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FROZEN NORTH - Ice Cream Parlor Seeking Entrepreneur

Are you a student between the ages of 17 and 22 and keen to:

  • Learn how to run your own business?
  • Want to operate a fully-functioning mobile ice-cream parlor?

Send your Expression of Interest to the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce by Friday, March 26, 2021 to

3 Expression of Interests will be selected and the entrepreneurs will receive “Business Start-up” guidance from Community Futures Nadina. Use the practices you learn from Community Futures to build your pitch to present at the Grizzly Den in May 2021.

The winner will be handed the keys to operate the Chamber’s icecream parlor for the summer. At summer’s end, you hand the keys back and keep the profits you made!


Smithers District Chamber of Commerce

Tel: 250-847-5072

Student Invitation to Participate 

More support for tourism and other small businesses experiencing COVID-19-related losses across Western Canada

From: Western Economic Diversification Canada

News release

The expanded Regional Relief and Recovery Fund now offers up to an additional $20,000 for eligible small businesses needing continued financial support

February 5, 2021 – Edmonton, Alberta – The Government of Canada has been supporting small businesses and protecting jobs since the pandemic began, and will continue to do so for as long as it takes. Since its launch on May 13, 2020, the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) has protected over 33,500 jobs in Western Canada by providing nearly $427 million to support over 7,400 businesses and organizations, of which nearly 45 percent are located in rural areas and 30 percent are owned by women.

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada announced an expansion of the RRRF to align with the increased funding available under the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). This follows the Government’s intention in the Fall Economic Statement, to increase RRRF funding by $500 million nationally, including over $250 million for Western Canada. This will make a total of more than $800 million available to meet strong demand to help western Canadian small businesses and organizations with liquidity needs that cannot be met by other federal support programs, such as the new Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP).

New applicants to the RRRF can now request up to $60,000 in interest-free, repayable support, up from $40,000 previously. Existing RRRF recipients can now apply for additional funding of up to $20,000, if they continue to suffer eligible COVID-19-related losses. Additional fully repayable liquidity support over $60,000 may also be available for eligible applicants.

With many travel and public health restrictions in place, Western Canada’s tourism sector has been particularly hard-hit by the pandemic. This is why a minimum of 25 percent of RRRF funding across Canada is earmarked for local tourism-related businesses and organizations to help them to be ready for an eventual recovery of the industry.


“We’ve been listening to small businesses and tourism operators, and we understand that additional support was required to bridge them to our economic reopening and recovery. Covering an additional $20,000 of losses will help many small businesses make it through. My message to entrepreneurs is clear:  We have stood with you from the start of this pandemic, and we’ll stand by you to the end.”
- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada 

"Covering an additional $20,000 of losses will help many small businesses make it through. " - Hon. Mélanie Joly

Quick facts

RRRF is a national $2 billion needs-based program delivered by the Government of Canada’s regional development agencies, including Western Economic Diversification Canada, to fill gaps by helping support:

– businesses and organizations unable to access other federal pandemic support programs; and

– businesses and organizations that continue to experience hardship after accessing these measures. 

Up to 12 months of liquidity support is available to cover losses sustained between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, an increase of six months. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.

This new funding increases the contribution limit from $40,000 to $60,000, based on eligibility.

Eligible applicants can get funding up to $40,000, with 25 percent (up to $10,000) forgivable if the non-forgivable portion is repaid by December 31, 2022.

Eligible applicants can apply for an additional funding over $40,000 and up to $60,000, with 50 percent (up to $10,000) forgivable if the non-forgivable portion is repaid by December 31, 2022. 

The fully repayable liquidity support over $60,000 is subject to different terms and different deadlines.

Community Futures organizations across the West are delivering targeted RRRF support to small businesses in rural communities.

In Western Canada, program delivery is also being complemented by the Women’s Enterprise Initiative.

Northern British Columbia Tourism Association and Nadina Community Futures Partner to Support Northern BC Tourism Recovery

For Immediate Release  

February 8, 2021, Northern British Columbia Tourism Association (NBCTA) and Nadina Community Futures announced today that the organizations have entered a formal partnership, working collaboratively to support businesses in Northern BC through the COVID19 pandemic. The newly formed partnership will build on existing informal relationships, establishing a task force during the pandemic to assist northern businesses to increase and improve communication, better coordinate tourism initiatives, and laying the groundwork for planning through collaborative information sharing and data analysis.

“Businesses across the Northern BC region have experienced entirely new challenges this past year, amid the COVID19 pandemic. NBCTA is committed to supporting tourism businesses in our region as they weather this storm which is why we are thrilled to formalize a regional partnership with Community Futures,” said Clint Fraser, CEO, NBCTA. “Community Futures has long been an informal partner with whom we share common goals, but to have that partnership formalized through this newest MOU will only strengthen and better support the tourism industry across Norther BC.”

“Impacts to the tourism industry have been very challenging with drastic reductions in revenue for many of these businesses.  CF Nadina is committed to working with NBCTA and entrepreneurs to support strategic initiatives and the required changes,” said Marilyn Berglund, Chair, CF Nadina.

The memorandum of understanding between NBCTA and Community Futures expresses a commitment by both parties to ensure regular meetings between Community Futures staff and NBCTA staff working directly with tourism businesses, to share information, build resource strength for businesses, and ensure effective referrals, collaboration and problem-solving for clients. The establishment of on-the-ground collaborative initiatives such as joint marketing will be recommended to the Tourism Task Force for approval and resourcing.

A joint statement by the northern Community Futures said: “We have all been working closely with our communities during this difficult year. Impacts to tourism have been devastating throughout the North, and CFs are committed to working with entrepreneurs and businesses at the local and pan-northern levels to mitigate the impacts and support the necessary changes to how we do things. Forming a strategic relationship with NBCTA will pool knowledge, ideas and energy on behalf of northern business; we anticipate some immediate, positive outcomes, and look forward to tourism in the north coming back stronger then ever.”

The seven northern Community Futures are: Peace Liard (Northeast BC including all communities in the Peace River and Fort Nelson Regional Districts), Fraser Fort George (Prince George, Mackenzie, McBride, Valemount and region), Stuart Nechako (Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake and region), Nadina (Burns Lake, Granisle, Houston, Telkwa, Topley, Smithers and region), 16/37 (Terrace, Kitimat/Haisla, Nass Valley, Hazelton, Dease Lake and region), Pacific Northwest (Prince Rupert, Port Edward, Metlakatla, Lax K'walaams, Hartley Bay and region), and Haida Gwaii.


About Northern British Columbia Tourism Association

Northern BC Tourism Association (NBCTA) works to develop, support, and sustain the tourism sector in northern BC and is one of five regional destination management organizations in the province. NBCTA is a non-profit association led by a board of directors elected by industry, and works collaboratively with the provincial government and Destination BC, a Provincial Crown Corporation, to advance the tourism sector throughout the region.


About Community Futures

Community Futures is a non-profit organization supporting small businesses through a range of services and tools. With experts offering local assistance from 34 offices throughout rural BC, Community Futures is committed to helping business owners achieve their goals and withstand challenges. In Northern BC, Community Futures work closely together to identify and leverage opportunities and services across the regions and continue to build strong partnerships with other community and economic development organizations.


Media Contacts

Amber Harding, Marketing & Communications
Northern BC Tourism Association


Kim Martinsen, General Manager
Community Futures Nadina
Northern Development announces approval for 11 Regional Business Liaison positions

Northern Development Announces Approval for 11 Regional Business Liaison Positions

June 18, 2020

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Northern Development announced today that it has approved funding for 11 positions through its Regional Business Liaison (RBL) program. This program encourages Community Futures Development Corporations, Chambers of Commerce, local governments, community economic development entities, or regional destination marketing organizations to hire locally based talent to provide business support services for the region.

Regional Business Liaison positions have been approved for the following:

  • Community Futures Nadina
  • Community Futures Peace Liard
  • Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
  • Community Futures Fraser Fort George
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
  • Fort Nelson Chamber of Commerce
  • Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce
  • Community Futures Sun Country
  • Community Futures North Cariboo
  • Haida Gwaii Community Futures
  • Community Futures Pacific Northwest

Each organization has 90 days to fill the positions. Northern Development will fund 100 per cent of eligible expenses up to $75,000. This funding is a one-time offering to provide additional community resources to support small and medium sized enterprises during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Joel McKay, CEO, Northern Development Initiative Trust

“The Trust is very pleased that we were able to approve 11 positions that will benefit all four areas of our service region. Now that we are seeing businesses re-opening, many business owners and managers will benefit from this service as we all work towards rebuilding the economy in Northern B.C.”

Mike Racz, General Manager, Haida Gwaii Community Futures

“This position will be extremely important to rebuilding the overall resilience of the islands. As we enter into our recovery phase, the extra capacity that this position creates will allow us to support our island entrepreneurs to the best of our ability.”

Susan Stearns, General Manager, Community Futures Fraser Fort George

“NDIT’s funding for the RBL position is a powerful springboard for facilitating dialogues that will enhance communication, while identifying service gaps and how to fill them. It will allow businesses to access resources to redesign their businesses and will be a primary conduit for strengthening and diversifying economic recovery across the North.”

Cheryl Montgomery, Executive Director, Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce

“The Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce values and looks forward to our partnership with NDIT in implementing the role of the Regional Business Liaison. This position will be a critical component towards guiding the regional economy through recovery after Covid-19. It is important to fully understand the position SME’s are in and be able to provide information, resources and opportunities to do better than just returning back to pre-Covid status, but to provide future expansion and growth.”

Karen Eden, General Manager, Community Futures Cariboo-Chilcotin

“We truly appreciate the Regional Business Liaison positions.  With these positions we can expand our capacity for one-on-one supports for Cariboo-Chilcotin businesses that are trying to survive these unprecedented times.”

Media Contact

Holly Plato
Director, Communications and Marketing
Northern Development Initiative Trust

Northern Development introduces Business Development Internship program with Community Futures Development Corporations


From back left: Darrin Rigo, internships program manager, Northern Development; Minister Bruce Ralston, minister of energy, mines and petroleum resources; Joel McKay, CEO, Northern Development; and John Farrell, general manager, Community Futures Pacific Northwest.
From front left: Kim Martinsen, general manager, Community Futures Nadina and Margo Wagner, chair, Northern Development.

Photo: Northern Development


JANUARY 29, 2020

PRINCE GEORGE – Following in the footsteps of the successful Local Government and First Nations Government internship programs, Northern Development Initiative Trust has established the Business Development Internship program.

This newly created program provides grant funding to Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDC) within Northern Development’s service area to assist with the cost of hosting a business intern for a 12-month period. 

A total of three intern placements are available per year with CFDCs in Prince Rupert, Houston and Ashcroft hosting the initial interns for 2020.

The purpose of the program is to provide a high level of professional development and training that will prepare recent graduates for careers in community development, economic development and business development.

Successful CFDCs are eligible to receive up to $50,000 from Northern Development to assist with the cost of hosting an intern.

In order to qualify for a placement in the program, potential interns must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed requirements to graduate, or have graduated within a 24-month period, prior to the start of the internship program from an accredited college or university with a degree, a diploma, or a post-graduate certificate which requires a previous degree or diploma. Open studies, non-credit, upgrading, or continuing education students do not qualify
  • Willingness to relocate and available to complete the 12-month term
  • Valid B.C. drivers licence
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada. Foreign students must provide proof of a valid work permit and a passport with an expiry date beyond the internship term
  • Satisfactory criminal record check (to be undertaken by Community Future upon selection of intern)

Applications are now available online at


Hon. Michelle Mungall, Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness“This is a valuable new program that will prepare young people for careers as economic development professionals, while helping to strengthen local economies in central and northern B.C. The Northern Development Initiative Trust is a vital partner in driving economic growth and supporting the next generation of business and community leaders through innovative grassroots programs like the Business Development Internship program.”

Hon. Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources
“Through this program, interns will gain invaluable skills and insight into the unique opportunities facing Northern B.C. This is critical for helping communities to diversify and grow their economies.”

Joel McKay, CEO Northern Development Initiative Trust  
“We’ve heard time and again throughout our region the need for qualified professionals to ensure our Northern communities thrive well into the future. This internship program serves as an incentive for recent post-secondary graduates to receive relevant business development training and mentorship across Northern B.C. – skills which they can use to strengthen our local economies.”

Debra Arnott, General Manager, Community Futures, Sun Country
“We are grateful for the support that NDIT is providing to our office to hire an intern for our region. This allows us to offer another level of support to our small businesses as they transition following the natural disasters and the mill closures.”

John Farrell, General Manager, Community Futures Pacific Northwest
"Through these internships the next generation of business developers will get hands-on experience working with entrepreneurs and community leaders. This is an exciting time for Prince Rupert as we reinvent ourselves as Canada's next great port city and this partnership with NDIT to provide added capacity could not have come at a better time."

Kim Martinsen, General Manager, Community Futures Nadina
“Community Futures Nadina is very excited to participate in the Business Development Internship Program with NDIT.  It will increase our capacity to assist small and medium size businesses and provides an excellent opportunity to develop future talent for our region.  It will also enable us to collaborate further with our communities, indigenous organizations, local, provincial and federal governments enhancing business and economic development for our area. “





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Communities Served

Burns Lake, Granisle, Houston, Telkwa, Topley, Smithers


Community Futures Nadina
2430 Butler Avenue, Unit A
PO Box 236
Houston, BC
V0J 1Z0

T: 250.845.2522