Community or Regional Partnership Award

Community Partnership Award

Community Futures Central Kootenay

Presented to: Imagine Kootenay

Imagine Kootenay (IK) is a unique investment and workforce attraction partnership that promotes the Kootenay and Boundary region online at With 10 municipal and regional district partners, Imagine Kootenay takes a collaborative approach to supporting business succession planning, investment attraction and workforce development. 

Among the most popular features of the IK website is a free listing service for marketing investment opportunities and businesses for sale that provides provincial, national, and international exposure. The partnership has been successful in supporting the transitions of numerous small businesses across the region.

The Imagine Kootenay partnership is managed by Community Futures Central Kootenay (CFCK). For the past 12 years, the partnership has grown members, evolved its services and continues to be successful in its goal to raise the profile of the Kootenay and Boundary region as well as supporting business succession planning and connecting investors to Kootenay business opportunities.


Provincial Partnership Award

Presented to: Ministry of Jobs, Trades and Technology

All our provincial partnerships are extremely valuable and beneficial in advancing our objectives, however, one provincial partner in particular hit it out of the park this year.  The Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, thanks to their supoprt  of the Export Navigator Program.   

Export Navigator started as a Pilot Project of the Ministry in September 2016 and ran for 3 years, with an extension for an additional year.  The pilot started with 3 CF's and expanded to 6.  Export Navigator was transitioned into a full pledged program in April 2019 with the addition of 2 more CF delivery agencies, for a total of 10 program partners.

The Export Navigator Program is a partnership, with support provided by the Province of B.C. through the Ministry of Jobs, Trade & Technology, the Government of Canada, Small Business BC, 7 Community Futures organizations and Women's Entreprise Centre.


Objectives of the program are to:

1. Create one point of contact for businesses and provide support throughout all stages of the export process.

2. Build regional support networks in each of the Pilot regions by fostering communication and collaboration among organizations with a mandate to promote and support the development of BC businesses.

3. Work with partner organizations to fully leverage their expertise, knowledge and services to efficiently and effectively advance business export goals; and 

4. Identify the feasibility of expansion to additional communities across the Province as funding permits. 


Annual Performance Measures include:

1. 10 to 30 companies entering the Pilot per region.

2. 50% of participants advancing on the export continuum.

3. 25% of participants entering the Pilot by way of referral (measures service integration). 

4. 10% of participants exporting after 12 months of participation in the Export Navigator program.


As of March 2019, 317 businesses have been accepted and 304 referrals have been made to date. 

As a result of the expandsion of the program, service contracts have been renewed and signed, new export advisors have been hired, technology and new metrics are being tracked, a brand refresh has transpired and 3 export seminars have been hosted - to name just a few - all since Spring 2019. 

The partnership between the CF network, in particular the 7 Export Navigator CF's, with the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology is an excellent example of what can be done when government and organizations work together in support of small businesses in rural communities across BC.

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