Community Futures Job Opportunities

Community Futures is a well-developed community based organization that contributes to the social and economic well-being of the Central Okanagan by providing small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs access to services tailored to individual needs. From financing to training programs, Community Futures is a full support centre for new and existing businesses. Community Futures Central Okanagan is seeking a new administrator to help the organization change and grow.

The CFDCCO Office Administrator is a dynamic role in the organization as a result of an upcoming retirement. The successful applicant will be expected to work closely and collaboratively with CFDCCO management, business advisors, program managers, volunteers and other staff to help ensure that the CFDCCO and its programs and loan clients are provided strong administrative support. Key responsibilities are accounting, treasury, program administration and operations support. A detailed job description can be downloaded here.

 

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Community Futures Helps Businesses

For over 30 years, Community Futures Central Okanagan has helped thousands of businesses start, grow and prosper in good times and bad. Over the past year COVID-19 has caused disruption for many businesses and Community Futures has been busy delivering emergency loans through the Rural Relief and Recovery Fund to help businesses impacted by the pandemic. To date, more than 100 local businesses have accessed over $3M in RRRF loans. See what two Central Okanagan businesses have to say about Community Futures.

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Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant

April 8, 2021 - The B.C. government will provide more than $50 million to help the 14,000 restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, gyms and fitness centres affected by the March 30, 2021, provincial health orders.

“We understand how greatly this group of businesses have been, and continue to be, impacted by the pandemic,” said Premier John Horgan. “This grant will provide the funds these businesses need to help them through this extraordinary time. As a community, we have come so far together in this fight against COVID-19. Let’s stay the course and we will get through this together.”

The new Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant will provide affected businesses with up to $10,000 in one-time funding to help with expenses like rent, insurance, employee wages, maintenance and utilities. The grant can also help cover unexpected costs that resulted from the restrictions, such as the purchase of perishable goods.

“Our commitment to support businesses is unwavering and our work to ensure that they have every opportunity to get past this pandemic will continue,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “We have reason to be hopeful and things will soon get better for all of us in British Columbia. In the meantime, our local businesses need us, and we need them. I encourage communities to BuyBC and shop local wherever you can.”

More than $50 million from the $345-million Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant program has been set aside for businesses through the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant. The individual amount a business receives will be based on the number of employees.

The Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant is open to eligible businesses of any size that have been in operation since Feb. 1, 2021. To ensure affected businesses can access the funds quickly, the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant has a streamlined application.

“COVID-19 has presented significant challenges for everyone in the restaurant industry,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada vice-president, Western Canada. “We appreciate that the B.C. government continues to find ways to help the hospitality sector. This new grant will be of great benefit to many restaurants as they continue to adapt and change in response to the pandemic.”

Applications for the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant are expected to open the week of April 12, 2021.

Read more and determine eligibility

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