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Community Futures at the BC Legislature
On March 11, 2015,  Wendy Smitka and Robert Annis from Community Futures British Columbia's Board of Directors along with Debra Arnott, Community Futures Sun Country, visited the BC Legislative Building to provide information on how Community Futures helps individuals buy, sell or grow their small businesses in rural BC.  
Rural Advisory Council Members Announced - March 11
Congratulations to Community Futures network members Deb Arnott, Community Futures Sun Country; Geri Collins, Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations; Tom Hoffman, Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin; Sue Kenny, Community Futures Peace Liard, as well as all the other individuals who were appointed.  The Rural Advisory Council was formed to provide advice on rural economic development and will be meeting on a quarterly basis, the first meeting is being held March 26-27 in Victoria.  Learn More  
Community Futures BC - Committee Update - March 2015
  • BC Futures Fund  Committee  - WED has chosen the BC Futures Fund model as the model for Investment Fund Pools for all Western Provinces.   To date there are 8 approved BC Futures Fund Loans and 3 PAL loans have been converted.  Offices with PAL loans are able to convert to BC Futures Fund loans at any time.  Forms are available on the Community Futures BC website, or contact the office for more information. The BC Futures Fund documentation and processes are under routine review by the committee and will be revised accordingly.  
  • Business Analyst Support Committee - Work continues on initiatives supporting business analysts in the province. Collections training videos have been developed and will be made available along with a workbook resource.  The collections training will also take place via webinar which will also be recorded for later viewing.
  • Marketing Committee - The marketing contract with LBMG is coming to an end.  The committee is compiling a report summarizing the results of the contract and it will be made available to the members.
  • Networks and Partnerships Committee - On March 11, 2015, members of the Networks and Partnerships committee made a presentation at the Provincial Legislature to raise awareness of the Community Futures program.  MLA’s were provided with publications highlighting the program’s accomplishments as well as the accomplishments of clients. 
  • Values, Standards and Performance Committee - The Network Support pilot visit was completed in February.  Feedback from the visit will be made available to the committee to assist with the development of best practices for supporting members with their goals.
  • Salary Survey Committee - The Salary Survey has been revised and will be distributed to offices in March.  The report on the survey results is expected to be completed by the end of April 2015.
Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program 
The pre and post loans client assistance program has been well-utilized by Community Futures offices this quarter.  With 14 funding requests for independent coaches approved, EDP clients will be receive extra assistance with marketing, business plan development and accounting through this program.
 
The EDP has been extended for one more fiscal year.  WED will be conducting a review of both urban and rural programs for entrepreneurs with disabilities. The EDP Committee meets in person on March 30 for strategic planning.  Key discussion points will include defining  success and examining EDP performance measures in anticipation of WED’s program review.
 
A marketing consultant has been hired to create an online media strategy for promoting the EDP.  The strategy will be rolled out in the new fiscal year.  For more information contact Garry Angus  604-289-4222 ext 226.
Community Futures BC 2015 Conference
September 23rd – 25th,  2015
Kimberley, BC

Community Futures East Kootenay is organizing the 2015 provincial conference in Kimberley, BC.  In addition to key core events such as the Annual General Meeting, Chairs' & Managers' Round tables and the Business Analyst Workshop, delegates will have the opportunity to experience inspiring and insightful guest speakers.

There is a variety of accommodation options, all within walking distance of the conference venue. Our partners, Northstar Mountain Village, Trickle Creek Lodge and Mountain Spirit Resort, are pleased to offer special conference pricing that extends beyond the event so that you can make the most of your trip and enjoy a full weekend of activities in Kimberley. Whether you visit on your own, with your family or make it a couple’s get-a-way, you will find the perfect mix of comfort and luxury.
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Initiatives in the Network
Exploring EDP in Grand Forks, BC with Dave Bachmier.
North West Growth Conference - CFTK-TV
Celebrating Prince George's Small Businesses
Celebrating Prince George's Small Business CKPG TV
 
IN THE NEWS

Successful Board Renewal Strategies 
Changes to the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act require that term limits for board members be defined in the Articles (Bylaws) of every not-for-profit organization. In addition, government departments contracting with not-for-profit are starting to require that service delivery organizations include maximum term limits within their Articles as well.  Read More
 
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Don’t forget that, as a Community Futures staff member, you have access to over 100 free online courses aimed at growing your knowledge and skills. Topics include key areas such Business Writing, Communications, Leadership, Project Management and many more!
CFLI Board Development Program - REDUCED PRICING!

Community Futures Pan West has announced new pricing for online orders of its face-to-face or virtual presentation sessions: $500 per session for 3 hour or 3.5 hour sessions. 
In addition, you now have the choice of ordering session manuals at $25 each OR printing the manuals at your own cost.  Go to cfleadershipinstitute.ca/bd/ to order your training modules today.

 
Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition
Keeping it Rural
2015 Conference
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Community Futures 2015
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April 15, 2015
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