Growing communities one idea at a time.

Community Futures of Greater Trail fosters local entrepreneurs through all phases of business from the pre-startup phase to the expansion of existing business. We offer entrepreneurial programs and training, business counselling, loan programs and a business library of resource material to people interested in expanding or starting a business. We also promote, co-ordinate and implement a wide variety of community economic development initiatives within the region.

Programs & Services


South Kootenay Business Centre

The South Kootenay Business Centre is an incubator for business and nonprofits. We provide affordable office space, a Board room, business resources, and in-house mentoring to reduce barriers and start-up costs associated with start-up or expansion of a new firm or nonprofit entity.

 

Business Loans and Micro-Loans

We don't think small when it comes to small business. Flexible, affordable loans are specifically designed to help start, expand, relocate or buy a business in our rural community. Solutions are tailored to meet the needs of individual businesses and decisions are made locally - and quickly.

Self Employment Program

The Self Employment Program provides eligible participants the opportunity to receive financial assistance and entrepreneurial support while they develop their business plan and when starting a business. If your application for business plan and/or startup support is accepted you will receive your current EI claim rate or $300/week, whichever is greater, for up to a maximum of 48 weeks.

 

Junior Dragons' Den

Junior Dragons' Den is an annual youth business competition. Qualifying students work with mentors to turn their business concept into a business plan to pitch to the panel (aka Dragons) and audience as they compete for cash prizes.

 

Regional Business Library

To help you start and run a business, Community Futures of Greater Trail houses the Kootenay Regional Business Library. The library nearly 700 business specific titles, and can be searched right here on our website.

Contact Us

Business Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30
General Inquiries: info(at)communityfutures.com
Phone: (250)364-2595

Community Futures
825 Spokane Street
Trail BC, V1R 3W4

 

 

 

News & Events


Apply Now for Junior Dragons' Den

Students. Apply now to compete in the the 2018 Junior Dragons' Den business competition to win cash prizes to help create your own summer job, start or expand a business, or for tuition.
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BBA Agriculture Specialist

The Basin Business Advisor – Agriculture Specialist will provide business advisory services to existing farm businesses including crop, dairy, poultry and meat producers in the Columbia Basin. This full-time position may be located at one of the Community Futures offices within the Columbia Basin. How To Apply

 

Export Navigator

Interested in pursuing markets beyond BC’s borders? Why not attend the Export Navigator Persuing Sales Beyond BC workshop? Learn More

 

Call For Directors
Community Futures is looking for community minded individuals from Rossland, Montrose, Fruitvale and Area B to join our Board. Download our Volunteer Assessment Form and return to 825 Spokane Street, Trail BC V1R 3W4.

 

Erik Kalacis, Tamara Rotach, Sara Stuart

CFBC Investment Fund Award
Community Futures Greater Trail was recognized at the BC AGM and fall conference in Quesnel this September for lending out a whopping 3.6 million to Greater Trail Entrepreneurs.
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Micro Loan Program
Community Futures new Micro Loan program can provide fast turnaround business loans of up to $10,000 for new and experienced entrepreneurs and business owners. Read More.

Basin Business Advisors Program
The Basin Business Advisors (BBA) Program provides free one-on-one confidential business counselling and assessment services for small to medium size businesses and social enterprises in the Columbia Basin. Visit www.bbaprogram.ca to learn more.

Export Navigator Pilot
The Export Navigator pilot offers businesses access to community-based export specialists who can provide a personalized, step-by-step approach to exporting Read More.

Commercial Fibre Optics in Trail
The Trail Broadband Committee is pleased to announce Columbia Networks Inc. and Secure by Design are both now providing services on the Trail Broadband open access network Read More on the Trail Broadband website.

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