CFEK connects with regional communities
Community Futures East Kootenay (CFEK) was travelling this month with local Chambers of Commerce and other community partners to host an information gathering and social events.
May 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., saw Fernie as the third stop on the tour.
A large turnout of interested individuals eager to hear about available support for small businesses and community economic development projects attended
Fernie Chamber of Commerce manager Wendy McDougall welcomed those attending and spoke briefly about the partnership of those involved in the event.
The event was held at the Fernie Tap House and attendees were provided with a table holding pamphlets and other information items such as micro loans and how they can be used and mode of application, community economic development opportunities to build collaborative partnerships and inspire innovative thinking, small business support for starting or expanding your business, and information on the successful Ground Floor Coworking Space that is available in Cranbrook where one can rent an office for half a day, weekly or by the month.
CFEK staff say that “if you’ve got the drive and the determination we have a team that is ready to support you at any stage and in any industry. Affordable tools, advice, and education specific to your business are available right when you need them.”
CFEK Investment Fund Manager Keri Sanderman echoed this sentiment in her address to the crowd and said she was available to contact for information.
Robyn Peel, Community Economic Development Coordinator, is doing a great job aiding teams and organizations to work together and supporting people in their quest to “do things better.”
General Manager Sean Campbell is exceptional in the position guiding CFEK to the enviable position of being considered one of the best in the province for what they have achieved in past years. Several board members also attended the event.
Community Futures East Kootenay is “responsible for working with stakeholders in each of the communities that CFEK serves, to help them achieve their community and economic development goals. Developing and maintaining relationships with representatives of local, provincial and federal levels of government, community groups involved in development activities and non-profit organizations supporting community engagement and growth.”
The networking event was held in the following communities:
Golden May 8, joined by Export Navigator;
Radium Hot Springs May 9, joined by Export Navigator;
Kimberley May 10, joined by Export Navigator and KAST;
Fernie May 16, joined by Export Navigator, KAST, WeBC and Futurpreneur;
Elkford May 17, joined by WeBC and Futurpreneur.
Lead image: Fernie Chamber of Commerce manager Wendy McDougall welcomes attendees at the May 16 Community Futures East Kootenay networking session at the Fernie Tap House. Photos by Mary Giuliano