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Community Futures Nicola Valley issuing more than $150,000 in loans in 2017-18.
 
Economic Development Coordinator Mae Ketter says the loans directly help create 11 jobs, seven of which were full-time.
 
The numbers are down from last year, but Ketter says it's circumstantial, and believes the new structure that saw three coordinators replace the traditional general manager role to start the year is proving effective
 
"It has given us more opportunity to get out into the community. And, it has also freed up some extra money to work, and advertise, and put on some seminars for the public." 
 
Last year, Community Futures Nicola Valley issued $510,037 in loans to area small businesses, which directly lead to 35 jobs, 28 of which were full-time.
 
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