Business Resources

Starting a Business

Starting your own business is an exciting and challenging venture. Taking advantage of the many resources available to entrepreneurs is important to success. Some of the resources available are:

Small Business BCSmall Business BC

Small business information and support are provided in British Columbia through Small Business BC, a non-profit business resource service operating with federal, provincial and private sector partners. Small Business BC provides business information and tools on topics such as:

  • Business start-up and expansion information
  • Online business planning tools and information guides
  • Business planning advisory services
  • Legislation and regulations
  • Exporting and importing resources
  • Information about financing sources
  • Business research library
  • Market research consultation
  • Business seminars and workshops
  • e-business solutions, at eBusiness Connection
  • Regional access to business information resources throughout the province.


Community Futures Development Corporation

Community Futures’ mandate is to assist small business people to succeed in the southeast region of BC. Whether one is considering a business start up, maintaining, or expanding a small business, they offer encouragement and educational, technical, and financial support. They offer the Self-Employment Program which is designed to provide Employment Assistance funds to support an entrepreneur for one year in order to allow the business to develop without needing to support the owner in the first year. A loan program is available for entrepreneurs that are unable to acquire financing through the standard banks. Community Futures also operates many courses for entrepreneurs to develop their skills. Visit for more information.

Business Plan

The first step one needs to do when considering starting a small business is to create a business plan. This document will map out how you will manage your business, will anticipate problems, will encourage realism, and will also help to identify any deficiencies in your business. Once your plan is completed and critiqued, you may need it for any additional financing. Once in business, it is important to follow your plan, the axiom “Plan your work and work your plan” is very true. Return to your plan every month or two and update it so your “road map” stays current to the direction you are heading.

Investing in Kimberley

Kimberley is a diverse and growing community of over 6,100 residents with a multitude of assets for business and lifestyle investments.

Economic Development in Kimberley was initially centered around the Sullivan Mine, but now mostly involves recreational and tourism opportunities. The city has serviceable land available for industry and Kimberley would be a great, safe, and highly enjoyable location for relocating employees. We have a variety of housing stock to suit most tastes plus other amenities sought by industry are in-town or a short 30 kilometre drive away.

Kimberley has many business opportunities available. Local realtors have listings for existing business for sale plus there are many opportunities for tourism operations, real estate development, and land available for light industry.

The downtown pedestrian shopping area, called the Platzl, has storefronts available to lease. A well planned and researched business opportunity may do well here, such as a boutique style retail operation.

Please contact us if you would like more information about starting a business in Kimberley.

Invest Kootenay

Where Opportunity Meets Lifestyle…

Thank you for your interest in the Kootenay area. We are confident that you will be impressed with the business and lifestyle opportunities that exist in our growing and vibrant region. Imagine Kootenay is a joint-initiative of local governments, economic development organizations & Chambers of Commerce with the aim of attracting and retaining investment. Come and discover the advantages of doing business in the Kootenay region - where opportunity meets lifestyle.

Latest News

    Contact Info for Finance Minister Bill Morneau

    Contact Info for Finance Minister Bill Morneau

    Published on 11-Sep-2017 by Mike Guarnery Contact Info for Finance Minister Bill Morneau

    To contact Finance Minister Bill Morneau, you can e-mail him at:
    You may use this template to write to Mr. Morneau regarding changes in the tax structure for incorporated businesses.

    Business Excellence Awards - Nominations Open

    Business Excellence Awards - Nominations Open

    Published on 05-Sep-2017 by The Chamber Business Excellence Awards - Nominations Open

    Nominations for the 2017 Kimberley Chamber Business Excellence Awards are now open. To vote online visit click here

    2017-18 Board of Directors

    2017-18 Board of Directors

    Published on 23-May-2017 by Mike Guarnery 2017-18 Board of Directors

    On May 16th, the election of the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce 2017-18 Board of Directors occurred at Annual General Meeting at Centre 64.  Congratulations to new board members Chantel Delaney (Sprout Grocery) and Jill Bentley-Lobban, (Kimberley Centex); as well as continuing board members Chantel Hack (Burrito Grill), Thomas Datt (Enchanted Forest B&B), Brian Conn (Kootenay Shade Works), Sabrina Park (Creekside Physiotherapy), Rachelle Langlois (Sun Life Financial Services, Inc.), Kenton Lane (Hryciuk Gallinger), Darren Shaben (Jim Pattison Broadcast Group), and non-voting member Karen Rempel (Rocky Mountain Event Planners).


Upcoming Events

  • Business Succession Plannimg

    The Basin Business Advisors are hosting a business succession planning workshop at the Chateau Kimberley on September 26..

  • Business Succession Plannimg

    Event Date: 26-Sep-2017

    Posted by Mike Guarnery | on 12-Sep-2017

    The Basin Business Advisors are hosting a business succession planning workshop at the Chateau Kimberley on September 26th. Register and learn about strategies to move on to the next phase of your business.

  • The East Kootenay End of Season Blowout Sale

    If you have a business and would like to sell your clearance stock at the Kimberley Conference Centre's upcoming End..

  • The East Kootenay End of Season Blowout Sale

    Event Date: 23-Sep-2017

    Posted by The Chamber | on 05-Sep-2017

    If you have a business and would like to sell your clearance stock at the Kimberley Conference Centre's upcoming End of Season Blowout Sale please complete the registration form by clicking the Book Now button below to request your spot. If you are a shopper our for a bargain be sure not to miss this event!

    Event Information

    • September 23rd, 12-5pm & September 24th, 12-4pm
    • Set-up times available from September 18th
    • Indoor space $1 per sq ft, 100 sq ft minimum (power included)
    • Outdoor Space Available - (Call for pricing and availability)
    • Don’t miss out, book your spot now for the largest End of Season Stock Blowout in The East Kootenay’s!

  • Mutt Strut

    The Chamber will be hosting a social at Coronation Park for a Kimberley Mutt Strut. Please bring your friendly puppy an..

  • Mutt Strut

    Event Date: 21-Sep-2017

    Posted by Mike Guarnery | on 28-Jul-2017

    The Chamber will be hosting a social at Coronation Park for a Kimberley Mutt Strut.  Please bring your friendly puppy and family for a social gathering and meet new people in our community.  RSVP at: