Business loans

It Takes Money to Grow.

CFTC provides entrepreneurs with small business loans where traditional financial institutions are unable to help.  Our services are typically targeted to entrepreneurs who require customized financing that may not be available from those traditional sources.

If you're looking to shift your business into high gear, Community Futures can assist you!  Whether you're looking to update your processes or technology, respond to an increase in demand, looking to expand into new markets, or just want to stabilize your existing business.  Whatever stage your business is at, Community Futures has the expert knowledge and the capital resources readily available to enable your small-to-medium enterprise (SME) to be successful.

In the past 10 years, alone, CFTC has provided business loans to start a business, expand a business or to purchase another business to 206 clients.   The loans were distributed throughout the Thompson Country region and resulted in the creation of 300 jobs.

In the last 17 years , CFTC has personally facilitated the success of more than 650 businesses throughout Kamloops, Barriere, Chase, Clearwater, and throughout the region.  This has resulted in more than 2,000 jobs and a total investment from Community Futures in excess of $16.5 million!

Acceptance for a Business Loan depends on:

  • Market potential and future economic viability of the business
  • Location of the business
  • Competent management
  • Local job creation
  • Experience related to the venture
  • Reasonable personal financial investment
  • Ability to repay
  • Adequate security for the venture
  • Creation of a business plan

One of the keys to success of CFTC is that our investment decisions are made by an independent board of directors that are sensitive and apprised to the needs of our region.  This volunteer board of directors brings together their knowledge and expertise, coupled with their understanding of the local business environment, and as such are the basis for our effectiveness and high levels of success.  CFTC is as a leader in business development and well positioned to provide local business solutions for local business success.

CFTC loans are offered with:  

  • Flexible repayment schedules
  • No pre-payment penalty
  • Loans partnered with another financial institution an asset
  • Terms of repayment are typically 3 to 5 years and our interest rate is competitive at prime + 5 %.
  • Maximum loan amount $150,000

In order to apply, you need to have drawn up a proper business plan and you also need to fill in an official application form. In addition, BDC has a great self assessment tool that you can use to gauge your own entrepreneurial spirit.  

Please note that the application form must be completed and signed then faxed, mailed or hand delivered to CFTC at #230 - 301 Victoria St., Kamloops, BC V2C 2A3.

CFTC offers flexible and affordable loan products that are specifically designed to help your business grow.  Our processes are different than your traditional bank source of funding.  We streamline our methods so that we can move at the speed of your business.

Funds for starting up a new business – if you've got what it takes to be an entrepreneur, we can help you get up and running.


“I'm thinking of starting a business. Am I crazy?”

Crazy like a fox, maybe.

You’d be amazed how many successful businesses were started during a recession. If you plan carefully and work hard, this could be the perfect time to launch your dream. Supplies may be cheaper, good people more available and customers could be looking for change. 

If you’ve got a dream, come see us at Community Futures. We’ve just launched an exciting new line-up of loan products — including NewBiz — especially for the start-up entrepreneur with a great idea and the drive to make it reality.

Financing to buy an established business – sometimes, buying a successful business is the best way to go.


“There’s a great little business I’d love to buy. But how?”

Great little businesses can be great little investments.

And in times like these, with unemployment rates climbing, buying an established business can make a lot of sense. If you have the dedication, commitment and creativity to be your own boss, self-employment could be exactly what you’re looking for.

If you’re interested in buying a successful business, come see us at Community Futures. We’ve just launched an exciting new line-up of loan products — including BizBuyout — especially for the entrepreneur who sees opportunity waiting.

Fast access to capital – so you can make a decision to change, taking advantage of opportunities when they happen.


“I need cash fast to seize a great opportunity. Who can help?”

In business, there are times when you just need a bit of cash to be able to react to a great opportunity. And during an economic downturn, the businesses that survive are often the ones that continue to pursue opportunities and keep moving forward.

If you see an opportunity that could help your established business, come see us at Community Futures. We’ve just launched an exciting new line-up of loan products — including Opportunity Loan — especially for the quick-thinking entrepreneur ready to seize an opportunity.

Financing for key investments in technology – to help stay competitive in our world of change.


“Now’s not the time to invest in technology and training. Or is it?”

You bet it is. During these tough economic times, investing in innovation can be more important than ever for businesses wanting to stay competitive and cater to a shrinking clientele. Developing new products and markets, value-adding, or training staff to use new techniques or equipment could give you the edge you need to survive.

If you’re ready to take that extra step, come see us at Community Futures. We’ve just launched an exciting new line-up of loan products — including TechBlazer — especially for the innovative entrepreneur wanting to stay competitive.

Financing for young people who want to be entrepreneurs – we’re here to see that you get your first chance to try.


“Good jobs are drying up. Now what?”

Hey — sometimes necessity is the mother of invention.

If you think you have what it takes, maybe you can channel your ideas, energy and drive into becoming your own boss. An economic downturn is the perfect environment for fresh thinking, out-of-the-box solutions – and youthful perspectives.

If you’re a young person with a business idea, come see us at Community Futures. We’ve just launched an exciting new line-up of loan products — including NextGen — especially for the young entrepreneur who wants a chance to make a start.

For people with disabilities – because entrepreneurship can be the best way to get back into the workforce.


“My disability doesn’t affect my business ability.”

If you’re a person with a disability, self-employment can be a great option.

In good times or bad, it can offer people with disabilities the opportunity to create a work situation adapted to their particular needs. If you’ve got the right commitment and attitude, starting a business could be the perfect way to get into the workforce.

If you’re a person with a disability with a great business idea come see us at Community Futures.

Funding to franchise your business – we can help with financing and professional franchising advice.


“I think franchising is the best way to grow. Am I nuts?”

No more nuts than the thousands of other franchise owners in Canada.

If you’ve got the right kind of business, franchising is a proven way to achieve success. And in uncertain economic times, it can make sense to get support from an established corporation.

If you’re thinking of franchising your business, come see us at Community Futures. We’ve just launched an exciting new line-up of loans products – including FranchiseRoute – especially for entrepreneurs wanting to explore growth options.

Access to funds to reach into new markets – nowadays, every business has the potential to go global.


“It's a great time to grow my business. Really?”

Guess what – now is exactly the time to grow your business!

An economic downturn can mean opportunity for those who are focused, persistent and creative. Maybe your competition is pulling back, making more space for you and creating the perfect opening for expansion into new markets.

If you need to grow, come see us at Community Futures. We’ve just launched an exciting new line-up of loan products — including GlobalReach — especially for the forward-thinking entrepreneur looking for new places to grow.

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Communities Served

Avola, Barriere, Blue River, Chase, Clearwater, Kamloops, Little Fort, McLure, Pritchard, Sun Peaks, Vavenby, Westwold

Self-Employment Communities Served

Chase, Kamloops, Lillooet, Merritt


330 Seymour Street
Kamloops, BC
V2C 2G2

T: 250.828.8772
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