News from Community Futures Central Kootenay
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April 2016 Newsletter
Community Futures Central Kootenay

Youth Mean Business

Helping youth get into business

Another round of youth entrepreneurs recently finished 10 weeks of business planning through the Youth Mean Business (YMB) program. Some of them will continue to receive support from the program as they go on to launch their new business ventures. We can’t wait to see them in action!

Meanwhile, intake for the next YMB session is coming up fast. Program applications are due May 9th and classes will begin May 24th. For more information, contact program coordinator Blue Netherclift at 250-352-1933 ext. 111 or email

The Youth Mean Business program is funded by Kootenay Career Development Society.

You Can Do (THAT) Here Podcast

Selling globally from a small town

Community Futures sponsored the latest You Can Do That Here! podcast. The episode features two of our awesome previous clients – Marie Racine of Handy Hay Nets and Charlotte Ferreux of Thrive Consulting – talking about selling their products/services to a global market.
Listen Here!

Imagine Kootenay

New website promotes the Kootenays

The new Imagine Kootenay website has been getting a lot of attention in the months since it launched. It does a wonderful job promoting the Kootenay region as a great place to work, an excellent area to invest in, and an amazing place to live. Community Futures is responsible for managing and administering the Imagine Kootenay project, and we couldn’t be more pleased with how it’s come together.

If you’re looking to buy or sell a business, check out the Investing section at

Junior Dragons’ Den

Regional finalists set for JDD championship

The student entrepreneur competition Junior Dragons’ Den is back for a third year. Students from across the Columbia Basin competed in regional events in Revelstoke, Cranbrook and Trail earlier this month. Now the regional finalists will face off in the Championships for their chance to win cash prizes.

The Junior Dragons’ Den Kootenay Championships will take place on Saturday, May 7th at the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail. Doors open at 5:30pm, the show starts at 6pm, and tickets are $5 at the door.

Upcoming workshops

Me Inc.
Time: May 10 @ 6:30pm – 8pm
Location: Nelson
Cost: Free

Photography for Small Business
Time: May 12 @ 9am – 4pm
Location: Nelson
Cost: $80 + GST

Business Plan 101
Time: May 13 @ 9am – 4pm
Location: Nelson
Cost: Free

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
Time: May 16 @ 9am – noon
Location: Nelson
Cost: $40 + GST

Networking Group
Time: May 17 @ 5pm – 7pm
Location: Creston
Cost: Free

Selling Your Products Online
Time: May 31 @ 9am – 4pm
Location: Nelson
Cost: $120 + GST

The full workshop schedule is available here.

Community Futures in the News

Community Futures doubles down on Youth Mean Business
Nelson Star

New partnership launched
Arrow Lakes News

Junior Dragons Den regional winners announced
BCTV Kootenays

Business Counselling

Community Futures offers free business counselling to anyone looking for guidance starting a new business or running an existing business. Counsellors can offer advice on topics such as starting a business, expanding into new markets, skills training, succession planning, financing, and much more. Counsellors travel throughout the region, with regular appointments available in Nelson, Castlegar, Salmo, Kaslo and Nakusp. They’ll also travel to other communities upon request.

Contact us for an appointment at 250-352-1933 x100

We’re hiring!

Community Futures is hiring an Administrative Assistant to cover a maternity leave in our Nelson office. This full-time position combines office support, communications and marketing, and event planning. Applications are welcome until Monday, May 9. See the full job description HERE.

Phone: 250-352-1933
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday

Community Futures Central Kootenay

201, 514 Vernon Street

Nelson, BC V1L 4E7


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