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General News · 18th January 2020
Carrie Saxifrage - CCFC
Come learn about resources available to become self-employed or start/scale up a small business!

Leave your kids (supervised), help yourself to hot stew and bread by Kirsten, and listen to local and off-island mentors talk briefly about:

• business planning
• bookkeeping
• community forest wood opportunities
• online sales
• small food production
• employing others
• growing your business

The rest of the evening will be three break out sessions in small groups to learn more about booking keeping, becoming an employer, small food production and value added woodworking opportunities and business skills.

Mentors include:

• Irene Blueth - artisanal business, online sales

• Jenny Evans - North Island Economic Foundation Society (dedicated to resources and start up funds for self-employment)

• Whitney Vanderleest – islander accessing NIEFS resources for bio-char business

• Brady Calancie - Export Navigator (a government-funded business consultant with experience in all scales from home-based businesses to foreign exports)

• Mark Lombard, Jeramie Peacock and Aaron Ellingsen – Cortes Community Forest wood manufacturing opportunities

• Jenny Hartwick – bookkeeping, becoming an employer

• Eric Hargrave - business logistics, especially food

• Anne Dzakovic – planning, accounting, selling

Sandra Wood and Noba Anderson will also be available to discuss available resources.

We hope to learn about your ideas and needs so that future events and resources will be tailored to be as useful as possible.

Jenny Evans of North Island Economic Foundation Society (resources and funds for self-employment) is available on Friday morning for individual appointments. For this, RSVP Manda at

Childminding is provided with support from CCHA’s family support program. For this, RSVP Desta at to register your child.

Good, hot food is provided while supplies last.
RSVP for food appreciated to determine amounts, but not essential

We hope to see you there!

Folk U, Cortes Community Forest Cooperative, CCHA Family Support Services, and the Cortes Community Economic Development Association