • $ 50 half day (up to 3 hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • $100 full day (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) 
  • WIFI and projector screen.

 

  • Seats 8 people
  • 1,  4 x 10 Table
  • Room Size 11’x 24’
  • There is no internet access in Board Room 2
  • $25 half day  (up to 3 hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • $ 50 full day (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • No WIFI

 

 


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