ENRICHING LOCAL ECONOMIES IN B.C.

Community Futures is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving local economies by helping rural Canadians start or expand their small businesses. It offers financing and supports that are not always available from traditional lenders. Community Futures British Columbia was established in 1992 to provide leadership and support to the network of 34 Community Futures offices in the province. It acts as their voice, promoting their services, linking them to government partners, facilitating meetings, and sharing best practices and career opportunities. Community Futures BC recognizes that diverse entrepreneurs bring value to their local economies. That’s why it offers specialized supports such as its Entrepreneurs with Disabilities program. It is also working with eSSENTIAL Accessibility to ensure easier web access by people with disabilities, providing assistive technology at no cost and removing online barriers.

“We put a premium on being diverse and inclusive in every corner of our business because we know that it's not only the right thing to do, it's also smart business. It allows us to attract the most creative thinkers, the most innovative suppliers, and it gives us a competitive advantage in today's age of opportunity.”

– Robert Annis, Past-Chair