The Rural BC website provides easy reference to resources and program funding information designed to assist communities and regions. www.ruralbc.gov.bc.ca .
Northern Development Initiative Trust provides an excellent resource for Community Funding. Northern Development offers funding to municipalities, regional districts, First Nations, not-for-profit organizations and public authorities to support sustainable economic development and diversification throughout central and northern British Columbia.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/communityfunding
The Community Futures Network was established in 1986 by the federal government in response to the severe economic and labour market changes faced by rural Canadian communities. Over the last 20 years Community Futures in BC has played a significant role in entrepreneurial and community development. Comprised of 34 locally and strategically positioned organizations, the BC Community Futures Network has a significant impact on the socio-economic development and diversification of the rural communities it serves. Community Futures works with the existing business community to increase its capacity, to assist with entrepreneurial potential and develop a diversified and self-reliant economy. Programs include business loans, business planning, economic development, workshops and special projects, which can include tourism development capacity building. Community Futures Peace River-Liard serves the Dawson Creek area, with an office located in Dawson Creek.
The Ministry of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development helps to build a strong provincial economy that maximizes opportunities and small business growth throughout the province. The Ministry facilitates economic growth, wealth and job creation, and diversification of provincial and regional economies. The Ministry is committed to working with First Nation communities, Aboriginal people, local communities and regions as well as small businesses, industry, educational and non-governmental organizations.
Canada Business Services is a government information service for businesses and start-up entrepreneurs in Canada. Canada Business reduces the complexity and burden of dealing with various levels of government by serving as a single point of access for federal and provincial/territorial government services, programs and regulatory requirements for business.
Small Business BC, a public and private sector collaboration, is the comprehensive Business Development Resource for people exploring opportunities, launching new ventures and growing existing businesses. www.smallbusinessbc.ca
Front Counter BC is a single-window service for clients of provincial natural resource ministries and agencies. taff members guide clients through all regulated natural resource issues. Business clients can think of the staff at the counter as their direct link to BC’s natural resource ministries and agencies. Staffs are specifically trained and knowledgeable in authorizations required by natural resource businesses and clients for mining, forestry, agriculture, health, etc. Front Counter BC staff act as advocates for timely decisions and responses, and help a client navigate – from start to finish – what can sometimes be a maze of licences, permits and registrations. In the past, clients of BC natural resource ministries and agencies often had to go from agency to agency to obtain their necessary authorizations. The Front Counter BC centres simplify the process for small to medium-sized natural resource businesses. There is an office in Fort St. John.www.frontcounterbc.gov.bc.ca/contact/fort_st_john.html