Success stories

Each year we help thousands of rural BC entrepreneurs just like you turn their dreams into reality. Here are some of their stories. We hope they inspire you to get in touch.

Avalon Gardens Flowers and Fashion Boutique - Grand Forks, BC

When Lorna MacDougall started her nursery business in 2008, she never imagined that, eight years later, she’d end up opening a retail shop in downtown Grand Forks.

A former pharmacy technician, Lorna started Avalon Gardens as a home-based business so that she could stay home and look after her children. As her business grew, she approached Community Futures Boundary for a micro loan to purchase additional greenhouses. She paid off the first loan and returned a couple of years later when she needed to purchase more inventory, and then again as she expanded into pottery and garden décor, paying off each loan.

Last fall, Lorna teamed up with the owner of a successful women’s clothing boutique to open a retail shop in downtown Grand Forks.  The storefront gives Avalon Gardens a presence downtown, and allows her to carry more items, such as home décor and gifts.

Bell First Aid Services

First aid and safety in do-or-die work environments.

Big Canyon Rafting - Quesnel & Williams Lake, BC

Big Canyon Rafting, based in Quesnel and Williams Lake, attracts both residents and tourists with a range of whitewater rafting activities, expeditions and day trips designed for every skill level.

Big Canyon Rafting ensures safety is always the number one priority, while also providing customers the best possible experience on the Quesnel, Chilcotin, Taseko, and Cariboo Rivers.

Owners Julie and Tyler Dinsdale note that, “we have applied for and successfully expanded our tenure over the past few years to provide more options to our clients, many of whom return year after year.” With the goal of further expanding and diversifying their business by purchasing a new bus, Julie and Tyler obtained a loan through the Community Futures North Cariboo office.

The new bus enabled Big Canyon Rafting to better serve a wider range of clients, by providing transportation that feels fresh, and current. Heavily dependent on tourism, the 2017 summer season in the Cariboo region adversely affected the business, but Julie notes that the Community Futures has continued to be nothing but supportive during this challenging time.

Clover Fields Apiaries, Vanderhoof, BC
Right from the first meeting with Community Futures Stuart Nechako, Claudia and Ezekial Pavon had the feeling that financial help was not the first priority.
Community Futures provided clarification regarding their financial plans, allowing the Pavon’s to better visualize future projections. Permitting them to create a plan for reaching their goals using tools and advice provided by Community Futures. 
The Pavon’s assert that “If you are service supplier or an intrepid producer and your desire is to grow your business with a firm planning structure, we encourage you to visit and talk to your local Community Futures office, you'll be surprised how many good points also must be considered to run your business successfully.”
Community Futures - A Canadian Success Story

Community Futures is a community based economic renewal initiative established by the federal government in 1985. Helping rural Canadians to start or expand a business and improve local economies. There are 269 Community Futures Offices located through rural Canada.

Hear from many of our clients on how Community Futures has helped them realize their dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.

Community Futures - Means Business

Community Futures is a community based economic renewal initiative established by the federal government in 1985. Helping rural Canadians to start or expand a business and improve local economies. There are 269 Community Futures Offices located through rural Canada.



D.R. Systems Inc.

Custom-designed software which protects the environment with high-tech land management techniques.

Greenwood City Auto Ltd. - Greenwood, BC

Community Futures Boundary first assisted the Shaw’s in August 2000 with their initial purchase of Greenwood Auto Centre Ltd located on the Highway 3 in BC’s smallest City “Greenwood.”

Since then, Community Futures has been working with them through the many changes they have experienced. Originally operating as a Petrocan station, in 2007 they switched to Race Trac Gas. Community Futures has supported them from start-up through all their growth and changes over the years. Seventeen years later they are still a Community Futures client considering their next innovation.

Greenwood City Auto Ltd is your one stop shop providing gasoline, propane, convenience items, mechanical repairs, towing service, a large menu of hot food, frozen meals and groceries. They even recycle metal and order in parts for customers.

The Shaw’s are committed to their small community and have provided employment to many people over the years, their children have grown up in the business and now work there part-time. Community Futures is proud to be assisting this dedicated couple providing an essential service to the community.

Hardy Buoys

Employing up to 60 people and distributing their product to most of the major Canadian grocery chains.

Hello Nature Adventure Tours - Ucluelet, BC

Last year Frank Witter, Phill Padgham and Kevin Bradshaw started to look into creating their own kayak and hiking business in Ucluelet, BC.

Able to raise most of the required startup capital themselves, they approached banks for the remaining amount.  Unable to secure the remaining $20,000 that was needed, they contacted Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot to see if they could help.

Cheryl Hamilton and the Community Futures team did everything that they could to help.  Not only did Community Futures provide the required funding but the funding was made available in time for the kayak order to be placed ensuring the kayaks would be ready for summer 2017.  One of the first steps that allowed Hello Nature Adventure Tours to have such a successful first season and doubling the kayaking tour projections.

MotoMotion Canada - Penticton, BC

Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen’s Business Planning Development Workshop is a 60-hour workshop that supports an entrepreneur in taking their business concept from a “great idea” to “open for business.” Robert Trottier participated in the program and has since started MotoMotion Canada. Community Futures provided start-up capital and Robert provided tools and equipment. He successfully solved the regional seasonality issues and is now hiring a mechanic and expanding his services to include tire changes and repairs to motorcycles at the new Area 27 racetrack in Oliver.  “MotoMotion is where your Adventure begins.”

Natures Formulae Health Products Ltd.

A business that started in a kitchen to become a global manufacturer.

Nonuttin Foods

The owner set out to create safe alternatives for a daughter who has life-threatening allergies.

Open Air Adventure and Wine Tours - Penticton, BC

Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen’s Business Planning Development Workshop is a 60-hour workshop that supports an entrepreneur in taking their business concept from a “great idea” to “open for business.” Community Futures provided loan financing for a Jeep purchase and other startup costs to Open Air Adventures and Wine Tours. With an invitation to experience the Okanagan like never before.  OpenAir Adventure and Wine Tours provide a unique experience into the heart of wine country aboard a Jeep Safari.

Organized with Kimberly - Vernon, BC

“I will forever be thankful to Community Futures for setting me on the path to starting my own business,” says Kimberly Mason.  After discovering an aptitude for organizing when visiting her sister in Prince George, Kimberly returned to Vernon and started the Community Futures North Okanagan’s Self Employment Program.  Returning to Vernon, Kimberly began the Self Employment program with a goal of creating a business where she would have enough work and the work be something that she loved.  Due to a stroke that had left her right side paralyzed, Kimberly’s energy levels best suited part-time work, and had given up on finding work that would both support her financially and be something she enjoyed.  Now with the skills obtained from the Self Employment Program and assistance from Community Futures to access funding for technology to help her succeed, Organized with Kimberly is a viable, operating business that helps seniors downsize or busy families declutter. Read more

Outdoor Living Manufacturing Ltd.

A company with over 30 employees sells ready-made home enhancements as DIY wood projects.

Pemberton Distillery

Created an opportunity by starting B.C.'s only vodka distillery and the first certified-organic potato vodka distillery in the world.

Port Alberni Marine Fuels and Services - Port Alberni, BC

The physical planning of a marine fuel business, the negotiation of location, and the ensuring of regulatory compliance to build and open a marine service station is not without its challenges, but was something that Doug and Sandi Smith were able to accomplish largely on their own. Securing the necessary financing for the project was something entirely different; without ownership of any land from which the business was to be operated, traditional lending institutions would not help. 

Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot was not only willing to look at the venture based on the business plan and past proven ability to operate a marine service station, but also understood that the proposed business was a much-needed service currently lacking within the community.  Community Futures worked with other non-traditional lenders to secure the total amount of financing required.  “It is without question that we could not have built our business, in both the physical construction and financial growth senses, without the support of Community Futures” Doug and Sandi Smith.

PR Glass Shop - Powell River, BC

For 24 years, Richard Nordentoft was an employee at Dave’s Glass, providing services to residential, commercial and industrial installations and repairs.  When the time was right, Richard and Victoria Maslin, made the move to purchase the business and were excited to revitalize it with fresh ideas and enthusiasm. starting with a name change to PR Glass. The two agree that “Community Futures was there for us.” PR Glass on Facebook.

RFind Systems

With a global client base, it offers a solution that solves real-world logistics challenges and can reduce business costs.

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