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$1,500 of Business Development Training for BC Small Businesses

The Chamber Learning Network (CLN), owned by the BC Chamber of Commerce, is a membership driven organization that represents the interests of private training providers across BC. Through membership in CLN, Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Okanagan can now offer up to $1,500 of business development training to small business owners in the Central Okanagan.

The Micro-Business Training Pilot Program (“MBT Program”) offers eligible, small business owners funded training programs in general business skills such as bookkeeping, marketing, social media, management and other areas with the goal of improving productivity, decreasing costs and generating new revenue.

Eligible micro-business owners receive up to $1500 of funding support for courses in a variety of formats (online, classroom and/or one-on-one) offered by training institutions across the province including universities, colleges, PCTIA accredited institutions and Private Trainers.

The MBT Program runs through March 31, 2014 with the last applications being accepted December 31, 2013 dependant on funding availability. The program targets a minimum of 1,200 participants and funding support is available to eligible applicants on a first come, first served basis.

This program is available to every eligible business owner across the province, and training options are available in every region, including online or elearning options.

Click to find out more information and to apply for funding.

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Youth Mean Business Finds Success

CHBC 5:30 News recently reported on the success of the Community Futures' Youth Mean Business Program and interviewed one of its first participants who launched their business after taking the program and receiving a $5,000 grant. click here to link to video
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Bill Morrison Recognized at Provincial CFDC Conference

Community Futures Central Okanagan is pleased to announce that Bill Morrision was awarded Volunteer of the Year at the 2012 Annual Provincial Community Futures Conference recently held in Nelson BC. Bill is a valued member of the Community Futures Central Okanagan Loan Review Committee since 2005 and joined the Board of Directors in 2009. Bill plays an active leadership and advisor role at the Community Futures of Central Okanagan and represents the organization at the Economic Development Commission of Central Okanagan.

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Business Development Series

Community Futures has launched a new business development series that is open to the business community for a $80+HST fee per session. These 1/2 day programs are designed to help new and existing businesses grow and improve their management skills.

Upcoming sessions include:

  • Management Strategies - Are You Working on Your Big Picture? facilitated by Cheryl Fast;
  • Smart Strategies to Grow Your Business faciliated by Robbie Westgard;
  • Website Development for Small Business facilitated by Todd Avison;
  • Financial Management for Small Business facilitated by Judy Lloyd;
  • People Management for Small Business faciliated by Shawnee Love.

click here Workshop_Schedule_for_March_to_June_2013_web.doc or

call 250-868-2132 ext. 0

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New Community Futures Business Centre

On Friday, August 24, 2012 Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Okanagan will move to our new business centre at:

Landmark 1 Building

Suite #210 - 1726 Dolphin Avenue

Kelowna BC

Phone 250-868-2132.

The office and training centre will resume full operation on Tuesday, August 28, 2012.

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Community Futures Sponsors 2012 metabridge

Our biggest and best yet...

In Canada's Wine Country

"metabridge is becoming Canada’s place for emerging technology companies to connect to the Silicon Valley and beyond." 

Since 2008 metabridge has evolved from a single-day 30 person event in Kelowna BC, to an annual program directly engaging hundreds of technology stakeholders across Western North America. Through focused and collaborative relationships, emerging technology companies are able to establish connections into the Silicon Valley, providing them with the opportunity to grow their business beyond Canada.

The 4th annual metabridge retreat will feature two days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in California’s Bay Area and exciting VIP hospitality events hosted in one of the world’s foremost wine regions.

From pitch breakout sessions, to fun outdoor activities, metabridge is changing the conference game ... it's Canada’s place for top startups to make connections with the Silicon Valley and beyond. 

Friday Closing Party will feature BC based Current Swell.


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Community Futures Pilots Youth Mean Business

Community Futures Central Okanagan is pleased to announce a new youth entrepreneurship program entitled Youth Mean Business. The program is targeted at youth aged 18-29 who are unemployed and not Employment Insurance (EI) eligible and have not had an EI claim for the past three years (5 years if maternity claim). Those that are accepted into the program can expect:

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