Futurescape March 2016
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Futurescape March 2016

Partnerships for Success - 2016 Conference
September 21 - 23, Vancouver, BC
Registration is now open for Community Futures Conference.  The Partnerships for Success Conference is a valuable opportunity to connect with leading professional and community leaders whose work supports small business and community economic development across the province of BC.  There are professional development opportunities for staff and volunteers in the Community Futures Network.  The workshop sessions on Wednesday afternoon are open registration, which means that there are no restrictions to who can attend which session.  Hotel rooms are limited so book your room as soon as possible.  Don't know who is coming from your office.  Take advantage of the Early Bird Rates and register now.  Substitutions can be made later.  
Register Now (Early Bird $499)
Book Your Room
Community Futures offices in BC have submitted their nominees for the Volunteer of the Year for their community.  Those offices who have nominated an individual but are yet to receive the recognition certificate, will be receiving the certificate in time to present during National Volunteer Week 2016.  We had a great response with 29 offices recognizing volunteers in their communities.
The Canada Rural Restructuring Foundation recently published the "State of Rural Canada 2015"  The CRRF was organized with a focus on developing rural research and knowledge dissemination.  The full report is available at  If you would like to download the chapter specific to BC, visit  or click here 
Economic Development Building Blocks Workshops
Community Futures partnered with the BCEDA to develop and deliver a series of workshops focused on Economic Development.  The workshops included an overview of economic development strategies as well as information on accessing capital.  Community Futures staff participate in the workshop providing information regarding Supporting Small Business and Entrepreneurs. Stakeholders from both the community and surrounding regions attended the workshops.  The interactive workshop provided opportunities for attendees to discuss and prioritize economic development initiatives for their communities.  The workshops were funded by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. 
The following presentations from the training sessions are available on our website:
  • BDC Presentations from the BA Training
  • TEA material from the TEA Training
Visit the website at to download or view the materials.  A reminder that you will need a user account to do so.
Working with Growth Oriented Businesses Workshop

One of the challenges facing Community Futures is that not all growth oriented businesses are aware of the services and resources we can offer. In order to help in your discussions with businesses interested in growth, a survey has been developed to serve as a guide for your initial discussions and standardize your approach. This workshop describes the process of creating relationships with potential client businesses – how to target them and establish communication, how to set out the next steps in the relationship, and how to maintain long-term contact.  This workshop is offered by a qualified consultant through online streaming video.  Contact the Leadership Institute for more information about this and other workshops that are available to staff and volunteers.

As of April 1, 2016, the Employee / Family Assistance Program offered through Community Futures, will be moving from Desjardins (Solareh) to Homewood Human Solutions.  Note:  only the EFAP is moving.  All other benefits remain with Desjardins Financial.  
Contact information for Homewood Health is  Toll free 1-800-663-1142.  
There will be two Employee Sessions delivered via webinar, one on Thursday April 7th 10 - 11 am PST and the other on Wednesday April 20 from 12 - 1 pm PST.  
Please register by contacting Michelle Jordan at Granville West Group  604-687-4707
Community Futures Group Retirement Savings Plan (RSP)
Established in 2009, the Community Futures Development Association Group Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) is an easy-to-administer group retirement savings plan available to all Community Futures offices. It features a monitored investment fund line-up, competitive investment management fees, online retirement planning tools from Great West Life and access to a team of experienced financial planners from Porchlight Financial. If you have considered offering a Group RRSP matching program to your employees, or if you are reviewing your existing plan, we encourage you to learn more about this program. For more information, please contact Peter Graham of Porchlight Financial at 1.800.518.4247 or via email at
The association receives recommendations from members for service providers that may be of interest to the membership.  

Legal Shield was referred by a member and information on their services is below. 
Protecting individuals, families and employees  (video)
101 Reasons to use Legal Shield
Protecting businesses and improving cash flow (video)
Business Plans
Home Based Business plan
For more information contact Kalon Goodrich, Regional Manager, Small Business and Group Benefits Specialist  250-618-8718

Board Module Training
April 12, 2016
1:00 - 4:30 pm
Prince George, BC

Board of Directors Meeting 
April 13, 2016
8:30-12:00 am
Prince George, BC

Chairs & Managers Roundtable
June 16, 2016
9:30-11:30 am
Adobe Connect

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