About Community Futures

Community Futures South Okanagan Similkameen

Community Futures is a federal government initiative, which was established in 1984 to assist rural communities in the development of strategies for dealing with a changing economic environment. The program is based on the philosophy that local decision-making and local development are the most effective means for communities to shape their future.

We believe that providing small businesses with resources helps enable job creation and economic growth. Over the past 35 years, British Columbia has become a small business economy. Community Futures has played a leading role in that growth by providing financing and small business training.

We are proud to be a part of the economic growth of the South Okanagan and Similkameen.

Business Community Values

Objectives

Community Futures is a program that provides support for local groups to participate in the development of economic and employment opportunities. This program is sponsored by Western Economic Diversification for communities within the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.

Working With Small Business

Building entrepreneurial capacity is one of the keys to thriving, healthy communities. Community Futures provides a wide range of business counseling and advisory services. Survival rates for Community Futures’ sponsored businesses outstrip the national average, often because of the combination of business counseling, loans and training.

Working With the Community

The volunteers and staff who drive the Community Futures program believe that strong, vibrant communities are built by working together. We often act as facilitators, bringing together diverse groups to develop a vision for their future and to integrate community resources into a long-term strategy. Collaboration combines economic, social, educational, cultural and environmental goals.