PartnershipsAug 1, 2014
Sunshine Coast Tourism is a nonprofit society funded by member businesses and local and provincial government grants. Any business or organization can join and there are presently 275 members. The organization's role is to attract visitors to the Sunshine Coast region stretching from Port Mellon to Lund through external marketing and media relations. SCT is governed by an 11 member elected volunteer board representing its members and has 3 part-time staff who carry out daily operations.
Community Futures provides support services to people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a business in this area. They also work in partnership with other business lenders, educational institutions, not-for-profits and community governments to grow and diversify our local economy. Their focuses include:
- Business Financing - Flexible, affordable loan products designed to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.Financial institutions often refer clients for additional or joint business financing.
- Business Counselling and Advisory Services
- Business Succession Planning – for business owners wanting to retire from their business
- Community Economic Development - Community Futures works alongside other local and regional community leaders to invest in activities and projects to build a resilient and successful community.
Welcome Wagon visits newcomers to the Sunshine Coast, and families with new babies. The Welcome visit includes information on local services, coupons, an amazing selection of gifts, answers to questions about the area and a very warm personal welcome.
There are currently 47 local businesses in Gibsons and Sechelt who are Welcome Wagon sponsors. Some have been sponsors for twenty years!
If know someone moving to the Sunshine Coast (or expecting a baby), or you would like to be a participating business, contact the numbers below.
Sechelt Area: Rita Hunt (604) 885-3601
The Gibsons Chamber would also like to put out the welcome mat for home-based businesses and other entrepreneurs moving to the Sunshine Coast. Don't hesitate to contact us!