We’re proud of the great projects, programs, and social enterprises we support on the Sunshine Coast. Here are three examples of innovative solutions we’ve developed to address local challenges and apply business practices.
Gibsons Public Market
In addition to being a founding partner and investor in the creation and development of the Gibsons Public Market and Nicoles Sontag Marie Education Centre, we are proud to have provided loans to several tenants of the market. Since the opening of the vendor floor at the Market in March 2017, these vendors have proven very popular with locals and visitors alike. The Gibsons Public Market has rapidly become a vibrant community hub. The market is now open Tuesday to Sunday 10 am till 6 pm. www.gibsonspublicmarket.com
Coast Community Investment Co-op
This newly formed Co-op is owned and governed by its members on the Sunshine Coast. Members, who can be individuals, or organizations, join the Co-op by purchasing either 25 Member Shares ($2,500), or 50 Member Shares ($5,000). Members benefits include: attending meetings and special events, running for election to the co-op Board, and modest financial return over time. The Co-op carefully vets all potential investments. Applications for investment will be initially reviewed by the by the Community Futures Sunshine Coast/Rhiza Capital Investment Committee and given final approval by the Board of Directors. In addition to providing financing, the Co-op also offers additional project development support to investees. Since launch in November 2016, the Co-op has already attracted two dozen investors, compiling capital to be invested in local projects with social and economic impacts.
Agri-Food Business Planning Program
In partnership with the Business Advisory Team and the Small Scale Food Processors Association, we delivered a two-day, 8-module course funded federally through Growing Together 2.
Eight agri-food business operators attended the two-day course, learning various integral components of building a small-scale food processing business. The program is aimed at those who are in the business of farming, food processing or manufacturing or to those who are considering starting up a business in the agri-food industry.
By participating in this workshop, you will become well versed in the business planning process, market access and analysis, product development, financial planning and management, quality assurance, labeling and packaging, production economics and logistics. All participants evaluated the program very highly.