Community Futures Nicola Valley has made the decision to postpone the 2021 Not For Profit Community Engagement Fair. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we're pursuing a new date for this event, and considering options in the spring of 2022 - please follow Community Futures Nicola Valley on Facebook or bookmark our website to stay updated as we find a new date for this exciting event.
We're celebrating the return of a highly popular and successful event with the 2nd Community Futures Nicola Valley Not-For-Profit Community Engagement Fair!
The inaugural Fair, held in 2019, was a hit among the not-for-profit community and the Nicola Valley public as a whole, and plans to put on an even greater event were underway for 2020 until they were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we move toward a return to in-person events in 2021, the first thing on our minds was bringing back the Fair. We're excited to show you what we have in store!
Please click here to view and download a registration form for the event - registrations close September 17th, so act now to reserve your not-for-profits' spot at the event.
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Community Futures Nicola Valley and eight other Community Futures offices in the Thompson Okanagan region are working in partnership with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) to assist the tourism industry in overcoming the challenges presented by the current COVID-19 crisis through the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Resiliency Program. In July 2020, a formal agreement was formed to create the Community Futures - TOTA Taskforce in commitment to the development of an active and meaningful relationship on the path to rebuilding a resilient tourism industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Community Futures - TOTA Taskforce is now offering the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Micro Loan Program for tourism businesses in the Nicola Valley area.
The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Micro Loan is in alignment with the previously announced Regional Relief & Recovery Fund (RRRF) which has provided $587,000 to more than 20 tourism businesses in the region, as of August 2020.
Micro loans start at $200, up to $25,000. Terms and conditions apply which are specific to each Community Futures office.
To apply for a Tourism Micro Loan, tourism stakeholders must be referred to a Community Futures office by a Thompson Okanagan Tourism Resiliency Program Advisor.
The Tourism Resiliency Program offers many benefits, with no cost to participate. Participating companies will receive ongoing support from an advisor through one-on-one phone or video meetings. The advisor will develop a Business Support Plan and provide key updates to programs and services.
or register by phone: 1-877-431-8489 (ext 8)
The Community Futures - TOTA Taskforce will implement projects, access needed resources, and share best practices to revitalize, support, and grow the tourism sector, during the pandemic and beyond. Efforts and strategies will focus on tourism growth, development, sustainability, and long-term resiliency.
Helping the tourism industry recover and become more resilient for the long term is imperative. Ongoing exchange and discussion will facilitate further advancement of best practices relating to the development of sustainable communities and destinations. Specific joint strategies will target identification and support of business funding opportunities as well as advancing knowledge on the visitor experience, training, employment, and innovation.