Local manufacturing gets support

Community Futures has developed a new initiative designed to support the manufacturing sector.

Community Futures North Okanagan has developed a new initiative designed to support the manufacturing sector.

The goal is to provide business and mentorship support to local manufacturers in order to increase efficiencies, stimulate innovation, improve profitability and enhance management skills.

“The project will provide a forum where participants can freely discuss issues with like-minded individuals who understand the pressures and concerns of the industry,” said Leigha Horsfield, with Community Futures.

The program has been designed to help participants identify problems, see best practices, new technologies, to provide advice to help them become more competitive and innovative, and grow both the top and bottom lines of their companies.

There is room for 12 non-competing companies who will participate at no cost for the first year. Participants will be the CEO or company representative who has overall responsibility for the operation.

“This is an important aspect of the program. The decision-makers have to be the ones that take part in order to be able to move quickly or respond to changes,” said Horsfield.

Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

“We anticipate a big response from local manufacturers so we are recommending that interested businesses apply soon,” said Horsfield.

For more information, about the program, visit www.futuresbc.com.