Wildfire Business Transition Project

Support available for rural businesses impacted by the 2017 wildfires

April 9, 2018 --- Rural small businesses that have been impacted by the 2017 wildfires in British Columbia can access help in the recovery process from their local Community Futures office. Five Community Futures offices in the areas affected by the wildfires – Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin, Central Interior First Nations, North Cariboo, Sun Country, and Thompson Country – are providing targeted support to help small businesses rebuild as part of the Wildfire Business Transition Project.

Assistance provided includes:

  • Outreach and advisory services
  • Business coaching and training
  • Access to financing
  • Succession planning

The 2017 wildfire season in BC had devastating economic impacts. An estimated 15,000 businesses were affected by the wildfires. In addition to the immediate impacts of property damage and loss of business due to evacuation orders, businesses are now grappling with the longer-term effects of the fires on business continuity. Businesses across all sectors have had to deal with the loss of employees, customers and cash flow, and many are still struggling to recover.

Community Futures can help. If you and your business were impacted, call the nearest Community Futures office in the following regions:

Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin
Williams Lake | 100 Mile House
Tel. (250) 392-3626 or toll free 1-888-879-5399
www.cfdccariboo.com

Community Futures Central Interior First Nations
Kamloops
Tel. (250) 828-9833
www.cfdcofcifn.com

Community Futures North Cariboo
Quesnel
Tel. (250) 992-2322 or toll free 1-877-992-2322
www.cfquesnel.com

Community Futures Sun Country
Ashcroft | Cache Creek
Tel. (250) 453-9165 or toll free 1-800-567-9911
www.cfsun.ca

Community Futures Thompson Country
Kamloops | Clearwater
Tel. (250) 828-8772 or toll free 1-877-335-2950
www.communityfutures.net

Funding for the Wildfire Business Transition Project has been provided by Western Economic Diversification Canada and Community Futures British Columbia. This augments previous funding provided by Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition for the northern communities.

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