Economic Development Organizations
Community partnerships and collaboration are critical to build economic development capacity.
Whether your community is large or small, urban or rural, the following organizations are a good source to help you promote partnerships throughout your community:
Community Futures British Columbia is comprised of 34 locally and strategically positioned organizations which share a common vision to create diverse, sustainable communities by supporting local, community based economic development. Access services and tools to help entrepreneurs and small business owners in your community achieve their goals, including business support services, business planning advice, loans and self-employment assistance.
Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) was formed to provide a common voice for local government and this role is as important today as it was 100 years ago. UBCM initiates, monitors, interprets and reacts where such changes could have an effect on local governments and the communities they serve.
BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) provides services that help member communities grow and expand new and existing businesses, attract new business investments, and work towards strategic infrastructure investment, land use planning, and community enhancement.
Civic Info BC is B.C.'s local government information hub. The website provides a wide variety of tools and information resources for those who work, or have an interest, in the province's local government sector.
The Aboriginal Business and Investment Council (ABIC) works with First Nations, Aboriginal communities and the private sector to make recommendations to government on strategies to improve Aboriginal peoples' participation in the economy, foster economic development in Aboriginal communities, and increase overall investment in the province.