Community Futures partners on CBT Basin Business Advisors program

Community Futures is teaming up with the Columbia Basin Trust to offer the Basin Business Advisors program.

Contributed by the Columbia Basin Trust

In an effort to meet the growing needs of local businesses and help them succeed, Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is expanding its popular Basin Business Advisors (BBA) program, which will be delivered by Community Futures.

“Since 2000, the BBA program has been helping build economic capacity in Basin communities by supporting businesses to grow and prosper,” said Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO. “By expanding the program, more businesses and entrepreneurs will be able to benefit, ultimately having an impact on the economic well-being of the Basin.”

BBA supports small- and medium-sized businesses in the Basin by providing free, one-to-one, confidential business counselling and assessment services, and by arranging and cost-sharing specialized consulting services. These services will now be available to all business models, including social enterprises. Starting in the fall, there will also be new services added such as pre-start-up entrepreneurship, workshops and education.

Steele O’Neil and Associates has delivered the program since its inception in 2000, with owner Barbara O’Neil now heading into retirement.

“We thank Barbara and business advisors Deanne Monroe and Will Nixon of Steele O’Neil and Associates for their commitment to excellence in delivering this innovative program that we are particularly proud of,” said Muth. “They’ve made a real difference to hundreds of businesses that have accessed the program over the years and that continue to thrive today.”

Muth added that CBT is pleased to welcome Community Futures on board and looks forward to working with them as they expand service levels to the business community.

“Community Futures is committed to helping people in the Basin who are currently operating or planning to start their own business, and the opportunity to deliver the BBA program will enhance our ability to provide comprehensive business services,” said Andrea Wilkey, Community Futures Central Kootenay General Manager. “Community Futures in the Basin, with offices in Nelson, Trail, Revelstoke and Cranbrook, will work together to ensure the BBA program is visible and accessible and offers consistent service standards throughout the Basin.”

To learn more about BBA, visit www.cbt.org/bba or call 1.800.510.2227.

 

Just Posted

Voting Day: Here’s what you need to know

Voting stations are open until 8 p.m.

Kids have fun at the Mountain Harvest Festival

The Begbie View Elementary School gym was packed Friday night with Halloween activities

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

VIDEO TOUR: Eagle Pass Lodge recognized at Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Awards

Eagle Pass Heli Skiing’s lodge is located south of Revelstoke on Highway 23

Former Vernon man guilty of Japanese exchange student’s murder

Natsumi Kogawa was found at empty heritage mansion shortly after she was reported missing in 2016

Cough cough: Kelowna MLA gets flu shot to prep for the cold season

Steve Thomson got his flu shot from Lakeside Medicine Centre Friday

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

Black trucks figure prominently in Shuswap thefts

Chase RCMP investigating stolen vehicles from several communities

Enbridge aims for mid-November to finish B.C. pipeline repair after blast

A natural gas pipeline that ruptured and burned near Prince George caused an explosion and fireball

How to get government cheques if Canada Post staff go on strike

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said members could go on rotating strikes as early as Monday

Anti-SOGI school trustee files defamation lawsuit against BCTF president

Barry Neufeld says Glen Hansman’s words caused him “indignity,” “personal harassment,” and “anxiety”

Ocean ‘blob’ returns to B.C.’s North Coast

A 2,000 kilometre patch of warm ocean water could signal a warm winter in Prince Rupert

Most Read