Network Initiatives

  • Invest Local BC  The name Crowdfunding is misleading. There is no "crowd" out there just waiting to "fund" your project. Generally, crowdfunding or crowdsourcing refers to the collective, cooperative networking and pooling of financial resources via the Internet to support a cause, startup business, or social enterprise. Basically, leveraging small contributions from many parties. Crowdfunding is used to create viral online campaigns that raise awareness, fundraise, friendraise, build buzz, and generate support for a particular project, or in the case of InvestLocalBC, AdVenture.

    Venture Connect Venture Connect began as a project created in response to the challenge that over the next 20 years, there will be unparalleled shortfalls of both business owners and employees resulting in potential closure of large numbers of small businesses throughout the province. The project was supported by BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, BC’s Small Business Roundtable, Island Coastal Economic Trust and six Community Futures organizations throughout Vancouver Island and the Island Coastal region (this includes Powell River and the Sunshine Coast). Now, Venture Connect is a corporation; a subsidiary of 6 Community Futures offices and is governed by a 12 member Board of Directors. In 2013 Venture Connect established partnerships with a number of Community Futures and expanded its service delivery to the Southern Interior and Northern Regions of BC. It is anticipated that the service delivery will cover the province in 2014. 

    Imagine Kootenay Imagine Kootenay is a joint-initiative of local governments, economic development organizations & Chambers of Commerce with the aim of attracting and retaining investment. Come and discover the advantages of doing business in the Kootenay region - where opportunity meets lifestyle.


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For over 30 years, we’ve been fostering entrepreneurship in rural BC. We offer small business loans, business counseling and specialized programs to help you start or grow a business, and to help communities become more resilient and dynamic. Find out more…

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