Community Futures has a great track record supporting the development of businesses in our region. Stats Canada reports that Community Futures-assisted businesses grow faster and last longer than those supported by traditional financing.

  • Nimmo Bay Resort

    West Coast Helicopters wanted to expand their business, Community Futures Mount Waddington was there with the financing. Come soar with us.

    "With Community Futures of Mt. Waddington, it is a personal relationship. Traditional banks have gone away from that and you don't know who you are dealing with. When you are dealing with Community Futures, you are dealing with someone in your own town." - Fraser Murray

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  • Malcom Island Growers

    Andrew loves wasabi and grows it on Malcolm Island, BC. Community Futures Mount Waddington helped them expand their greenhouse operation.

    "We found that Community Futures of Mt. Waddington were the best people to deal with in this area because they understand what people need to do here on the North Island" - Andrew Cole

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  • West Coast Helicopters

    West Coast Helicopters wanted to expand their business, Community Futures Mount Waddington was there with the financing. Come soar with us.

    "The best thing about our relationship with Community Futures of Mt. Waddington is just that, it's a relationship" - Peter Barratt

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Stories & News

  • Pawsitively Furst Choice Pet Grooming 11 / 28, 2018 Owning a small business is ‘paw’sitively rewarding Photo and story by Kathy O’Reilly When it comes to how she feels about running her own business, Sharon Magee doesn’t split hairs. “I have loved doing this from the day I started,” says Magee, who owns and operates Pawsitively Furst Choice Pet Grooming in Sto­rey’s Beach. The
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  • Community Futures – Our Story 11 / 27, 2018 Community Futures offers businesses financial flexibility By Karen Stewart of the North Island Eagle General Manager of Community Futures of Mount Waddington, David Mitchell, has come to the conclusion that, “Unless you’re wanting to start a business or interested in entrepreneurism you probably don’t know what we are or what we do.” In the movie
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  • Raincoast Martial Arts 11 / 08, 2018 “Transforming into greatness of being” – Martial Arts for all ages Andrew Hory and Jeanne Alley opened the Raincoast Martial Arts studio on January 1st 2014. Andrew had grown up on the North Island, and had spent most of his life here, and they have both lived in Coal Harbour for the past 11 years.
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  • BC Green Retail Opportunity, Maybe 02 / 13, 2018 Canada is set to join a very short list of countries that has legalized recreational marijuana use. The only other one is Uruguay. Of course there are a few U.S. states that have legalized pot laws now. The new Canadian law is scheduled to come into force sometime in July 2018, but there’s no guarantee
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  • Hometown Attraction Deserves Professional Comeback 02 / 15, 2017 As our name suggests Community Futures is concerned about the health and sustainability of our North Island and mid-Coast communities.  For many years now we have seen our community populations shrink to some degree every year.  People move away for jobs or school.  Fewer families move here or stay here, which is evidenced by the
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  • Reality of Risk 09 / 22, 2016 Humans can be certain that every day we are alive we are growing older – but we can be certain of little else. Every day we all face uncertainties or risks that affect our communities and businesses, some of which we can limit or neutralize and others which are beyond our individual or collective control.
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  • The Art of Innovation 09 / 22, 2016 Buzz words and their assorted hyperbole have become increasingly prevalent across the landscape—and nowhere are they more common than in the world of small business. Every expert, guru and self-proclaimed pontificator is continually weighing in on the latest business trends, habits, and phraseology. If ‘innovation’ wasn’t continually mentioned the last time you read your
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  • THE BIG FISH – LITTLE POND ‘RURALPRENEUR’ GUIDE 04 / 04, 2016 5 Reasons to Consider Self-Employment in Rural BC You don’t have to live close to a big city or town to start your own business, or buy an existing business – there are plenty of reasons why being an entrepreneur in small town BC can be rewarding, both financially and in terms of your career.
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  • SELF EMPLOYMENT – IS IT WITHIN YOUR REACH? 09 / 09, 2015 Have you ever dreamed of being self-employed? Not necessarily starting a company, or building a business empire, but just being your own boss? Does the thought scare you, intrigue you, or excite you? Probably all of those emotions are felt when you consider “going out on your own” but is it really that scary? Is
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  • Community Futures, 10 million ways we are making an impact 06 / 17, 2015 Many people don’t know what Community Futures does and in many cases they’ve never heard of Community Futures.  Fair enough.  Unless you’re starting up or expanding a business, or unless you’re involved in one a number of economic development projects in the region, why would you need to know about Community Futures? Some important facts
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  • Two Thousand and Fourteen on the North Island 01 / 20, 2014 2013 definitely had its fair share of dramatic news events and stories: The passing of the world- changing South African leader, Nelson Mandela, the tragic Filipino typhoon, the Syrian civil war and use of chemical weapons and the Boston Marathon bombing. And closer to home we had: the Senate scandal, Mayor Rob Ford’s crack troubles,
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  • How are we going to compete? 12 / 17, 2013 I imagine that there are a few communities on the southwest coast of BC, and the southern interior that look at the prospects of LNG in the north with some degree of envy.  Communities across the north have been attracting workers to their petroleum and gas rich areas for years now.  LNG will just extend
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  • Top ten reasons to start your own business 09 / 11, 2013 Ten reasons why upcoming 2014 could be your year to shine In 2011 there were approximately 385,100 small businesses in British Columbia; they make up 98% of all businesses and employ over a million people. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? Here’s what I believe are the top ten reasons why you should consider starting your
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  • Ten keys to building a successful consulting business 03 / 21, 2013 In my 35 years as a professional in human capital-related roles, I have found a strong correlation between those who are employed “intrapreneurs” and those who are successful consultants. One definition of intrapreneurship from Wikipedia is, “…refers to employee initiatives in organizations to undertake something new, without being asked to do so. Hence, the intrapreneur
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  • A career moms guide to coping 02 / 26, 2013 In September 2012 I faced a difficult decision: to return to the work force or stay home with my one year old daughter. I wasn’t sure of the consequences of either of these decisions. I opted to return to work on a part-time basis. That way I could return to the career I enjoy and
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  • Small town. Big shopping. 01 / 18, 2013 Being a first time blogger I was a little apprehensive when I was told our organization would be starting a blog.  What would I write about that would interest people?  That’s when I decided I would pick a topic people on the North Island could relate to: shopping locally and what small businesses here on
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  • Who are those guys? 12 / 19, 2012 Welcome to the CFMW (Community Futures Mt. Waddington) Blog –  The Current. Over the coming months our staff will take turns posting articles and information of interest to small business owners and individuals looking to start their own business. We look forward to engaging with you, our readers. The key advantage of a blog is the
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