Starting a Business

Want to be your own boss? The idea of starting a business is appealing to a lot of people and can be very rewarding. This information will help you plan for a successful start to your entrepreneurship journey.

All of our services offered through Venture Connect are provided by experienced and professional Business Advisors working remotely from within British Columbia, Canada.


Business Financing

No matter where you are at in your business planning or growth, Community Futures can help with financing in rural locations of British Columbia. Financing and support are available to start, grow or purchase a business.

Additional Details

We have flexible, affordable loans that are specifically designed to help entrepreneurs start their business. Whether you need financing from $10,000 - $150,000 our Loans Officers are here to help.

Our lending program assists local entrepreneurs in obtaining the financing they need to develop and enhance their businesses. Community Futures provides repayable funding to entrepreneurs for working capital, equipment purchase or lease, and business start-up, purchase or expansion.

Click on links below or phone 1-888-303-2232 to locate the office nearest you.

Southwest Region

Community Futures Stó:lō

Community Futures North Fraser

Community Futures South Fraser


Community Futures Revelstoke

Community Futures Central Kootenay

Community Futures East Kootenay

Community Futures Boundary

Community Futures Greater Trail

Northwest Region

Community Futures 16/37

Community Futures Haida Gwaii

Community Futures Pacific Northwest

Community Futures Nadina

Northeast Region

Community Futures Peace Liard

Community Futures Stuart Nechako

Community Futures Fraser Fort George

Community Futures North Cariboo

Community Futures Cariboo-Chilcotin

Thompson Country

Community Futures Central Interior First Nations

Community Futures Sun Country

Community Futures Thompson Country

Community Futures Shuswap

Community Futures Nicola Valley

Vancouver Island/Coastal

Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation

Community Futures Mount Waddington

Community Futures Strathcona

Community Futures Powell River

Community Futures Sunshine Coast

Community Futures Howe Sound

Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot

Community Futures Central Island

Community Futures Cowichan


Community Futures Central Okanagan

Community Futures North Okanagan

Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen

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Business Plans

Venture Connect creates high quality and realistic business plans that incorporate your skills and attributes.  The plans include short and long-term goals, marketing strategies and when appropriate noting potential new markets.  Venture Connect business plans have been used for financing and immigration program support.

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Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

British Columbia’s economic growth depends on having enough skilled and qualified workers to meet labour market needs. The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a way for high-demand foreign workers and experienced entrepreneurs to gain permanent residency in BC.

Additional Details

For more information about the Provincial Nominee Program please visit: Welcome BC - BC Provincial Nominee Program

There are a number of avenues immigrant entrepreneurs can apply to become productive business citizens in British Columbia. 

Our assistance would be in the form of helping you come up with a business concept, geographic location and preliminary concept for a business that meets the parameters of the specific program. We charge $1,000 for a Basic Business Concept (Regional Pilot), $2,250 for a Basic Business Plan/follow up plan and $3,500 for more involved Business Plans.

If you would like one of our Business Advisors to help you in the process please email

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