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.
The South Kootenay Business Centre is a business development program that provides furnished office space, resources and in-house mentoring to mitigate barriers to business for new and expanding firms.
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.
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.
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.
Get Ready! Junior Dragons Den student business competitions will be held in Cranbrook April 7, in Revelstoke April 14, and in Trail April 21. The top contestants will compete in the grand finale in Trail’s Charles Bailey Theatre on May 7, 2016. Don’t miss it!
Junior Dragons' Den Expands
Modeled after the popular CBC "Dragons' Den" television show, Junior Dragons' Den 2016 contestants will now compete in one of 3 regional competitions before the final live show in Trail BC. View Article in Kootenay Business Magazine's online edition.
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.
2015 Business Resource Directory
The 2015 Columbia Basin Business Resource Directory is now available online. The directory aggregates business resource providers within the Columbia Basin. View the 2015 Columbia Basin Resource Directory online.
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.
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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