Resources to help you launch your business or project
We are here to support businesses and social profit ventures on Cortes. We do not fund projects directly, but can help with mentoring, planning, building connections, and tracking down available funding and investment sources. We’ve stacked this section with some of the best resources in our region, designed to meet you where you’re at with your project, concept, or business idea.
I have a new business idea
But, I could use some financing or investment.
Did you know that the Cortes Community Investment Coop (CCIC) might be interested in investing in your business?
If you already have a business plan, you can use this CCIC proposal PowerPoint template, and CICC proposal guidelines to prepare to pitch your business idea to CCIC. These check-lists are also useful if you are just getting started with developing your business plan.
All this talk of business plans has me realizing, I could use some help with writing mine.
Contact us a firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if we know of a local professional who is available to help you get your business plan written. You can also get in touch with us if you or someone you know writes business plans professionally, and would like your contact info to be listed here directly.
Looking for support for an existing business? Head on down to the "I am an existing business" tab below.
I have an existing business
And, I'm looking to expand.
We would love to hear from you. How are you looking to expand? Are you looking to retire? Do you have a plan for how you want to transition or sell your business? Are you struggling with the impacts of COVID? Looking for a partner, a bookkeeper, or some mentorship?
Contact us at email@example.com.
Government of Canada Business Benefits Finder
A very useful comprehensive list of government financing programs that shows relevant programs available to your specific business or project.
Small Business BC’s business plan services
Provides coaching on how to write a successful business plan. Also provides services for business owners starting a business, those writing a business plan for loans or finance, and for established businesses who are planning ahead for growth.
Toll Free in BC: 1-800-667-2272
The Consulting Hive
Free until March 2022
The Consulting Hive is a Community Futures initiative, working with a group of British Columbia-based business agencies that understand the needs of small to medium sized businesses, not-for-profits, charities and social enterprises and we care deeply about the success and emotional welfare of their owners.
Community Futures Strathcona
A well established and well resourced organization that helps to start and grow successful businesses through a wide variety of community economic development initiatives. Will assist with business loans. To apply you must be unable to obtain all or a portion of the required financing from a bank or credit union, and your business must be located within the Comox Valley or Strathcona Regional District.
Office in Campbell River, BC. Reach them by phone: (250) 830-0999
A non-proﬁt organization that provides ﬁnancing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,400 volunteer mentors. Futurpreneur Canada offers financing, mentoring, marketing tips, accounting help and much more to make growing your company easier.
Futurpreneur Canada is able to finance up to $20,000 per business. Our partner the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) can provide additional financing of up to $40,000.
Click here to check out their Business Plan Writer app, including a list of useful business plan examples.
The Small Business Accelerator
Offers free online access to reliable business information and tools for secondary market research for BC businesses and entrepreneurs.
Click here for their page on business planning, which includes useful advice on creating a business plan, plus sample business plans, and links to general business planning help.
Click here for their resource page specifically geared towards women entrepreneurs.
The Rural Islands Economic Partnership (RIEP)
A grassroots organization created as a means for cultivating enduring rural island-wide economic partnerships, in collaboration with Indigenous communities, to ensure economic resilience and generate long-term prosperity without depleting natural or social resources. They also keep an updated and extensive resource page for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
I need help promoting my business
There are a number of skilled web site designers, photographers, writers, and videographers on Cortes. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are looking for someone, or let us know if you would like to be listed on this page.
Local Web Designers
Dean Warner / email@example.com
Adam McKenty / firstname.lastname@example.org
Ester Strijbos / email@example.com
Digital Marketing Bootcamp
Alacrity Canada Digital Marketing Bootcamp is a virtual skills-training program that aims to prepare your business for the digital marketplace.
I operate a tourism-based business
Tourism Funding and Programs
Supports tourism businesses and organizations to adapt their operations while investing in services to facilitate their future growth.
BC Tourism Resiliency Network
The BC Tourism Resiliency Network is a long-term resiliency program providing BC tourism businesses with meaningful, one-on-one support to navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, adapt and work towards eventual recovery.
I am an artist
Do you sell your art? Do you need space and equipment? Looking to start selling your work online? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see if we can help.
And, there are also some great resources available for artists working and creating in BC:
Small Business BC's Resources for British Columbia's Creative Industries
Grant programs offered through the BC Arts Council:
I work in food production
Farm Credit Canada
Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund
Local Food Infrastructure Fund
Small Scale Food Processor Association
To be Canada’s leading support organization for small and medium enterprises in the food processing industry by providing leadership, education, marketing, networking, and advocacy to foster success in a competitive global market.
B.C. Farmers' food donation personal income tax credit
The farmers' food donation tax credit is a non-refundable income tax credit to encourage farmers and farming corporations to donate certain agricultural products that they produce in B.C. to registered charities, such as food banks or school meal programs.
BC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program
provides farmers’ market coupons to lower-income families, pregnant people and seniors.
I am looking for work
Do you have unique skills or expertise? Are you interested in a particular industry or apprenticeship opportunity? Tell us about your goals and we'll try to get you connected with meaningful work opportunties on the island. Reach out to us at email@example.com
North Island Employment (NIEFS
Regional job postings, training, and skill development opportunities. Located in Campbell River.
I’d like to start a social profit venture
But I could use some funding... and maybe a partner.
Are there other people or organizations on island doing something similar? Could you partner with them? Would you be interested in participating in a training cohort to workshop your idea?
Contact us a firstname.lastname@example.org, or e-mail the Cortes Community Foundation at email@example.com to find out if there is an existing organization that could help you get started.
If there is a business component to your social profit idea, the Cortes Community Investment Co-op (CCIC) might be interested in working with you. Check out the "new business idea" tab for more information.
Grant Advance Database
Thanks to the Cortes Island Community Foundation we can provide access to this database. A good resource for charities or those with a charitable partner.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for access.
BC Union of Municipalities Grant Database
All this talk of grants has me realizing... I could use some help with writing a grant application.
Contact us at email@example.com to find out if a local professional is available to help you write your grant application.
Resources for People with Disabilities
Small Business BC Resources for People with Disabilities
Persons with Disabilities Training Stream
Under the Persons with Disabilities Training Stream, eligible costs, up to a maximum of $20,000 per participant per fiscal year for training, participant financial supports and training allowances.
Assistive technology and support
This can include hearing aids, assistance with tech support, or ergonomic modifications, etc.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you need help or if you know of additional links we should add.