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Historical Restorations

I am deeply thankful for your organization. We saw a great rise in our capacity directly related to the support provided. Without this, I can honestly say we would not have made it this far, but because of careful use and preparation, here we are.

May all the blessings of a full heart fill you. May all the support you offer return to you in bounty. If there is anything you need from me, any help I can provide to the organization, please don't hesitate to ask.

With great appreciation

Kevin D. Hobbs

Karen S. White


Historical Restorations Ltd.






Draper Contracting Ltd.

Community Futures Sun Country has assisted our business to grow into the strong business that it is today.  Their wonderful staff has always been helpful and knowledgeable, finding answers and solutions for us whenever we need.  Thank you Community Futures Sun Country!

Ph: 250-457-9961
Website Draper Contracting

Dana Foster

“I had the incredible privilege of working with Community Futures Sun Country, and I can't speak highly enough about the positive impact they've had on my life, especially as someone with disabilities. From the moment I reached out to them, I felt a sense of genuine care and commitment to helping me succeed.

One of the standout aspects of my experience was their unwavering support and inclusivity. They took the time to understand my unique needs and challenges, ensuring that their services were tailored to my specific situation. This made a world of difference in my journey towards economic empowerment.

Community Futures Sun Country didn't just provide me with financial assistance; they also offered invaluable guidance and mentorship. Their team helped me navigate the often complex world of entrepreneurship, breaking down barriers and paving the way for me to pursue my business dreams. They fostered an environment where my abilities were celebrated, and my disabilities were simply a part of who I am.

In the end, my partnership with Community Futures Sun Country has not only transformed my life but has also inspired me to believe that disabilities need not be limitations. With their unwavering support, I've been able to turn my dreams into a thriving reality. I am forever grateful for the compassion, dedication, and inclusivity they've shown me throughout this journey.”

Dana Foster, Founder & CEO

Foster Media Group
‘Nurturing your Digital Success Through Creative Media Solutions’
We Promote > We Create > We Advertise

Phone: 250-571-4230

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Iron Butterfly Tattoo and Piercing

I want to thank Community Futures for supporting my small business Iron Butterfly Tattoo in Hope BC. I have overcome many obstacles with the help of Community Futures.

Community Futures has been instrumental in the success of my business, with there open-minded friendly staff & board members treating me with kindness & respect. We are happy to be in Stage 3 of our business plan with new apprentice's, upgraded equipment, furnishings and renovations. Community Futures financing plans has made it easy to maintain payments without any financial burden.

Denise Lauzon
Iron Butterfly Tattoo and Piercing


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Debra Neufeld Corp.

"Working with Community Futures Ashcroft was a breeze.

They make the process so easy and the staff are wonderful to work with, so helpful and knowledgeable."

Debra Neufeld
Debra Neufeld Corp
Website: Chartered Professional Accountant | Debra Neufeld CPA | British Columbia (



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Coquihalla Custom hardscapes

Hello fabulous ladies of CFSC!

I would like to take a moment to express my gratitude for everything Community Futures Sun Country does and has done for myself and my new business. From helping me put together a comprehensive business plan to securing funding to teaching me how to do my own bookkeeping, without the expert advice provided by Arnice Asquin, I would still be struggling to understand all the ins and outs of starting and successfully running my own business. She has the patience of Job and a wonderful way of explaining financials and strategies in a way that makes sense to a simpleton like me. I hope to continue to work with Arnice and seek her guidance and advice as she is an invaluable asset. A huge thank you to Arnice and the team in Ashcroft for this amazing opportunity.

Brenda Pauli
Coquihalla Custom Hardscapes
Email: Coquihalla Custom Hardscapes

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Pressed to Kill Records

Working with Arnice Asquin has been an absolute game-changer for our start-up business. Through her invaluable experience and extensive network of connections, Arnice has helped us navigate the complexities of starting a business with ease. She’s provided us with expert advice on financial best practices and general guidelines for success at every step of the way. Thanks to her, we’ve been able to establish ourselves as ‘insiders’ in the local community, which will be instrumental in our growth and success.

What’s impressed me most about Arnice is her generosity with her time and expertise. She’s always available to answer our questions and guide us towards the best possible outcomes. Her contagious enthusiasm and confidence in our business have given us added motivation and drive to keep pushing forward. I can confidently say that we wouldn’t be where we are today

Mike & Ligia


Testimonial provided by Washtock Family Farm

We had extensive damage from the flood on my farm.  My sister asked on my behalf where did you go to apply for help because it certainly wasn't clear.  They told her to contact Community Futures.   Arnice was quick to ask the right questions to pinpoint what help we needed.  I cannot tell you what a weight was lifted off my shoulders when you sent me those forms.  

Washtock Family Farm



Testimonial provided by Alfi Elden, Arte Fact Jewels

The one-to-one phone support received weekly by myself on behalf of my small business Arte Fact Jewels, from Andre Kuerbis of Community Futures has been invaluable.  Not only has it motivated and supported my desire to continue to maintain and expand my business, but I have received constructive and specific advice that I can act upon.  As a creative producer of one-at-a-time products, this kind of support enables me to approach the marketing and administrative aspects of my business with more confidence and knowledge.


Alfi Elden, Arte Fact Jewels


Testimonial provided by one of our clients, Fence 'N More Supplies Ltd.

I just want to write and tell you what a treasure Arnice is!  I'm not even certain I can put into words how incredibly grateful we are for her assistance.  Everything she has worked on with and for us so far has been amazing!  Her knowledge runs deeper than I have ever come across and she is able to explain in ways we understand.  Just wanted to say how much we appreciate her, and Community Futures for this amazing opportunity!

Fence 'N More Supplies Ltd.

Website:Fence 'N More Supplies Ltd


Testimonial provided by one of our clients, Bubbles Blossom Design

Community Futures Sun Country has encouraged me to take my small florist business to places I didn't think it could go!  Deb Arnott and the team have been a wonderful resource for knowledge and financial assistance.  Due ti the loans I obtained, I was able to build my wonderful shop space, and do some much-needed equipment updates.

I have so much to learn about business and bookkeeping; Community Futures always shows me where I need to put my focus and finds ways to educate me and grow in these areas.

Because of this support, I feel that I was able to grow my business more quickly than I would have been able to on my own.  I am also adamant that the guidance I have received from Community Futures will help me to achieve longevity in my business ventures because I am aware of how to manage my cashflow and plan for the future.

Bubble's Blossom Design


Testimonial provided by Patsy Gessey

Within a few days of losing our home and outbuildings in the Lytton Fire I was contacted by Arnice Asquin of Community Futures Sun Country with a message of condolence and support.

After the ashes settled and I began to realize the implications the fire had created for my business I was able to join forces with Arnice to create a plan.  She then turned the idea into solid financial support for me to help with my recovery journey and the immediate needs of my business.  The rapid response to our needs in the face of this tragedy was so very encouraging.

Community Futures Sun Country has been a constant resource for me over the years and was again there to help in our time of need.  Hats off to your organization, thank you for this essential service to our community and your unfaltering community spirit. 

Patsy Gessey (Patsyjean's gardens)
Lytton, BC

Testimonial provided by Heidi Alther

I am truly grateful for Andre's positivity, support and mentorship.  Andre's business experience has been evident throughout this process.  He shares generously his extensive knowledge of best business practices.  He respects my knowledge of the arts, listens and understands the unique nature of art practice.  I am delighted to report that, in a large part because of Andre's mentorship, I am ahead of my projected business goals.  I have had three art exhibitions and sold the majority of art that was for sale, projected business goals.  I have had three art exhibitions and sold the majority of art that was for sale, as well as secured two significant commissions.

In addition, I have been offered an extended artist residency to paint and teach portraiture at a local Gallery three months ahead of this projected goal in my Business Plan.  Andre continues to inspire me to keep on track with my goals, to be open to new opportunities and to remember why I started.  I do not think I would have come this far this fast without the benefit of Andre's coaching.

 Heidi Alther




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