Self Employment Success: October 2014

Are you considering starting your own business?  Community Futures Powell River can assist you!  We deliver the Self Employment Services under the Employment Program of British Columbia.  Self Employment Services provides a 48-week-long program that assists participants in developing and launching their own businesses.  We work closely with you to help you build a sustainable business.

The first year in business is often challenging.  Many businesses fail in this initial period because of a lack of training and assistance.  We offer personal business coaching and training.  Some of the areas we offer you training in include Business Plan Development, Cash Flow Forecasting, Break Even Analysis, Pricing and Costing Your Product, Understanding Financial Statements, Business Operations, Marketing, Human Resource Management, and much more.

Do you need previous business experience?

No you do not.  Along with a viable business concept, you need to possess strong entrepreneurial skills, self-motivation, and a passion for what you want to do.

Do you need to invest in your new business?

You may need to invest in your business.  Writing a business plan will help you to identify what capital you may need to launch your business.

Do you qualify?

Your first step is to contact an Employment Counsellor at Career Link: Vist Career Link WorkBC Employment Services Centre at #103, 4511 Marine Avenue

Powell River, British Columbia, Canada V8A 2K5
Phone: 604.485.7958

Or contact us for more information at:  Community Futures Powell River, 4717 Marine Avenue, Powell River, BC  V8A 2L2

Self Employment Graduates Jeannie Keays of Mad Chocolates  - The “Powell River Chocolate Lady”
Self Employment Graduates
Jeannie Keays of Mad Chocolates – The “Powell River Chocolate Lady”


Mad Chocolates is an acronym for Mother and Daughter Chocolates.   Jeannie’s love for her daughter Kaylie and chocolate, led her to her business idea. Mother and Daughter chocolates would bring together Jeannie’s strong urge to feed people food they love and feed her daughter’s character and work ethic.  Jeannie chose fair trade organic chocolate to help ensure the future for the daughters of the world. Mad Chocolates are real food, made fresh locally, from organic fair trade chocolate and real ingredients.

Mad Chocolates feature a pure 43-gram solid chocolate bar packed with fruit, nuts or crispy rice – a soft bar featuring flavours such as Ginger, Peanut Butter, Spicy Mama, Coffee, Chai or in the adult department creamy Baileys or Baja Rosa! A chocolatier’s offerings would not be complete without beautifully crafted individual chocolates.  Mad Chocolates does not disappoint.  The delectable treats are filled with freshly made flavoured gnash.  Pure organic whipped cream and flavourful ingredients are used for the fillings.  A beautiful sensual treat and a great gift for the holidays!  They also feature hazelnut and pistachio truffles and enrobed fruit wrapped in 70% chocolate – 6 pieces to a box! On the menu you will also find chocolate barks, sweet nuts, halvah, cookies and macaroons.

Jeannie’s passion for her business is evident in the outstanding quality and beauty of the chocolate products that she produces.  Mad Chocolates can be found at the Farmer’s Market and Ecossentials or delivered by special order.  Jeannie is available for catering dessert bars and chocolate fountains for events, celebrations and weddings.   Let your imagination run wild! Call Jeannie to help you design your very own chocolate extravaganza!

“Thank you to Community Futures for helping brighten my future and making my dream a reality.” – Jeannie

You can contact Jeannie and Kaylee at Mad Chocolates  – 604 483 1624 or email




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