We operate 267 non-profit offices across Canada that provide small business services to people living in rural and remote communities. Each office delivers small business loans, tools, training and events for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a business. nearest office. Our association actively supports Canada’s 267 member offices. We are guided by a Board of Directors made up of Community Futures representatives from across the country.
We are a non-profit established in 1989 to assist residents of Merritt and the Nicola Valley in generating local solutions to shared economic challenges. The Community's we serve are Merritt, Aspen Grove, Brookmere, Douglas Lake, Lower Nicola and Quilchena.
Business Partnerships; As a lender, we can often lend money to businesses or individuals who's banks are unable to assist. Many financial institutions refer clients on to us as another potential source of financing. Or, we may work with financial institutions and other organizations on joint financing for clients. Many entrepreneurs have had success using a combination of loans from both Community Futures, their financial institution an/or other organizations.
Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by community members who volunteer to sit on Committees of the Board, CFNV offers a wide selection of Community Economic Development (CED) services including: small business lending and counseling; economic stabilization projects; and support for local not-for-profit agencies involved in tourism, arts and culture, and community vitality.
Although not CFNV’s core mandate, we offer support where possible, to the City of Merritt Business Development Department which takes lead on investment attraction and municipally funded economic development services. Core funding for CFNV is provided by Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan) of the Government of Canada.
Pacific Economic Development Canada | Government of Canada
1300 – 300 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 6B4