entrepreneurial success of individuals.
Areas We Serve
Summerland, Naramata, Penticton, Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Fairview, Willowbrook, Osoyoos, Cawston, Keremeos, Olalla, Hedley, Princeton, Manning Park, Coalmont, Tulameen, Alison Lake.
What We Do
Community Futures Okanagan-Similkameen acts as a catalyst for initiating and coordinating community economic development and facilitates entrepreneurship, training, and educational opportunities to enhance the socio-economic diversity and well-being of our communities. We do this through business training and business loans.
Working with Small Business
Building entrepreneurial capacity is one of the keys to thriving, healthy communities. Community Futures provides a wide range of business counseling and advisory services. Survival rates for Community Futures’ sponsored businesses outstrip the national average, often because of the combination of business loans, business training, and coaching.
Working with the Community
The volunteers and staff who drive the Community Futures program believe that strong, vibrant communities are built by working together. We often act as facilitators, bringing together diverse groups to develop a vision for their future and to integrate community resources into a long-term strategy. The collaboration combines economic, social, educational, cultural, and environmental goals.
We value transparency in our results & finances. The following reports show our growth and successes throughout the years as we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit.
Volunteers who sit on the Board of Directors and Committees of Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen are representative of the diversity of our region. They represent industry, small and large businesses, and regional and social agencies. They bring with them their expertise in business, finance, education, and social policy. Our clients directly benefit from board member input through our Business Loans Committee and Business Training Committee.
Becoming a Board Member of Community Futures
We have a board capacity of 15 members. Potential board members may be identified/nominated by the existing board of directors, or where unsolicited any resident of the Okanagan-Similkameen region may make an application for board membership. The board of directors will review all nominations and applications for consistency/fit with our board composition policy. If you have an interest in joining our board, please send a letter to request an orientation package along with a copy of your current resume to:
Chairman of the Board
c/o Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen
102 – 3115 Skaha Lake Road
Penticton, B.C. V2A 6G5
Introducing the CFOS Board of Directors
Brenda Gould *
Tessa King *
Vice Chair and Treasurer
George Stayberg *
Juliana Buitenhuis *
Rick Giroux *
Areas of Expertise
- Property Management
- Development Projects
- Community Economic Development
- Training & Education
- Project Management
- Retail Sales & Automotive
- Small Business Management
- Government Contracting
- Management of Non-Profits
- Financial Planning
- Indigenous Cultural Sites
Meet the CFOS Team
Business Advisor & Training Manager
Join Our Team
Do you enjoy helping others find their passion and path? We are in need of talented individuals who can help our
We are here to assist with the success of your business. If you have questions about our business loans or business training or would like to set up an appointment with one of our advisors by Booking a Business Advisory Session, if you would just like to send us a message, please do so here.
103-3115 Skaha Lake Rd
Penticton, BC V2A 6G5