Small Business Start-up Programs


Self-employment Program

Participants in the Self-Employment Program receive business training and access to financial assistance while gettng their new business up and running. 

To qualify for the Self-Employment Program, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Unemployed or precariously employed AND;
  • Currently receiving OR; Have received EI Benefits in the past year (called a Reachback EI Client or Former EI Claimant) OR;
  • Has earned more than $2,000 in insurable earning and paid EI employee premiums on those earnings in at least 5 of the last 10 years (Note: The 5 years do not have to be consecutive years) OR;
  • BCEA Clients with a Persons with Disabilities Designation or Person with Persistent Multiple Barreir status, OR;
  • General Clients with a disability who have had their disability confirmed through a Disability Related Employment needs assessment.  

The first step is to make an appointment with a Case Manager at one of the following WorkBC Employment Services Centers to verify eligibility:
Williams Lake 

WorkBC Williams Lake

Ph: 250 398-5133
E-mail: centre-williamslake [at] workbc [dot] ca

100 Mile House- 

WorkBC 100 Mile House

Phone: 250-395-5121 
Email: centre-100milehouse [at] workbc [dot] ca

Bella Coola

WorkBC Bella Coola

Phone: 250-799-5743

Email: centre-bellacoola [at] workbc [dot] ca

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

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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. Along with our community partners, we invest in activities and projects designed to allow our community to be resilient and successful.

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About Community Futures

For over 25 years, we’ve been fostering entrepreneurship in rural BC. We offer small business loans, business counseling and specialized programs to help you start or grow a business, and to help communities become more resilient and dynamic.

266 Oliver Street
Williams Lake, BC
V2G 1M1

Phone: (250)392-3626
Toll free: (888)879-5399
Fax: (250)392-4813