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

    What's Happening in Kimberley

    What's Happening in Kimberley

    Published on 15-Dec-2016 by The Chamber What's Happening in Kimberley

    To find out more what is happening in Kimberley, please check out Tourism Kimberley’s calendar, at:

    Looking for a business opportunity in Kimberley?

    Looking for a business opportunity in Kimberley?

    Published on 08-Nov-2016 by Mike Guarnery Looking for a business opportunity in Kimberley?

    Explore business opportunities in Kimberley.  Imagine Kootenay offers links to businesses and commercial space available in various communities in the East and West Kootenay region.  Check out what's available in Kimberley.

    2016 Business Excellence Award Winners

    2016 Business Excellence Award Winners

    Published on 15-Oct-2016 by The Chamber 2016 Business Excellence Award Winners

    The Kimberley Business Excellence Awards Gala was held on October 22nd.
    It's was a sold-out event, and we are planning our 2017 Gala to be on October 21st, 2017.   Mark your calendars.  Thank you for all of those who came out to support this event and celebrate our business community.  And a special thank you to our sponsors below, as well as Kootenay Insurance Services and Columbia Basin Trust.

    Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada: Tamarack Dispensaries

    Environmental Stewardship of the Year sponsored by Tyee Log & Timber:
    Root For Me

    Food & Beverage Excellence of the Year sponsored by BDO Canada:
    Bear’s Eatery

    Young Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by the College of the Rockies:
    Ella Marken – Crème Cheese Shop

    Home Business of the Year sponsored by Toni Lepore Accounting:
    Suite Apps

    Excellence in Tourism of the Year sponsored by Tourism Kimberley:
    Simply Kimberley

    Employee of the Year of the Year sponsored by EK Employment:
    Melanie Kostiuk – Kimberley City Bakery

    Business of the Year of the Year sponsored by The Kimberley Daily Bulletin:
    Kimberley Centex

    Retail Business of the Year of the Year sponsored by Kimberley Alpine Resort:

    Creative Professional of the Year sponsored by Canadian Rockies International Airport:
    Big Magic Designs

    Youth-Friendly Business of the Year sponsored by B104 & 102.9 The Drive:
    Kootenay Dance Academy

    Stan Salikin Community Booster Award sponsored by the City of Kimberley:
    Kimberley Rotary Club

    Tradesperson or Contractor of the Year sponsored by Community Futures East Kootenay:
    Vermette Roofing

    Professional Services Award sponsored by Kootenay Business Magazine -Koocanusa Publications:
    Sun Life Financial Services


Upcoming Events

  • Business Staffing Meeting

    Are you experiencing staff shortage issues, or looking for partnerships during the shoulder season? We would like t..

  • Business Staffing Meeting

    Event Date: 10-Apr-2017

    Posted by | on 21-Mar-2017

    Are you experiencing staff shortage issues, or looking for partnerships during the shoulder season?  We would like to hear from you. The Chamber is hosting an information-gathering session about how we can liaise with businesses experiencing these issues, and develop a job-sharing/employee-sharing practice.  E-mail for more info or to RSVP. 
    Location: 253 Wallinger Ave
    Date: April 10, 9:30 a.m.

  • Minister Shirley Bond Visit

    The Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, will be ..

  • Minister Shirley Bond Visit

    Event Date: 21-Mar-2017

    Posted by Mike Guarnery | on 13-Mar-2017

    The Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, will be in Kimberley at Centre 64, March 21st, from 5:30 - 7:00.  RSVP by calling the Chamber office at: (250) 427-3666