A party is being held at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre In collaboration with the Nanaimo and District Chamber of Commerce to commemorate the event attended by staff, volunteers and clients.
Nanaimo Mayor, Bill McKay is expected to deliver a proclamation that September 17th is “Community Futures Day”. He wants citizens to recognize the contributions of small businesses to our economy, and applaud the programs and activities that support them, from organizations like Community Futures.
“One of our original mandates was to create employment through self-employment in turn diversifying local, often single industry, communities,” says Jolynn Green, Executive Director of Community Futures Central Vancouver Island. “To be celebrating 30 years of helping entrepreneurs through business exploration, start up, expansion, and succession, is incredibly exciting.”
Community Futures is part of a national economic development program that supports small business and community economic development. In partnership with other business lenders, educational institutions, not-for-profits, and community governments, Community Futures works to develop and diversify local economies. Since its inception, Community Futures Central Vancouver Island has lent $30 million dollars to small businesses in our region, leveraging $44 million and creating/maintaining 5035 jobs.
All 269 offices across the country are non-profit organizations guided by a volunteer boards of directors, and staffed with business professionals to provide business loans, training and coaching, and access to expert resources, for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a business, and to owners of small- and medium-sized businesses.
The Community Futures Central Island office in Nanaimo, evolved from the Nanaimo Community Employment Advisory Society (NCEAS). Formed in 1975, the general objective was to open up employment opportunities for persons experiencing difficulty finding and keeping satisfactory employment. The concept of direct community-based financial involvement came about, to develop permanent jobs.