Starting or Expanding your business? We’ve got a workshop for that!

Community Futures offers workshops and programs that will help you start or grow your business.

Support & Workshops

Community Futures offers workshops to get your business started and to keep it running smoothly. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to improve your business skills, Community Futures has a workshop for you! Workshops are offered regularly in Port Hardy and Port McNeill.

Business Startup

If you have never started or run a business before, this FREE four-part workshop will get you started on a solid footing!

Week 1

Getting Started
What it takes to start a business
Benefits of starting a business
Coming up with a business idea

Week 2

Business Planning
Researching your business idea
Setting goals
Writing a business plan

Week 3

Start-up budget
Break-even analysis
Cash Flow analysis

Week 4

Making it Happen
Operations Management
Marketing and Sales
Action Plan

We will also come to your community if there is sufficient demand. If you belong to an organization or group that is interested we can customize sessions to meet your needs.

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Small Business BC Webinars

Small Business BC is part of the Western Canada Business Network. SBBC offers a range of on-line training and other support services to small businesses in BC. Community Futures Mount Waddington is a partner of Small Business BC and are pleased to be one of their delivery locations.


Self Employment Program

The Self Employment Program is funded by the Province of British Columbia under the Employment Program of BC. On the North Island and Central Coast the Self Employment Program is delivered by Community Futures Mt. Waddington under contract to the North Island Employment Foundation Society (NIEFS).

The program provides financial assistance to eligible applicants who want to start their own business or purchase an existing business, in which they have had no prior ownership. The Self Employment Program provides income support, business skills development workshops, counseling for up to 48 weeks.


  • Be currently on Employment Insurance (EI) or have had an EI claim in the past three years or a parental claim in the past five years;
  • Be unemployed or underemployed;
  • Want to start your own business;
  • Have a controlling interest in the business;
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Propose a business concept that would be suitable for public funding – the business concept must be legal and not exploiting sex, politics or religion;
  • Have completed the Self Employment Program Orientation.
  • Plan to work full time (minimum of 35 hrs/wk) in your business.

The Self-Employment Program does not provide start up financing. Individuals requiring a business loan to start their business are referred to the lending program at Community Futures or other financial institutions. To learn more about the Self-Employment Program please visit WorkBC or contact us to learn what services they provide.

The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Export Navigator


The Export Navigator Program offers free expert guidance to businesses on exporting. Whether your business already exports at volume or you run a smaller enterprise that hasn’t yet crossed borders, you will be put in touch with a helpful advisor who will demystify the export process. Although the current climate has disrupted the flow of goods and services, we can help you diversify your market and strengthen your business.

The program is available to all B.C. businesses located outside of Greater Vancouver and Greater Victoria and offers specialized advisors for businesses owned by Indigenous Peoples, youth (under 30 years of age), and women. Visit or email to find out more.

Who is the program for?


Export Navigator was designed to help businesses located in non-metropolitan areas expand. If your business is looking to grow and is in one of our regions, we can help you on your export journey!

Supporting under-represented groups is important to us. We offer specialized services for businesses owned by women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples located in the regions Export Navigator serves.

How Export Navigator’s Advisors help:


Exporting can seem intimidating, but your advisor will guide you through each step of the process in a way that is easy to understand and applicable to your business.

Your advisor will provide:

• Hours of export advice at no charge

• Step-by-step guidance tailored to your pac

• Help with business growth strategy and planning

• Connections and information specific to your market and industry

• Access to the most up-to-date resources for interprovincial or international exporting

• An assessment of your business’s export readiness

How to join the program:

1. Fill out our online form

2. Your advisor will reach out to you to learn more about your business

3. If accepted into the program, your advisor will offer one-on-one guidance to help your business reach its exporting potential.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, and the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada.

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

Persons with disabilities may face unique barriers to business creation and development. In recognition of this, The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) was established in 1997 through funding from Western Economic Diversification and the support of the Community Futures network. At Community Futures, we see the business and the person’s ability first, and then strive to provide extra support to those entrepreneurs who are also managing disability and health issues. The goal of the EDP is to increase access to business services and repayable business financing to level the playing field for these entrepreneurs.

The EDP loans program is available for people who self-declare a disability or health condition and who have completed a viable business plan. Business loans are repayable and through the EDP, loan terms are designed to be flexible and are tailored to meet your needs. Contact us and speak with our Business Analysts.

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