Success Stories

Sweet Tree Ventures - Quesnel, BC

Diamond E Ranch, started by Jerry and Laura Entzminger in 1979, is a 2000-acre spread. For many years the couple raised Simmental/Angus cattle and produced alfalfa grass hay. In 2008, Jerry and Laura diversified their operations to include the tapping of 500 Birch trees to produce Birch Syrup.  Now producing an array of high quality birch syrup products that draw both local residents and tourists. The range of items available include birch syrup, birch toffee candy, and even spicy birch barbecue sauce. With plans to expand the Sweet Tree Ventures operation of their business by purchasing two integral pieces of machinery, Laura Entzminger contacted Community Futures North Cariboo for a loan to help finance the additional equipment. The reverse osmosis device, and specialized cooker played a key role in the expansion plan for the business, and allowed the Entzmingers to cater to more customers. Laura notes that, “without the loan from Community Futures, we wouldn’t have been able to grow and serve customers with a higher quality syrup.”

To learn more about Sweet Tree Ventures and Diamond E Ranch Ltd or to browse the array of products available, visit


Community Futures British Columbia
C230-7871 Stave Lake Street
Mission, BC  V2V 0C5

About Community Futures

logo whiteFor over 30 years, we’ve been fostering entrepreneurship in rural BC. We offer small business loans, business counseling and specialized services to help you start or grow a business, and to help communities become more resilient and dynamic. Learn More