Spring 2019
Welcome to our quarterly Futurescape newsletter! We hope you enjoy our content this quarter
CF Client Spotlight

Vernon’s Nick Moffat comes by his profession honestly. Having grown up in his parents’ garden centre, it was a natural progression for him to work his way up in the industry, first as a landscaper and now as the owner of Nicholas Alexander Home & Garden.

“I worked at the garden centre my whole childhood,” explains Moffat, who leases the same property along the Swan Lake Auto Mile where his parents, Scott and Juanita, operated Art Knapp Plantland for nearly 30 years. “I started selling hot dogs in front of the store when I was 10 because I wanted to buy a snowboard. I did it for three seasons, and then I started in the garden centre in customer service.”

Moffat, now 31, went from sweeping floors and helping customers carry their purchases, to eventually managing the store for four years until his parents closed it in 2013. He says he would have loved to take over the family business then, but adds: “It just wasn’t in the cards at that moment in time to take it on.”

Instead, Moffat and his wife, Jamee, started Nicholas Alexander Landscaping in 2015. To get it started, though, they needed some capital. That’s when the Community Futures Loans Program entered the picture.“I knew Rob Short (loans coordinator at Community Futures North Okanagan) from previous endeavours and came to him with my business proposal,” says Moffat. “I supplied the numbers and he helped me through it and got me started with a business start-up loan.”

That loan helped the Moffats purchase the landscaping tools, trailers and truck he needed to begin operating. They haven’t looked back since.“It got us off the ground,” says Moffat. “

It was just a really big help because we were growing at such a rapid pace. Even after the first season, we doubled our crew. We needed more tools, more equipment...more of everything. That loan helped us achieve that.”

Rob Short, loans coordinator at Community Futures North Okanagan, says Nick’s passion for his business is exemplary.“

His professional approach to providing solutions to his clients’ needs is paramount to Nick and his team, which, in turn, has resulted in the business receiving award-winning recognition in the market place.Community Futures is very pleased to have been able to help Nick with his ‘growing’ business.”
CF Roundup
A quarterly snapshot of Community Futures activities
Natural Resources Forum
On January 22nd – 24th CFBC Executive Director Cheryl Johnson and Northern Mangers Susan Stearns, CF Fraser Fort George, John Farrell, General Manager of CF Pacific Northwest, Karen Eden, General Manager of CF Cariboo-Chilcotin, Greg Lawrence, General Manager of CF North Cariboo and Sue Kenny, General Manager of CF Peace Liard attended the Natural Resources Forum held at the Prince George Civic Centre in Prince George. CFBC and the Northern CFs split a sponsorship and had a exhibit booth at the event.
Community Futures staff had the opportunity to connect with Minister Ralston, Minister for Jobs, Trade and Technology and Minister Chow, Minister of State for Trade and established many new connections

The Forum offered a positive, non-partisan arena to discuss and learn first-hand the latest news, trends and opportunities linked to the resource sector in BC and was an excellent opportunity to showcase Community Futures and all that we so in support of rural small businesses throughout BC.
BDC Roundtable
On January 29th, Executive Director Cheryl Johnson attended a roundtable discussion hosted by BDC. Cheryl was accompanied by CFBC Board members Mike Guarnery and Brenda Gould. 

The roundtable brought together people from organizations who actively support Women Entrepreneurs across the country for local discussions about providing the right tools, advice and networking opportunities so women entrepreneurs can really tap into their potential and succeed. 

This discussion was in support of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy announced in the 2018 budget and launched towards the end of last year.

( Pictured :From Left: Cheryl Johnson, CFBC Executive Director, Susan Schooley, WD Assistant Manager, Wendy Trusller, Regional Manager, BDC, Mike Guarnery, CFBC Chair and Brenda Gould CFBC Director)
Small Business BC Awards
On February 21st Executive Director Cheryl Johnson, accompanied by Mike Guarnery CFBC Chair, Vanessa Tveitane EDP Project Coordinator and Keely Critchley Office Administrator attended the Small Business BC awards, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
CFBC was a sponsor at the event and we were delighted to see some successful Community Futures clients nominated for awards. Long Table Grocery, based in Quesnel, were nominated for and won Best Community Impact. Other CF clients nominated were Sue’s Clothlines, based in Creston for Peoples Choice and Whistler Cooks, based in Whistler, for Best Apprentice Training.

(Pictured From left: Vanessa Tveitane, EDP Project Coordinator, Keely Critchley, Administrator, Mike Guarnery, CFBC Chair, Tammy Shulz Director General Operations, WED, Cheryl Johnson, CFBC Executive Director)
West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce 
On February 22nd CFBC EDP Project Coordinator Vanessa Tveitane and Office Administrator Keely Critchley attended a fireside chat with Small Business and Export Promotion Minister Mary Ng, along with Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for a conversation with the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

Minister Ng wanted to hear from small business owners in West Vancouver on how the government can continue help them start-up, scale-up, and access new markets. She also discussed the government’s commitment to supporting female entrepreneurs.

The discussion focused on overcoming business challenges, opportunities for growth and what the Government is doing to help small businesses in Canada. 
BCEDA Summit 2019
From March 3rd to 5th CFBC attended the BCEDA summit, held at the Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver. The summit was set up to create and discuss key issues facing economic developers, local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal leaders, community planners with some of the most creative and strategic minds in the industry.

CFBC sponsored a lunch at the event. Cheryl Johnson, Executive Director, along with Cathy Robertson, Board member and Manager rep provided an overview presentation on the Community Futures organization and all that we do in support of rural small business across BC.
CF Spring Training

On March 5th – 7th Community Futures held its annual Spring Training at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond.

Day 1 of Spring Training saw a joint networking session with the BCEDA and a Gala dinner hosted by the BCEDA. 
Day 2 featured guest speakers on a variety of informative topics such as; Business Continuity Planning, Economic Resilience and Recovery Planning, Indigenous Engagement, Speaking with Purpose and many more. 
In the evening there was a CF reception with a chance for CF staff to network with their counterparts across BC CF Network.
Day 3 began with some words from leader of the opposition, MLA Andrew Wilkinson and opposition critic for small business, MLA Coralee Oaks.

The remainder of the morning featured CF Roundtables for Self Employment staff, Business Analysts and Managers.
BC Tech Summit 
On March 11th to 14th CFBC Executive Director Cheryl Johnson and EDP Project Coordinator Vanessa Tveitane attended the 2019 BC Tech Summit. The summit is western Canada’s largest innovation event and brings together business leaders and technology experts from across BC and around the world to exchange ideas, insights and opportunities. 

Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) had a booth at the event promoting Community Futures and the EDP program. The event was a great chance for CFBC and EDP to Network with business leaders and technology experts and showcase all that we do in support or rural small business across BC.
( Pictured Left to right, Galina Mekhova, Business Officer, WD, Cheryl Johnson, CFBC ED, Terri MacDonald, Selkirk College. Vanessa Tveitane, EDP Project Coordinator, CFBC)
2018 CF Volunteer of the Year
Volunteer Spotlight
The Community Futures Network in BC recognized our Volunteers of the Year during National Volunteer Week. We greatly appreciate the support and contributions of all our volunteers, without whom our success would not be possible. We are delighted to be featuring the winners throughout the year here in our Futurescape Newsletter
Community Futures Okanagan-Similkameen
Volunteer of the Year:
Brenda Gould

Brenda was originally one of our business loan clients, who subsequently became a board director representing the Similkameen region. 

Brenda has worked tirelessly in her community for many years, especially with the Upper and Lower Similkameen Indian bands. 

In 2017, Brenda joined the provincial Community Futures BC board.
Community Futures 16/37
Volunteer of the Year:
Calvin Carlick

Calvin Carlick joined Community Futures 16/37 on May 18, 2010 as an Alternate Director.

On July 13, 2012 he was elected Director representing Iskut and area. Currently Mr. Carlick holds the position of Vice Chair.

Calvin is 33 years young. He is a member of the Tahltan Nation and a Royal Roads University alumni. Calvin is a passionate community servant.
Community Futures Alberni Clayoquot
Volunteer of the Year:
Jennifer Collette

Jennifer was involved with CFAC as a committee member on both the Investment and Self-Employment committees. A diligent and enthusiastic member, her commitment to the CF philosophy and her background in Business and Financial Services, proved to be a valuable asset to our organization. 

Her assessment of Business Plans and client proposals was always thoughtful and focused and she never attended a meeting unprepared.

Jennifer is a believer in community service and in addition to CF participation, has been involved in youth sports, PA Hospice, Chamber events, and is currently the Board Chair of Pot Luck Ceramics, a for profit for charity within the PA Fundraising Co-op. 
Community Futures Boundary
Volunteer of the Year:
Leigh Wilson Starchuck

Leigh Starchuk joined the Community Futures Boundary Board in November 2014. She is a co-owner of Tool Time Supplies Ltd. a retail rental company in Grand Forks.

Leigh has been involved in the Community for many years in a volunteer capacity. Most recently she is Chair of the Grand Forks Curling Club and has been involved with the junior curling program provincially. Before she joined the Board she had worked with Community Futures in the past and brings first hand knowledge of local trends, attitudes and the challenges facing small businesses in rural British Columbia.

Currently, she is “secretary” of the CF Boundary Board and an active member of the organization.
Community Futures Powell River
Volunteer of the Year:
Lori Brown

For Lori Brown, Powell River is not just, what she calls home, but it is the heart and soul of who she is. Her desire to see her community grow and thrive has led her to become involved in numerous organizations. Lori sits on the boards of Powell River Community Futures, Powell River Community Forest, Powell River Christian School as well as her church, Westview Baptist. 

Lori is an integral part of every organization she chooses to invest her time in. At Powell River Community Forest, she has thrown herself into learning about the logging industry and using her business expertise to note where funding could be best invested within her community to make an impact for all generations. At the Christian School, it is not Lori’s skill with numbers that they draw upon but her heart to give, to continue to learn and her desire to enable and equip the next generation. Lori’s heart for the community and children extends into this next generation. Desiring them to understand the blessings and opportunities, they have been given and in turn teach them to give back. 

Lori has been an integral part of Community Futures Powell River for many years serving well past her mandatory 5 years that she originally signed on for. Her experience as a business owner and her flair for “Numbers” have made her an integral part of this organization. Volunteering tirelessly, she commits many hours to ensuring that her community grows economically and that the best interests of the local community are served. Lori is the Board Treasurer and Chairs the Self Employment Committee.
Community Futures Cowichan
Volunteer of the Year:
Sarah Morden

Sarah Morden has been a board member with Community Futures Cowichan since 2012. Her experience as a self-employed consultant with local governments throughout the province on a range of local initiatives and projects has been an excellent fit with Community Futures.

Sarah has been a valuable resource to the organization in grant writing and project management activities. With her guidance, CF Cowichan have been successful in receiving funds and administering a number of community development projects.

Sarah believes strongly in the value of collaboration and partnerships as a means to strengthening local businesses.

She is a supporter in raising social consciousness, particularly amongst the youth and community initiatives aimed at improving local quality of life and long-term sustainability. 

It would be nearly impossible to do the great things we do without amazing individuals like Sarah.

She is a great asset to Community Futures Cowichan and we are very happy that this is where she wants to volunteer her talent.
CF Wildfire Business Transition News
Funding for businesses impacted by BC wildfires extended for another year

Community Futures British Columbia is pleased to announce that support for businesses that were impacted by the 2017 wildfires in British Columbia has been extended for another year, thanks to additional funding of $540,000 from Western Economic Diversification.

New Video Series Launched

Community Futures British Columbia is pleased to launch the first three videos in a series documenting the support and assistance that Community Futures provided to businesses, Indigenous communities and not for profit organizations that were impacted by the 2017 wildfires in British Columbia, the worst in the province’s history. 

The   Wildfire Business Transition Project   is a regional initiative between five Community Futures organizations working together with Community Futures British Columbia. The initiative started in October 2017 with an initial project investment of $340,000 from Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition to hire a team of Business Ambassadors in the regions served by Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin, North Cariboo and Sun Country. 

Support Available For Rural Business Impacted By The 2017 Wildfires

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.
Small Business Tips for Success
Protect Your Small Business From Cyber Attacks
The number of small and medium-sized businesses that go out of business within six months of a cyber-attack is as much as 60%, according to the National Cyber Security Alliance. Their research also found that over 70% of cyber attackers deliberately target small businesses, and almost half of small businesses have already experienced a cyber-attack.

Perhaps those facts are what lead Ginni Rometty, Chairperson, President and CEO of IBM to say, “…Cybercrime, by definition, is the greatest threat to every profession, every industry, every company in the world.”

Yet, in a recent survey of hundreds of small business owners across Canada, Small Business BC’s partner TruShield Insurance found that 77% don’t have cyber insurance.

Relationships - Building Your Business
Have you ever wondered if there is a secret to succeeding in any business venture?

There are a number of tried-and-true methods that lead to success. Among these are having the right skills, personality, and drive.

You may have heard that it is important to build rapport and strong relationships. This may be common knowledge but it is often overlooked, especially at the beginning stages of a business.

Whether you recognize it or not, all successful small businesses, irrespective of the service or product offered, have business owners who have one thing in common: the skill of building and maintaining relationships.

The Web Design Trends Shaping E-commerce in 2019

E-commerce has been an expanding space for decades, and your site's design has a direct impact on how your customers navigate it and find products. As big players like Amazon dominate the market and enterprise companies such as Walmart join in, it's become crucial for small businesses to differentiate their offerings to survive. Selling on another platform, like Amazon, may be a good way to get your feet wet in the world of e-commerce, but selling on your own site and providing a personalized experience is even better.

10 Social Media Trends to Watch in 2019

As social media platforms have evolved into full-blown communication channels, more brands are relying on these platforms to reach their target audiences.

Consumer attention is scattered across various social platforms, not to mention apps and other online diversions. Brands that hope to capture consumers’ attention and dollars need to keep in touch with how their audiences utilize these platforms. The bottom line is that, as trends evolve on social media, so must the corresponding marketing.

DIY Management: How to create a mentally healthy workplace

Michael Reid, disability client relationship manager at Pacific Blue Cross in Burnaby, and Jean-Paul Gravel, founder and CEO of Vancouver’s Through Conversation Personal Development Inc., share their thoughts on workplace wellness

5 Steps For Effective Business Systems

If you’re finding that your business systems aren’t operating as well as they used to, it’s time to refine them. Perhaps you’ve grown considerably in the last year, or hired new staff. In the early stages, you may have picked robust or over complicated business tools that are above and beyond what you need to get started. Sounding familiar?

Upcoming Events
Community Futures Central Kootenay 2019 Community Economic Development Forum 
Registration is now open for the Community Futures Central Kootenay 2019 Community Economic Development Forum in Castlegar, BC on April 8 – 9.

The theme for this two-day event is Natural Disasters – how to prepare, respond and recover.
The forum will bring together experts who have helped businesses through recent natural disasters, including flood and wildfire. Learn about disaster preparedness, response and recovery for your business and community.
Speakers include Dale Wheeldon (BCEDA), Jeremy Stone (SFU) and Colin O’Leary (O’Leary & Associates).
You will also hear from Jennifer Wetmore (Community Futures Boundary), Roly Russell (Chair of Regional District Kootenay Boundary), Deb Arnott (Community Futures Sun Country) and Karen Eden (Community Futures Cariboo), who have all experienced natural disasters in their community and can share their experiences and learning.
A copy of the agenda is available  CED Forum Agenda .

Registration is now open through our Eventbrite portal  here .

Accommodation is available at the Sandman Inn Castlegar, at the reduced rate of $110. Please call (250) 365-8444 and mention “CED Forum 2019”.

Questions? Please contact Lisa Cannady at (250) 352-1933 x119 or email at lcannady@futures.bc.ca .
TechExit.io happening April 10th at The Vancouver Convention Centre. This “Exit Ready” event is all about educating technology entrepreneurs and investors on exit strategy.

TechExit.io is the go-to event for technology industry players who want to understand the ins and outs of selling – or buying – technology companies. This event is not just for tech companies looking to exit in the near term – it is about being “exit ready” from day one. www.techexit.io"
Women in Business (WIB) Networking Lunch
Community Futures Fraser Fort George is pleased to host a  Women in Business (WIB) Networking Lunch on Thursday, April 11th & April 25th , from noon to 1 pm,  to take place at the Coast Inn of the North in the Two Rivers Pavillion, Prince George.

Are you looking to connect with other Women in Business? Tired of feeling like the odd “man” out? We’ve been there! Join us the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month to learn, share and revel in the distinct gifts women have to offer the business world.
Please bring yourself, bring a friend if you wish, and bring some business cards to share with others as you network. Lunch will be a la carte from Winston’s menu. We are excited to be a part of this growing group and look forward to seeing you there!!

FREE! Community Futures is offering Business Plan Workshops
Workshops will provide participants an overview of how and why a business plan needs to be completed. This is for someone who is starting a business or is operating a business. You will be given the tools on how to research and compile a business plan and cash flow. 

Mentorship will be provided to those who attend.

Courses currently being offered in;

Ashcroft - May 1st
Lytton - May 8th
Lillooet - May 15th

To register, contact Thompson Rivers University 250-256-4296  online registration
Community Futures Provincial Conference
The Community Futures Annual Provincial Conference will take place from Tues October 1, 2019 to Thurs October 3, 2019 at the Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna.

The conference features a packed agenda with many great speakers and provides an opporunity for Community Futures Network Members and Partners to learn and network.

For more information visit the CFBC website
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