CFDC, Youth Network seek social enterprise ideas. Do you have a bright one?

Here’s a question that needs an answer: what kind of business could serve the community while supporting youth with employment and skills-training?

The Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) and the Stoke Youth Network said in a joint statement that it hopes this initiative — which is different from the usual ‘program’ — could develop a profitable business (or social enterprise) that young people ages 12-30 could be part of and be proud of.

“The group is going to be having a brain-storming night at Sangha Bean on Thursday, November  8 from 7 pm until 9 pm,” the statement said.  “Community Futures is inviting youth to come out and share their ideas: What kinds of businesses is Revelstoke missing?  What would be a great business to involve youth in?  What is YOUR big idea?”

More experienced community members who may know of opportunities or would like to share their thoughts or ideas are also encouraged to come forward.

For more information or to offer your comments, contact Travis Wilkins at or the Community Futures office at 250-837-5345 or find us on Facebook at Community Futures Revelstoke.

What is Social Enterprise

Many definitions exist, but one that the BC Centre for Social Development uses is: “Social enterprises are revenue-generating businesses with a twist. Whether operated by a non-profit organization or by a for-profit company, a social enterprise has two goals: to achieve social, cultural, community economic or environmental outcomes; and, to earn revenue. On the surface, many social enterprises look, feel, and even operate like traditional businesses. But looking more deeply, one discovers the defining characteristics of the social enterprise: mission is at the centre of business, with income generation playing an important supporting role.”

CFDC is a non-profit community based agency assisting entrepreneurs with self employment and business development. The principal resource for the corporation is a revolving loan fund. The corporation has successfully served individual clients and the community at large since 1987.

The Stoke Youth Network is a new network designed by youth (defined as those 12-30 years of age) for youth, focused on increasing opportunities for meaningful youth engagement in our community.