This Is Why We Do What We Do
Our customers share their stories.
Community Futures South Fraser (CFSF) opened a window of possibilities for Nancy with its comprehensive self-employment program seven years ago, and now Nancy’s Dog Grooming is a going concern with a rotating client list in the hundreds.
Lori smiles as she opens the door to her newest passion in life. “I should have done this years ago,” she said about her mobile business, Baseline Industrial Hearing Testing. “I love what I do and helping with the gift of hearing for many.”
Heather and Tim have just celebrated 10 years as owners of Say It With Cake. “We always wanted our own business . . . and after the economic crash of 2008 and only having one child at home, we pursued our dream,” said Heather.
Never one to run with the pack, artist and Engravex owner Lisa Hiemstra loves to be a trailblazer in business and in her engraving techniques. With Engravex growing each year, Lisa is delighted to design to her heart’s content.
Culture Co., owned by Nicki Bullock and Coralee Grim, enjoy a simple recipe for success: One part visionary, one part strategy and one part happy hour. “Considering our clients’ values, we build strategy with them and we have tons of fun while executing it.”
Sagir Patel, the owner of’ SP Technologies in Abbotsford, often recognizes a client is experiencing computer problems before they do. “We get the message before they know,” he said, and problems have the potential to bring down an entire company.
Charissa Boucher is the Fraser Valley’s queen of extensions, expert at balayage and specialist in hair colouring. She has a decade of specialized knowledge and advanced colour training through the famous Suki’s Vancouver.
Culture Co & Community Futures
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Enchanted Ink & Community Futures
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BC Urban Kitchen & Wine Bar & Community Futures
Gonzo Gardener & Community Futures
Project Local Business Restart Testimonials
"The guidance and experience they provided were invaluable."
"I can't recommend Community Futures enough! The guidance and experience they provided were invaluable. From helping me develop a business plan, to marketing, managing, and so much more...they were there to help every step of the way. They even helped me secure a small start-up loan through "Entrepreneurs with Disabilities"!
"But I think that the most important tool that they offer is belief...they give you the confidence to believe in yourself! Having someone in your corner to guide you over the hurdles and bolstering your confidence is paramount in starting a business. They are your team! They become invested in your dream.
"Teresa, Nicole and Sharon...thank you for your support and expertise! I literally couldn't have done this without you!"
Kevin Hamel, 5-star Google Review
“They have definitely made a positive impact on my new business.”
“The team at Community Futures in Chilliwack has been very helpful. The workshops have been great. The individual time they offer has been very helpful. They have many great people they work with in Chilliwack. They really help you get a great start on your new business, if you are willing to put in the effort on your part. They have definitely made a positive impact on my new business! Thanks for all the help!”
Luke Evans, 5-star Google Review
"The training and coaching I received has made a significant impact on my business."
"The training and coaching I received at Community Futures has made a significant impact to my business. The workshops were a focused time to think through all the fundamental aspects of starting a business - from goal setting, bookkeeping to customer service. The coaching I have received throughout the program has really helped me to keep focused. I am extremely grateful for the help I have received from the team at Community Futures!"
Greg Baerg, 5-star Google Review
"The workshops and tools they provided were on point and invaluable."
"I recently used the services at Community Futures. Every person that I came into contact with was professional and very informative. Teresa, and all staff, provided me with sound advice and realistic goals. The workshops and tools they provided were on point and invaluable. I highly recommend Community Futures and am thankful they were there when I was looking for guidance."
Lori Donaldson, 5-star Google Review
"(They) helped to get me back on track with a clear idea of what was needed going forward."
"The team at Community Futures has been fantastic. I came in needing some guidance with my next steps of relaunching my business. (They) helped to get me back on track with a clear idea of what was needed going forward ... I 100% recommend them. If you have a great idea and the drive to make it go they can help you succeed."
Tyler Caddick, 5-star Google Review
"Nothing has been more beneficial to my business that the invaluable advice and resources ..."
"Nothing has been more beneficial to the building of my business than the invaluable advice and resources provided to me by everyone at Community Futures. I can't begin to count all of the steps along the way that I know I would have stumbled with had I not had the fortune of this team of experts. If you are thinking of starting your own business you would be doing yourself a disservice not to go through the Self Employment program through Community Futures South Fraser."
Shannon N., 5- star Google Review
"I can't say enough about how helpful this program is ..."
"I can't say enough about how helpful this program is and how friendly the staff are!"
The Nesting Owl Furniture, 5-star Google Review
"I recommend Community Services without hesitation."
"Having recently completed the Self Employment program, I recommend Community Futures services without hesitation. They provide a complete range of support for the entrepreneur who is establishing their business, including business planning, branding, marketing, social media, and finances. The best part is the price - free if you apply through Work BC."
Kevin Belobaba, 5-star Google Review
"The workshops are on point and informative."
"I am a part of the Community futures program. The workshops are on point and informative. The staff are friendly, very knowledgeable and have a lot of experience in the business field that they want to share with entrepreneurs. I have all their support and encouragement every step of the way! It is the best program! A great big Thank you to Community Futures in Abbotsford for supporting me in starting my business."
Sherry Lynn, 5-star Google Review
“Every day I feel fortunate to be part of this amazing program …”
“I am a member of the Community Futures Self Employment program. Every day I feel fortunate to be part of this amazing program as it has enabled me to start my new business with an incredible amount of support and knowledge and continued training. I truly believe that without this program I would not have been successful in my endeavours. The staff go above and beyond helping us all with our businesses. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to anyone wanting to start a business and I tell everyone I meet about my experiences. The value I have received from this program is beyond measure and I was not required to pay them anything for their services. Thank you so much to the fantastic staff at Community Futures – Abbotsford.”
Susanne Brown, 5-star Google Review
“(It) is the best program and it changed my life.”
“FV Self employment program is the best program and it changed my life and very helpful staff”
Paramjit Rattan, Recommendation on Facebook
“They truly care about their clients.”
“The FV Self Employment program gives participants an amazing Start Up 101 education that MOST DEFINITELY increases their odds of launching a successful venture. Plus, they truly care about their clients.”
Kronchpull van Damme, Recommendation on Facebook