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

    Changes at the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce

    Changes at the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce

    Published on 17-Dec-2018 by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce Changes at the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce

    To better align with the changes happening in our local business community the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce is undergoing a full restructure. Part of that restructuring is reviewing all agreements and re-strategizing to fully support our thriving business environment. We are dedicated to continuing to work with our members and key stakeholders to provide an exceptional level of support and services to our business community. Stay tuned as we roll out our new strategic plans and initiatives for 2019.

    Our office hours will be limited for the remainder of December, however if you require assistance please contact us at info@kimberleychamber.com.

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    Taking Care of Business - Microgrant Application

    Taking Care of Business - Microgrant Application

    Published on 09-Nov-2018 by Mike Guarnery Taking Care of Business - Microgrant Application

    Are you a local Kimberley Business passionate about promoting a healthy community? Do you have a creative idea or project that will promote healthy choices for your staff and customers? We can help! Taking Care of Business is offering microgrants for small infrastructure, healthy projects, and other creative ideas to help promote healthy workplaces. Preference will be given to projects with long-lasting, sustainable impact. Complete this application with your best ideas for a chance to receive $100 to $1000 to support your project.  Check out Healthy Kimberley's application.  E-mail completed applications to: tcobkimberley@gmail.com

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    Kimberley Business Excellence Award Results

    Kimberley Business Excellence Award Results

    Published on 25-Oct-2018 by Mike Guarnery Kimberley Business Excellence Award Results

    The Kimberley and District Chamber of Commerce held Kimberley’s annual business excellence awards on October 19th at the Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre.  The event included a presentation on Disruptive Technology and its impacts on communities by Jim Harris.  Mr. Harris is a recognized authority on changes in business and changes expected to communities in the new era of shared economies within industries. 

    Congratulations to the nominees for demonstrating their impact to our community through business growth, employing residents of Kimberley and Cranbrook, and driving the economy of our City.

    Those who were recognized as the recipients are:

    Retail Business of the Year Award, Old Crow Emporium

    Best Marketing & Creative Initiative Professionals, Big Magic Design

    Business of the Year Award, Creekside Physiotherapy

    Youth Friendly Business Award, Spirit Rock Climbing Center

    Employer of the Year, Save On Foods

    Stan Salikin Community Impact Award, Michelle & Eric Forbes, Kimberley Medieval Festival

    Trades Business or Person of the Year, Tyee Custom Homes

    Food and Beverage Industry Excellence Award, The Old Bauernhaus

    Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award, Grow Tea & Elixir

    Employee of the Year Award Bev Anderson, Zen Mountain Float + Wellness

    Entrepreneur of the Year, Paper & Cup

    Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Jill Bentley-Lobban

    Tourism Excellence Award Karen Rempel, Rocky Mountain Event Planners

    Home Business of the Year  Mike Kurucz, Mortgage Architects

    Kimberley Chamber Member of the Year  Chantel Delaney, Sprout Health Market

     

    Thank to our Kimberley Business Excellence Award Gala Sponsors:

    Columbia Basin Trust

    Telus

    Hyrciuk Gallinger Certified General Accountants

    Community Futures East Kootenay

    Business Development Bank of Canada

    The Jim Pattison Broadcast

    BDO Canada

    EK Employment

    Darren Close, EK Reality Royal LePage

    Tumbled Earth

    Koocanusa Publications/ Kootenay Business Magazine

    Rockies Law

    City of Kimberley

    Black Press / Kimberley Daily  Bulletin

    Resort of the Canadian Rockies

    Tourism Kimberley

     

     

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