Futurescape is the Quarterly newsletter published by Community Futures BC.
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Futurescape - June 2016

Community Futures 2016 Annual Conference
The Partnerships for Success Conference presents a valuable opportunity to connect with leading professionals and community leaders whose work supports small business and community economic development across the province of BC. For program and registration information visit Conference 2016  

2016 Community Futures Awards
Nomination forms are now available Community Futures' annual awards.  Take this opportunity to nominate an individual for outstanding volunteerism (Al McCracken Memorial Award), or for outstanding contribution to community development (Don MacMillan Memorial Award).  As well, there are awards to recognize Best Practices, Investment Fund Portfolio and Excellence and Innovation.  Nomination deadline is August 19, 2016.

Future of Entrepreneurship Series
The series is meant to engage the BC Network in a dialogue about how we can best serve entrepreneurs as we move forward. Read the articles at the following links.
Summer Entrepreneur X School
The Woogi Entrepreneur X School - Summer Games is a game based learning project that could be powerful in increasing knowledge and interest of youth in becoming entrepreneurs. Woogi has generated sponsorship for the program in Canada for 1000 students Read More >>

SFU's CED Certificate Program - Applications Open
Are you action-oriented and community focused?  Do you want to be an active and supportive network of professional and entrepreneurial change-makers.  The next program runs from October 2016-May 2017, applications are being accepted until June 30, 2016.

BC's New Societies Act
The BC Registry has put out a Transition Guide for the process of transitioning to the new Societies Act.  Visit the BC Registry site for more information.
The Community Futures BC Board of Directors is seeking experienced individuals to join the board to complement current skills, abilities and interests. If you are interested in the opportunity, please contact David Marshall, Chair of the Nominating Committee. (250-442-5199)
Upcoming events

June 16 - 9:30 PST June 29 - 10:00 am PST
  • Loans Collection Training webinar - an overview of the "Recovering Investment Fund" resource developed by the BA Support Committee - 10:00 PST  Request to attend.
To access the Members' Area of our website.  Create an account  Your account provides access to the Members' Forum in addition to other resources.

The Community Futures BC Youtube channel features client stories and other resources.

Community Futures BC
Activities Update

Volunteer Recognition - 29 offices nominated individuals to be recognized as the Community Futures Volunteer of the Year in their local communities.  Volunteers were presented with a certificate and gift.

Community Futures sponsored the "Nourish and Flourish" conference of the BC Association of Farmers Markets in March in Kelowna, raising awareness of the Community Futures program among the attendess

Junior Dragons Den had their Championship on May 7 in Trail BC.  Dave Marshall represented Community Futures BC as a dragon.  Check out their Facebook page for photos / videos and more information on the event.

Community Futures Stó:lō announced the formation of the Stó:lō Business Association on March 31 at an event at the Coqualeetza Longhouse.  The new association is modeled on existing chambers of commerce, and will offer business tools, networking and other benefits to First Nations businesses.

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities lending had the best year ever, with $1.579 Million being lent to 49 businesses, creating 105.5 jobs. Community Futures EDP loans are being promoted on Facebook from June 1 to September 30. The ads direct interested individuals to a landing page where their contact information is collected.  After being screened by the EDP coordinator, promising leads are provided to the local Community Futures office. Contact Garry Angus for more information.  Like EDP on Facebook 

Click on the image on the right to learn more about  and how your Community Futures office can use the platform to Empower your Community.

Not-for-profit / Social Enterprise Brown bag lunches are an excellent opportunity for individuals to come together to discuss what is happening in the realm of funding and what alternatives are available for revenue generation, and how Community Futures can help.  
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