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Led by a volunteer Board of Directors and a dedicated staff, Community Futures East Kootenay (CFEK) helps to foster strong, resilient local economies. Engaging in Community Economic Development along with local, provincial and federal government partners, businesses, community organizations and other stakeholders, CFEK champions economic growth and sustainability throughout our vibrant service area.





CFEK promotes economic development and the creation of jobs and wealth in our region by providing small-business loans for start-up, expansion or the purchase of existing businesses. In addition to financial support, CFEK offers a variety of business-related services, including knowledgeable, professional business consultation and access to training for entrepreneurs and their employees.

Our missionTo engage communities as a strategic partner, promoting economic development and providing creative financial solutions and advice to new and established small businesses.

Our visionEnriching people and communities by enhancing opportunities for new investment and business growth.

Community Futures covers the East Kootenays including:

  • Athalmer
  • Brisco
  • Canal Flats
  • Cranbrook
  • Donald
  • Edgewater
  • Elkford
  • Elko
  • Fairmont Hot Springs
  • Fernie
  • Field
  • Fort Steele
  • Galloway
  • Golden
  • Grasmere
  • Harrogate
  • Hosmer
  • Invermere
  • Jaffray
  • Kimberley
  • Marysville
  • Moyie
  • Newgate
  • Nicholson
  • Panorama
  • Parson
  • Radium Hot Springs
  • Roosville
  • Skookumchuck
  • Sparwood
  • Spillimacheen
  • Ta Ta Creek
  • Wardner
  • Wasa
  • Windermere
  • Wycliffe
  • Yahk

Core Values

Honesty We will be genuine, fair, truthful and sincere in all our dealings.

Respect We will show consideration and deference for the contribution of others.

Openness We will share information in a timely fashion, respecting the need for prudence and confidentiality.

Trust We will behave responsibly and honourably, we will allow ourselves to be open, approachable and create an atmosphere that encourages candor.

Results We will create positive community outcomes through innovation, entrepreneurial leadership, excellent client care and strong partnerships.

Quality Standards

Governance Community Futures operates using a governance model based on written policies / procedures that encompass our operational needs. These policies are regularly reviewed and renewed.

Professionalism Community Futures volunteers and staff adopt the core values, strive for excellence and seek out opportunities for continuous improvement.

Communications Community Futures communicates both internally and externally reflecting our core values in a timely, responsive and effective manner.

Accountability Community Futures are accountable to our communities, founders and each other to meet or exceed expectations, while reflecting our core values.

Community Futures offices can be found throughout British Columbia. We have created or partnered with organizations to deliver valuable programs designed to help you succeed, grow and accelerate your business.

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