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

    Nominations for the Kimberley Business Awards are now being accepted

    Nominations for the Kimberley Business Awards are now being accepted

    Published on 31-Jul-2018 by Mike Guarnery Nominations for the Kimberley Business Awards are now being accepted

    Provide your nominations for the 2018 Kimberley Business Excellence Awards.  Please note: there have been changes in the categories to reflect a more accurate portrayal of Kimberley's business community.,

    BC Economic Development Association Information & Check List for Emergencies

    BC Economic Development Association Information & Check List for Emergencies

    Published on 26-Jul-2018 by Mike Guarnery BC Economic Development Association Information & Check List for Emergencies

    Kimberley is NOT affected by wildfires, but this is good information to share with your business network.


    Top 10 Steps to Prepare Your Business for Evacuation

    If you are on evacuation alert or think you will be put on evacuation alert, there are some important steps you will want to consider. If you have an evacuation plan, review the plan and start the implementation process. If you do not have an evacuation plan, here are 10 things to consider:

    1. Protect your information - back up electronic files using a USB stick, emailing them to yourself, backing up to an online ‘cloud’ and grabbing your laptop, external hard drive, or computer tower if needed.

    2. Pack insurance and registration information for all commercial vehicles in your evacuation kit. For more information to go:


    3. Preparing for an Insurance Claim - take pictures and/or a video of your business pointing out key equipment. Don’t forget to take a copy of your insurance documents with you.

    4. Remove any uncertainty as to what staff should do in an emergency. Assign tasks to help staff respond as quickly as possible. Make sure you have their contact information and out of area contacts.

    5. Turn off utilities - electrical, gas and water, and remove any fire hazards that may be near the building.

    6. Empty cash from your cash register and seal in an envelope. Sign the envelope, the cash amount and the date across the seam. If you go to use any of this cash in your evacuation efforts, be sure to track how much of it you spend and if it is a business-related expense.

    7. Make sure you have a list of links to emergency information. A list is provided at the end of this document.

    8. Create a list of emergency phone numbers and key contacts, be sure you have access to this list if you are evacuated.

    9. If there is an environmental threat 50 km or further from your place of business, you may still be eligible to register for business interruption insurance. In the case of wildfires, most insurance companies require that the nearest fire be no closer than 25 – 50km from your place of business.

    10. Contact suppliers about a potential delivery disruption (if applicable) and/or contact customers about a potential disruption in services (if applicable).


    T: 604.795.7119 E: 5428 Highroad Cres., Chilliwack, BC, Canada V2R 3Y1

    Emergency Links

    Red Cross


    BC Wildfire Services

    Emergency Info BC

    Drive BC

    Emergency Preparedness for Industry and Commerce Council (EPICC)

    Insurance Bureau of Canada


    BC Hydro

    1-800-BC-HYDRO (1-800-224-9376)


    Natural Gas

    Natural Gas Emergencies 1-800-663-9911

    Billing & Inquiries 1-888-224-2710


    Electricity Emergencies or Power Outages 1-866-436-7847

    Billing & Inquiries 1-866-436-7847

    Banking Information

    BMO 1-844-837-9228

    Supporting impacted customers needing help with short-term deferral payment options, special accommodations and other assistance. Customers are encouraged to visit any branch or contact BMO for more information. Small business and commercial clients are also encouraged to contact their BMO account manager regarding special accommodations

    Campfire ban

    Campfire ban

    Published on 26-Jul-2018 by Mike Guarnery Campfire ban

    The Southeast Fire Centre has initiated a campfire ban.  To learn more about this ban, including what is permitted and areas affected, click here.


Upcoming Events

  • Kimberley Business Excellence Awards

    The Kimberley Business Excellence Awards returns to the Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre on Octobe..

  • Kimberley Business Excellence Awards

    Event Date: 20-Oct-2018

    Posted by Mike Guarnery | on 31-Jul-2018

    The Kimberley Business Excellence Awards returns to the Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre on October 20th.  Cocktails will be at 6:00, Dinner at 7:00 and the Awards at 8:00.  Suggested attire is semi-formal or formal for the gala.  More information will be forthcoming, including opportunities to acquire tickets, keynote speaker, and sponsorships.

  • Kimberley & District Golf Tournament

    TOURNAMENT DETAILS: Date/Time: Friday, September 21, 2018 - Shotgun start at 1pm (registration at 11:30am) ..

  • Kimberley & District Golf Tournament

    Event Date: 26-Jul-2018

    Posted by Mike Guarnery | on 26-Jul-2018


    Date/Time:  Friday, September 21, 2018 - Shotgun start at 1pm (registration at 11:30am) 

    Location:  Kimberley Golf Club

    Registration includes golf (18 holes), cart, buffet dinner & prizes - Earlybird ($99/person until Aug. 15th)  - Regular ($125/person) 
    Entertainment afterwards by Lennan Delaney
    Great prizes that include a chance to win a car on a par 3, Pacific Coastal Tickets, 

    Format: 2-person Scramble

  • 55+ BC Games are coming to Kimberley this September

    BC 55+ Game registration for participants and volunteers is now available. Follow these links to learn more. -..

  • 55+ BC Games are coming to Kimberley this September

    Event Date: 11-Sep-2018

    Posted by Mike Guarnery | on 02-Mar-2018

    BC 55+ Game registration for participants and volunteers is now available. 
    Follow these links to learn more.



    -          The Games run from Sept 11-15