All Nations Trust Company is Aboriginal owned. Shareholders are comprised of Bands, Tribal Councils, Aboriginal Organizations, Métis Associations, Status, Non-Status and Métis individuals. ANTCO is a provincially regulated financial institution with the fiduciary capacity to provide Trust; Agent; and Administrative services.
Owners of existing small- to medium-sized businesses in the Columbia Basin, including social enterprises, can access the Basin Business Advisors (BBA) program, which provides free, one-to-one, confidential business counselling and assessment services and more.
BC Business Match helps entrepreneurs and their families to find the right business for their skills and interests, and relocate from large urban centers. It’s an initiative designed to sustain and grow the local economies of non-metropolitan BC communities and is spearheaded by Community Futures, a non-profit organization with offices throughout BC.
Our mission is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, consulting services and securitization, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.
The Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) is access to repayable business loans and advisory services for rural business owners who are living with disabilities or ongoing health conditions.
We bridge the gap between investors and local businesses.
The East Kootenay Columbia Community Investment Co-op is a member-owned association that allows its members to invest into local businesses with the purpose of promoting economic, social, environmental and community impacts.
We are one of several BC Community Investment Co-ops who are redirecting capital into local economies.
The Export Navigator pilot offers businesses access to community-based export specialists who can provide a personalized, step-by-step approach to exporting (selling goods and services to anywhere outside of BC qualifies) and help connect your business to the market information, export programs, financial services, and business development experts it needs at every stage of the process.
Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. We are the only national, non-proﬁt organization that provides ﬁnancing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors.
Imagine Kootenay (IK) is a joint-initiative of local governments, economic development organizations and Chambers of Commerce, with the aim of attracting and supporting investment and workforce development throughout the Kootenay and Boundary regions.
If your business needs financial support but isn’t able to secure conventional financing, this fund may be able to help.
The fund supports business opportunities that are higher risk and may not offer adequate financial returns to an investor, but will benefit Basin residents and communities in some other way. For example, it may create jobs, address a community need, help the environment or support arts and culture.
InvestLocalBC is an initiative for local nonprofits to create online forums to fund, support and evolve their initiatives and projects in our communities. InvestLocalBC accelerates creative ideas into reality by providing an online platform to seek financial investment and collaboration.
The Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency (KABDA) serves First Nation, Métis and Inuit people residing in the Kootenay region of British Columbia. If you are a budding entrepreneur or an existing business owner seeking to expand your business and would like some assistance, contact the KABDA office.
La Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique (SDECB) représente les intérêts du secteur économique de la communauté francophone en favorisant l’épanouissement du milieu des affaires, en valorisant l’entrepreneuriat chez les francophones et en assurant la diffusion de l’information à caractère économique auprès de la communauté.
Venture Connect provides professional guidance to business owners with the preparation of their business for sale, through online marketing, business planning and consultation. For buyers, Venture Connect knows it’s not good enough to buy any business; it’s about buying the right business for you.
Our team understands and relates to the unique circumstances of women business owners. Our experienced business advisors, mentors, trainers and facilitators provide our clients with tools and confidence through a supportive, individual and practical approach.