The Investment Co-op is a new community investment tool that aims to direct local residents’ new or pre-existing investment capital into local ventures with community impact. The longer a dollar can circulate within Creston & District, the more significant its economic impact. The Investment Co-op is a for-profit cooperative corporation owned and governed by residents. It serves the geographic region of communities between Yahk to Riondel.
The Investment Co-op was incorporated on December 30th, 2016, with 107 founding members. During January and February 2017, the Investment Co-op raised a significant amount of capital from its members. We issued the first loan in April 2017 in collaboration with Community Futures Central Kootenay.
The mission of the Investment Co-op is twofold: to provide residents with a mechanism to invest directly into local businesses and projects and assist these ventures in attaining their fiscal goals.
We envision the Investment Co-op as a leader in rural British Columbia’s local investment sector. The Investment Co-op will contribute to a supportive, resilient and diversified local economy by redirecting local capital into Creston & District businesses. Our residents will see the full social, environmental and economic impacts of their investments growing at home, businesses will have access to an additional source of capital, and community relationships, civic pride and knowledge will naturally deepen.
Members of the Investment Co-op pool their money together to create a revolving loan fund.
A Board of Directors, elected by the membership, oversees the operation of the Investment Co-op. An Investment Committee consisting of Directors and members oversees the investment applications and due diligence process. Kootenay Employment Services is providing in-kind administration support to the Investment Co-op during its first year of operation.