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Community Futures Ontario
Community Futures Ontario represents 60 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) - 36 in southern Ontario and 24 in the north - that offer free business counselling, loans for start-up and expansion of small business, strategic planning on local projects and community economic development in rural areas. CFDCs provide flexible, repayable loans to small and medium sized businesses and are locally managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and funded with federal government support.
Community Futures Ontario members are recognized as leaders for rural community economic development in Ontario.
Community Futures Ontario supports its members to deliver quality services in their communities and provides the voice for the Community Futures Program in Ontario.
- To deliver relevant products and services that support CFDCs
- To strengthen CFDCs' capacity to respond to opportunities
- To advocate for the needs of rural communities
- To communicate the CFDCs' abilities and results
Areas of Expertise: Community Capacity Building, Educational Programs, Entrepreneurship & Business Development, Finance, Partnership Building, Policy Development & Advocacy, Regional & Development, Rural CED, Sector-Based Strategies, Social Economy & Social Enterprise, Stories and Experiences