Community Futures Publishes Inaugural Rural BC Economic Bulletin

Community Futures British Columbia has published the first in a series of Rural BC Economic Bulletins. The Bulletins will highlight the latest data and economic trends for the regions covered by the Community Futures network, including the smallest rural communities...
Merging fashion and function to become a destination

Merging fashion and function to become a destination

Jean Cardino, originally from New Zealand, made her way to the Cowichan Valley nearly two decades ago. Jean saw an opportunity to apply her expertise in the fashion industry to build a destination shoe store in the heart of downtown Duncan. Cardino’s Shoes takes...
Cutting the boundaries between business and community

Cutting the boundaries between business and community

Forward-thinking entrepreneur and barber, Ian Smith, was commuting daily to the Victoria Victory Barber & Brand from his hometown in the Cowichan. He had a vision to bring his passion closer to home and on June 15, 2017, this became a reality when he opened his...
Brewing the Cowichan Dream

Brewing the Cowichan Dream

It takes passion and skill to start a craft brewing operation – and in Chemainus, they’re having a riot building a new marketplace for homegrown ale. Former Vancouverite Aly Tomlin, one of the first female brewers in the industry, and long-time friend Ralf Rosenke...