Self Employment Program

The program provides income support, business plan development support, a variety of business skills development and workshops, one-on-one mentoring, business counselling, collaboration with peers and experiential learning in hands-on workshops.

Community Futures has operated the program continuously for 25 years and has an excellent track record of successful business start-ups through the program.  The business plans that result from the program are comprehensive, market driven and highly regarded by industry.

How do you get started?

For those individuals who are Employment insurance or Reachback eligible, you will require a referral from WorkBC to pursue the Self Employment Program, therefore you must contact WorkBC, meet with an Employment Counselor and attend an Assess Your Business Idea Workshop.

For those who would like more information about the program and your funding options, please call Community Futures at 250-453-9165 / 1-800-567-9911 (toll free) to book an appointment to explore your options.

WorkBC Employment Service Centre locations and contact numbers:

  • Ashcroft: 250-453-2499 124 4th Street, Ashcroft BC V0K 1A2
  • Lillooet: 250-256-7758 639B Main Street, Lillooet BC V0K 1V0

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I have attended the Orientation Session at WorkBC - what is my next step?

You must attend a Business Planning Workshop before being considered for the Self Employment Program.

I am ready! How do I write a plan?

The Self-Employment Program includes instruction and resources on how to write a business plan.

What other help does Community Futures provide?

We offer loans, business counselling and business development programs for start-up or expansion -  call 250-453-9165/ 1-800-567-9911 (toll free) or email Tracy Kubik to meet with our business counsellor to explore your options.


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