You may be eligible for a loan to buy, expand or establish a business.
A new Program Guide is now available. The second application intake will take place from October 3 - 31, 2016.
Please note that a new online application form has... Read more
Community Futures has achieved a major milestone, celebrating 30 years of service to entrepreneurs and communities across BC. As part of our 30 year celebration, we are publishing The Future of Entrepreneurship Series.... Read more
Helping BC entrepreneurs thrive for over 25 years
Location: 515 West Hastings St, Vancouver BC, V6B 5K3
Hopeful Economics: Leadership & Innovation Summit is co-hosted by Simon Fraser University and the City of Vancouver.
We use the term hopeful economics to describe our conviction that building strong, sustainable, local economies is the way forward. The dominant economic paradigm, based on the myth of boundless growth, has led us into environmental catastrophe and leaves many people behind.
There is another way forward. On a local level, people everywhere are already building new economic models that sustain both people and places. Hopeful Economics: Leadership & Innovation Summit is an opportunity for us to share these solutions, and to do some big picture thinking together.
The seed of Hopeful Economics: Leadership & Innovation Summit was planted by the alumni network of the SFU Certificate Program for Community Economic Development. We wanted an opportunity to gather, to learn and to put our heads together around issues we face in our communities.
With the partnership of the City of Vancouver, this idea grew into a two day summit, for not just alumni, but for municipal staff and leaders of communities both urban and rural, for non-profit organizations, for social entrepreneurs, for credit unions and other funders, for private sector partners looking to enhance their CSR and community impact goals, for community activists and changemakers of all kinds. When we all bring our diverse experience and skills to the table, we can achieve great things together.
Hopeful Economics takes place April 21 and 22 with full days of workshops, speakers and panel discussions. There will be a social innovation challenge where people will pitch their social impact ideas, with opportunities to win funding, mentoring and other prizes.
On April 20, at a seperately ticketed event, Leman Kewan Hasano from Syria will give a presentation about the revolutionary co-operative models emerging in war-torn Rojava, Syria, sharing how a new economy is emerging thanks to communities responding to challenges together.
Sam and Sara Henderson
An eye-catching success, Eyecandy Custom Cycles has enjoyed three years of growth. Sam and Sara Henderson move to Smithers with a desire to parlay a love of motorcycles into being their own boss. With the help of Tenley Dahlie and Nadina Community Futures’ Self-Employment Program along with Sam’s accredited skills and experience they developed a business plan that has proven to be strong and viable. Something sweet to ride is their motto and... Read more
Art and Soul Pottery Studio and Gallery is your source of handmade, artistic and functional pottery. Located on Highway 16 in Telkwa B.C., Art and Soul Pottery offers wheel thrown and hand built pottery by Franziska Cody, as well as crafts from local artisans. Art and Soul Pottery supports fair trade organizations from around the... Read more