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 www.e-bc.ca
  • 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 www.cfek.ca 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

www.investkimberley.com

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.

http://www.imaginekootenay.com

Latest News

    Chamber Board Announces New General Manager

    Chamber Board Announces New General Manager

    Published on 03-Oct-2019 by Kimberley Chamber Chamber Board Announces New General Manager

    PRESS RELEASE 

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 3, 2019

    Chamber Board Announces New General Manager

    The Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Holden as General Manager.  The Board’s action comes with the fullest confidence that Holden will be an excellent steward of the Chamber’s mission and a leader and advocate for our business community.

    Daniel and his family have called Kimberley home for the last two years, however Daniel is originally from Sydney, Australia where he has over 15 years of management experience in Human Resources, Business Development, and as a General Manager. He specializes in Strategic Management, Project Management, and Stakeholder Engagement.  With a Bachelor of Business (Administration) Degree and a Masters in Human Resources, Daniel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.  With a background deeply rooted in Commerce, Daniel is passionate about supporting business improvement and growth, and with family ties to Kimberley, he is a clear choice to lead the Chamber to the next level of business advocacy.

    Holden says of his new position, "Kimberley is proving itself to have a thriving business community. I look forward to working amongst that community to support and strengthen the vibrant commerce we have in town and the surrounding district."

    Board President, Brian Sondergaard adds, “The Board is excited to have Daniel join the Chamber team, and we’re confident in his abilities to take the Chamber and its membership to the next level.” 

    The Kimberley and District Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1923 with the goal of furthering the interests of local businesses. Our mission is to serve as leaders in the promotion, development, growth and prosperity of business in our community.

    The Chamber is incorporated under the Board of Trade Act and is composed of a volunteer board of directors, the Chamber General Manager, regional business members and community partners. To learn more about the Chamber, visit www.kimberleychamber.com or email info@kimberleychamber.com.

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    Career Opportunity with the Kimberley Chamber - MANAGER

    Career Opportunity with the Kimberley Chamber - MANAGER

    Published on 20-Aug-2019 by Kimberley Chamber Career Opportunity with the Kimberley Chamber - MANAGER

    The Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking a General Manager and is accepting applications from experienced and qualified candidates. 

    Click here to download a PDF file containing the position posting which includes preferred qualifications/experience and key responsibilities, along with information on how to apply for this position. 

    Closing Date of Posting: September 15, 2019

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    Voting Open for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards and Tickets on Sale!

    Voting Open for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards and Tickets on Sale!

    Published on 13-Aug-2019 by Kimberley Chamber Voting Open for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards and Tickets on Sale!

    2019 Business Excellence Awards

    Join us at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards as we recognize the outstanding small businesses, entrepreneurs, employees and organizations who contribute so much to our community and local economy.

    Tickets on sale now at http://www.kimberleychamber.com/store/2019-business-excellence-awards

    • Date: Friday, October 4th
    • Time: 6pm
    • Location: Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre
    • Cost: $55 + GST for members
                $60 + GST for non-members
                $420 + GST for a table of 8


    Cast your votes and share the survey among our community. Let's recognize all of the hard work, innovation and dedication of our diverse business community! 

    Vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PK3X57L

    Award Categories:

    • Employer of Year
    • Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award
    • Employee of the Year
    • Hospitality Excellence Award
    • Trades Business or Person of the Year
    • Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year
    • Stan Salikan Community Impact Award
    • Youth Friendly Business Award
    • Business of the Year Award
    • Marketing & Media Business of the Year Award
    • Tourism Excellence Award
    • Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    • Home Business of the Year Award
    • The Keystone Award - new this year!
    • The Rising Star Award - new this year!
    • The Healthy Kimberley Award - new this year!

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Upcoming Events

  • Platzl Light Up
    16-Nov-2019

    The Light-Up will take place Saturday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m. The Kimberley Community Choir will begin at 6:00, wit..

  • Platzl Light Up

    Event Date: 16-Nov-2019

    Posted by | on 29-Oct-2019

    The Light-Up will take place Saturday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m.  The Kimberley Community Choir will begin at 6:00, with Santa arriving at 6:30 for the Light Up countdown, followed by pictures with the children in attendance.

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